Taught course

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Institution
University of Glasgow · College of Science and Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Additionally, a sound understanding of programme relevant core engineering principles, such as mathematics, is expected and must be demonstrated in a 2.1 or equivalent in core subject components from your Honours degree .

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Masters in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology teaches skills desired by modern industry for scientists and engineers doing research, development and production in nanoscience and nanofabrication. This multidisciplinary programme complements backgrounds in electronics, materials science, or physics.

Why Glasgow?

  • The University of Glasgow is a recognised pioneer in many of the most exciting aspects of nanotechnology, with an international reputation in micro and nanofabrication for applications including nanoelectronics, optoelectronics and bioelectronics.
  • You will have access to the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) cleanrooms and the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre. The JWNC holds a number of world records in nanofabrication including records for the performance of nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices.
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow is consistently highly ranked recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017).
  • This MSc caters to a growing demand for scientists and engineers who can fabricate systems of sensors, actuators, functional materials and who can integrate electronics at the micro and nano scale. As a graduate you will also possess the necessary insights in nanoscience to develop new products using these skills.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field and have access to research seminars given by our international collaborators, many of whom are world leaders in nanoscience.
  • With a 92% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015, Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering combines both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

  • Electronic devices
  • Introduction to research in nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Micro- and nano-technology
  • Nanofabrication
  • Research methods and techniques
  • MSc project.

Optional courses

  • Applied optics
  • Cellular biophysics
  • Microwave electronic & optoelectronic devices
  • Microwave and mm wave circuit design
  • Microscopy and optics
  • Nano and atomic scale imaging
  • Semiconductor physics.

Projects

  • The programme builds towards an extended project, which is an integral part of the MSc programme: many projects are linked to industry or related to research in the school. Our contacts with industry and our research collaborations will make this a meaningful and valuable experience, giving you the opportunity to apply your newly learnt skills.
  • To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits that will integrate subject knowledge and skills that you acquire during the MSc programme.
  • The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers your ability to apply them in industrially relevant problems.
  • MSc projects are associated with Glasgow's James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, one of Europe's premier research cleanrooms. Projects range from basic research into nanofabrication and nanocharacterisation, to development of systems in optoelectronics, microbiology and electronic devices which require such fabrication.
  • You can choose from a list of approximately 30 projects published yearly in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Example projects

Examples of projects can be found online

*Posters shown are for illustrative purposes

Background and Aims

Aims of the programme:

  • Extend your knowledge of the underpinning science and enabling technologies involved in nanoscience/nanofabrication.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge in selected areas of the design, fabrication and evaluation of micro and nano-scale devices and systems.
  • Develop an awareness of a diverse range of nanoscience and nanotechnology application areas through the medium of seminars delivered by national and international leaders in the field.
  • Develop generic problem solving and team working skills in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Engage in the planning, execution and written/oral presentation of a substantial, research project.
  • To allow you to participate effectively in a variety of industrial and/or research environments.

By successfully completing this degree you should be able to:

  • Use key nanofabrication tools to perform lithography, etch, and deposition.
  • Design masks and process flows to carry out useful multistep nanofabrication processes.
  • Calculate predicted characteristics of fundamental devices, based on their structures.
  • Use a range of parameter measurement equipment.
  • Demonstrate safe handling of nanofabrication materials and equipment.

In addition depending on the electives you chose, you should be able to:

  • Design a range of active and passive VLSI components in the micro and nanoscale.
  • Characterise VLSI systems with nanoscale components.
  • Analyse nanoscale structures using selected techniques in microscopy
  • Predict the behaviour of cells on semiconductor materials, culture standard cell lines, and evaluate quantitatively a range on industrially important biosensors.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£19500

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/nanosciencenanotechnology/#/background,background,feesandfunding


Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Email
pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk