Taught course

Advanced Thin Film Technologies

University of the West of Scotland · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

It is expected that students will enter this programme having already completed an engineering or science based degree such as physics, chemistry, electronics or related technology. The entry requirement is a first or upper second-class Honours degree from a university (or equivalent) in science, engineering, technology or a related discipline. Candidates with lesser qualifications, such as an Ordinary degree in science or engineering, who also possess appropriate professional or industrial experience, may also be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. The requirement for such candidates is possession of at least two years’ industrial experience. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students would then be invited to join the MSc programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is ideal for engineering or science graduates planning a career in research, development, production and/ or business involving thin film technologies and continuing personal development of current industry professionals.

About the programme Thin film technologies are key enablers in a wide range of global research, development, manufacturing, industrial and high technology applications and products. This unique programme has appeal for a global audience. The programme provides up-to-date coverage of evolving thin film technologies and latest developments in the field. It develops the multi-disciplinary skills needed for professional development within this rapidly expanding field and forms the basis for future professional chartered engineer and/or physicist status. Programme delivery is provided by staff within the University’s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging. The programme delivery also includes input from an industrial advisory group thus ensuring that the programme content is aligned with industrial requirements, applications and includes the latest technological developments.

Your learning Core topics include thin film materials science, metrology and characterisation, theoretical modelling, physical and chemical-based thin film deposition methods including deposition system engineering and control, plasma processing, thin film devices and applications and research and project management. The programme content reflects the multidisciplinary nature of advanced thin film technologies and provides students with the necessary broad skill set. MSc students undertake experimental project work, providing practical skills in thin film deposition, characterisation and modelling, utilising the extensive range of equipment within the Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging. Students are required to complete a dissertation, selecting a specialism in order to achieve a greater understanding of the implementation and advanced application of thin films. There may be scope to integrate this dissertation with industry, where an engineering supervisor will be allocated to assist your MSc journey and to advise and introduce you to industrial contacts.

Our Careers Adviser says Graduates are equipped for a career in research, development, manufacturing and/or business, with global opportunities for employment. Most organisations that implement thin film based technologies employ fully trained, qualified technologists, consultants and technical marketing specialists throughout their lifecycle, with a consequent high global demand for such personnel across a wide range of applications, products and markets.

Professional recognition We will seek accreditation for this programme in the near future from the Institute of Physics.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Des Gibson