The Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS) brings together researchers from integrated-circuit design, system-on-chip design, image-sensor design, bioelectronics, micro/nano-fabrication, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micromachining, neural computation and reconfigurable and adaptive computing.
Research interests include low-level analogue, low-power, adaptive and bio-inspired approaches, system-on-chip computing and applications from telecommunications to finance and astronomy. There is also a research focus on integrating CMOS microelectronic technology with sensors and microsystems/MEMS to create smart sensor systems. We also have a strong and growing interest in applications relating to life sciences and medicine, with particular focus on bioelectronics, biophotonics and bio-MEMS.
IMNS has laboratory facilities that are unique within the UK, including an advanced silicon and MEMS micro-fabrication capability coupled with substantial design and test resources. The Institute has an excellent reputation for commercialising technology.
The development of transferable skills is a vital part of postgraduate training and a vibrant, interdisciplinary training programme is offered to all research students by the University’s Institute for Academic Development (IAD). The programme concentrates on the professional development of postgraduates, providing courses directly linked to postgraduate study.
Courses run by the IAD are free and have been designed to be as flexible as possible so that you can tailor the content and timing to your own requirements.
Our researchers are strongly encouraged to present their research at conferences and in journal during the course of their PhD.
Every year, the Graduate School organises a Postgraduate Research Conference to showcase the research carried out by students across the Research Institutes
Our researchers are also encouraged and supported to attend transferable skills courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The Institute has laboratory facilities that are unique within the UK, including a comprehensive silicon and MEMS micro-fabrication capability coupled with substantial design and test resources.
The Institute has an excellent reputation for commercialising technology.
This programme is taught by some of the world’s leading experts on optical fibre technology. Areas of study include: fibre design and fabrication, fibre telecommunication, fibre lasers and fibre sensors including fibre devices. You will learn and apply the core concepts of these technologies in real-world settings, gaining hands-on experience of cutting-edge research.
Semester one: Optical Fibre Technology I; Optical Fibre Technology II; Introduction to MEMS; Signal Processing; Silicon Photonics; Light and Matter; Lasers.
Semester two: Advanced Fibre Telecommunication; Optical Fibre Sensors; Photonics Laboratory; MEMS Sensors and Actuators; Wireless and Mobile Networks; Solid State and Ultrafast Lasers.
Semester three: Optical Fibre related four-month laboratory-based project; Industrial Showcase event.
Nanoscale Science and Technology research students in nanoLAB cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries of medicine, engineering and the physical sciences. This gives you the chance to thrive on interdisciplinary challenges, collaborate with industrial partners and even create your own spin-off company to commercialise the results of your research.
MPhil supervision is available in:
-Micro and nanoscale design, fabrication, manufacturing and manipulation
-Top-down and bottom-up fabrication
-Nanoscale materials and electronics
-Applications of nano and microelectronics in medical science, including cell biology, neuroscience, human genetics and ageing
-Chemistry of nanoscale systems
-Biomolecular engineering - microfluids, bioprobes and biosensor systems, MEMS/NEMS-based sensors and devices
Many research projects cross the disciplinary boundaries of medicine, engineering and the physical sciences. Depending on the source of funding, your project may involve collaboration with an industry partner or you may work in a team with a number of students to develop an idea to the point where, following your degree, you can create a spin-off company to commercialise the results of your research.
There are opportunities for you to develop your business awareness and skills, with training in topics such as intellectual property protection. nanoLAB also hosts regular research seminars, conferences and workshops.
HOW TO APPLY:
Before you apply you need to find and contact a research supervisor. Your specific area of research will determine which graduate school you work with and how you find your research supervisor:
There are usually three possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply. We may offer studentships to high-quality applicants from June onwards, so early application is recommended.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
This programme provides a practical understanding in a number of key areas of Electronic Engineering. You will work with current and familiar technology, such as Wi-Fi, and will discover what the future holds for silicon technology by studying sensory equipment, energy generation and interaction with surroundings. The technical element of the degree includes system-on-chip, microengineering, RF engineering, control, communications and embedded systems, whilst the practical element features digital design and the design of microstructures for switching and biomedical applications, in addition to the programming of embedded microcontrollers, RF circuits and methods of building control loops and associated software.
To meet the demands of emerging markets such as Health, Security, Energy and the Environment, the programme will explore advanced sensors for chips and assemblies, and will cover actuators, display technologies and microwave and millimetre wave electronic systems. You will enhance your skills in MEMS design, microfluidics, high-frequency technologies and control solutions, in addition to advanced nanoelectronics.
The electronics industry is expanding rapidly with the UK alone aiming to increase the sector’s economic contribution from £80bn to £120bn by 2020 and creating 150,000 highly-skilled jobs in the process. Smart Grid, Health Care and Medicine, and Energy and Environment are set to join established industrial sectors including Security, Transport and Aerospace as key employment sectors for electronic engineers. We therefore equip our students with the skills and knowledge needed to further their career in these industries; a major part of which is linked into the opportunity to participate in existing projects that are both challenging and linked into real industrial need. In the past, these projects have helped to establish student-industry connections that can often lead to employment. Previous project topics have included: