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).
An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.
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.
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:
This new, innovative programme offers graduates excellent career prospects in a broad field of mechanical engineering-related industries. It will also provide excellent preparation for those wishing to undertake a PhD. The MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering is a broad-based programme covering an important and industrially-relevant portfolio of mechanical engineering modules, such as Biofuels and Combustion, Manufacturing Processes, MEMS, and Automation and Robotics.
All the teaching is delivered by highly experienced and qualified members of academic staff who are at the cutting-edge of research in their respective fields. This programme will be attractive to graduates of mechanical engineering or related subjects.
With leading research into Advanced Mechanical Engineering, the University of Birmingham is the ideal location for bright graduates, looking for a solid and well-respected postgraduate qualification which will act as a springboard for a successful future.
The MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for both of its full-time and part-time modes of study.
The programme will include 9 subject-specific technical modules of 10 credits each covering vehicle engineering, mechanics, thermal systems, energy, computational geometry, manufacturing processes, robotics, biomechanics, and micro electro-mechanical systems. A 20-credit synoptic mechanical engineering module has been integrated into the programme and provides research-focused teaching of selected novel case studies from various research areas being carried out within the School in order to enhance the relevant knowledge base of the students.
A further 10 credit module covering research skills, project management and business enterprise will provide the necessary training to enhance the competencies in professional skills that modern mechanical engineers are expected to possess. The latter part of the programme will include a 60 credit summer project module. The project can either be based at the University, or be carried out in industry.
The modules will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project-based and laboratory-based teaching and learning methods, providing a well-rounded educational experience and an opportunity to further develop skills prized by employers.
There will be a strong emphasis on enquiry-based learning throughout, further enhancing students’ ability to think independently and creatively.
The graduates of this programme will be ideally placed to gain employment in a wide field of careers in mechanical and related engineering. The typical functional roles include design, consultancy, maintenance, operations, and R&D in a spectrum of industrial sectors such as manufacturing, aerospace, energy, automotive, micro/nano technology, nuclear and defence
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Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.
If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.