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 outlines the micro and nanotechnology aspects of electronic engineering, with a focus on microelectromechanical systems and nanoelectronics. These technologies underpin research and development of miniaturised sensors, for example mobile phone motion and position detectors, and of nanoscale logic and memory devices for next-generation consumer electronics and future quantum devices. The programme also addresses microfluidic technology for biodevices such as point-of-care diagnostics, and covers the fundamentals of photonic circuits and devices. The modules cover state-of-the-art design, fabrication and characterisation methodologies, utilising industry-standard tools and involve our extensive cleanroom complex.
Semester one: Microfabrication; Microsensor Technologies; Nanoelectronic Devices; Advanced Memory and Storage; Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip; Bionanotechnology; Introduction to Silicon Photonics.
Semester two: Bio/Micro/Nano Systems; Green Electronics; Nanofabrication and Microscopy; Quantum Devices and Technology; Medical and Electrical Technologies; Photonic Materials.
Plus three-month independent research project culminating in a dissertation.
Renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions now top the global environmental agenda. This programme addresses the fundamentals of renewable energy and shows how solar, wind and other such energy sources can be efficiently integrated into practical power systems.
You’ll study core power engineering topics such as power electronic converters, machines and control alongside modules specific to renewable energy sources, on topics like power system modelling, analysis and power converters.
At the same time, you’ll study a unique set of modules on the efficient generation of electricity from solar and wind power, as well as integrating renewable generators into micro-grids, with stability analysis and active power management. Power electronics design is covered in depth, including conventional and emerging converter topologies and advances in semiconductor power devices.
You’ll be prepared to meet the renewable energy challenges of the 21st century in a wide range of careers.
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Our School is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in specialist facilities. These include our Keysight Technologies wireless communications lab, as well as labs for embedded systems, power electronics and drives.
Depending on your choice of research project, you may also have access to our labs in ultrasound and bioelectronics or our Terahertz photonics lab, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds. We have facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility.
Core modules that run throughout the year will allow you to take part in different lab-based projects and explore different forms of renewable energy as well as how they can be integrated into electricity systems. You’ll also consider how renewable source-powered generations can be integrated into the grid and analysis and design of control systems.
To build your understanding of the global electronics industry, you’ll also complete a dissertation. This could take the form of a business, manufacturing or outsourcing plan, a proposal for research funding or an essay on a specific aspect of the industry.
You’ll complete your studies with three optional modules, selecting one from each of three pairs that cover different topics. If you have no experience of c-programming you’ll take a module that develops those skills, or another focusing on software development. You’ll choose between Power Electronics and Drives and Electric Drives and take another module from Energy Management and Conservation and Energy in Buildings.
Over the summer months you’ll also work on your research project. This gives you the chance to work as an integral part of one of our active research groups, focusing on a specialist topic in power electronics, power engineering and control and selecting the appropriate research methods.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
The research project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Recent projects by students on this programme have included:
Renewable energy and efficient power conversion systems are of immense importance worldwide and graduates of this course can expect to find jobs in a wide variety of industries including the electronics, automotive, transport, construction, industrial automation, power utility, energy, oil and environmental sectors.
You’ll be well-placed to develop practical solutions to the problem of integrating renewable energy systems into established electricity distribution networks. You should be able to contribute to strategic planning, systems implementation and operation of sustainable power generation systems.
This programme is also excellent preparation for PhD study.
Electronic engineering achievements have transformed our daily lives. Use your knowledge and skills to realise exciting future developments. This one year MSc Electronic Engineering degree allows you to choose modules from specialist fields – such as micro and nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, micro and nanotechnology, photonic technologies, and wireless communications – and will enable you to deepen your understanding of one or more of these areas.
Semester one: Digital System Design; Digital IC and Systems Design; Secure Hardware Design; Nanoelectronic Devices; Microfabrication; Microsensor Technologies; Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip; Bionanotechnology; Radio Communications Engineering; Digital Coding and Transmission; Signal Processing; Introduction to Silicon Photonics; Optical Fibre Technology.
Semester two: Digital Systems Synthesis; Embedded Processors; Green Electronics; Bio/Micro/Nano Systems; Wireless and Mobile Networks; Advanced Systems and Signal Processing; Photonic Materials; Optical Fibre Sensors.
Plus three-month independent research project culminating in a dissertation.