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Electronic technologies have evolved enabling many new device concepts, fabrication methods and characterisation techniques. This has led to the simultaneous fabrication of micro scale mechanical structures with integrated electronics to form MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). Read more

Course Summary

Electronic technologies have evolved enabling many new device concepts, fabrication methods and characterisation techniques. This has led to the simultaneous fabrication of micro scale mechanical structures with integrated electronics to form MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). MEMS technology is becoming ubiquitous; it is the key enabling technology that will underpin the internet of things and the proliferation of smart technology in the world around us. You will gain an understanding of the techniques developed by the microelectronics industry to produce micron-scale mechanical devices such as accelerometers and micropumps on silicon wafers. You will work in research laboratories and in the cleanroom.

Modules

Semester one: Microfabrication; Introduction to MEMS; Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip; Nanoelectronic Devices; Advanced Memory and Storage; Bionanotechnology

Semester two: MEMS Sensors and Actuators; Practical Application of MEMS; Green Electronics; Nanofabrication and Microscopy; Quantum Devices and Technology; Biosensors; Medical Electrical and Electronic Technologies

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The course in Advanced Metrology provides a high level route enabling engineering graduates, or engineers in industry, to acquire skills to allow them to operate effectively in a modern precision engineering manufacturing environment. Read more
The course in Advanced Metrology provides a high level route enabling engineering graduates, or engineers in industry, to acquire skills to allow them to operate effectively in a modern precision engineering manufacturing environment. This is achieved by the provision of technical modules, covering broad aspects of advanced metrology within the context of a modern manufacturing environment, and by the provision of optional modules covering the salient principal aspects of engineering management. The course should be of particular interest to engineering graduates involved with (or wishing to become involved with), precision manufacture, quality assurance, metrology and nanotechnology. Appropriate choice of optional modules encompassing relevant management techniques allow the flexibility to satisfy the needs of a variety of career paths.

The course reflects the expertise and experience of University teaching and research staff in the field of metrology and precision engineering gained through a many years of research experience via UK Government (EPSRC), European Union (EU) and industrial research projects. The course therefore represents an effective mechanism for transferring this expertise and knowledge from the University to industry - and this is extremely useful in the case of engineers, already employed in industry, who ca undertake part-time study on the course.

In the context of this course, the engineering manufacturing industry relates to the use of precision manufacturing methodologies and associated metrology as well as industries using advanced processing techniques. This involves knowledge applicable to the design and performance characterisation of precision machine tools, additive manufacturing, roll-to-roll manufacture and measurement systems as well as knowledge of micro electro mechanical systems, and nanometrology in general.

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The International Master in Electro acoustics offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals in electro acoustics and in relating fields. Read more
The International Master in Electro acoustics offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals in electro acoustics and in relating fields. The program offers a specialized education in:
• Electro acoustics
• Mechanics and materials
• Transducers (loudspeakers, microphones)
• Acoustic loads and acoustic radiation
• Real time signal processing
The program covers the entire range of the whole electro acoustic chain. All courses are given in English on an advanced scientific and technical level. The teaching is based on cutting-edge research in electro acoustics.

The master’s programme prepares students for careers dealing with different aspects of electroacoustics which require strong analytical and research skills, whether in the public or private sectors and for PhD studies or research activities.

General description and ECTS credits:
- Level Refresh (semester 1) - 8 ECTS: Mathematics, digital electronics, signal processing, measurement, acoustics and vibration, theoretical mechanics.
- General skills - 38 ECTS: Mathematics, programming methods, signal processing, acoustics, vibrations, vibro acoustics, acoustic waveguides, analytical modelling of transducers, radiation of transducer systems, advanced modelling of transducers (non linearities, viscothermal effects ...).
- Professional courses - 47 ECTS: Real time signal processing, audio signal processing, optical measurement methods, measurement method of transducers, 3D mechanical modelling, 3D sound, micro technologies, physics of magnets, materials for transducers, numerical modelling of transducers, application project.
- Master’s Thesis– 25 ECTS: Thesis on an electro acoustics engineering-related theme
- Elective courses – 2 ECTS: Fluid mechanics, mechanics of deformable bodies, musical acoustics, room acoustics.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Nanoscience to Nanotechnology at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Nanoscience to Nanotechnology at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The Master's course in Nanoscience to Nanotechnology utilises facilities that include a state-of-the-art nanotechnology laboratory suite (500m2) housing cutting-edge fabrication and characterisation facilities.

Key Features of MSc in Nanoscience to Nanotechnology

The growth of nanotechnology is one of the most exciting developments in science and engineering in recent years. Much of the research in this field is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing expertise from different areas across the life science, physical science and engineering disciplines.

The MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course covers the techniques necessary for scientific investigation at these very small dimensions, and the very latest research developments in this rapidly evolving area.

As a student on the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course, you be able to comprehend the fundamental principles of physics and engineering, which have consequences for nanotechnology, and to gain an understanding of how the general concepts of scientific research are transferred to engineering applications and products.

This MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course will also enable you to apply appropriate techniques for designing, imaging and evaluating nanostructures, whilst gaining a knowledge of mathematic models and their application within a research project through interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.

As a student on the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course, you will cover a broad range of subject areas, from the latest semiconductor fabrication technology through to biological and medical applications, with the emphasis throughout on characterisation and control of materials on the nanoscale.

Modules

Modules on the Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course may include:

Colloid and Interface Science
Communication Skills for Research Engineers
Wide Band-gap Electronics
Research Dissertation
Strategic Project Planning
Probing at the Nanoscale
Soft Nanotechnology
Nanoscale Simulation
Nanoscale Structures and Devices
Bio-nanotechnology
Principles of Nanomedicine
Micro and Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems

Nanoscience to Nanotechnology Course Structure

The MSc inNanoscience to Nanotechnology is modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Students must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Part-time Delivery mode

The part-time scheme is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc in Nanoscience to Nanotechnology scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option.

Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.

Timetables for the Nanoscience to Nanotechnology programme are typically available one week prior to each semester.

Links with Industry

Work within the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre places a strong emphasis on the development of applications-driven research and the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the work place or health centre. Interaction with industry is therefore a key component of the Centre’s strategy and we have collaborated with major multinational companies such as Agilent, Boots and Sharp, as well as a number of smaller Welsh-based companies.

Careers

As a student on the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course, you will be provided with the qualities needed for employment in technology or higher research degrees requiring the exercise of initiatives, specialist knowledge, personal responsibility and decision making in complex and unpredictable contexts.

This MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course is suitable for those who want to develop an understanding of the techniques available to fabricate and investigate nanoscale structures, and develop arguments and make judgements based on fundamental concepts of nanoscale engineering.

Facilities

The new home of the Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course is at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Student Quote

"I found that the MSc in Nanotechnology covered a broad range of topics. This really opened my mind to the potential possibilities of the field and to consider future careers in areas that I had not previously thought of. This course has allowed me to find the right area of research to continue to a PhD."

Chris Barnett, MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology

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