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EXPLORE THE APPLICATIONS OF NANOMATERIALS. Nanomaterials are essential building blocks that can produce chemicals in an environmentally friendly manner, harvest light to supply energy, and help develop faster computers and better medicines. Read more

EXPLORE THE APPLICATIONS OF NANOMATERIALS

Nanomaterials are essential building blocks that can produce chemicals in an environmentally friendly manner, harvest light to supply energy, and help develop faster computers and better medicines. In this two-year Master’s programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge on, and experimental experience with, novel nanomaterials and their synthesis, structure, and applications – for example, as catalysts or in nanophotonics.

The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2017) ranked Utrecht University's Nanomaterials Science programme as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands.

Students chose the Master's programme Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University as the best programme in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier.

CHEMISTRY OF THE FUTURE

The dimensions of systems at the microscopic level determine their physical and chemical properties and applications. Your studies will provide you with the tools to analyse and experiment with these properties and possibilities. In addition, the course content will introduce you to the nanomaterials of tomorrow, including colloidal crystals – a new tool for the manipulation of light in miniature lasers and optical devices – and new catalysts for more efficient and environmentally friendly chemistry.

CONTRIBUTE TO A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY

The combined talents and expertise of chemists are essential for success in a number of subfields within science and technology. Our Master’s programme offers you the knowledge and training to work as a scientist who contributes to a more sustainable society. Through your courses and research work, you will participate in the exciting field of nanomaterial development and develop fundamental knowledge of various applications and industrial interests. Our staff members excel in research and in teaching, and they maintain close ties with partners in industry and academia. As part of your programme, you may opt to participate in an industry-based internship.

The prestigious Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science provides teaching and research in the programme. The institute focuses on three research areas: colloids, catalysis, and nanophotonics.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE 

Nanomaterials Science is a two-year (120 ECTS) multidisciplinary programme in which you will explore the subject areas of catalysis, colloid science, and nanophotonics. The programme will provide you with a solid theoretical background and help you develop the experimental skills necessary to perform high-level research. Coursework is thus combined with research, allowing you the opportunity to put theory into practice.



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This interdisciplinary MSc programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become a practitioner in nanoscience, whether in industry or academia. Read more
This interdisciplinary MSc programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become a practitioner in nanoscience, whether in industry or academia. The programme provides innovative and novel training, and will support you in the next phase of your career. To date, all of our graduates have been successful in obtaining either a PhD place or full-time employment. Just over fifty per cent have taken up PhD places in Bristol, other leading UK universities or in top universities around the world.

The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) represents more than 100 academics from 15 departments in the faculties of science, engineering and biomedical sciences. This rich and diverse support network ensures your training and research is at the cutting edge and is truly interdisciplinary.

The structure of the programme, with two short training projects and one research project means that you will have direct contact with many different academics and areas of research. You will choose your extended research project after having explored BCFN's network of research.

The programme has been designed to provide feedback on both technical and professional skills, including research skills, presenting, writing, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Programme structure

Autumn and spring terms
-Communication and Management Skills (includes training on time management, decision making, project management, group working).
-Lecture courses on nanoscience and functional nanomaterials (graduate level training on key concepts and topics in nanoscience).
-Training in Advanced Tools for Nanoscience (through bespoke online modules, lectures and a special programme of hands-on practical training).
-Two training projects (one per term in months 1-3 and months 4-6).

Summer term
-Extended Research Project (months 6-12)
You can choose your training and research projects from a large number of project proposals, across the whole spectrum of Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials research.

Careers

The combination of skills training and world-class nanoscience means that graduates of this programme have either started a PhD or successfully obtained full-time employment.

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This exciting new one-year Masters' Course provides research-focused teaching and training for graduates wishing to develop a career in the cutting-edge, dynamic field of nano and functional materials. . Read more

This exciting new one-year Masters' Course provides research-focused teaching and training for graduates wishing to develop a career in the cutting-edge, dynamic field of nano and functional materials. 

The NANO masters (MSc) Programme provides an in-depth understanding of the principles governing nano and functional materials properties and synthesis, their characterization and their assembly into advanced functional devices, from photovoltaics to supercapacitors.

Aims

The programme aims to convey advanced knowledge and training on state-of-the-art nano and functional materials and devices with a focus on low-dimensional materials, from 0D quantum dots to graphene and related 2D materials. The students will develop an understanding of scale-dependant properties of materials and their link to functionality and applications. They will explore strategies for nanomaterials assembly in 3D and nanocomposite fabrication with a view on their advantages and limitations. World-class research papers and industrial case studies will guide teaching throughout. Students will also be provided with an overview of the potential socio-economic and environmental impacts of nanomaterials as a disruptive technology. The NANO MSc Programme aims to prepare graduates to become academic or industrial scientists with unique skills and expertise in nano and functional materials and related technologies.

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered through a mix of lecturing, blended small and small group tutorials with hands on research training.

Course unit details

 The taught units include:

  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Advanced research methods
  • Principles of Nano and Functional materials
  • Advanced Composites
  • Applied Functional Materials & Devices
  • Graphene and Nano Materials

 All students are also required to carry out a research project on which they submit a dissertation.

Overseas students will require and ATAS certificate for this course. The ATAS certificate will expire after 6 months so please wait until May before applying. For a full list of the course units, please  . The JACS code for this course is J500 or J5.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

It is anticipated that graduates from this new programme will fill key posts as nanomaterials scientists, engineers, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. You may also be able to advance to PhD programmes within the School.



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The course is designed to equip students with the know-how and skills for becoming an expert in materials science with nanotechnology specialisation. Read more

About the course

The course is designed to equip students with the know-how and skills for becoming an expert in materials science with nanotechnology specialisation.

You will experience the unique combination of a foundation semester in the general area of science and engineering of materials, followed by a nanoscience and nanotechnology specific semester to result in an unrivalled comprehensive nanomaterials expertise.

The course content reflects the highly interdisciplinary nature of this subject and allows students to specialise via options, 
and a major project.

A welcoming department

A friendly, forward-thinking community, our students and staff are on hand to welcome you to the department and ensure you settle into student life.

Your project supervisor will support you throughout your course. Plus you’ll have access to our extensive network of alumni, offering industry insight and valuable career advice to support your own career pathway.

Your career

Prospective employers recognise the value of our courses, and know that our students can apply their knowledge to industry. Our graduates work for organisations including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Saint-Gobain. Roles include materials development engineer, reactor engineer and research manager. They also work in academia in the UK and abroad.

90 per cent of our graduates are employed or in further study 6 months after graduating, with an average starting salary of £27,000, the highest being £50,000.

Equipment and facilities

We have invested in extensive, world-class equipment and facilities to provide a stimulating learning environment. Our laboratories are equipped to a high standard, with specialist facilities for each area of research.

Materials processing

Tools and production facilities for materials processing, fabrication and testing, including wet chemical processing for ceramics and polymers, rapid solidification and water atomisation for nanoscale metallic materials, and extensive facilities for deposition of functional and structural coatings.

Radioactive nuclear waste and disposal

Our £3million advanced nuclear materials research facility provides a high-quality environment for research on radioactive waste and disposal. Our unique thermomechanical compression and arbitrary strain path equipment is used for simulation of hot deformation.

Characterisation

You’ll have access to newly refurbished array of microscopy and analysis equipment, x-ray facilities, and surface analysis techniques covering state-of-the-art XPS and SIMS. There are also laboratories for cell and tissue culture, and facilities for measuring electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties.

The Kroto Research Institute and the Nanoscience and Technology Centre enhance our capabilities in materials fabrication and characterisation, and we have a computer cluster for modelling from the atomistic through nano and mesoscopic to the macroscopic.

Stimulating learning environment

An interdisciplinary research-led department; our network of world leading academics at the cutting edge of their research inform our courses providing a stimulating, dynamic environment in which to study.

Teaching and assessment

Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes delivered by academic and industry experts.

You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Core modules

Bionanomaterials; Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Devices; Nanostructures and Nanostructuring; Nanomaterials; Science of Materials; Materials Processing and Characterisation; Materials Selection, Properties and Applications; Technical Skills Development

Examples of optional modules

Heat and Materials; Bio-photonics and Bio-imaging

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This one-year research degree is a chance for you to develop your skills in one of the most exciting areas of modern science. It’s a unique opportunity to gain hi-tech skills that are central to the latest advances in electronics, IT and computing. Read more
This one-year research degree is a chance for you to develop your skills in one of the most exciting areas of modern science. It’s a unique opportunity to gain hi-tech skills that are central to the latest advances in electronics, IT and computing.

This course brings together our expertise in quantum photonics and nanomaterials. There is a particular focus on the study of novel fundamental phenomena in condensed matter systems as well as applications in quantum information processing, photovoltaics and optoelectronics.

Our staff are at the forefront of technological advances. We work with support from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Research Council and the Horizon 2020 programme, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust and the British Council as well as CONACyT, the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico.

Our department attracts postgraduate students from around the world.

Core modules

Optical Properties of Solids
Semiconductor Physics and Technology
Advanced Electromagnetism
Solid State Physics
Research Skills in Physics
Research Project in Physics

Examples of optional modules

Magnetic Resonance: Principles and Applications
Physics in an Enterprise Culture
The Physics of Soft Condensed Matter
Statistical Physics
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Further Quantum Mechanics
Biological Physics

Teaching

Teaching is through lectures, research seminars, small group tutorials and oral presentation.

Your supervisor will help you develop your research skills and support you as you work on your research project.

Assessment

Assessment includes: a project report, literature review, oral presentations, including a viva, formal examinations and short reports and essays.

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Nanotechnology represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with the natural world, and is set to deliver major scientific and technological advances. Read more
Nanotechnology represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with the natural world, and is set to deliver major scientific and technological advances.

The massive global investment in nanotechnology means that scientists, who are trained to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment that bridges the diverse fields of chemistry, physics, materials science, biology and engineering, will play a vital role in shaping the future.

The course provides the background required for a career in industrial or academic research. Combining interdisciplinary teaching with cutting-edge research, this flagship course will train the next generation of nanotechnologists.

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The programme's broad theme is the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials and nanotechnology. Read more

The programme's broad theme is the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

The programme covers the fundamentals behind nanotechnology and moves on to discuss its implementation using nanomaterials – such as graphene – and the use of advanced tools of nanotechnology which allow us to see at the nanoscale, before discussing future trends and applications for energy generation and storage.

You will gain specialised, practical skills through an individual research project within our research groups, using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Completion of the programme will provide you with the skills essential to furthering your career in this rapidly emerging field.

The delivery of media content relies on many layers of sophisticated signal engineering that can process images, video, speech and audio – and signal processing is at the heart of all multimedia systems.

Our Mobile Media Communications programme explains the algorithms and intricacies surrounding transmission and delivery of audio and video content. Particular emphasis is given to networking and data compression, in addition to the foundations of pattern recognition.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and an extended project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Nanotechnology at Surrey

We are one of the leading institutions developing nanotechnology and the next generation of materials and nanoelectronic devices.

Taught by internationally-recognised experts within the University’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), on this programme you will discover the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

You will gain specialised skills through an individual research project within our research groups, using state-of- the-art equipment and facilities.

The ATI is a £10 million investment in advanced research and is the flagship institute of the University of Surrey in the area of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. The ATI brings together under one roof the major research activities of the University from the Department of Electronic Engineering and the Department of Physics in the area of nanotechnology and electronic devices.

Technical characteristics of the pathway

The Programme in Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronic Devicesaims to provide a high-quality qualification in the most important aspects of the nanotechnologies, with a particular emphasis on nanoelectronics and nanoelectronic devices.

After an introduction to the basic aspects of quantum physics and nano-engineering relevant to modern nanoelectronics, students can tailor their specific learning experience through study of device-oriented elective modules, as suits their career aspirations.

Key to the Programme is the cross-linking of current research themes in interdisciplinary areas such as photonics and biology, through the use of nanoelectronic devices as the interface at the nanoscale level.

The Programme has strong links to current research in the University's Advanced Technology Institute; this Institute includes academic staff from both the EE and the Physics Departments.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Labelled by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), AMIS is a Master program in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability which explores the theme of “Substitution of critical or toxic materials in products for optimized performance”. Read more

Labelled by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), AMIS is a Master program in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability which explores the theme of “Substitution of critical or toxic materials in products for optimized performance”. It also covers the topics of “Material chain optimization for end-of-life products” and “Product and services design for the circular economy” - all of which are central themes of the AMIS. The primary focus of the AMIS program is metal and mineral raw materials. Bio-based and polymer materials are studied in view of their substitution potential. Other materials are also analyzed in the context of multimaterial product recycling. In addition, the AMIS program includes a solid package of courses and project work in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Program structure

Mobility is integrated within the two-year program, during which students study at two of the consortium partner universities. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded 120 ECTS and a double degree delivered by two of the five partner institutions where they studied. Students begin the Master program at Grenoble INP, Aalto University or T.U. Darmstadt. In their second year, students specialize in another partner university:

  • To attend the specialization year offered at the University of Bordeaux, prospective students must attend the first year at either Aalto University or the Technical University of Darmstadt.

Year 2 specializations are the following:

  • University of Bordeaux: Advanced Hybrid Materials: Composites and Ceramics by Design
  • T.U. Darmstadt: Functional Ceramics: Processing, Characterization and Properties
  • Aalto University: Nanomaterials and interfaces: Advanced Characterization and Modeling
  • University of Liège: Nanomaterials and Modeling
  • Grenoble INP: Materials Interfaces: Surfaces, Films & Coatings

SEMESTER 1 TO 4 CONTENT

Master 1: Basic level competencies.

Mandatory courses in:

  • Fundamentals of materials science
  • Applied materials
  • Modelling tools and materials
  • Innovation, business and entrepreneurship.

Joint collaboration courses with AMIS partners:

  • Inno project I: business model development and the commercialization process of new technologies.
  • Summer camp: a week intensive course working in teams on industry case studies to create and produce new ideas, innovative technologies, improved products or services.
  • Internship: work experience in a company or research organization to develop a solution-focused approach by translating innovations into feasible business solutions and commercializing new technologies.

Master 2: Specialization year.

Mandatory courses in:

  • Advanced functional materials with a specialization in material interfaces, nanomaterials, ceramics or hybrids.

Joint collaboration course with AMIS partners:

  • Practical work on various industrial projects integrated with innovation and entrepreneurship contents.
  • Inno project II: a specialized approach on business model development and commercialization process of new technologies.

Master thesis:

  • A research and development experience in material science jointly supervized by the home university professors and the host partners. The results of the Master thesis will be defended during a presentation. Certain subjets may lead to setting up a business or a spin-off.

Strengths of this Master program

  • Develop expertise in the field of innovative and sustainable advanced materials.
  • Meet, study and work with relevant academic and non-academic contacts in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
  • Gain a holistic view on value and process chains.
  • Acquire transferable skills through modern teaching methods. These transferable skills include: entrepreneurship, negotiation techniques, intellectual property, problem solving, working cooperatively and creatively, co-designing, and life cycle approaches.

After this Master program?

As a resource engineer, students may continue in the following fields:

Freelance and entrepreneurship:

  • Create a business or become a consultant

Resource industry:

  • SMEs in chemistry, exploration, green energy, machinery and plant construction, metal working industry, ceramics, environmental economy (R&D, product development, management, production, marketing and sales)

Research:

  • Universities, research institutions, lecturer or managerial position
  • Circular economy
  • Production, analytics, management, marketing and sales

And also:

  • Science journalism, consulting, project development and management, advisor to policy makers, administration, specialist agencies and media.


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Offered as part of the. Continuing Professional Development. (CPD) programme. Full-time and part-time students study a number of one-week short-course modules comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. Read more

Offered as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Full-time and part-time students study a number of one-week short-course modules comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials.

The modules cover metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, nanomaterials, bonding, surfaces, corrosion, fracture, fatigue, analytical techniques and general research methods. Each module is followed by an open book assessment of approximately 120 hours.

There is also a materials-based research project, which is made up of the Research Project Planning and the Project modules.

The MSc in Advanced Materials is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) when a Project is undertaken.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over five academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a compulsory Project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide students with a broad knowledge of the manufacture, characterisation and properties of advanced materials
  • To address issues of sustainability such as degradation and recycling
  • To equip graduate scientists and engineers with specific expertise in the selection and use of materials for industry
  • To enable students to prepare, plan, execute and report an original piece of research
  • To develop a deeper understanding of a materials topic which is of particular interest (full-time students) or relevance to their work in industry (part-time students) by a project based or independent study based thesis

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • The different major classes of advanced materials
  • Routes for manufacturing and processing of advanced materials
  • Characterisation techniques for analysing bonding and microstructure
  • Mechanical, chemical and physical properties of advanced materials
  • Processing -microstructure - property relationships of advanced materials
  • Material selection and use
  • Appropriate mathematical methods

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Reason systematically about the behaviour of materials
  • Select materials for an application
  • Predict material properties
  • Understand mathematical relationships relating to material properties
  • Plan experiments, interpret experimental data and discuss experimental results in the context of present understanding in the field

Professional practical skills

  • Research information to develop ideas and understanding
  • Develop an understanding of, and competence, in using laboratory equipment and instrumentation
  • Apply mathematical methods, as appropriate

Key / transferable skills

  • Use the scientific process to reason through to a sound conclusion
  • Write clear reports
  • Communicate ideas clearly and in an appropriate format
  • Design and carry out experimental work

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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The global challenges of climate and energy require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, efficient energy use, new lightweight vehicular structures, techniques for carbon capture and storage and climate engineering. Read more

The global challenges of climate and energy require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, efficient energy use, new lightweight vehicular structures, techniques for carbon capture and storage and climate engineering. This is a broad-based MSc, designed for graduates who wish to acquire skills in energy and materials science in order to participate in the emerging challenges to meet climate change targets.

About this degree

Students gain an advanced knowledge of materials science as it applies to energy and environmental technologies and research skills including information and literature retrieval, critical interpretation and analysis, and effective communication. They can benefit from modules in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering, thus offering future employers a wide-ranging skills base. Graduates will be well qualified to deal with the problems of energy decision-making and the implications for the environment.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (15 credits each) and a research project (60 credits).

An exit-level only Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is available.

An exit-level only Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is available.

Core modules

Students take all of the following, totalling 90 credits, and a 60-credit research dissertation.

  • Advanced Topics in Energy Science and Materials
  • Microstructural Control in Materials Science
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability
  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Research Project Literature Review (30 credits)

Optional modules

Students take 30 credits drawn from the following:

  • Climate and Energy
  • Materials and Nanomaterials
  • New and Renewable Energy Systems
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Energy, Technology and Climate Policy

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 7,000-10,000 words, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, self-study and research supervision. Assessment is through unseen written examination and coursework. The literature project is assessed by written dissertation and the research project is assessed by a written report and a viva voce examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Materials for Energy and Environment MSc

Careers

The UK has committed to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions on a 1990 baseline by 2050. CERES, the organisation that represents the largest institutional investors would like to see 90% reduction by 2050. National Systems of Innovation (NSI), which includes the universities, research centres and government departments working in conjunction with industry, will need to apprehend new opportunities and change direction, diverting personnel to energy and climate issues in response to changing markets and legislation. This MSc will contribute to the supply of personnel needed for the era of sustainability.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Engineer in Development, ProElectric
  • Researcher, Chemistry Institute
  • Cell Technician, Nexeon
  • PhD in Nanomaterials, University of Oxford
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is designed for graduates from a wide range of science and engineering backgrounds who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills into materials science with an emphasis on the energy and climate change issues that will drive markets over the next century. It delivers courses from five departments across three faculties depending on options and includes a self-managed research project which is intended to introduce the challenges of original scientific research in a supportive environment.

Research activities span the whole spectrum of energy-related research from the development of batteries and fuel cells to the prediction of the structure of new water-splitting catalytic materials.

Students develop experience in scientific method, techniques for reporting science and in the many generic skills required for a future career.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemistry

94% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Materials Chemistry is one of the modern chemical disciplines underpinning a substantial portion of the chemicals sector. The programme provides a unique general training in the area and includes the chance to specialise in aspects such as Polymer Chemistry, Inorganic Materials, Supramolecular Chemistry or Nanosciences. Read more
Materials Chemistry is one of the modern chemical disciplines underpinning a substantial portion of the chemicals sector.

The programme provides a unique general training in the area and includes the chance to specialise in aspects such as Polymer Chemistry, Inorganic Materials, Supramolecular Chemistry or Nanosciences. Both synthesis and characterisation are core parts of the taught aspects.

The course provides for studies in all aspects of Materials Chemistry. Students can study fundamental aspects of Polymer Chemistry; Nano and Supramolecular Chemistry, Inorganic Materials Chemistry and the programme includes application areas such as Nanomaterials and Semi-conductors.

Professional Accreditation

We will be seeking accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Why Bradford?

Uniquely the programme offers one of the widest ranges of opportunities for carrying out a 12 month research project from a selection that covers all aspects of Materials Chemistry. Projects are supervised by leading researchers in their fields.

Studies can either be conducted over a 12 month period at Bradford or remotely over 24 months with a project being conducted in an area of Materials Chemistry at the student’s workplace.

Rankings

Ranked 18th in the UK for Chemistry in the Guardian University League Tables 2017.

Modules

Core modules:
-Research skills, professional development and commercial awareness
-Research Project - Part 1
-Research Project - Part 2

Option modules:
-Inorganic Materials Chemistry
-Fundamentals of Nano and Supramolecular Materials
-Introduction to Polymer and Colloid Science
-Computational Crystal Engineering
-Materials in Electronics
-Materials Characterisation

Learning activities and assessment

Transferrable skills are at the heart of the programme and these aspects are assessed by submission of a thesis, a draft scientific paper, oral presentation as well as modules on data management.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Materials Chemists work in a diverse range of areas including: medical devices; electronic devices; sustainable energy generation; nanomaterials; surface coatings; controlled delivery of drugs and agrochemicals and many other areas.

Transferable skills are also a key component and graduating students will be equipped for careers in both academia and industry.

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A Masters course providing the foundation for 21st century technologies - from fuel cells to aeroengines. Read more

A Masters course providing the foundation for 21st century technologies - from fuel cells to aeroengines

The complete masters (MSc) course in Advanced Engineering Materials provides you with an in-depth understanding of the key factors that govern the design and selection of materials for use in advanced engineering applications, as well as their processing, properties and stability.

Aims

The programme aims to convey detailed knowledge of state-of-the-art materials systems, with a focus on composites, advanced alloys and functional and engineering ceramics. The students explore the technologies used in the manufacture and processing of advanced materials and develop an understanding of the relationships between composition, microstructure, processing and performance. The student learn how to assess materials performance in service and develop an understanding of the processes of degradation in hostile conditions. They are also trained in the essential skills needed to design and develop the next generation of high performance engineering materials, establishing a strong foundation for a future career in industry or research.

Course unit details

The taught units cover the structure and design of advanced engineering materials and provide graduates with an increased depth and breadth of knowledge of materials science, technology and engineering.

Taught units include:

  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Principles of Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Superalloys and High Performance Materials
  • Advanced Metals Processing
  • Advanced Composites
  • Graphene and Nanomaterials

Overseas students will require and ATAS certificate for this course. The ATAS certificate will expire after 6 months so please wait until May before applying. For a full list of the course units, please contact  . The JACS code for this course is J511 or J5.

Scholarships and bursaries

Unfortunately, The University of Manchester does not have any funding opportunities at present. There may be external funding opportunities, please see the link for more information:http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/

Facilities

To underpin the research and teaching activities at the School, we have established state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials. These facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry to materials processing and materials testing.

To complement our teaching resources, there is a comprehensive range of electrochemical, electronoptical imaging and surface and bulk analytical facilities and techniques.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

Our graduates of this programme have gone on to fill key posts as materials scientists, engineers, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. You may also be able to advance to PhD programmes within the School.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc in Advanced Engineering Materials is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) with the award of Further Learning. For more information, visit http://www.iom3.org  



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Our Materials Design and Engineering MSc gives graduates in science and engineering disciplines an understanding of the role and application of materials. Read more
Our Materials Design and Engineering MSc gives graduates in science and engineering disciplines an understanding of the role and application of materials. It provides knowledge of traditional and new materials and the science underpinning their behaviour and properties.

This course takes you through 120 credits of modules. Half of these are for an extended practical based project supported by our research laboratories and staff.
You will study a range of traditional and modern topics such as joining technology and nanomaterials.

The course will provide you with a high level of understanding of new and current materials, their applications, and design issues related to their use. You will also develop your reporting and research skills and extend your problem solving and written and verbal communication skills.

Many successful students from this course have gone on to do PhD research with us. The course gives an insight into the field of materials, bridging the gap between many science and engineering disciplines.

Delivery

The one year course includes taught modules and a major research project in the form of a dissertation.

The two year course is designed for students who require extra English tuition, or who need further training in certain other key background skills. You take a preparatory year comprising English language and other relevant introductory modules, including engineering modules. You then continue into the second year and take the one year version of the course as described above.

Placements

The course includes a 60 credit project module which is a laboratory based practical exercise. Some of these projects are related to industrial problems and you can also create links to companies yourself to generate a suitable project topic.

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Microsystems Engineering is one of the most dynamic and interdisciplinary engineering fields. The Master of Science program in Microsystems Engineering (MSE) provides the educational basis for your success in this field. Read more
Microsystems Engineering is one of the most dynamic and interdisciplinary engineering fields. The Master of Science program in Microsystems Engineering (MSE) provides the educational basis for your success in this field. The MSE program is designed for highly qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor degree in engineering or science.

In the first year 12 mandatory courses provide the fundamental theoretical framework for a future career in Microsystems. These courses are designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base in the most important aspects of the field:

• MSE technologies and processes
• Microelectronics
• Micro-mechanics
• MSE design laboratory I
• Optical Microsystems
• Sensors
• Probability and statistics
• Assembly and packaging technology
• Dynamics of MEMS
• Micro-actuators
• Biomedical Microsystems
• Micro-fluidics
• MSE design laboratory II
• Signal processing

As part of the mandatory courses, the Microsystems design laboratory is a two-semester course in which small teams of students undertake a comprehensive, hands-on design project in Microsystems engineering. Requiring students to address all aspects of the generation of a microsystem, from conceptualization, through project planning to fabrication and testing, this course provides an essential glimpse into the workings of engineering projects.

In the second year, MSE students can specialise in two of the following seven concentration areas (elective courses), allowing each student to realize individual interests and to obtain an in-depth look at two sub-disciplines of this very broad, interdisciplinary field:

• Circuits and systems
• Design and simulation
• Life sciences: Biomedical engineering
• Life sciences: Lab-on-a-chip
• Materials
• Process engineering
• Sensors and actuators

Below are some examples of subjects offered in the concentration areas. These subjects do not only include theoretical lectures, but also hands-on courses such as labs, projects and seminars.

Circuits and Systems
• Analog CMOS Circuit Design
• Mixed-Signal CMOS Circuit Design
• VLSI – System Design
• RF- und Microwave Devices and Circuits
• Micro-acoustics
• Radio sensor systems
• Optoelectronic devices
• Reliability Engineering
• Lasers
• Micro-optics
• Advanced topics in Macro-, Micro- and Nano-optics


Design and Simulation
• Topology optimization
• Compact Modelling of large Scale Systems
• Lattice Gas Methods
• Particle Simulation Methods
• VLSI – System Design
• Hardware Development using the finite element method
• Computer-Aided Design

Life Sciences: Biomedical Engineering
• Signal processing and analysis of brain signals
• Neurophysiology I: Measurement and Analysis of Neuronal Activity
• Neurophysiology II: Electrophysiology in Living Brain
• DNA Analytics
• Basics of Electrostimulation
• Implant Manufacturing Techologies
• Biomedical Instrumentation I
• Biomedical Instrumentation II

Life Sciences: Lab-on-a-chip
• DNA Analytics
• Biochip Technologies
• Bio fuel cell
• Micro-fluidics 2: Platforms for Lab-on-a-Chip Applications

Materials
• Microstructured polymer components
• Test structures and methods for integrated circuits and microsystems
• Quantum mechanics for Micro- and Macrosystems Engineering
• Microsystems Analytics
• From Microsystems to the nano world
• Techniques for surface modification
• Nanomaterials
• Nanotechnology
• Semiconductor Technology and Devices

MEMS Processing
• Advanced silicon technologies
• Piezoelectric and dielectric transducers
• Nanotechnology

Sensors and Actuators
• Nonlinear optic materials
• CMOS Microsystems
• Quantum mechanics for Micro- and Macrosystems Engineering
• BioMEMS
• Bionic Sensors
• Micro-actuators
• Energy harvesting
• Electronic signal processing for sensors and actuators


Essential for the successful completion of the Master’s degree is submission of a Master’s thesis, which is based on a project performed during the third and fourth semesters of the program. Each student works as a member of one of the 18 research groups of the department, with full access to laboratory and cleanroom infrastructure.

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This MSc is designed for graduates from the physical sciences and relevant engineering disciplines who wish to develop skills in this new and exciting area. Read more

This MSc is designed for graduates from the physical sciences and relevant engineering disciplines who wish to develop skills in this new and exciting area. Nanotechnology is rapidly establishing itself as a key technology, in industries ranging from microelectronics to healthcare, with a consequent demand for appropriately trained graduates.

About this degree

The programme introduces students to and provides training in the skills essential for almost all fields of nanotechnology research, including key laboratory skills and techniques in planning, building devices, analysis, and results comparison. The core lecture programme covers essential topics in physics, electrical and electronic engineering, and biology.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered. The diploma consists of six core modules (75 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits).

Core modules

  • Physical Science for Nanotechnology
  • Nanoscale Processing and Characterisation for Advanced Devices
  • Experimental Techniques for Nanotechnology
  • Nanotechnology and Society
  • Electrical Transport in Nanosystems
  • Photonics in Nanosystems

Optional modules

  • Quantum Computation and Communication
  • Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Molecular Physics
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
  • Bioprocess Microfluidics
  • Physics and Optics of Nano-Structures
  • Materials and Nanomaterials
  • Innovation Practices
  • Physics of Advanced Materials

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an extensive research project on an experimental or theoretical topic which is assessed through an interim report, dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials and seminars. Student performance is assessed through coursework, laboratory notebooks, case studies, written examination, a dissertation, and written and oral presentations.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Nanotechnology MSc

Careers

Recent graduates have gone on to work as engineers for companies including EDF Energy and Intel, as analysts and consultants for firms including Standard Bank PLC and DN Capital, or to undertake PhD study at the Universities of Oxford, Bath and Glasgow.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Business Analyst, Efficio
  • EngD in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, UCL
  • PhD in Diamond Electronics, UCL
  • Researcher, SCS (Sensor Coating Systems) and studying PhD in Materials, Imperial College London
  • Junior Electronics Engineer, Samsung

Employability

This MSc programme provides a broad and comprehensive coverage of the technological and scientific foundations of nanotechnology, from the basis of the fabrication of nanostructures for advanced device applications, to fundamental quantum information and molecular biophysics, from nanotechnology in life science to nanotechnology in healthcare, and from experimental technology to theoretical modelling. Nanotechnology MSc graduates are expertly equipped either to pursue PhD study or become consultants or engineers in a wide range of nanotechnology fields.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) is a new UK-based multidisciplinary enterprise operating at the forefront of science and technology.

Forming a bridge between the physical and biomedical sciences, it brings together two of the world's leading institutions in nanotechnology, UCL (University College London) and Imperial College London.

The centre aims to provide leading-edge training in nanotechnology and students on this programme benefit from excellent new facilities, including a £14 million research building furnished with state-of-the art equipment, and a £1 million teaching facility in UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering

97% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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