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The School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor is ranked as 2nd in the UK for research by the UK Government in its most recent Research Assessment Exercise and as such the School houses academics, researchers and students of international standing. Read more
The School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor is ranked as 2nd in the UK for research by the UK Government in its most recent Research Assessment Exercise and as such the School houses academics, researchers and students of international standing. The School offers an MRes programme in Electronic Engineering, with a variety of specialist areas of study available. Each programme is aligned to the research conducted within the School:

MRes Electronic Engineering Optoelectronics
MRes Electronic Engineering Optical Communications
MRes Electronic Engineering Organic Electronics
MRes Electronic Engineering Polymer Electronics
MRes Electronic Engineering Micromachining
MRes Electronic Engineering Nanotechnology
MRes Electronic Engineering VLSI Design
MRes Electronic Engineering Bio-Electronics

The MRes programme provides a dedicated route for high-calibre students who (may have a specific research aim in mind) are ready to carry out independent research leading to PhD level study or who are seeking a stand alone research based qualification suitable for a career in research with transferable skills for graduate employment.
It is the normal expectation that the independent research thesis (120 credits) should be of at a publishable standard in a high quality peer reviewed journal.
The MRes programme is a full-time one year course consisting of 60 taught credits at the beginning of the programme which lead on to the 120 credit thesis.
Each MRes shares the taught element of the course, after successful completion of the taught element students are then able to specialise in a specific subject for their thesis.
The taught provision has four distinct 15 credit modules that concentrate on specific generic skill.

Modelling and Design
Focuses on the simulation and design of electronic devices using an advanced software package – COMSOL. This powerful commercial software package is extremely adaptable and can be used to simulate and design a very wide range of physical systems.

Introduction to Nanotechnology and Microsystems
Focuses on the device fabrication techniques at the nano and micro scale, as well as introducing some of the diagnostic tools available to test the quality and characteristics of devices.

Project Planning
Focuses on the skills required to scope, plan, execute and report the
outcomes of a business and research project.

Mini Project
Focuses on applying the skills and techniques to a mini project, whose theme will form the basis of the substantive research project.
MRes Research Project: After the successful completions of the taught component of the programme, the major individual thesis will be undertaken within the world-leading research groups of the School.
Student Study Support
All students are assigned a designated supervisor, an academic member of staff who will provide formal supervision and support on a daily basis.
The School’s Director of Graduate Studies will ensure that the appropriate level of support and guidance is available for all postgraduate students, and each Course Director is available to help and advise their students as and when required.

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The Master’s programme Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry aims to provide students with knowledge on the design, synthesis and evaluation of low-molecular weight biologically active organic substances. Read more
The Master’s programme Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry aims to provide students with knowledge on the design, synthesis and evaluation of low-molecular weight biologically active organic substances. This programme offers an advanced level of knowledge with regard to organic synthesis and pharmaceutically active compounds, as well as supplementary knowledge of medicinal chemistry.

Low-molecular weight biologically active substances are at the core of Life Science Research. Knowledge of molecular structures and their properties is crucial to our understanding of a vast cross section of science, ranging from pharmaceutically active compounds to organic electronics and their incorporation into diagnostic tools as biosensors.

The main focus of this programme is the comprehension of organic synthesis pertaining to biologically active compounds. The programme begins with courses in organic chemistry and organic synthesis, building from the basic concepts to the advanced level, followed by an introduction in medicinal chemistry. It also covers protein chemistry, which broadens the students’ knowledge in the field of bioorganic chemistry.

The programme culminates by bringing together the skills and knowledge acquired in a longer thesis project, in either a research group or industry. Our research facilities are well equipped with all the necessary analytical/diagnostic equipment you would normally find in many industrial research facilities.

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Oxford’s MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications offers a fantastic opportunity to study a part-time engineering conversion course, helping students to gain the key skills needed to embark on an engineering career. Read more
Oxford’s MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications offers a fantastic opportunity to study a part-time engineering conversion course, helping students to gain the key skills needed to embark on an engineering career. The course is designed to fit around busy working schedules, and offers both foundational and advanced modules in the three sub-disciplines.

This conversion course aims to provide students with all the essential transferrable skills and analytical abilities needed to progress in the engineering sector.

This is a joint programme drawing on the Department of Engineering Science's research expertise with the flexible learning approach offered by the Department for Continuing Education's Continuing Professional Development Centre.

Topics

Fundamentals of Microelectronics and Communications
Advanced Microelectronics
Wireless Communications
Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices and Applied Optics
Optical Communications
Engineering in Society or
Organic Electronics and Nanotechnology for Optoelectronic Devices

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This course is designed with industry in mind. We have also partnered with Engineering Materials and Physics to encompass the breadth of modern polymer science and technology. Read more

About the course

This course is designed with industry in mind. We have also partnered with Engineering Materials and Physics to encompass the breadth of modern polymer science and technology. You’ll become the kind of high-calibre polymer science graduate needed to develop new products and processes in a variety of industries.

Through a combination of theory and practice, we’ll teach you about polymer synthesis, physics, characterisation and the latest developments in polymer research. When you design and conduct your own extended research project, you can look in more detail at the areas you’re most interested in and learn how to communicate your science to the chemical community.

Your future

Our graduates are highly valued in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector. They work all over the world for companies including AkzoNobel, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Corus, Dow Chemicals, GSK, Smith and Nephew and Syngenta. Many move on to PhD study, then careers in research or teaching.

Chemistry is vital to the way we live. It helps power industry and drive economic growth. Polymer science contributes to advances in everything from biology to engineering and medicine. As a researcher in industry or academia you could be involved in work that improves lives and changes the way we see the world.

Learn from world-class research

Top-quality research directly informs our teaching. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates 98 per cent of our work world-class or internationally excellent. You’ll learn about the very latest developments from experts in theory and spectroscopy, synthesis, analytical science, chemical biology and materials.

Labs, equipment and training

We’ll train you to use our modern analytical instrumentation. We have NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, x-ray crystallography, polymer characterisation methods and advanced microscopy. We also have a team of technicians to assist with spectroscopic services. There are labs for molecular biology, protein chemistry, polymer/colloid synthesis and materials characterisation.

Core modules

Fundamental Polymer Chemistry; The Physics of Polymers; Biopolymers and Biomaterials; Polymer Characterisation and Analysis; Research and Presentation Skills and Polymer Laboratory Skills; Extended Research Project.

Examples of optional modules

Smart Polymers and Polymeric Materials; Polymers with Controlled Structures; Design and Manufacture of Composites; Polymer Fibre Composite Materials; Macromolecules at Interfaces and Structured Organic Films; Electronics and Photonics.

Teaching and assessment

We use a mixture of lectures, practicals, workshops and individual research projects. The optional modules in the second semester enable you to specialise in two specific areas of polymer science. You can also tailor your research project to your particular interests.

For all taught modules, written exams contribute 75 per cent towards your final grade. The other 25 per cent comes from continuous assessment, which might include essays on specialised topics or assessed workshops. You also produce a 15,000-word dissertation based on your research project.

Your research project

This can be based in an academic group at the University, or in industry. If it’s industry- based, the topic is usually suggested by the company you’re working with. You may be expected to liaise closely with the company to organise your project.

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Our Energy programmes allow you to specialise in areas such as bio-energy, novel geo-energy, sustainable power, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, power electronics, drives and machines, and the sustainable development and use of key resources. Read more
Our Energy programmes allow you to specialise in areas such as bio-energy, novel geo-energy, sustainable power, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, power electronics, drives and machines, and the sustainable development and use of key resources.

We can supervise MPhil projects in topics that relate to our main areas of research, which are:

Bio-energy

Our research spans the whole supply chain:
-Growing novel feedstocks (various biomass crops, algae etc)
-Processing feedstocks in novel ways
-Converting feedstocks into fuels and chemical feedstocks
-Developing new engines to use the products

Cockle Park Farm has an innovative anaerobic digestion facility. Work at the farm will develop, integrate and exploit technologies associated with the generation and efficient utilisation of renewable energy from land-based resources, including biomass, biofuel and agricultural residues.

We also develop novel technologies for gasification and pyrolysis. This large multidisciplinary project brings together expertise in agronomy, land use and social science with process technologists and engineers and is complemented by molecular studies on the biology of non-edible oilseeds as sources for production of biodiesel.

Novel geo-energy

New ways of obtaining clean energy from the geosphere is a vital area of research, particularly given current concerns over the limited remaining resources of fossil fuels.

Newcastle University has been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its world-renowned Hydrogeochemical Engineering Research and Outreach (HERO) programme. Building on this record of excellence, the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research seeks to place the North East at the forefront of research in ground-source heat pump systems, and other larger-scale sources of essentially carbon-free geothermal energy, and developing more responsible modes of fossil fuel use.

Our fossil fuel research encompasses both the use of a novel microbial process, recently patented by Newcastle University, to convert heavy oil (and, by extension, coal) to methane, and the coupling of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to underground coal gasification (UCG) using directionally drilled boreholes. This hybrid technology (UCG-CCS) is exceptionally well suited to early development in the North East, which still has 75% of its total coal resources in place.

Sustainable power

We undertake fundamental and applied research into various aspects of power generation and energy systems, including:
-The application of alternative fuels such as hydrogen and biofuels to engines and dual fuel engines
-Domestic combined heat and power (CHP) and combined cooling, heating and power (trigeneration) systems using waste vegetable oil and/or raw inedible oils
-Biowaste methanisation
-Biomass and biowaste combustion, gasification
-Biomass co-combustion with coal in thermal power plants
-CO2 capture and storage for thermal power systems
-Trigeneration with novel energy storage systems (including the storage of electrical energy, heat and cooling energy)
-Engine and power plant emissions monitoring and reduction technology
-Novel engine configurations such as free-piston engines and the reciprocating Joule cycle engine

Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies

We are recognised as world leaders in hydrogen storage research. Our work covers the entire range of fuel cell technologies, from high-temperature hydrogen cells to low-temperature microbial fuel cells, and addresses some of the complex challenges which are slowing the uptake and impact of fuel cell technology.

Key areas of research include:
-Biomineralisation
-Liquid organic hydrides
-Adsorption onto solid phase, nano-porous metallo-carbon complexes

Sustainable development and use of key resources

Our research in this area has resulted in the development and commercialisation of novel gasifier technology for hydrogen production and subsequent energy generation.

We have developed ways to produce alternative fuels, in particular a novel biodiesel pilot plant that has attracted an Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) AspenTech Innovative Business Practice Award.

Major funding has been awarded for the development of fuel cells for commercial application and this has led to both patent activity and highly-cited research. Newcastle is a key member of the SUPERGEN Fuel Cell Consortium. Significant developments have been made in fuel cell modelling, membrane technology, anode development and catalyst and fuel cell performance improvements.

Facilities

As a postgraduate student you will be based in the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research. Depending on your chosen area of study, you may also work with one or more of our partner schools, providing you with a unique and personally designed training and supervision programme.

You have access to:
-A modern open-plan office environment
-A full range of chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and marine engineering laboratories
-Dedicated desk and PC facilities for each student within the research centre or partner schools

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This programme will help broaden your horizons and give your studies a global outlook. The dual award, which offers practical experience, builds on the Postgraduate Diploma Quality Management at UWS (see page 164) with additional study at University of Angers, France. Read more
This programme will help broaden your horizons and give your studies a global outlook. The dual award, which offers practical experience, builds on the Postgraduate Diploma Quality Management at UWS (see page 164) with additional study at University of Angers, France.

About the programme

Quality Management is the application of specialised managerial and technological skills to achieve the desired quality at a minimum cost. It also addresses strategic quality issues and leadership in establishing a total quality ethos which focuses on achieving customer satisfaction.

Our close links with commerce and industry ensure the programme reflects the latest in quality thinking and techniques, and our laboratories have industry-standard equipment. It will enhance your understanding of modern developments within the global field of quality.

This dual award programme is the same as the MSc Quality Management (see page 164) but with additional study at the University of Angers in France. Funding options are available for the period of study in France. At the end of the programme you will receive two Masters; MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS, and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.

Your learning

MSc Quality Management (International) Postgraduate Diploma
• Operations and Project Management
• Interpersonal Skills and Change Management (10 point module)
• Research Design and Methods (10 point module)

plus one from:
• Service Quality
or
• Reliability and Experimental Design for Industry

MSc ISMP
You will also study:
• Formation Générale
• Management de projet
• Qualité Logiciel

MSc

Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project, which can be carried out within industry in Scotland or France.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates seek employment as quality or continuous improvement managers in various organisations including manufacturing, electronics, engineering, public sector and service organisations.

First-class facilities

Get the hands on experience you need to succeed. We have excellent specialist facilities which support our research students and staff. These include an advanced chemical analysis lab: with state-of-theart chemical analysis for isotopic and elemental analysis at trace concentrations using ICPMS/OES and the identification of organic compounds using LCMS; and the Spatial and Pattern Analysis (SPAR) lab: providing high specification workstations, geographical information system (GIS) software, geochemical and image processing facilities to support data management in science research.

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Employability is central to this postgraduate course, which provides a broad perspective of analytical techniques covering both the analysis of organic and inorganic analytes in both liquid and solid form. Read more
Employability is central to this postgraduate course, which provides a broad perspective of analytical techniques covering both the analysis of organic and inorganic analytes in both liquid and solid form. Career opportunities are therefore maximised across the broadest possible range of employers within the chemicals sector and related industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to micro-electronics.

The fundamental ethos of the Instrumental Analysis course is to underpin the theoretical knowledge gained within the class room with extensive laboratory sessions. This cumulates in an 80 credit project where you will have the opportunity to specialise in various areas of instrumental analysis. This course will appeal to graduates from chemistry, chemical physics and other related disciplines.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Computing Facilities are available in the general computing suites found within the building and throughout campus. Extensive Resources are available to support your studies provided by Learning & Information Services (LIS) – library and IT staff. You are advised to take advantage of the free training sessions designed to enable you to gain all the skills you need for your research and study.

LIS provide access to a huge range of electronic resources – e-journals and databases, e-books, images and texts.

Course and module materials are not provided in ‘hard copy’ format, however, wherever practicable, lecture notes and/or presentations, seminar materials, assignment briefs and materials and other relevant information and resources are made available in electronic form via eLearn. This is the brand name for the on-line Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that the University uses to support and enhance teaching and learning.

You can access the eLearn spaces for the course and modules that they are registered for. Once logged into your eLearn area you can access material from the course and all of the modules you are studying without having to log in to each module separately.

The modules are assessed by both coursework and examination. To ensure that you do not have an excessive amount of assessment at any one time, the coursework assessment will take place uniformly throughout the course.

OPPORTUNITIES

The course is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work in any analytical chemistry environment.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester 1 of the course is designed to ensure that you have the basic skills needed to obtain an MSc. It is important that you enhance the skills you have that will be of benefit when you gain employment after the course. The main skills that you will enhance will be presentational skills, report writing, independent working and problem solving.

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