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The technology and applications of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) are wide-ranging and constantly evolving. Major fields of application include the aerospace industry, oil, gas and energy generation, chemical industries, space technology, rail transport, shipping and manufacturing. Read more
The technology and applications of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) are wide-ranging and constantly evolving. Major fields of application include the aerospace industry, oil, gas and energy generation, chemical industries, space technology, rail transport, shipping and manufacturing.

Other applications are constantly emerging and there are strong links with medical technology. New NDT techniques need to be developed to meet the changing needs of nano-technologies.

Course Overview

Careers in NDT often offer opportunities to travel and to work in new, high technology industries. The series of taught modules that form part one of the course will develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of non-destructive testing technologies. The University has access to a range of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies including: Infrared Thermography; Ultrasonics; Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer; a ballistics testing cell and, DeltaVision computer software for the measurement of photoelasticity. Practical tasks undertaken with these facilities will enable you to develop your skills in applying a variety of testing and measurement techniques and critically examining the results.

Upon the successful completion of 120 credits in part one, you will be required to undertake an independent research project worth 60 credits. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to you to help guide you through the independent research phase.

Collaboration and Knowledge Transfer
Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and evaluation is a key area of research for UWTSD Swansea, where we are the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre in Port Talbot (just outside Swansea), operated by TWI, a global leader in technology engineering and one of the UK's largest research organisations, with an international reputation. This partnership offers excellent opportunities to our students, providing industrial links relevant to the Part 2 project. Furthermore, funding from the Welsh Government and from the EPSRC has facilitated the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment. Other links with industry include: Knauf Insulation; Silverwing UK Ltd; Oceaneering Inspection Services; Team Precision Pipeline Assembllies; Cyden; and, Rikoset.

UWTSD Swansea is the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre, just outside Swansea, and through this partnership has strong links with TWI, one of the UK's largest research organisations, with an international reputation. The Institute has received significant funding for equipment and has an active research group in NDT,

Modules

The programme is structured in two parts. Part I (120 Credits) comprises the following taught modules:
-Research Methods
-NDT Systems, Standards and Applications
-Materials
-Ultrasonic Methods
-Radiographic Methods
-Electromagnetic Methods
-Thermal and Optical Methods

Part II (60 Credits)
-Major Project

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This course provides the opportunity to obtain the skills required to develop and commercialise new technologies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Read more
This course provides the opportunity to obtain the skills required to develop and commercialise new technologies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Students will have an invaluable chance to work with experts in both engineering and business, providing an excellent basis for those engineers who wish to commercialise their ideas or graduates who wish to develop their knowledge of management and entrepreneurship in a high tech environment.

The course brings together strengths and resources from of both the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Nottingham University Business school. As will have invaluable chance to experience the steps necessary to commercialise a technical idea, this programme provides an excellent basis for the engineers who wish to commercialise their ideas or graduates who wish to explore the exciting world of commercialisation.

The course provides an excellent basis for engineers who wish to update their knowledge in this area, or students/engineers who wish to go on to do research or study for a PhD degree, as well as first degree students who would like to enhance their training.

Students will develop:
the skills required to develop and commercialise new technologies in electrical and electronic engineering
the ability to plan and undertake a research project and work in a team environment
interpersonal, communication and professional skills
the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports
an awareness of contemporary problems in the fields of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and both present and futuristic approaches to their solutions

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, a group research project is undertaken during the summer term.
The project will demand the completion of a major piece of commercialisation work on an advanced technical topic.

Previous research projects on this course have included:
Industrial cure monitoring in the automobile and aerospace industries
Assessment of market potential for embedded ultrasonic sensors for structural health monitoring
Commercial opportunity for novel capsule endoscopes
Commercial assessment of portable laser Doppler blood flow monitors

Scholarship information can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/graduateschool/funding/index.aspx

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This MSc will equip you with state-of-the-art knowledge of biomaterials, bioengineering, tissue engineering, medical engineering and related management topics. Read more
This MSc will equip you with state-of-the-art knowledge of biomaterials, bioengineering, tissue engineering, medical engineering and related management topics. Delivered by experts from across UCL and eminent visiting lecturers from industry and medical charities, this interdisciplinary programme attracts physical sciences, engineering and life sciences graduates, including those with qualifications in medicine.

Degree information

You will develop an advanced knowledge of topics in biomaterials and tissue engineering alongside an awareness of the context in which healthcare engineering operates, in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects. You will also gain a wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for a career in this field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Biomaterials
-Tissue Engineering
-Biofluids and Medical Devices
-Biomechanics and Biostructures
-Applications of Biomedical Engineering
-Bioengineering
-Medical Imaging (ionising and non-ionising)
-Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities

Dissertation/report
Culminating in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation, the research project focuses your research interests and develops high-level presentation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The project can be based in any relevant UCL department.

Teaching and learning
This dynamic programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, and practical laboratory work. Assessment is through written, oral and viva voce examinations, the dissertation and coursework (including the evaluation of laboratory reports, technical and project reports, problem-solving exercises, assessment of computational and modelling skills, and oral presentations).

Careers

There are many career opportunities and the programme is suitable for students wishing to become academics, researchers or professionals and for those pursuing senior management careers, in manufacturing or healthcare engineering.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Clinical Fellow Plastic Surgeon, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust
-MRes in Synthetic Biology, UCL
-PhD in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, UCL
-Transcranial Ultrasonic Stimulation, UCL
-Chief Research and Technology Officer, eSpin NanoTech

Employability
Delivered by leading researchers from across UCL, as well as industrial experts, you will have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas in biomaterials and tissue engineering. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the NHS, JRI Orthopaedics and Orthopaedics Research (UK) is key to our success and you will be encouraged to develop networks through the programme itself and through the department’s careers programme which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Why study this degree at UCL?

There are internationally renowned research groups in biomaterials and bioengineering in UCL Engineering and you will have access to a state-of-the-art research portfolio.

In recent years, UCL Mechanical Engineering has seen unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. For example, six new biomaterials and bioengineering laboratories have been set up with funding from the Royal Society and Wolfson Foundation. A new biomaterials processing and forming laboratory is also available in the Materials Hub in the Engineering Building.

The programme is also delivered by leading researchers across UCL's Division of Medicine, Eastman Dental Institute, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and visiting experts from other UK organisations.

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Composite materials are increasingly replacing traditional metallic components in several industrial applications, such as aerospace engineering, wind turbine blades and the automotive industry. Read more
Composite materials are increasingly replacing traditional metallic components in several industrial applications, such as aerospace engineering, wind turbine blades and the automotive industry. This MSc provides you with an in-depth theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of advanced composite materials.

The programme is based in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), one of the world's leading centres in composite materials, which houses a number of state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facilities.

ACCIS has strong industrial and research links with companies like Rolls-Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems and GE Aviation as well as government research labs such as the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the European Space Agency and the US Army International Technology Centre.

Programme structure

Core subjects
-Composites Design and Manufacture
-Smart Materials
-Nanocomposites and Nano engineering
-Research Skills
-Elements of Polymer Composites

And either:
-Advanced Composites Analysis or
-Structures and Materials

after discussion with the programme director.

Optional units
You will select from a list of options which will include the following:
-Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
-Nonlinear Structural Dynamics
-Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing
-Structural Engineering 4
-Advanced Techniques in Multi-Disciplinary Design
-Nonlinear Behaviour of Materials
-Nature's Materials - Biomimetics, Biomaterials and Sustainability

Project
To complete the programme you will carry out a research project, which may be either academically or industrially led.

Careers

Graduates from this programme could enter a career in one of the rapidly growing composites-related industries, such as aerospace, marine, automotive and wind turbine, materials testing/manufacturing or in engineering consultancy sectors. Some of our MSc graduates continue to PhD study, either at Bristol or other relevant PhD programmes.

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The main objective of this programme is to produce graduates with the ability to plan, execute and produce reports on technical projects for industry and academia. Read more
The main objective of this programme is to produce graduates with the ability to plan, execute and produce reports on technical projects for industry and academia. The programme is composed of taught units, assessed by examination and coursework submission, and a major research project supervised by academic staff in the department.

The facilities and expertise in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have earned us consistently high rankings in university league tables and an internationally excellent rating for research.

Programme structure

Core units

Four mandatory units, each worth 10 credits, are designed to develop your skills of investigation, system analysis and project planning.

- Finite Element Analysis
- Literature Review
- Power Generation for the 22nd Century
- Research Project Proposal

You will be able to choose eight optional 10-credit units from the list below at the start of the programme. The current options list is as follows:

Design and Manufacture

- Virtual Product Development
- Robotic Systems
- Biomechanics

Engineering and the Environment

- Environmental Thermalhydraulics

Materials

- Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing
- Non-linear Behaviour of Materials
- Advanced Composites Analysis

Dynamics

- Advanced Dynamics
- Systems and Control Engineering 4
- Nonlinear Structural Dynamics
- Generic Propulsion

Research project (60 credits)

Each student is allocated an individual project, worth 60 credits, which is supported from within the department through the three main research groups:

- Dynamics and Control
- Design and Process Engineering
- Solid Mechanics

Provided that the content is academically rigorous, industrially-related projects are possible, through either your own contacts or the department's strong links with major companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Bechtel, British Energy, Nestlé, Qinetiq Ltd, Renishaw, Renold Chain and Rolls-Royce.

Careers

Several of our recent students have gone into research, including two recent PhD graduates from Bristol.

One further student is currently working towards an Engineering doctorate with the Systems Centre in Bristol and has been working closely with a local company, Vestas Wind Systems (his industrial sponsor). His research title is "Expanding the life cycle of wind turbine components through reverse engineering and repairing solutions".

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Biomedical signals provide useful metrics in a wide range of health care scenarios. However, these signals are often affected by noise and require extensive signal processing to extract useful clinical diagnostic metrics. Read more
Biomedical signals provide useful metrics in a wide range of health care scenarios. However, these signals are often affected by noise and require extensive signal processing to extract useful clinical diagnostic metrics. Current signal processing techniques are either fixed by design or adaptive to variations known a priori. However, because of normal physiological variation, the characteristics of these signals are often non-stationary and more robust adaptive signal processing techniques are required to track many types of biomedical signals. As a clinical example, complications of the diabetic foot result in 20 lower limb amputations per day in the UK. The problem is exacerbated by the vascular and neurological damage that occurs in the diabetic foot, and the consequent loss of feeling results in trauma being unnoticed. Previous work by the principal investigator has demonstrated the efficacy of detecting the pre-cursors of ulceration through non-invasive measurement of blood flow using optical and ultrasonic techniques. However, extensive signal processing is required to convert the signals into a clinically interpretable form and lengthy analysis and clinical expertise was required to make the clinical diagnosis. If clinical diagnostics can be made to operate reliably in real-time preventative measures could be taken before ulceration occurs.

Recent advances in machine learning offer potential for artificially intelligent adaptive signal processing algorithms to track time varying biomedical signals and provide real-time detection of physiological abnormalities in at risk patients. This will allow for more rapid detection of physiological abnormalities allowing preventative measures to be applied early reducing the risk of more serious complications.

How to apply: Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us. Application deadline: 24 July 2017.

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