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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    05 December 2018

Course content

This one-year Micro and Nanotechnology programme has a focus on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectronics. The programme also addresses microfluidic technology, enabling miniaturised biodevices for point-of-care diagnostic applications, and covers the fundamentals of photonic circuits and devices.

Introducing your degree

Through this degree you will learn the scientific and engineering principles underpinning a range of micro and nanoscale technologies with options to specialise in areas such as microelectromechanical systems, nanoelectronics, biodevices, or optoelectronics.


This programme outlines the micro and nanotechnology aspects of electronic engineering, with a focus on microelectromechanical systems and nanoelectronics. These technologies, for example, underpin research and development of miniaturised sensors, including the motion and position sensors in mobile phones, and of nanoscale logic and memory devices for next-generation consumer electronics and future quantum devices. The programme also addresses microfluidic technology, enabling miniaturised biodevices for point-of-care diagnostic applications, and covers the fundamentals of photonic circuits and devices.

The modules which comprise this masters degree involve state-of-the-art design, fabrication and characterisation methodologies, using industry-standard tools and our state-of-the-art cleanroom complex.

Southampton is recognised to be internationally leading in these technologies, and specialist modules are taught by staff involved in leading edge research. You can be confident of being exposed to the most up to date thinking, current research problems, and state of the art techniques, technologies and tools.

View the programme specification document for this course


Compulsory: MSc Project; Microfabrication; Microsensor Technologies; Bio/Micro/Nano Systems; Project Preparation.

Optional: Green Electronics; Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip; Nanoelectronic Device; Advanced Memory and Storage; Bionanotechnology; Nanofabrication and Microscopy; Quantum Devices and Technology; Medical Electrical and Electronic Technologies; Photonic Materials; An Introduction to Silicon Photonics

Career Opportunities

This programme provides an excellent platform for a career in academia or industry sectors such as:

  • Electronics and semiconductors
  • Telecommunications
  • Photonics
  • Materials and packaging
  • Biotechnology
  • Motor vehicle and aerospace industries

Graduates from our MSc programmes are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology. As well as for larger multinationals, many students also go on to work for small to medium enterprises, including start-ups. ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 companies including IBM, Arm, Microsoft Research, Imagination Technologies, Nvidia, Samsung and Google to name a few. Visit our careers hub for more information.

Through an extensive blend of networks, mentors, societies and our on-campus startup incubator, we also support aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build their professional enterprise skills. Discover more about enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Visit the Micro and Nanotechnology - MSc page on the University of Southampton website for more details!





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