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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    19 July 2018

Course content

This course covers all aspects relevant to the modern microelectronics industry, including semiconductor theory, fabrication technology, digital techniques, VLSI design and reconfigurable hardware design.

The course covers the main areas of microelectronics:
-Semiconductor theory and fabrication
-Digital and VSLI design
-Application areas

Our graduates are equipped for a career in any area of the industry, while having an appreciation of other aspects of the subject.

You have access to an advanced range of facilities including clean rooms and a characterisation laboratory. Work in more application-related areas involves the use of modern design software. This includes the industry-standard CADENCE suite and a full range of FPGA design facilities.

Academic staff in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering have an international reputation for their research work. The School carries out world-leading research in microelectronic technologies. You will have the opportunity to interact with this work, particularly during your individual project. After graduation there may be opportunities for you to work towards a PhD by joining one of our research groups.


This course consists of compulsory and optional modules, and an individual project. Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, coursework, and a project and dissertation conducted in association with one of the School's research groups.


We collect information from our graduates six months after they leave University. This is part of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey that every UK higher education institution takes part in.


The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council, and therefore provides a good foundation for professional registration.


Facilities include two clean rooms of class 100-1000 and 100-10000, with capabilities in:
-Thermal and plasma processing

There is a characterisation lab with comprehensive device test facilities. Leading CAD software for modelling and device design is available, some of which originates from researchers at Newcastle.

For VLSI design, you have access to the industry-standard CADENCE suite, and a variety of novel tools developed at Newcastle. There is also a comprehensive range of design tools for FPGA-based systems.

Visit the Microelectronics - MSc page on the Newcastle University website for more details!




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