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The programme is intended for those with a good first degree in the physical sciences and engineering who wish to develop research skills and a commercial awareness in micro- and nanotechnology. It combines cutting-edge science with business practice skills, giving students knowledge and experience of a range of disciplines. This should enable students graduating from the course to evaluate the scientific importance and technological potential of new developments in the field of micro- and nanotechnology and provides an unparalleled educational experience for entrepreneurs in these fields.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • be able to develop a discipline-specific terminology to describe and discuss relevant aspects of micro- and nanotechnology, as well as business;
  • be able to develop their scientific writing skills through lab reports, literature survey, project dissertation, and scientific communication skills through oral presentations;
  • be able to develop independence and critical thinking, as well as project management skills; and
  • have the opportunity develop team project skills.


The programme is modular in structure and lasts ten months. It is envisaged that students attend all modules, which consist of no more than 16 hours of lectures per module with additional discussion groups and personal study time. The students will be examined on all core modules and may select which elective modules they are examined on. The modules are taught in the first two terms and will be followed by formal examinations. The modules are drawn from science and technology, with business management and innovation strands, and so cover the many complexities involved in the processes of discovery and exploitation.


Written or oral feedback is provided after completion of assessed coursework. In addition students must sit a mock exam at the beginning of the Lent term; detailed individual feedback is provided by the course director, who is also available for consultation throughout the academic year. Online written progress reports are provided each term.



A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words in length (including tables, figure legends and appendices, but excluding bibliography) on a major project, involving (i) in-depth scientific research (following a literature survey in the same scientific field), or (ii) an in-depth case study concerned with a topic in science, business, ethics, law or policy (related to the topic covered during the literature survey). The assessment will include a viva voce examination.


A literature survey report of not more than 5,000 words on a scientific topic.

Coursework, which may include group work, class participation and written work (no more than eight essays, each of not more than 3,000 words, covering the fields of science, ethics, law, and policy, and the interface of micro- and nanoscience and business). 

Written examination

Two unseen written examination papers, which may cover all core and elective scientific subjects prescribed in the syllabus.

Practical assessment

Coursework will include a number of practical assessments.

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities

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An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £60 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Selection Process

Applications are considered monthly between September and June. A decision on whether to interview a candidate is made by the course directors. Such a decision will normally be communicated as soon as the application is evaluated.

Further information on How To Apply

Visit the MPhil in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!




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