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Nanotechnology has had a revolutionary influence on the development of novel materials over the last 20 years, and many new types of materials are now available, such as nano-carbon, nano-silica, and nano-magnetics. These materials open new ways of designing advanced devices (sensors, electronics, data and energy storage) as well as improved structural and functional materials.
The course is designed to equip students with the know-how and skills for becoming an expert in materials science with a specialisation in nanotechnology.
A good honours degree in materials, a physical science (chemistry or physics) or a related engineering subject.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
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University of Sheffield has grown in reputation and size to become one of the UK’s leading universities with a global reputation for teaching and research. As part of the UK Russell Group, the University is a premier-league, research-led institution with over 27,000 students including more than 7,000 international students from 143 countries and over 7,000 members of staff.
After completing my MSc, I am now a Research Assistant at the Government of India Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET)
What do you enjoy most about your job?
My research area is multidisciplinary. It involves blends of many streams of science as well as engineering. The Li ion battery technology has real life applications such as for commercial electric vehicles as well as the consumer electronic devices. This is what makes my job more interesting!
What skills are most important for this area of work?
Four key areas:
- Critical thinking and analytical writing for project planning as well as for analysing the results
- Safety as Li metal is very sensitive and careful handling of chemicals while following the lab-safety standards is required while working in Li ion battery technology
- Precision, even a single mistake can reflect as a big error in the final performance of the Li ion cell, I work hard to achieve the accuracy and the precision in every small step involved in my research activity
- Teamwork, often a number of activities need to be carried out simultaneously thus we work together as a team for achieving goals
What did you enjoy most about your time at Sheffield?
I like the Sheffield weather, walking through the gardens and spending time in the museums. To be more precise, if I close my eyes and try recalling my time in Sheffield, I remember the best times at The Turner Museum of Glass while preparing for my project meetings with my supervisor.
Has how your degree helped in preparing for a job in industry, what are your future plans?
My Master’s project has created a strong foundation for my research job, and I plan to pursue my doctoral studies in the near future.
What advice do you have to current students at the University of Sheffield?
Try to work hard while you are at The University of Sheffield that will function as a flight to your glorious future.
Scholarships of up to £3000 are available on the basis of academic excellence and Access and Participation criteria. The amount awarded will be determined by the number of criteria you meet and your application statement. The scholarship will be paid directly to you so you can use it towards fees or living expenses – the choice is yours.
Access and Participation criteria:
• You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and be aged under 25 on the first day of your course.
• You have a disability.
• You are estranged from your parents and are aged under 25 on the first day of your course.
• You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member.
• As an undergraduate student you were/are in receipt of support from the Student Loans Company which indicates that your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less.
• You were/are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate (if you started your undergraduate course after August 2016 you will need to provide evidence from the Student Loans Company to confirm your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less).
• You are from a black or minority ethnic group.
• You are a woman applying for a postgraduate taught course in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
• You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criteria. You can check your postcode ranking using the IMD website. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criteria only applies to students who live in England.
• You come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. This is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3, to meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. You can check your postcode quintile using the POLAR search tool. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criteria only applies to students from the UK.
Up to £3000
• Be a UK/EU student for fee purposes.
• Be applying for any Masters course in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
• Hold, or are predicted to obtain, a first class undergraduate degree *or* you meet one or more of our Access and Participation criteria.
To apply for a scholarship, please complete the form on this page https://finance.ssid.shef.ac.uk/users/sign_in
Your statement should be no more than 750 words and explain how receipt of this scholarship will benefit you. Particular attention will be given to:
• Achievements to date.
• Clearly articulated future ambitions. These goals relate to the postgraduate degree you have applied for, and they should involve appropriate and credible contributions from which others will benefit.
• Why the particular course is the best route to help you achieve these goals.
• How the course will help you build on your current skills and abilities and the benefits of this.
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