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  Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology

University of Oxford    Department for Continuing Education

Part time October PGCert 10 months Award winner
Biological Sciences (4) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Mathematics (25)

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The University of Oxford offers an exciting online programme called the Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology. This part-time course is designed for professionals from various backgrounds who want to delve into the fascinating world of nanoscience and nanotechnology. You'll explore the foundations of nanotechnology, technological advancements, and practical applications. The programme consists of three modules that cover analytical methods, quantitative techniques, and experimental approaches in nanotechnology. What's great is that you can study from anywhere in the world, making it convenient for those with full-time jobs. The course also provides excellent online support, replicating the renowned Oxford tutorial system. Apply now and enhance your career in this cutting-edge field!

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The University of Oxford’s Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology is aimed at professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds who wish to learn more about the foundations of nanoscience and nanotechnology, technological advances and the applications enabled by nanotechnology. There are opportunities to access cutting-edge research and current practice in a wide range of nanotechnology topics.

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Student Profiles

Dr Lorraine Byrne

"I really enjoyed the module; in my academic and professional career to date I have had little exposure to the ethical and social science considerations of technology and so it was the first occasion I have had the time and opportunity to focus on the other aspects of technology development. The module content gave a good overview of the social, ethical, environmental and business considerations."
Dr Lorraine Byrne, Hewlett Packard

Richard Hull

"Although my background is in physics by education and electronics by career, by taking this course it has been instrumental in me obtaining a research post at the National Institute for Nanotechnology, Canada."
Richard Hull, National Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada)

Dr Sofia Pascu

"The Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology most certainly helped me making a start in the field and I was even invited to write an article for the Royal Society 350th Anniversary Year incorporating aspects of nanotechnology for drug delivery applications. I would have not been able to make such a contribution to the field without the training received in the course!"
Dr Sofia Pascu, University of Bath

Dr Karen Lawson

Karen worked as a designer and computational modeller for a global company, and pursued our postgraduate courses in nanotechnology to explore nanomaterials from fundamental characterisation to commercialisation, which allowed her to create new concepts in design.

‘I was looking for a multidisciplinary course that covered the full range of activities in nanomaterials from fundamental characterisation to commercialisation. After exploring other courses and briefly working in Oxford, I found the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Nanotechnology. Although I had an undergraduate degree in physics, I needed to understand the basics of materials and go deeper into areas that could help with my product development goals.

'Later, after the pandemic, I wanted to look deeper into the potential opportunities that nanotechnology could provide in health care. I decided to apply for the MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care, and I was specifically interested in how nanomaterials could enhance the performance of biomedical devices, which were critical during the pandemic.'

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Dr Farasat Kazmi

Farasat progressed to the MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care in order to further his knowledge and research in nanomedicine.

'Having completed my medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, I pursued a career in neurosurgery in Singapore. During my training, I became interested in translational research to further my knowledge so I enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology. I found the course to be extremely helpful as it provided me with all the relevant information required to understand the basic principles of nanotechnology. Additionally, the course structure enabled me to balance both my work and academic commitments as it was directed towards working professionals with weekly online tutorials and module based assignments.

'I was fascinated by gamma knife; a stereotactic radiosurgery modality used to target and kill brain tumours. However, radiotherapy dose to the tumour is generally limited by the radiation tolerance of surrounding healthy tissue so there is a serious need for radiosensitizers to effectively improve the therapeutic ratio. In order to further my research in radiosensitizers I decided to apply for the MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care. The course requires a dissertation on a topic of your choice which I felt made it even more appealing as I was interested in investigating the radiosensitization effects of gold nanoparticles with U87 glioblastoma cell line using a clinical linear accelerator.'

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Dr Rob Duca

Rob progressed on from an engineering background to study and find a new career path in nanotechnology.

‘I originally obtained an undergraduate degree in electrical and computer systems engineering in Australia. After several years in the workforce I felt a change was needed, and that I would like to try to move away from a ‘traditional’ engineering role and towards an area of rapidly evolving science.

'I chose to move away from a traditional engineering vocation, and towards interdisciplinary science but was unsure of the exact field I wanted to pursue. After doing some preliminary reading about nanotechnology, I had more questions than answers. I was hooked.

'Although I was extremely interested in the course syllabus, I initially did not think I was ‘worthy’ of applying to Oxford. However, after mentioning to my peers that I may have found the course I had been looking for, they strongly encouraged me to apply. I was subsequently offered a place and have never looked back.

'Having completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology, I knew I had finally found the career path I had been looking for. I subsequently completed the MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care, which also was an amazing experience.

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Funding for graduate courses is competitive, but the University of Oxford offers more support than you might think. For example, for the 2022-23 academic year, just over 48% of our new graduate students received full or partial funding from the University or other funders.

For the 2024-25 academic year, the University expects to be able to offer over 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships for new students.

Scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential, and will cover some or all of your course fees and/or provide a grant for living costs for your period of fee liability. The eligibility criteria for different scholarships vary, with some being open to the majority of new graduate students and others restricted by particular characteristics, for example by degree subject or country of ordinary residence. Some scholarship schemes offer additional benefits like events to support scholars, or membership of a scholar community or leadership programme.

For the majority of Oxford scholarships, all you need to do is submit your graduate application by the December or January deadline for your course. There’s no separate scholarship application process or extra supporting documentation required for funding. Based on the information supplied in your graduate application, you will be automatically considered for scholarships where you meet the eligibility criteria with most scholarships using academic merit and/or potential as the basis on which award decisions are made.

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Most Oxford scholarships are awarded between late February and June. The approximate date by which decisions are expected to be made will normally be given in the scholarship information available from the A-Z of Scholarships.

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