The School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor is ranked as 2nd in the UK for research by the UK Government in its most recent Research Assessment Exercise and as such the School houses academics, researchers and students of international standing. The School offers an MRes programme in Electronic Engineering, with a variety of specialist areas of study available. Each programme is aligned to the research conducted within the School:
The MRes programme provides a dedicated route for high-calibre students who (may have a specific research aim in mind) are ready to carry out independent research leading to PhD level study or who are seeking a stand alone research based qualification suitable for a career in research with transferable skills for graduate employment. It is the normal expectation that the independent research thesis (120 credits) should be of at a publishable standard in a high quality peer reviewed journal. The MRes programme is a full-time one year course consisting of 60 taught credits at the beginning of the programme which lead on to the 120 credit thesis. Each MRes shares the taught element of the course, after successful completion of the taught element students are then able to specialise in a specific subject for their thesis. The taught provision has four distinct 15 credit modules that concentrate on specific generic skill.
Modelling and Design Focuses on the simulation and design of electronic devices using an advanced software package – COMSOL. This powerful commercial software package is extremely adaptable and can be used to simulate and design a very wide range of physical systems.
Introduction to Nanotechnology and Microsystems Focuses on the device fabrication techniques at the nano and micro scale, as well as introducing some of the diagnostic tools available to test the quality and characteristics of devices.
Project Planning Focuses on the skills required to scope, plan, execute and report the outcomes of a business and research project.
Mini Project Focuses on applying the skills and techniques to a mini project, whose theme will form the basis of the substantive research project. MRes Research Project: After the successful completions of the taught component of the programme, the major individual thesis will be undertaken within the world-leading research groups of the School. Student Study Support All students are assigned a designated supervisor, an academic member of staff who will provide formal supervision and support on a daily basis. The School’s Director of Graduate Studies will ensure that the appropriate level of support and guidance is available for all postgraduate students, and each Course Director is available to help and advise their students as and when required.
KESS-funded MRes studentship in bioelectronics and microwave technology
Obesity is deemed a national health emergency and costs UK taxpayers more than the police, prisons and fire service combined. In Wales 58% of adults were classified as overweight including 22% obese, with an estimated cost to the nation of £73m a year. A recent KESS-funded initiative has shown promise for a microwave-assisted liposuction device comparing favourably to existing approaches and for situations that cannot be solely addressed by diet and exercising. Nevertheless, commercial exploitation of the novel technology is currently hindered by incomplete or approximate characterization of the white adipose tissue (WAT) dielectric and thermal properties.In this research a unique high-frequency measurement setup will be used to investigate the biophysics properties of white adipose tissue (WAT) hence enabling the next generation of Creo Medical devices to achieve optimum and safe application of microwave energy to WAT. This technology will be able to gently heat WAT and reliably remove melted tissue while rapidly coagulating blood vessels with lower invasiveness and complication risks than in current techniques. The objectives of this studentship are therefore to: • Design, model and test micro-scale fixtures consisting of planar electrodes and microfluidic reservoirs to enable dielectric spectroscopy of adipose tissue. • Run bioelectric experiments using measurement equipment such as a microwave probe station and a network analyser for text fixture and cell response characterization under microwave energy application. • Capture in equivalent circuit models the dielectric and thermal properties variation induced by microwave energy application on both adipocytes cultures and excised WAT micro-layers. • Optimize circuitry for microwave power control (e.g. frequency and waveform) and automatic tissue discrimination (e.g. WAT versus blood vessels) to be integrated into novel endoscopic probes in collaboration with Creo Medical Ltd. Training in microelectronics fabrication and microwave measurements will be provided in the School of Electronic Engineering during the first 4 months. The MSc Reasearcher will optimize WAT microsample deposition and adipocyte culturing on chip through synergy with a bioengineer from a concurrent Sêr Cymru National Research Network-funded initiative.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at the standard RCUK rate (around £11,300 per year), as
Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in electronics, or microwave engineering, or a related degree. Please submit a CV (max 2 pages) together with a covering letter to Dr Cristiano Palego at [email protected] and Patrick Burn at [email protected] by 17:00 on 11th December 2015.
Please submit a CV (max 2 pages) together with a covering letter to Dr Cristiano Palego at [email protected] and Patrick Burn at [email protected] by 17:00 on 11th December 2015.
We welcome candidates who have gained an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics or a related scientific discipline, at a 2.2 level or higher or the international equivalent. Applicants with initial degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis, with the assessment based on the applicant’s potential to succeed on, and benefit from, the course.
Recipient: Bangor University
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