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Nanotechnology - MSc/PGDip

Course Description

This MSc is designed for graduates from the physical sciences and relevant engineering disciplines who wish to develop skills in this new and exciting area. Nanotechnology is rapidly establishing itself as a key technology, in industries ranging from microelectronics to healthcare, with a consequent demand for appropriately trained graduates.

Degree information

The programme introduces students to and provides training in the skills essential for almost all fields of nanotechnology research, including key laboratory skills and techniques in planning, building devices, analysis, and results comparison. The core lecture programme covers essential topics in physics, electrical and electronic engineering, and biology.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered. The diploma consists of six core modules (75 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits).

Core modules
-Physical Science for Nanotechnology
-Nanoscale Processing and Characterisation for Advanced Devices
-Instrumentation and Physical Techniques in the Life Sciences
-Experimental Techniques for Nanotechnology
-Nanotechnology and Society
-Nanoelectronic Devices

Optional modules
-Quantum Computation and Communication
-Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
-Molecular Biophysics
-Molecular Physics
-Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practise
-Plastic and Molecular Electronics
-Physics and Optics of Nano-Structures
-Nanotechnology in Healthcare
-Innovation Practices

All students undertake an extensive research project on an experimental or theoretical topic which is assessed through two interim reports, dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials and seminars. Student performance is assessed through coursework, laboratory notebooks, case studies, written examination, a dissertation, and written and oral presentations.


Recent graduates have gone on to work as engineers for companies including EDF Energy and Intel, as analysts and consultants for firms including Standard Bank PLC and DN Capital, or to undertake PhD study at the Universities of Oxford, Bath and Glasgow.

This MSc programme provides a broad and comprehensive coverage of the technological and scientific foundations of nanotechnology, from the basis of the fabrication of nanostructures for advanced device applications, to fundamental quantum information and molecular biophysics, from nanotechnology in life science to nanotechnology in healthcare, and from experimental technology to theoretical modelling. Nanotechnology MSc graduates are expertly equipped either to pursue PhD study or become consultants or engineers in a wide range of nanotechnology fields.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) is a new UK-based multidisciplinary enterprise operating at the forefront of science and technology.

Forming a bridge between the physical and biomedical sciences, it brings together two of the world's leading institutions in nanotechnology, UCL (University College London) and Imperial College London.

The centre aims to provide leading-edge training in nanotechnology and students on this programme benefit from excellent new facilities, including a £14 million research building furnished with state-of-the art equipment, and a £1million teaching facility in UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Visit the Nanotechnology - MSc/PGDip page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fleming Scholarship for MSc Studies - 5 Awards

The scholarship is awarded to the students entering the department with the best undergraduate examination performance providing they qualify for UK/EU fee status. In the event of a tie we will give preference to the students in the order they accepted our offer unconditionally - a good reason to be prompt in decision making!In addition to the prestige that comes with the award, there is also a significant financial award - £4,000. 5 scholarships will be given to Home/EU students with £2,000 given on enrolment and a further £2,000 given later in the year provided that a distinction is achieved in the work assessed during term 1.

Value of Scholarship(s)



5 scholarships of £4,000 are available for Home/EU students.

Application Procedure

All new students will be considered - no need to apply specifically.

Further Information



Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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