We are one of the leading institutions developing nanotechnology and the next generation of materials and nanoelectronic devices. The Department of Electronic Engineering has been recognised as one of the leading in the UK, and is highly regarded for the quality of its teaching and training. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to understand how nanotechnology can change our lives.
We are one of the leading institutions developing nanotechnology and the next generation of materials and nanoelectronic devices. Taught by internationally-recognised experts within the University’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ati/
), on this programme you will discover the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials and nanotechnology. You will gain specialised skills through an individual research project within our research groups, using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
The ATI is a £10 million investment in advanced research and is the flagship institute of the University of Surrey
in the area of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. The ATI brings together under one roof the major research activities of the University from the Department of Electronic Engineering (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/
) and the Department of Physics in the area of nanotechnology and electronic devices. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has reconfirmed Surrey’s pre-eminent position as amongst the very best research-led electronic engineering departments in the UK.
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Nanotechnology is a term that has captured the public imagination and lies at the heart of the transistor found in every computer, laptop and mobile phone. It's the key to unlocking renewable energy supplies and promises new and lighter materials with added strength.
The aim of this one-year MSc programme is to show how nanotechnology and nanomaterials can be used for our benefit with real-world applications. The programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to understand how nanotechnology can change our lives.
Taught by internationally-recognised experts within the University’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), the programme has as its broad theme the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials and nanotechnology. The programme covers the fundamentals behind nanotechnology and moves on to discuss its implementation using nanomaterials (the advanced tools of nanotechnology which allow us to see at the nanoscale) before discussing future trends and applications.
You will gain specialised, practical skills through an individual research project within our research groups, using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Completion of the programme will provide you with unique skills to further your career in this rapidly emerging field.
For the award of an MSc degree, a total of 180 academic credits is required. Over the course of two semesters, you will undertake study in a total of eight modules, each worth 15 credits. In the final semester, a 60-credit individual research project will be undertaken using the facilities within ATI. The final semester project will be undertaken in our laboratories such as the clean-room, the nanoelectronics laboratory or the optical characterisation suite. This provides an opportunity to demonstrate the application of nanotechnology, test critical assumptions, develop a new system or device, or model and predict effects at the nanoscale. Recent projects have included the study of graphene, carbon nanotube composites, laser diode characterisation and liquid crystals.
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
This module introduces the fundamentals of nanotechnology, quantum engineering and the wider role of nanotechnology in society. The growth and characteristics of important nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes are studied, along with examples from the scientific literature or commercially available products. Quantum effects associated with low-dimensional structures and the use of scanning tunnelling microscopy for atomic imaging and atomic and molecular manipulation are also studied. The state of the art in high resolution transmission electron microscopy, focused ion beam (FIB) methods and lithography are also discussed.
Nanofabrication and Characterisation
This module discusses the tools of nanotechnology including atomic force microscopy and related techniques, electrical and optical characterisation, and modern ion beam implantation methods, and will allow the student to learn about good clean-room practice and safe chemical working. The uses and limitations of different experimental techniques will also be discussed. This module will provide the analytical skills required to carry out an experimental-based research project.
Nanoelectronics and Devices
In this module, the fundamentals of nanoelectronics from the viewpoint of what controls the current in a nanoscale device are explored. Starting off with bulk materials, we explore both 2D and 1D materials, such as graphene, carbon nanotubes and other nanowires, and devices including the calculation of density states in low dimensions and the Landaurer formalism for electron transport. Advanced devices include resonant tunnelling devices, Coulomb blockade devices, high-mobility transistors and sensors. Spintronic materials and devices for memory applications are also discussed.
Nanophotonics Principles and Engineering
The characteristics of photonic materials and devices that operate at the nanometre level are examined. Electronic and photon confinement effects, as well as excitons and polaritons, the structure and properties of photonic band gap and metamaterials are all discussed. Light emission from lasers, quantum wells, as well as the structure of the quantum cascade laser, are also studied.
Renewable Energy Technologies
This module covers renewable energy technologies from the engineering point of view: applications, engineering calculations and design, feasibility and so on. The main aim of the course is to provide you with a systematic understanding of current knowledge, problems and insight into the field of renewable energy technologies.
Our full-time and part-time programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (http://www.theiet.org/
). They can be used in partial fulfilment of the requirements for gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, and are countable under the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.
Participants will also be eligible for professional membership of the Institute of Nanotechnology which will enable the use of the letters MloN after your name. Not only will this enhance professional standing, it may be useful for further continuing professional development and can be used in the application process for Chartered Engineer or Chartered Scientist status.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
An honours degree in electronic engineering or physics. Our minimum entry level is a 2.2 from a good UK university, or overseas equivalent. Material science graduates with a background in advanced materials or those with strong industrial experience will also be considered. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 (It is possible to come in with 5.5 in certain categories.)