Professionally accredited Masters in Ultra Precision Technologies
The MSc in
Ultra Precision Technologies is a truly world-class programme, led by
Cranfield University, with support from the following organisations, recognised
as leaders in their field:
- Optical Science Laboratory, University College London
- Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
- OpTIC Glyndwr
Why the need for a modular MSc in Ultra Precision
High technology products fundamentally depend on a range of ultra precision
systems and processes. Next generation products for space, aerospace, energy
production, opto-electronics and displays, sensors and advanced medical devices
demand ultra precision technologies in order to achieve their superior
Continually developing manufacturing technologies are essential in order for
the next generation of UK products to succeed, by offering greater levels of
customer satisfaction through greater functionality and improved performance, at
reduced manufacturing cost. Ultra precision processes and applications are
increasingly being adopted to gain such advantages by providing the interface,
through which many advanced and emerging products operate at the functional
This master's programme has been designed to meet the UK, EU and
international demand for staff with the relevant knowledge and skills to deliver
new ultra precision technologies. Students will be equipped with an
understanding of the underlying principles of important ultra precision
technologies as well gaining exposure and understanding of their
Precision Technologies masters course covers all aspects of ultra precision
technologies including; the philosophy of determinism, fundamental precision
design and metrology principles, critical computer-based design and application
tools, detailed knowledge of ultra precision processes and their application.
Strategic approaches to safeguard technology management, intellectual property
and product innovation are reviewed.
Masters in Ultra Precision Technologies Course Objective
Students studying this modular MSc in Ultra
Precision Technologies will benefit from a unique postgraduate training
In particular, the course is designed to:
- Provide the students with an in-depth understanding of ultra precision
techniques and structured surface properties to enable the deterministic
manufacture of pivotal functional components required for key high technology
- Provide the students with a systematic knowledge of appropriate
technological, management and environmental issues and solutions which are
required when developing next generation ultra precision surfaces and products.
- Prepare students for a career in the range of international industrial
sectors, which are dependent on ultra precision technologies, and to provide
them with the enabling skills to find employment and to contribute to these
- Prepare students to undertake independent research involving the development
of new skills for project planning, critical evaluation of literature,
evaluation of results, discussion of findings and writing a thesis.
- Develop team based skills, in a professional context, to solve ultra
precision manufacturing problems within a manufacturing organisation.
The MSc in
Ultra Precision Technologies course is accredited by the Institute of
Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council as
meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
The unique nature of the Ultra Precision Technologies masters course, underpinned by
the reputation of the delivery partners and strong links with industry, enables
successful students to secure positions and develop their careers in a range of
international industrial sectors, which are dependent on ultra precision
technologies. Graduates are also provided with the enabling skills to find
employment and to contribute to these sectors.
The demand for individuals with skills and experience in ultra precision
technologies and processes is increasing. Consequently, we have secured a number
of industrial studentships of up to £14,000 for high quality students dependent
on qualifications and experience from a number or companies and
For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers.
For information on funding opportunities please visit: www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/uptf
A formal offer of a place on this course must first have been received before
consideration can be given for funding.
Precision Technologies masters course comprises eight one-week assessed
modules, an introductory module, a group project and an individual project.
The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through written
examinations and assignments. The modules equip students with the knowledge
required to complete the group and individual projects. The course components
detailed above are weighted as follows:
- Taught Modules 40%
- Individual Project 40%
For part-time students an individual research project can replace the group
Understanding "tomorrow's technologies" Effective application of ultra
precision demonstrating personal learning and application
Modules are taught at either Cranfield University, OpTIC or the University of
The group project is an applied team based activity, in which students apply
the skills gained through the taught modules to an industrially-defined problem.
Success depends on the integration of various activities in relation to agreed
objectives, deadlines and budgets. Students submit a project report and present
their findings to representatives from the public sector and/or industry.
For the individual thesis project students select a project in consultation
with the Course Director. It provides students with the opportunity to research,
develop and apply technologies in their chosen area, working within agreed
objectives, deadlines and budgets. Students develop their depth of understanding
and ability to provide ultra precision solutions. Part-time students then
undertake their individual project at their place of work.
Alternatively, the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), comprising eight taught
modules, the introductory module and the group project, and Postgraduate
Certificate (PgCert) comprising six taught modules, are available.
Start Date and Duration
The full-time course is of 12 months' duration commencing October. Part-time
students will be expected to undertake the course over a two to three year
period. The modular format of the taught element permits a high degree of
flexibility of attendance at Cranfield for part-time students who may commence
the course at any time during the year.
Posted August 2007
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