Microsystems and Nanotechnology Masters Course (MSc) at Cranfield University

Professionally accredited Masters in Microsystems and Nanotechnology

The key features of Cranfield University's Masters' programmes in Microsystems and Nanotechnology include:

  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) accredited
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Tailored for industry
  • Industry related project work
  • Excellent staff to student ratio 2:1
  • Part-time route available for persons in industry
  • Cranfield graduates are highly sought after by industry.

Course Suitability

Graduates with science, engineering or related degrees keen to develop careers at the cutting edge of micro-engineering; or graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

Career Opportunities

Successful students will secure positions in the newly developing microsystems and nanotechnology-based industries as well as more traditional industries, such as microelectronics and precision engineering, requiring skills related to those taught. Graduates are able to pursue careers in a diverse range of industries including automotive, aerospace, cosmetics and pharmaceutical.

Teaching Staff

A wide range of experts from the academic staff at Cranfield and from outside the University, including experienced practitioners from industry. Most of the academics have established international reputations for their work on industrially relevant R&D programmes, which is regularly published at major conferences and in leading journals.

Course Description

Available both full and part-time this innovative MSc in Microsystems & Nanotechnology aims to give students a thorough grounding in the skills necessary for a technically-based career in the new high-tech industries. The course covers technologies used to design, realise and analyse micro and nano-scale devices, materials and systems, coupled with general and technology management. This, supported by project work, ensures graduates emerge trained in a wide range of technical and management skills, and have a sharp appreciation of the relevance of the subject to industrial needs.

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Course Structure

The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project and an individual project.  The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Course Modules

  • Foundation in Materials for MSN
  • Functional Materials
  • General Management
  • Microsystems I
  • Microsystems II
  • Microsystems Design
  • Nanotechnology I
  • Nanotechnology II

Group Project

The group project experience during the course is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. They provide students with the opportunity to complete an industrial problem while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. For part-time students a dissertation replaces the group project.

Individual Project

The individual project is either based within a company or a relevant research area within Cranfield University. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems.


  • Taught modules     40%
  • Group project         20%
  • Individual project    40%

For part-time students a dissertation replaces the group project.

Alternatively, the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) qualification is available. Students undertaking the PgDip will be expected to complete the eight taught modules and a design project.


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.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering or science-based discipline. Other relevant qualifications together with considerable industrial experience may be considered.

Start Date and Duration

The full-time MSc Microsystems and Nanotechnology commences each October and is of 12 months' duration.  The course is also available on a part-time basis for persons working in industry.  Part-time students are expected to complete the programme within three years.


Bursaries available – up to £5k + fees*

Funding opportunities exist, such as industrial sponsorship and School bursaries. 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/msnf. Please note that a formal offer of a place on this course must first have been received before consideration can be given for funding.

How to Apply

You can apply online or download an application form from: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/ 

Specialist Equipment

The department boasts a wide range of research facilities, many of which are unique to Cranfield to support both students and industrial partners. Exceptional materials preparation and characterisation equipment includes focused ion beam (FIB), analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM), scanning probe microscopes (SPM), hot stage nanoindentation, surface analysis and mechanical testing across a wide range. There are also over 100m2 of clean rooms.

Posted August 2007

For more information please contact [email protected]

URL: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/

Tel.: +44(0)1234 754086

*Full time students only. Conditions apply, details on application


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