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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Foundation in Materials for MSN
- Functional Materials
- General Management
- Microsystems I
- Microsystems II
- Microsystems Design
- Nanotechnology I
- Nanotechnology II
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.
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
- 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.
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: http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/postgraduatestudy/taughtcourses/microsystems&nanotechnology/?id=azn
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
Posted August 2007
For more information please contact [email protected]
Tel.: +44(0)1234 754086
*Full time students only. Conditions apply, details on