2013/14 Nanotechnology

Award PgDip/MSc
Attendance Full time, Part time
Campus Jordanstown
Faculty Computing and Engineering
Level Postgraduate

The Programme top

The programme has been designed to provide postgraduate education and training in the concepts and methods within nanotechnology including microfabrication and nanoscale engineering and their intelligent application to problems within industry and academic research. Research in such areas as higher quality electronic materials, nanoparticles, nanostructures, nanotubes, tissue engineering, biosensor miniaturisation, improved composites, underpins the main postgraduate themes in nanotechnology.

The team for this programme has expertise in internationally-relevant research in nanotechnology and material science and has experience in the development of cutting-edge technologies and their applications in modern industrial practice.

Part-time students who are in full-time employment will be able to gain credit for work-based activity in the work-based learning modules that are a feature of the programme.

Structure and Content top

For up-to-date details please contact the Course Director or visit the website http://seng.ulster.ac.uk/eme/postgraduate.php

The following represent some of the available taught modules:
Core modules
• Micro- and nano-scale fabrication
• Nanoscale analysis and metrology
• Nanoscience and quantum principles

Optional modules
• Bioinstrumentation
• Biomaterials 1
• Entrepreneurship
• Micro- and nano-scale devices
• Tissue engineering

MSc students will undertake a dissertation.

Research-based and work-based modules
In addition to taught modules, you will be able to complete your learning experience with either a research-based path (available only to full-time students) or a work-based path.

The corresponding research- and work-based modules will give you the opportunity to use advanced research facilities at our research institutes. Alternatively you can gain credit towards the work-based modules for work activities within an industrial environment or the company you are working for.

Short coursesIf you do not wish to undertake a full course of study, you may take individual modules as short courses.

Duration and Mode of Attendance top

Full time: Contact Programme Director for details
Part time: Normally one day per week

Full-time:PgDip – One academic year; MSc – one calendar year
Part-time: PgDip – Two academic years; MSc – three academic years

Careers And Postgraduate Opportunities top

Upon successful completion of the programme students will be more employable, particularly within research institutes, high-tech manufacturing companies; the chemical, microelectronic, or semiconductor industries, and a large variety of industries that are using nanotechnology in their products.

Another important opportunity for MSc students is the academic career and/or research career through a PhD programme such as those offered in the Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Research Institute (NAMRI) which hosts the MSc programme.

Assessment top

Coursework and examination

Teaching Methods
Lectures, labs and/or tutorial depending on modules

Professional Recognition top

This course is recognised by the Institute of Nanotechnology http://www.nano.org.uk/
Accreditation by IET and IMechI is in progress.

Entry Conditions top

PgDip - Specific details on the admission criteria can be found at the course webpage provided below. Normally, an Honours or non-Honours degree or postgraduate diploma/certificate in a relevant engineering or technology discipline. In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant working/industrial experience, a portfolio of written evidence may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

MSc - Specific details on the admission criteria can be found at the course webpage provided below. Normally, a second class honours degree or better in a relevant engineering, science, physics or technology discipline. Or a postgraduate diploma/certificate in a relevant engineering or technology discipline. In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant working/industrial experience, a portfolio of written evidence may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

What are the TOEFL and IELTS requirements?
IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550.

Contact Details top

Faculty of Computing and Engineering
Tel: +44 (0)28 9036 6305
Email: compeng@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director
Dr Dorian Dixon
Tel: 028 903 66153
Email d.dixon@ulster.ac.uk

Closing Date top

Generally Mid-September
(applications with APCL or APEL should be submitted no later than the 15th of September. This is necessary to allow APCL and APEL aspects to be fully considered. APEL - based applications may take longer to process and will generally require more detailed evidence to be submitted).