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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology MSc

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology MSc

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Full time: 1 year or 2 years with placement

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSc

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

Why study this programme?

The MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has been developed from the ground up to deliver an interdisciplinary course that will bring you to the cutting edge of nanoscience and nanotechnology. There are extensive links to industry throughout the course and even an option to do a placement in industry for up to a year. 

The course is flexible to your mode of study: 2 year full-time with a professional placement (i.e., a year working for an industrial partner).

The course includes modules from Physics and Chemistry to give a well-rounded and comprehensive education in the current state of nanoscience and nanotechnology. 

The two-year option with placement satisfies international requirements for an MSc where a single year course might not, but even without the year in industry, the course has elements dedicated to studying current and relevant issues in UK industries that work with nanoscience.  All elements of the course are delivered by world-leading researchers.

  • Funding is available via the newly launched Postgraduate Student Loans.

Entry Requirements

BSc 2:2 in Physics or Chemistry or related subjects

Programme at a Glance

  • AP4610 Introduction to Nanoscience | Advanced Topics in Nanoscience
    This module brings everybody up to speed about nanoscience in Semester One and then explores some advanced topics in Semester Two. 
     
  • AP4611 Current Topics in Industrial Nanoscience
    Four speakers from industry come in to talk about how nanoscience impacts their technology. You choose two to write about in detail. 
     
  • AP4612 Research Project
    ​You spend all summer on a self-directed research project, conceived by one of the world-leading supervisory team.
     
  • AP4870 Magnetism 
    You take a detailed look at magnetic behaviour on the small scale, including micromagnetics modelling. 
     
  • AP4871 Physics for Energy
    You learn about the physics behind many currently used energy generation and storage technologies and what the future holds. 

  • AP4613 Professional Placement (optional)
    You find a placement with an industrial partner, with help from UCLan.  You spend six months to just under a year with the partner and then return for the final summer. 
     
  • FZ4604 Physical Chemistry for Surface and Elemental Analysis
    You learn about how surfaces are examined on the nanoscale. You learn how to analyse data from several techniques. 
     
  • FZ4609 Advanced Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
    You learn how to make advanced inorganic materials, including nanomaterials, and how to study them. You learn about some larger-scale properties of molecules.
     
  • FZ4810 Professional Research Skills
    You learn some widely applicable skills that are vital to a research career. 

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 23 June 2019

Further Information

Nanophysics Laboratory

Chemistry Laboratory

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk



Disclaimer

Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: £6,700 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The principal tutors are Dr Joe Smerdon (Physics) and Dr Tapas Sen (Chemistry), both world-leading researchers in nanoscience and nanotechnology.  Joe works primarily with atomic-resolution microscopes to study molecules, graphene and complex materials and Tapas works with nanoparticles.

Industrial partners play a role in the delivery of the course, and elements of the assessment rest on how industrial problems are considered.  Most of the assessment takes place via coursework and written examinations.

A placement year is available. Following Semesters 1 and 2, the student may choose to work with an industrial partner for a year in a salaried role.  We will assist the student in finding a suitable placement. Following the placement, the student returns to Preston to produce their Research Project over the summer period in Year 2.

Opportunities

Students will write several proposals to deal with current problems in cutting-edge nanotechnology-focused industrial work.  They may also seek a placement year in a partner industry. There are opportunities to develop links with industrial partners throughout the course.

Graduate Careers

Nanotechnology is a burgeoning area – in fact, it is ubiquitous, and practically all industries are affected by the increasing capabilities researchers and companies are developing in this area.  Through the links with industrial partners throughout the course, we would hope that graduates will be identified as potential employees – the duration of the course and the interaction between students and industry during the course offers industrial partners opportunities to get to know their prospective employees far superior to the snapshot gained during a traditional interview process.

Progression Routes

The course provides a strong grounding for students in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology that will enhance their prospects whichever progression route they choose, be it industry, education or research.