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Nanotechnology Masters Courses
Universities of Sheffield and Leeds

The MSc Programmes

Nanotechnology is one of the newest and fastest growing areas in science and engineering. The subject arises from the convergence of electronics, physics, chemistry, biology and materials science to create new functional systems of nanoscale dimensions.

We offer four unique Masters programmes:

• Nanoscale Science and Technology
• Nanoelectronics and Nanomechanics
• Nanomaterials for Nanoengineering
• Bionanotechnology

These span the breadth of nanotechnology and the underpinning nanoscale sciences. The full-time MSc study period runs from late September to August of the following year. We also offer part-time MSc study, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma qualifications, 1 - 2 week short courses, and one-day nanotechnology workshops.

All full-time students undertake a major project which runs throughout the study period. Projects are generally based in one of the many nanoscience/technology-related research groups at Leeds or Sheffield University, and involve structured experimental, computational or theoretical investigations of a research or development nature. The Major Project may be studied at either university, subject to availability of topics. Several of the research projects have even led to students’ work leading to co-authorship on scientific publications.

State-of-the-art Facilities

Sheffield University houses the UK Central Facility for III-V semiconductor growth, and both universities have state-of-art clean rooms for nanotechnology processing, with equipment including electron beam and photolithography, focussed ion beam processing, pulsed laser deposition, as well as dedicated laboratories for molecular electronics, scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy, optical spectroscopy, terahertz imaging and nanoparticles processing. The MSc Major Project provides a unique opportunity for students to work in at least one of these facilities.

The MSc in Nanoscale Science and Technology and the MSc in Nanoelectronics and Nanomechanics are run jointly by the universities of Leeds and Sheffield. Both Universities are internationally acknowledged as pioneers in nanotechnology education.

The Universities

The Universities of Leeds and Sheffield are recognised world-wide for the quality of their teaching and research. Both Universities are members of the elite Russell Group of UK research-led universities. All the participating departments in the MSc programmes have achieved research ratings of 5 or 5* which denotes international excellence in research, and this feeds directly into our research led MSc programmes.

The combined reputations of Leeds and Sheffield mean that our graduates are keenly sought by companies and research institutions throughout the world. In addition to impressive credentials and first class facilities, there is a friendly atmosphere and student-focused approach to teaching. We pride ourselves on the professionalism of our staff and the quality of the learning environment.


Address Information:

Address Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH, UK
Tel. No. +44 (0) 114 222 3514
Fax No. +44 (0) 114 222 3555
E-mail address
M.Sc. Course Nanoscale Science and Technology
Nanoelectronics and Nanomechanics
Nanomaterials for Nanoengineering
Type of courses Full time and part time M.Sc. courses
Length of course 12 months
Date of commencement October of each year
Class size Varies for each course
Accommodation Available, except for late applicants
Fees 2007-2008 academic year: £11700.
For EU students: £3240
Student grants/
Financial Assistance
Fees-only scholarships may be paid for EU students. For details of providers of international scholarships, please see the portfolio web page.
Admission requirements Good degree in a relevant subject.
English requirements are
TOEFL: Score of 550 or above in the paper based test or 213 or above in the computer based test IELTS: Average of 6.0 or above with a least 5 in each component
Course director Dr Mark Geoghegan, University of Sheffield
At the University of Leeds, the co-ordinator is Dr Rob Kelsall
Contact person Mrs Julie Milner

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