M.Sc. Nanotechnology And Microsystems

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR14900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Heriot-Watt University | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Nanotechnology and Microsystems MSc course will produce graduates with up-to-date understanding of the emerging field of nanotechnology as well as an appreciation of the application of such ideas in microsystems.

Description of Nanotechnology And Microsystems


One year (MSc), 9 months (Diploma)


Nanotechnology refers to the science and engineering of materials and processes which occur around the nanometer length scale. Recent technological and material advances now allow the exploitation of this regime in a wide range of areas from quantum information to smart materials. The Nanotechnology and Microsystems MSc course will produce graduates with up-to-date understanding of the emerging field of nanotechnology as well as an appreciation of the application of such ideas in microsystems. The course is multi-disciplinary and is designed for students with an undergraduate background in physics, chemistry or engineering.
Nanotechnology is inherently multidisciplinary, yet industry struggles to find people who are trained in more than one traditional discipline. This course offers a unique blend of specially selected science and engineering topics including lectures, project and lab work. For this reason, graduates who have taken the Nanotechnology modules are likely to be in high demand in forward-looking companies. Equipped with the wide view provided by our courses graduates would be in a position to exploit on-going developments in nanotechnologies across a range of fields. The relevant industries include pharmaceuticals, energy, opto-electronics, electronics, information technology, chemical and automotive. Furthermore, the modules would also be ideal for the continuing professional development of industrial staff. As with the rest of our degree courses we fully expect this MSc to be accredited by the relevant science and engineering Institutes at the earliest opportunity.
The course aims to provide students with a broad-based and contemporary understanding of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is taken as encompassing the branches of nano-science and their various applications. Specifically, the course aims to:

  • Provide an introduction and working knowledge of nanotechnology
  • Impart detailed knowledge and understanding at the post-graduate/advanced undergraduate level in the key areas of nanophysics and nanochemistry
  • Instruct students in the emerging field of nanophotonics, the manipulation of light on a nanometre length scale
  • To understand and gain skills in the interface between nanosystems and Microsystems focussing on micro-opto-mechanical systems, bio-MEMS and modelling
  • Acquire hands on skills in nanotechnology through carrying out a research project in one of the areas of nanotechnology
  • To communicate results and new knowledge through a dissertation and a scientific talk to peers
  • To provide students with understanding of the challenges, risks and key issues in exploiting commercially new advances in nanotechnology

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 14900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4600 Year (EEA)

£4100 (Home/Eu); £14900 (Overseas)

Start date October  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Core Modules

  • Nanoscience Primer
  • Nano-physics
  • Fundamentals of Photonics and Micromechanics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Nanochemistry
  • Materials Physics
  • Laser Applications and Engineering
  • Nanolaboratory
  • MSc Project

English Language Requirements

IELTS take IELTS test
CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Nanotechnology And Microsystems

A first or second class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, well need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
  • 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)

Work Experience for Nanotechnology And Microsystems

No work experience is required.

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