Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy MSc

We are one of the leading institutions developing nanotechnology and the next generation of materials and nanoelectronic devices. The Department of Electronic Engineering has been recognised as one of the leading in the UK, and is highly regarded for the quality of its teaching and training. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to understand how nanotechnology can change our lives.

Why Surrey?

We are one of the leading institutions developing nanotechnology and the next generation of materials and nanoelectronic devices. Taught by internationally-recognised experts within the University’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), on this programme you will discover the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials and nanotechnology. You will gain specialised skills through an individual research project within our research groups, using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

The ATI is a £10 million investment in advanced research and is the flagship institute of the University of Surrey in the area of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. The ATI brings together under one roof the major research activities of the University from the Department of Electronic Engineering and the Department of Physics in the area of nanotechnology and electronic devices. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has reconfirmed Surrey’s pre-eminent position as amongst the very best research-led electronic engineering departments in the UK.

Programme overview

Nanotechnology is a term that has captured the public imagination and lies at the heart of the transistor found in every computer, laptop and mobile phone. It's the key to unlocking renewable energy supplies and promises new and lighter materials with added strength.

The aim of this one-year MSc programme is to show how nanotechnology and nanomaterials can be used for our benefit with real-world applications. The programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to understand how nanotechnology can change our lives.

Taught by internationally-recognised experts within the University’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), the programme has as its broad theme the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials and nanotechnology. The programme covers the fundamentals behind nanotechnology and moves on to discuss its implementation using nanomaterials (the advanced tools of nanotechnology which allow us to see at the nanoscale) before discussing future trends and applications.

You will gain specialised, practical skills through an individual research project within our research groups, using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Completion of the programme will provide you with unique skills to further your career in this rapidly emerging field.

Why not read about past and present student experiences of our electronic engineering programmes, including Christopher Lord, Christos Merkouris and Prashant Butani?

Module overview

Programme structure

For the award of an MSc degree, a total of 180 academic credits is required. Over the course of two semesters, you will undertake study in a total of eight modules, each worth 15 credits. In the final semester, a 60-credit individual research project will be undertaken using the facilities within ATI. The final semester project will be undertaken in our laboratories such as the clean-room, the nanoelectronics laboratory or the optical characterisation suite. This provides an opportunity to demonstrate the application of nanotechnology, test critical assumptions, develop a new system or device, or model and predict effects at the nanoscale. Recent projects have included the study of graphene, carbon nanotube composites, laser diode characterisation and liquid crystals.

C - Compulsory, O - Optional (totalling 30 credits)
Modules Credits MSc
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 15 C
Energy Economics and Technology 15 C
Nanofabrication and Characterisation 15 C
Nanoelectronics and Devices 15 C
Nanophotonics Principles and Engineering 15 C
Renewable Energy Technologies 15 C
RF and Microwave Fundamentals 15 O
RF Systems and Circuit Design 15 O
Semiconductor Devices and Optoelectronics 15 O
Microwave Engineering 15 O
MSc Project 60 C

Compulsory modules

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

This module introduces the fundamentals of nanotechnology, quantum engineering and the wider role of nanotechnology in society. The growth and characteristics of important nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes are studied, along with examples from the scientific literature or commercially available products. Quantum effects associated with low-dimensional structures and the use of scanning tunnelling microscopy for atomic imaging and atomic and molecular manipulation are also studied. The state of the art in high resolution transmission electron microscopy, focused ion beam (FIB) methods and lithography are also discussed.

Nanofabrication and Characterisation

This module discusses the tools of nanotechnology including atomic force microscopy and related techniques, electrical and optical characterisation, and modern ion beam implantation methods, and will allow the student to learn about good clean-room practice and safe chemical working. The uses and limitations of different experimental techniques will also be discussed. This module will provide the analytical skills required to carry out an experimental-based research project.

Nanoelectronics and Devices

In this module, the fundamentals of nanoelectronics from the viewpoint of what controls the current in a nanoscale device are explored. Starting off with bulk materials, we explore both 2D and 1D materials, such as graphene, carbon nanotubes and other nanowires, and devices including the calculation of density states in low dimensions and the Landaurer formalism for electron transport. Advanced devices include resonant tunnelling devices, Coulomb blockade devices, high-mobility transistors and sensors. Spintronic materials and devices for memory applications are also discussed.

Nanophotonics Principles and Engineering

The characteristics of photonic materials and devices that operate at the nanometre level are examined. Electronic and photon confinement effects, as well as excitons and polaritons, the structure and properties of photonic band gap and metamaterials are all discussed. Light emission from lasers, quantum wells, as well as the structure of the quantum cascade laser, are also studied.

Renewable Energy Technologies

This module covers renewable energy technologies from the engineering point of view: applications, engineering calculations and design, feasibility and so on. The main aim of the course is to provide you with a systematic understanding of current knowledge, problems and insight into the field of renewable energy technologies.

MSc Project

Optional modules

RF and Microwave Fundamentals

In radio frequency (RF) and microwave engineering, there are several aspects of circuit theory otherwise not applicable to other aspects of electronic engineering, which this module aims to provide a grounding in. On this module, you will become familiarised with aspects to circuit design including filter design, antenna design and basic amplifiers.

RF Systems and Circuit Design

The design of RF systems and their circuits underpins the production of mobile communications, satellite communications, radar and intelligent wireless devices. This module focuses on state-of-the-art applications and demonstrates the importance of underlying theoretical and design concepts.

Semiconductor Devices and Optoelectronics

This module will provide you with an understanding of optical communications at an engineering level, so that you are aware of the fundamental building blocks of an optical communications system, as well as some of the limitations. The course provides you with detailed descriptions of some of the devices, both in terms of their physical operation as well as their geometry and construction.

Microwave Engineering

For advanced systems running in frequencies above 2 GHz, there is growing need for microwave devices such as microwave ovens and radar systems. You will learn about these systems and will focus in on small printed devices on this module, concentrating on microwave transmission waveguides and high power microwave transmission devices.

Professional recognition

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Our full-time and part-time programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). They can be used in partial fulfilment of the requirements for gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, and are countable under the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.

Participants will also be eligible for professional membership of the Institute of Nanotechnology which will enable the use of the letters MloN after your name. Not only will this enhance professional standing, it may be useful for further continuing professional development and can be used in the application process for Chartered Engineer or Chartered Scientist status.

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Programme leader

Dr Maxim Shkunov

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 60 months

Start date:

Sep 2016

Entry Requirements

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English language requirements

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £8,000 £18,000
Part-time Sep 2016 £900* £2,000*

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

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For for all postgraduate taught courses starting in February 2017 within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the University is offering graduates from India the opportunity to apply for one of three scholarships worth £5,000 through the GREAT Scholarships - India programme. 

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