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Industry needs graduates with up-to-date skills and the ability to expand and develop their products. Industries engaged in nanotechnology and nanomaterials research and development are no different, with numerous surveys of companies having pointed to the need for graduates with a strong background in engineering or in the physical sciences, supplemented with specialised skills.

Each member of academic staff in the ATI is a member of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Department of Physics and are fully involved in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  

For details of undergraduate courses in the Departments of Electronic Engineering and Physics please see the Undergraduate Prospectus and for postgraduate taught courses in the Departments of Electronic Engineering and Physics please see the Postgraduate Prospectus.

Postgraduate Degrees

MSc in Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy

Nanotechnology is essential for faster electronics with greater functionality and is the key for energy and sustainability, and is at the heart of every transistor found in every computer.  The ATI has a long established reputation in this field. 

Find out about our MSc in Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy which is taught by internationally recognised experts and supported by leading research facilities. 

Postgraduate Research

A PhD is the passport to a career as a research scientist... but that's far from being the whole story!  The PhD is a widely respected and highly regarded qualification which certifies that the holder is a highly competent, professional, self-motivated achiever. Holders of PhDs in physical sciences and electronic engineering are in high demand in areas ranging from engineering industries to finance. Newly qualified PhDs often report that their PhD research has been the most stimulating, rewarding and challenging thing they have ever done.

Here at the ATI we offer PhD projects within one of our four research groups/centres, focussing on nanoelectronicsphotonicsion beams and theory and computation.  Much of the research we conduct span these boundaries and include participants from more than one group.  You can find out about current research being conducted by our researchers in our Postgraduate Research Projects.

Applying for a PhD within the ATI

We have a full list of our available PhD projects listed on our Postgraduate Research Projects page. Alternative projects are very often formulated through discussions between prospective students and individual staff members and so if there is an area that interests you but you are unable to find the specific project listed, please contact us to discuss further.

A PhD normally lasts for 3½ years, during which time you will be supported by two academics who you will meet with on a regular basis. You will also be part of the larger Faculty Graduate School community, which brings together researchers from all parts of the Faculty.  As part of the Graduate School you will attend a training programme that will help you gain the skills you require to become a fully-fledged researcher.