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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.

For details on postgraduate research courses in the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) take a look at the course listings.

For details on postgraduate research courses in the Department of Physics take at the course listings.

Each member of academic staff in the Advanced Technology Institute (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.  

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For informal PhD enquiries please contact Dr Peter Aaen (Postgraduate Admissions Tutor).

For admissions enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)1483 682222

Masters course

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.

Our course is taught by internationally recognised experts and supported by leading research facilities. 

About 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.

Applying for a PhD

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 three and a half years, during which time you will be supported by two academics who you will meet with you on a regular basis.

Financial support for postgraduates

International students

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