Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy MSc

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Why Surrey?

Taught by internationally-recognised experts in the University’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), this programme will see you discover the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials, nanotechnology for renewable energy generation and storage.

You will gain specialised skills through an individual research project within our research groups, using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Programme overview

The programme's broad theme is 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 – such as graphene – and the use of advanced tools of nanotechnology which allow us to see at the nanoscale, before discussing future trends and applications for energy generation and storage.

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 the skills essential to furthering your career in this rapidly emerging field.

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Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and an extended project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Nanotechnology at 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.

Educational aims of the programme

The taught postgraduate Degree Programmes of the Department are intended both to assist with professional career development within the relevant industry and, for a small number of students, to serve as a precursor to academic research.

Our philosophy is to integrate the acquisition of core engineering and scientific knowledge with the development of key practical skills (where relevant).

To fulfil these objectives, the programme aims to:

  • Attract well-qualified entrants, with a background in Electronic Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computing and Communications, from the UK, Europe and overseas
  • Provide participants with advanced knowledge, practical skills and understanding applicable to the MSc degree
  • Develop participants' understanding of the underlying science, engineering, and technology, and enhance their ability to relate this to industrial practice
  • Develop participants' critical and analytical powers so that they can effectively plan and execute individual research/design/development projects
  • Provide a high level of flexibility in programme pattern and exit point
  • Provide students with an extensive choice of taught modules, in subjects for which the Department has an international and UK research reputation

Intended capabilities for MSc graduates:

  • Underpinning learning – know, understand and be able to apply the fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles that underpin Nanoscience and nanotechnology for renewable systems
  • Engineering problem solving - be able to analyse problems within the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology and more broadly in electronic engineering and find solutions
  • Engineering tools - be able to use relevant workshop and laboratory tools and equipment, and have experience of using relevant task-specific software packages to perform engineering tasks
  • Technical expertise - know, understand and be able to use the basic mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles associated with the topics within Nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoelectronics for renewable energy
  • Societal and environmental context - be aware of the societal and environmental context of his/her engineering activities
  • Employment context - be aware of commercial, industrial and employment-related practices and issues likely to affect his/her engineering activities
  • Research and development investigations - be able to carry out research-and- development investigations
  • Design - where relevant, be able to design electronic circuits and electronic/software products and systems
  • Demonstrate transferable skills such as problem solving, analysis and critical interpretation of data, through the undertaking of the extended 90-credit project
  • Know how to take into account constraints such as environmental and sustainability limitations, health and safety and risk assessment
  • Have gained comprehensive understanding of design processes
  • Understand customer and user needs, including aesthetics, ergonomics and usability.
  • Have acquired experience in producing an innovative design
  • Appreciate the need to identify and manage cost drivers
  • Have become familiar with the design process and the methodology of evaluating outcomes
  • Have acquired knowledge and understanding of management and business practices
  • Have gained the ability to evaluate risks, including commercial risks
  • Understand current engineering practice and some appreciation of likely developments
  • Have gained extensive understanding of a wide range of engineering materials/components
  • Understand appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
  • Have become aware of quality issues in the discipline

Technical characteristics of the pathway

The Programme in Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronic Devicesaims to provide a high-quality qualification in the most important aspects of the nanotechnologies, with a particular emphasis on nanoelectronics and nanoelectronic devices.

After an introduction to the basic aspects of quantum physics and nano-engineering relevant to modern nanoelectronics, students can tailor their specific learning experience through study of device-oriented elective modules, as suits their career aspirations.

Key to the Programme is the cross-linking of current research themes in interdisciplinary areas such as photonics and biology, through the use of nanoelectronic devices as the interface at the nanoscale level.

The Programme has strong links to current research in the University's Advanced Technology Institute; this Institute includes academic staff from both the EE and the Physics Departments.

Programme learning outcomes

General transferable skills

  • Be able to use computers and basic IT tools effectively
  • Be able to retrieve information from written and electronic sources
  • Be able to apply critical but constructive thinking to received information
  • Be able to study and learn effectively
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing and by oral presentations
  • Be able to present quantitative data effectively, using appropriate methods
  • Be able to manage own time and resources
  • Be able to develop, monitor and update a plan, in the light of changing circumstances
  • Be able to reflect on own learning and performance, and plan its development/improvement, as a foundation for life-long learning

Underpinning learning

  • Know and understand scientific principles necessary to underpin their education in electronic and electrical engineering, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering content, and to support their understanding of historical, current and future developments
  • Know and understand the mathematical principles necessary to underpin their education in electronic and electrical engineering and to enable them to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems
  • Be able to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of electronic and electrical engineering.

Engineering problem-solving

  • Understand electronic and electrical engineering principles and be able to apply them to analyse key engineering processes
  • Be able to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques
  • Be able to apply mathematical and computer-based models to solve problems in electronic and electrical engineering, and be able to assess the limitations of particular cases
  • Be able to apply quantitative methods relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, in order to solve engineering problems
  • Understand and be able to apply a systems approach to electronic and electrical engineering problems

Engineering tools

  • Have relevant workshop and laboratory skills
  • Be able to write simple computer programs, be aware of the nature of microprocessor programming, and be aware of the nature of software design
  • Be able to apply computer software packages relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, in order to solve engineering problems

Technical expertise

  • Know and understand the facts, concepts, conventions, principles, mathematics and applications of the range of electronic and electrical engineering topics he/she has chosen to study
  • Know the characteristics of particular materials, equipment, processes or products
  • Have thorough understanding of current practice and limitations, and some appreciation of likely future developments
  • Be aware of developing technologies related to electronic and electrical engineering
  • Have comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of electronic engineering and related disciplines
  • Have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computer models relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, and an appreciation of their limitations
  • Know and understand, at Master's level, the facts, concepts, conventions, principles, mathematics and applications of a range of engineering topics that he/she has chosen to study
  • Have extensive knowledge of a wide range of engineering materials and components
  • Understand concepts from a range of areas including some from outside engineering, and be able to apply them effectively in engineering projects

Societal and environmental context

  • Understand the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development
  • Be aware of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety and risk (including environmental risk issues
  • Understand the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering

Employment context

  • Know and understand the commercial and economic context of electronic and electrical engineering processes
  • Understand the contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (e.g. operations and management, technology development, etc.)
  • Be aware of the nature of intellectual property
  • Understand appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
  • Be aware of quality issues
  • Be able to apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints
  • Understand the basics of financial accounting procedures relevant to engineering project work
  • Be able to make general evaluations of commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks
  • Be aware of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety and risk (including environmental risk) issues

Research and development

  • Understand the use of technical literature and other information sources
  • Be aware of the need, in appropriate cases, for experimentation during scientific investigations and during engineering development
  • Be able to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
  • Be able to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and employ this data in solving the problem, using computer-based engineering tools when appropriate
  • Be able to work with technical uncertainty

Design

  • Understand the nature of the engineering design process
  • Investigate and define a problem and identify constraints, including environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety and risk assessment issues
  • Understand customer and user needs and the importance of considerations such as aesthetics
  • Identify and manage cost drivers
  • Use creativity to establish innovative solutions
  • Ensure fitness for purpose and all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal
  • Manage the design process and evaluate outcomes
  • Have wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and be able to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations
  • Be able to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes, to fulfil new needs

Project management

  • Be able to work as a member of a team
  • Be able to exercise leadership in a team
  • Be able to work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Know about management techniques that may be used to achieve engineering objectives within the commercial and economic context of engineering processes
  • Have extensive knowledge and understanding of management and business practices, and their limitations, and how these may be applied appropriately

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £9,000 £19,000
Part-time Sep 2017 £1,000* £2,200*

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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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: 24 months

Start date:

Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

An honours degree in electronic engineering or physics. Our minimum entry level is a 2.2 from a UK university, or overseas equivalent. Material science graduates with a background in advanced materials or those with strong industrial experience will also be considered.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

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.

Funding

Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.

 

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

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.

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Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences

These university-funded scholarships are worth £2,000 - £4,000 for 2017 entry onto the MSc programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences departments.

Offer holders for these programmes who are overseas feepayers and achieve either a 2:1 or a 1st class honours degree, or equivalent, are eligible. Those paying UK/EU fees are not eligible.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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