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Nanotechnology and Microfabrication MSc


Course facts

  • Name: Nanotechnology and Microfabrication
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year full-time

We are one of the very few universities in the UK to offer hands-on time fabricating devices in a clean room environment and operator time on laser micro-machining equipment. This course teaches numerate graduates knowledge and skills in the field of nanotechnology and microfabrication. The course takes an immersive approach to learning both the principles and practices of nanotechnology and microfabrication with much of the material based around examples and practical exercises. External examiners have noted the strong practical element both in the MSc project and in the taught part of the course, and have commended that students on this course do significant projects in the clean room.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content


Introduction to Nanotechnology and Microsystems: This module focuses on the device fabrication techniques at the nano and micro scale, as well as introducing some of the diagnostic tools available to test the quality and characteristics of devices.

Modelling and Design: This module focuses on the simulation and design of electronic devices using an advanced software package – COMSOL.

Research methods and study skills: This module focuses on the skills required to scope, plan, execute and report the outcomes of research project.

RF and Optical MEMS: This module introduces the use and benefits of miniaturisation in RF and optical technologies. The module will investigate improvements in component characteristics, and manufacturing processes. Applications of RF and optical nano and microsystems will be discussed using examples.

Microengineering & Further Microengineering: These modules provide an introduction to the rapidly expanding subject of microengineering. The modules investigates clean room-based lithographic and related methods of microfabrication, as well as micro- manufacturing issues for a range of materials such as silicon, polymers and metals.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Nanotechnology and Microfabrication Modules page.

Entry Requirements

have gained an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics or a related scientific discipline, at a 2.i level or higher or the international equivalent. Applicants with initial degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis, with the assessment based on the applicant’s potential to succeed on, and benefit from, the course.

Applicants from overseas must in addition demonstrate competence in English to level IELTS 6.5 overall and no element under 6.0. An appropriate ELCOS (Bangor University English Language School) pre-sessional course may be taken to

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

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How to Apply

International students

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International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
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Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. taking an IELTS Test to meet the English Language requirement).

Careers and Employability

Students completing this course will have a firm grasp of the current practices and directions in this exciting area and will have the knowledge and skills to enable you to design and build microscale devices. In particular you will have strong numerical modelling skills, with expertise in the newly emerging field of multiphysics modelling. These skills are immediately applicable in the growing number of industries which apply nanotechnology to the design of new products and processes.

Graduates of these courses have gone on to work in various branches of the Electronics industry, for example optical communications and telecommunications companies, government research facilities like GCHQ, and various nanotechnology enterprises, from start-ups to multinational companies. Some MSc students will continue postgraduate study after graduating, going on to PhD and MPhil programmes.

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