The primary aim of this programme is to create self motivated master's degree graduates who are capable of entering a research and development post in academia or industry with a specialist knowledge of nanomaterials synthesis and processing. Entry RequirementsA UK first or second class honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually in engineering or physical sciences (eg materials science; physics; or chemistry); or an engineering degree containing some aspects of materials science; or an equivalent level of demonstrable skills as a result of training. Alternatively students will have some practical experience in related fields. This experience would be demonstrated by publications or approximately five years employment in a related field. Some practical experience in research and/or development usually via employment in a science-based company or research establishment or facility.Course AimsThe aim of the course is to provide engineering, science and environmental sciences graduates with the overall knowledge base required for a career in materials science related activities within industry, business or public sector organisations, and to develop the understanding, skills and competencies required to enable master's degree students to expand and enhance their professional expertise.
The course will enable you, depending on your preferences:
to gain an understanding of nanomaterials processing, including synthesis, deposition, use and characterisation of physical properties with a particular interest in ceramics and inorganic luminescent materials;
to gain an understanding of new carbon related materials processing, ie carbon nano tubes, fullerences, diamond like carbon and luminescent organic materials, including synthesis, deposition, use and characterisation of physical properties;
to gain an understanding of the basic properties of materials in relation to their manufacturing processes;
to gain a view of current research methodologies in developing processing technologies for metals, polymers, composites and ceramics;
to be able to process polymeric materials with modern nano materials in order to improve the material's individual characteristics;
to develop an understanding of "the dynamic structures of liquid metals and alloys", the 'theory of solidification (including nucleation and crystal growth) under intensive forced convection' and 'new solidification processing technologies'.Course ContentThe course offers two modules in the broad areas of "inorganic materials processing" and "polymer, MEMS and metals processing".
The programme will provide opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas: A knowledge and understanding of:The theoretical principles of light emission from inorganic materials.
The synthetic approaches to preparing inorganic and ceramic nanomaterials
The overall basis for the study of luminescent materials.
The theoretical basis and practical implementation of materials characterisation with emphasis on inorganic, ceramic and polymeric materials.
Printing and deposition techniques employed for the deposition of nanomaterials.
The important physical properties of materials in relationship to their processing properties.
Advanced and developing processing technologies for metals, polymers, composites and ceramics.
The preparation and use of carbon nano tubes and diamond like carbon in modern applications.
Emissive organic materials in the displays and lighting industry MEMS device processing and uses.
The physical properties of molten metals and alloys.
Improved casting methods of metals and alloys.At the cognitive level you will be able to:
Understand modern materials and apply them in new settings.
Evaluate an industrial materials process such as (polymer processing) and design a solution to a problem.
Evaluate the environmental effects of materials use and design solutions.
Analyse and evaluate materials characterisation data and develop new processes.
Plan and evaluate personal projects.
Assemble and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary data.
Select and use appropriate investigative techniques.In terms of personal/transferable skills you will be able to:Select and adapt appropriate motivational methods.
Define and organise a substantial investigation.
Select and employ appropriate research methods.
Organise technical information into a concise, coherent document.
Employ conventional methods of technical communication.
Manage personal projects.
Develop a thesis by following a coherent argument.Modules (all core)Micro and Nano Structured Materials Processing
Opto-electronic Materials: Processing and Characterisation of Materials
Research Methodology and Innovation
Practical Nano and Micro-Materials Processing
Applied Research ProjectCareersGraduates will be capable of entering the production and research and development centres of materials manufacturing and processing companies.