This course covers fundamental and advanced topics relevant to the modern microelectronics industry, including semiconductor devices, fabrication technology, digital techniques, VLSI circuits and systems design.
The course covers the main areas of microelectronics:
- semiconductor theory and fabrication
- digital and VLSI design
- reconfigurable systems
- application areas.
This skills-based MSc has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the modern microelectronics industry.
The modules are taught by world-leading academics and researchers in Microsystems and Emerging Technologies and Materials groups. Industrial experts also deliver complementary topics of industrial relevance.
This course will prepare you for an exciting career in the thriving ICT technology and systems industries. You will also gain an appreciation of application-specific aspects. Many of our graduates are working across the globe in prestigious academic and industrial settings.
The School of Engineering has an international reputation for transformative engineering and technology research. You will have the opportunity to be part of this research and development, particularly during your individual project.
After graduation there may be opportunities for you to work towards a PhD by joining one of our research groups.
We offer up to £1500 and £500 scholarships for our international and home students and provide funding to all our students for procurement of equipment and tools to set up the final semester projects.
This course consists of compulsory and optional modules, and an individual project. Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, coursework, and a project and dissertation conducted in association with one of the School's research groups.
The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council, and therefore provides a good foundation for professional registration.
Facilities include two clean rooms of class 100-1000 and 100-10000, with capabilities in:
- thermal and plasma processing
There is a characterisation lab with comprehensive device test facilities. Leading CAD software for modelling and device design is available, some of which originates from researchers at Newcastle.
For VLSI design, you have access to the industry-standard CADENCE suite, and a variety of novel tools developed at Newcastle. There is also a comprehensive range of design tools for FPGA-based systems.