About this course
Discover micro and nanotechnology on this master’s degree. You’ll learn how microelectromechanical systems and nanoelectronics inform next-generation consumer electronics. Prepare for a career in industry or academic research.
On this Micro and Nanotechnologies MSc you’ll learn the scientific and engineering principles that support a wide range of micro and nanoscale technologies.
There’s a particular focus on microelectromechanical systems and nanotechnologies on this course. These are vital to the research and development of modern electronics, including miniaturised sensors and nanoscale logic and memory devices.
You'll also learn about microfluidic technology, enabling miniaturised biodevices for point-of-care diagnostic applications, and the fundamentals of photonic circuits and devices.
You’ll be able to fit the master’s in nanotechnology into your interests or career plans by specialising in areas such as:
- microelectromechanical systems
You'll get training in the latest design, fabrication and characterisation methodologies, and benefit from using industry-standard tools and facilities such as our cleanroom complex.
Specialist modules are taught by staff involved in leading edge research, so your learning will be informed by the latest developments in these areas.
Your course leader is Dr Maurits De Planque, an associate professor within Electronics and Computer Science. His research interests are the nano/microtechnology aspects of bioengineering, including chemical oscillators, microfluidic cell arrays, semiconductor biosensors and ion channel nanopores. Read Dr De Planque’s staff profile to find out more about his work.
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“My time at Southampton has helped me grow as a person. I have developed my academic writing and my experimental skills, thanks to laboratory training. My particular interest in biology encouraged me to choose medical electronics and bio-nanotechnology modules.”
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in electronic engineering or a related subject.
You must also have an upper 2:1 score in the following:
- 1 maths module
- 1 physics module
- 2 electronic engineering modules (e.g. semiconductor devices, solid state devices, electronic materials, electronic systems, electronic circuits, microelectronics, analogue systems, photonics, engineering design)
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English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time master’s course. Your studies will last a full 12 months, from September to the following September.
For the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll focus on the taught part of the course. Some of your modules will be compulsory, others we will ask you to choose from a list of options.
You’ll have exams at the end of each semester.
For the rest of the course, you’ll work independently on your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- directed reading
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We’ll assess you through:
- laboratory reports
- design exercises
- individual and group projects
- written exams
- a dissertation
Over the summer you’ll spend up to 14 weeks working on your research project, which will result in a 15,000-word dissertation.
The project will be on a specialism of your choice, to be agreed with your project coordinator.
The dissertation is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show your expertise in a particular area of micro and nanotechnology.
You’ll have regular support meetings with your supervisor throughout the process.
You’ll be assigned a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
Graduates of this course are in an excellent position to start a career in industry, or continue their researches at PhD level.
Sectors you could go into include:
- electronics and semiconductors
- materials and packaging
- motor vehicle and aerospace industries
Graduates of our electronics and computer science master’s courses are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology.
Many students also go on to work for small to medium-sized enterprises, including start-ups.
ECS runs a dedicated careers hub with links to more than 100 companies including:
- Microsoft Research
- Imagination Technologies
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £25,450.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000