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Calls from industry spur creation of new course

University College London launches Nanotechnology MSc

London | Posted on May 12, 2006

University College London (UCL) is introducing a full and part-time Nanotechnology MSc course from September 2006 in response to mounting industry demand for highly skilled graduates.

Nanotechnology is rapidly establishing itself as a key technology discipline across an assortment of industries, ranging from microelectronics to healthcare. UCL’s MSc in Nanotechnology is designed for graduates who wish to enter this new and dynamic area of technology, either as industrial researchers, technical managers or academic researchers.

The course is taught by expert researchers from UCL’s highly respected Department of Electrical Engineering. The department has a proven track record of achievement across its courses. Its undergraduate courses (including a new programme in Nanotechnology launching in 2007) rank highly in the UK by the Times Higher Education Supplement 2006 and it also the top research-based Electronics Engineering department in London as rated by the Research Assessment Exercise (2001).

Students will also benefit from the state-of-the-art research facilities belonging to the London Centre for Nanotechnology, which offers eight levels of laboratory space and a complete range of nanocharacterisation facilities. The Centre has been designed to act as a focus for current interdisciplinary nanoscale materials, and is essential in ensuring that the UK remains internationally competitive in biotechnology.

“Nanotechnology has huge potential in areas as diverse as healthcare, IT and energy storage,” says Professor Ian Boyd, first Chair of Electronic Materials in UCL’s Department Electronic Engineering. “Governments and businesses across the world have started to invest substantially in the development of nanotechnology and the demand for accomplished, capable workers in this space is rapidly escalating.

“The training and experiences shared on this course will lay the foundation for a new generation of nanotechnology experts to advance this field and uncover new potential uses for a discipline we have only just begun to explore. We are giving the UK the opportunity to lead the way in what is emerging to be a critical cornerstone of modern science and industry.”

Course details

Entry requirements:
Minimum 2:2 Honours degree, or its equivalent, in a physical science or a relevant engineering discipline

£3085 for UK and EU students
£19,900 for overseas students

Course duration/format:
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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Notes to editors

About MSc in Nanotechnology

The MSc in Nanotechnology is suitable for:

  • Physical science and engineering graduates who wish to be involved with nanotechnology.

The course provides a solid intellectual grounding in the following areas of nanotechnology:

  • Physical science for nanotechnology
  • Nanoscale processing and characterisation for advanced devices
  • Physical techniques in the life sciences
  • Experimental techniques for nanotechnology
  • Business aspects of the emergent nanotechnology industry
  • Policy, Public Understanding and Ethical Issues of Nanotechnology
  • Nanoelectrical devices
  • Molecular electronics
  • Nanotechnology in healthcare
  • Quantum computation and communication
  • Modelling for nanotechnology
  • Atom and photon physics
  • Order and excitations in condensed matter
  • Molecular physics


About UCL:
Founded in 1826, UCL was named Sunday Times University of the Year in 2004. In the same year, UCL was ranked fourth within the UK and 25th in the top 500 world universities league table produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

In the government's most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 59 UCL departments achieved top ratings of 5* and 5, indicating research quality of international excellence.

UCL's centres of excellence include: Slade School of Fine Art; Bartlett School of Architecture; Benfield Hazard Research Centre; Institute of Child Health; Institute of Ophthalmology (Moorfields); Institute of Neurology; the Royal Free and University College Medical School.

UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. UCL alumni include Mahatma Gandhi, Chaim Herzog, Junichiro Koizumi, Lord Woolf and members of the band Coldplay.

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Louise Greeves
01273 666200

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