New nano learning opportunities
University College London (UCL) is launching a Nanotechnology MSc course in September 2006.
The course will focus on various areas of nanotechnology, including physical science, nanoscale processing and characterisation, experimental techniques, business aspects, nanoelectrical devices and quantum computation and communication.
‘Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary subject with different areas of speciality,' explains Professor Ian Boyd of UCL's Department of Electronic Engineering. ‘Physicists, for example, can be found working in oil refineries, confectionary establishments and sports facilities'.
‘Science graduates who have a grounding in cell biology, electronic devices, nano-fabrication, as well as entrepreneurship, communications and public awareness of science, will be able to cope in a wider spectrum of applications'.
Students will have access to the facilities of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), of which UCL is a major partner. These include its custom built cleanroom for nano-fabrication - the largest such facility in London - its focused ion beam and electron beam lithography facilities, the electrical characterisation suite, and the microscopy centre. Students will also undertake an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the LCN.
Industry contact will play a key role in the course. Students will receive lectures from representatives of companies such as STS, Keithley, and Veeco. They will also be trained to use specialised software as it becomes available from the equipment developers. There will be opportunities to participate in the development of software and hardware with the collaborating industries.
The one-year course (two years for part-time students) will be open to those with a minimum 2.2 Honours degree, or its equivalent, in a physical science or a relevant engineering discipline.
‘The success of the course will be measured in terms of the future employment of the graduates,' adds Boyd.