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The MSc in Ultra Precision Technologies is designed to equip engineers and scientists with the enabling technologies that permit next-generation high-technology products and processes to be realised.

Through this course students gain an understanding of the underlying principles of important ultra-precision technologies and provide exposure and understanding of their applications in next-generation products for a range of sectors.

The Ultra Precision Technologies MSc is led by Cranfield University, with support from the Optical Science Laboratory of University College London, the Institute of Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge and Optic Glyndwr.

The MSc course comprises eight taught modules through which students gain an understanding of the practices in ultra precision, followed by a group project in which they apply their learning as a team to an industrially defined challenge.

Modules: computer-aided engineering for ultra precision (Cranfield); laser micromachining and surface structuring (Cambridge); managing innovation and new product development (Cranfield); metrology and optical testing (Cranfield); modern optical technologies (Cranfield); Optical Design and Fabrication (Optic); precision engineering (Cranfield); and surface engineering and coatings (Cranfield).

Following the group project, students complete an individual thesis project that provides the opportunity for students to develop their research capability and depth of understanding.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

Students will have access to technical facilities at Cranfield University, Optic Centre in North Wales, University College London and the University of Cambridge.

Cranfield facilities include accurate capabilities in diamond machining, micro milling and micro moulding, supported by accurate temperature control.

Precision surfaces equipment, obtained via a GBP1.2m SRIF grant, augment these and include a high-precision large-scale (3 x 2 x 1m) coordinate measuring machine and an optical 3D surface profiler.

Other routes: qualifications of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), comprising the eight taught modules and the group project, and the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), comprising six taught modules, are also available for this course

Cranfield University, School of Applied Sciences

Cranfield University is a wholly postgraduate university with an international community and a truly global reputation. The School of Applied Sciences is recognised for its multi-disciplinary approach to research and teaching in relation to manufacturing, materials, natural resources and sustainable systems. We also provide short courses and consultancy services to our clients. Cranfield is third in the UK for the impact of its mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing research. Through our focus on fundamental research and its application to meet the needs of industry and society, Applied Sciences is a major contributor to these positions. We have a successful track record of working closely with organisations around the world. Our success is due to our staff and the quality of the students whose careers we help develop. We operate key facilities which underpin our research, teaching and short courses.  

The School of Applied Sciences offers an extensive engineering portfolio of full and part-time masters’ programmes, funded research opportunities and short courses, across a number of sectors.  All courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry, and benefit from significant input from experts in the sector.

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