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Cranfield University is offering an MSc course on which students can study the essential aspects of ultra-precision technologies and nanoengineering.

These include the philosophy of determinism, fundamental precision design and metrology principles, critical computer-based design and application tools, and detailed knowledge of ultra-precision and nanoengineering processes.

A range of applications of the technology are addressed, with particular emphasis on optics, renewable energy generation (solar, wind and wave), medical diagnostics, space and aerospace.

This programme comprises eight modules, the group project and an individual thesis.

Modules: precision engineering; nanotechnology and medical applications; renewable energy technology; metrology and optical testing; optical technologies; computer-aided engineering for ultra precision; management of innovation and new product development ; surface engineering and coatings.

The group project involves working in teams to fulfil demanding objectives within a tight timescale, applying technologies and approaches, and delivering results to a high professional standard.

The individual project, usually undertaken as a company placement, offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide ultra-precision and nanoengineering solutions to real problems.

Students benefit from access to the Hexagon Loxham Precision Laboratory – a 400m, temperature- and humidity-controlled workspace – and over 100m2 of clean rooms within the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre.

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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