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The School of Applied Sciences at Cranfield University has announced the Ultra Precision and Nanoengineering MSc course.

The next generation of products for energy production, medical diagnostics, aerospace, space, displays, telecommunications, semiconductor devices, optics and optoelectronics demand ultra-precision engineering of surfaces, down to the nanoscale, to achieve their superior functionality.

The course is designed to equip engineers and scientists with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience that allow high-technology products and processes to be realised.

Students study the essential aspects of ultra-precision technologies and nanoengineering, including 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.

Many applications of the technology are addressed, with particular emphasis on optics, renewable energy generation, medical diagnostics, space and aerospace.

The programme comprises eight modules, a group project and an individual thesis.

The modules include: 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; and Surface Engineering and Coatings.

The group project involves working in teams to fulfil demanding objectives within a tight timescale, applying state-of-the-art 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.

This course takes students on to careers in a range of international research and industry sectors, which are dependent on ultra-precision and nanoengineering.

Cranfield’s industrially supported research allows access to a range of aerospace, space, medical, optics, optoelectronics, energy generation, displays, telecommunications, and semiconductor orientated companies.

Students benefit from access to precision machining laboratories in Europe, including the Hexagon Loxham Precision Laboratory, a 400m2 temperature- and humidity-controlled workspace, and more than 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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