The MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has been developed from the ground up to deliver an interdisciplinary course that will bring you to the cutting edge of nanoscience and nanotechnology. There are extensive links to industry throughout the course and even an option to do a placement in industry for up to a year. It is designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in all areas of science and technology, including academic and industrial roles. The course capitalises on the presence of a concentration of relevant expertise in UCLan to deliver the material by prominent researchers in their respective fields.
The course is available in either a one year or two year duration, both full-time, starting in September each year.
The course is delivered by staff of the School of Physical Sciences and Computing, in particular the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute and Chemistry department. It provides a multidisciplinary approach to nanoscience, with a strong foundation in Semester 1 in both related physics and chemistry topics and research skills. In addition, the course benefits from a strong industrial focus, starting in Semester 2 with the Current Topics in Industrial Nanoscience module, in which industrial partners come and introduce aspects of their work to the students and invite them to help solve problems.
Semesters 1 and 2 comprise the taught element of the course and are identical for both options:
Semester 1: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Semester 1&2: Research Skills, Physical Chemistry and Elemental Analysis, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Semester 2: Advanced Topics in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Current Topics in Industrial Nanoscience
Semester 1: Physics for Energy, or Magnetism
One year option:
After Semester 2, students pursue an original research project (which can be hosted by an industrial partner) over the summer (Semester 3), after which they graduate.
Two year option:
After Semester 2, students embark on an industrial placement of up to a year. Over the summer following their placement (Semester 3) they pursue an original research project (which can be hosted by an industrial partner), after which they graduate.
The University of Central Lancashire has developed and evolved over time to become the fifth largest university in the UK. Founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge by Joseph Livesey’s Temperance Society. In 1886 the institute was expanded under the endowment of a local lawyer, Edmund Robert Harris (1804-1877). The institute was renamed to the Harris Institute and expanded to take on several new buildings. The institute was renamed in 1932 as the Harris Art College and in 1952 was renamed again to become the Harris College. In 1973, the College was renamed to become Preston Polytechnic and then later Lancashire Polytechnic in 1984. In 1992, the full university status was awarded and the University of Central Lancashire came into existence.
The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute was established in 1993 as the Centre for Astrophysics. Renamed in 2004 as the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI) for Astrophysics and Super-Computing, the JHI grew in 2012 to become the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy. Already extremely well-regarded in astronomy and astrophysics research, the Institute has been investing in experimental physics since 2013 and now has a world-leading portfolio in nanophysics, magnetic materials and magnetic modelling, ionic liquids and strongly correlated electron systems and several other topics.
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