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Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 23.1 k / Year(s)  
127 place StudyQA ranking:6070 Duration:12 months

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Electronic technologies have evolved to the extent that modern device features are now measured in nanometers and new device concepts, fabrication methods and characterisation techniques have emerged. Take your place to set the agenda for tomorrows electronics world.

Nano-electronics and Nanotechnology explore how to scale commercially-available logic and memory devices, such as MOSFETs, SRAM, FLASH, and hard disk drives into the future, in which these devices are only a few tens of nanometers long. This field also includes the development of new materials and effects that exploit the inherent quantum mechanical nature of devices at that scale.

You will not only learn about device operation, but you will also get a strong grounding in how to make and characterise these devices, learning about (and seeing in action) state-of-art equipment, such as:

  • electron beam lithography
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • focussed ion beam systems
  • scanning probe microscopy
  • thin film, nanowire, and nanotube growth by chemical and physical vapour deposition

Key Facts

  • The Guardian University Guide 2014 league tables show the University of Southampton top in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • The Complete University Guide 2014 shows our Electrical and Electronic Engineering ranked third in the UK
  • Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2014 QS World Rankings

Career opportunities

  • Academia
  • Electronics/semiconductor industry
  • Materials science and packaging
  • Auto and aerospace industries

The programme has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the structure to suit your own interests. You can choose areas that reflect your personal interests and work on an individual project. You will however, also take a number of compulsory modules to ensure you are exposed to key topics in all areas.

Year 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

  • ELEC3207 Nanoelectronic Devices
  • ELEC6201 Microfabrication
  • ELEC6202 Advanced Memory and Storage

Optional Modules

  • ELEC6203 Introduction to MEMS
  • ELEC6204 Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip
  • ELEC6205 Bionanotechnology

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules

  • ELEC3202 Green Electronics
  • ELEC6206 Nanofabrication and Microscopy
  • ELEC6211 Project Preparation

Optional Modules

  • ELEC6207 Quantum Devices and Technology
  • ELEC6208 MEMS Sensors and Actuators
  • ELEC6209 Practical Application of MEMS
  • ELEC6210 Biosensors

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Modules

  • ELEC6246 TT MSc Lab

Modules not in Semesters

Compulsory Modules

  • COMP6200 MSc Project
Honours Degree:Our normal entry requirement is a first-class or upper second-class degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline, such as Engineering, Material Science, or Physics.English Language Requirements:If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test to ensure you can enjoy the full benefit of your studies. We normally ask for an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (with a score of 6 in all elements), or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580.International Qualifications:We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website. Please note we are part of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE).Selection Process:All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (eg hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


Some students taking the course are sponsored by industry, while other students obtain financial support from local authorities, from professional institutions such as the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) or from Career Development Loans. If you wish to obtain such sponsorship, you must make your own private arrangements.

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