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MSc/PgDip Nanoscience

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: Institute of Physics
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time, 21 months part-time

Study with us

  • master state-of-the-art research and methods in nanoscience in an interdisciplinary course connecting physics and chemistry
  • become equipped for a research-based career in industry or to progress to a PhD
  • provides a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research in nanoscience, along with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for this emerging area
  • designed to equip you for a research-based career in industry, but it can also serve as a way of progressing towards a PhD
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Why this course?

Our MSc Nanoscience degree explores the frontiers of science on the nanoscale. It provides a strong grounding in basic nanoscience before progressing to advanced topics. The strongly interdisciplinary research in the physics of life sciences groups links the fundamental science to applications in chemistry, biology and medicine.

Taught classes on this Masters course have been developed from the many years of nanoscience research at the University in areas such as:

  • nanoscale imaging
  • nanoparticle fabrication and functionalisation
  • chemical physics
  • computational modelling of the nanoworld

Who’s the course suitable for?

The course will be of interest to physical science graduates looking to work in the field of nanoscience. It’s also suitable for those with an industrial background as a further training opportunity and a way of gaining insights into topics at the forefront of academic research.

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THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you’ll study

Two semesters of formal teaching are followed by a three-month intensive project.

Research project

Following the taught classes, you’ll undertake a research-intensive project in a relevant nanoscience topic. Projects take place primarily in research labs located in the University’s physical science departments. There are also opportunities for relevant industrial placements.

Learning & teaching

Our teaching is based on lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory experiments, and research projects. The program is interdisciplinary, with the majority of modules being taught by the Department of Physics. The Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry provides a module on nanochemistry and its applications.  

Assessment

The assessment of most taught modules is based on a written examination and continuous coursework (about 20%), and, in some modules, an oral examination. The final project is assessed mainly by a report supplemented by a talk, an oral examination (viva) and an assessment of the performance and engagement during the project by the supervisor.

Student competitions

The Department of Physics MSc Excellence Prize

This will be awarded to a meritorious student of at least distinction level on any MSc course offered by the Department. It will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest credit weighted average over the whole course portfolio.

The Department of Physics MSc Prize

This will be awarded to a meritorious student of at least distinction level on any MSc course offered by the Department. It will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark for the MSc Project.

Facilities

This course is run by the Department of Physics. Departmental facilities include:

  • photophysics lab with world-leading instrumentation for fluorescence lifetime, spectra, microscopy, imaging and sensing
  • a scanning electron microscopy suite for analysis of hard and soft matter
  • the Ultrafast Chemical Physics lab with state-of-the-art femtosecond laser systems for multi-dimensional IR spectroscopy
  • access to top-of-the-range facilities for high-performance computing
  • industry standard clean room in the Institute of Photonics
Amrutha Sankar
Excellent classes and support by the faculty members helped me to understand the multidisciplinary aspects of Nanoscience very well. Professors spared no effort to make the classes interesting and innovative.

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Course content

If you'd like to study the course part-time, you can choose one or two modules per semester. For full-time study, you'll be required to choose three modules per semester.

Semester 1

Introductory Nanoscience (20 credits)

You'll learn basic concepts relating to nanoscale physics before progressing to the techniques associated with production and characterisation of nanomaterials/nanostructures. During the module you'll also study their potential impact in engineering, energy and healthcare.

Physics Skills (20 credits)

You'll gain necessary skills in IT, working with literature, data analysis, and written and oral communication to support a great learning experience in your programme.

Conversion Course (20 credits)

This module will provide students with a non-physics background with a strong knowledge base in optics and solid-state physics from which to tackle the rest of the syllabus. Students with a physics background are provided with an introduction to chemistry principles and practice.

Semester 2

Advanced Nanoscience 1: Imaging & Microscopy (20 credits)

You'll study spectroscopy, imaging and microscopy techniques associated with modern nanoscience such as:

  • fluorescence methods
  • single molecule imaging and microscopic techniques
  • atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • electron microscopy
Advanced Nanoscience 2: Solid State Nanoscience (20 credits)

You'll learn advanced key concepts in modern nano-scale condensed matter physics and optics, as well as modern computational methods to investigate these systems. The module will illustrate methods of applying these concepts to realistic nanosystems.

Experimental Laboratories (20 credits)

You'll carry out open-ended practical work in the laboratory conveying the basic skills of instrument handling, data management, record keeping, and develop report-writing and oral presentation skills. You're required to complete two experiments selected from a range of topics.

Summer

Project (60 credits)

You'll gain experience of research techniques by performing an open-ended cutting-edge research project that runs over summer after the taught component of the MSc. The topic may be from a programme relevant field in physics or its interdisciplinary applications. Students with the corresponding ambition and relevant qualification will be supported to find an alternative placement in chemistry or an industrial placement but this depends on availability. The work is normally carried out in the research laboratories under the individual supervision of an experienced researcher.

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class (2.2) Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in Physics (Mathematics and Physics, Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics, Engineering Physics etc), or a related subject.

Applicants from an engineering discipline need to have had sufficient exposure to fundamental physics courses in quantum mechanics and electromagnetism, or need to demonstrate that they can acquire the necessary background. Contact us about your application and the possibility of conversion courses.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see ELTD for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests in addition to IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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Scotland

£9,050

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

£9,050

International

£21,850

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Visa & immigration

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Careers

What kind of jobs do Strathclyde Physics graduates get?

Our graduates are working across the world in a number of different roles including:

  • Medical Physicist
  • Senior Engineer
  • Professor
  • Systems Engineer
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Patent Attorney
  • Software Engineer
  • Teacher
  • Spacecraft Project Manager
  • Defence Scientist
  • Procurement Manager

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

Life in Glasgow

Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square.

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5147

Email: science-masters@strath.ac.uk

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