Nanotechnology represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with the natural world, and is set to deliver major scientific and technological advances.
The massive global investment in nanotechnology means that scientists, who are trained to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment that bridges the diverse fields of chemistry, physics, materials science, biology and engineering, will play a vital role in shaping the future.
The course provides the background required for a career in industrial or academic research. Combining interdisciplinary teaching with cutting-edge research, this flagship course will train the next generation of nanotechnologists.
Taught courses introduce nanoscience from material science, physics, chemical and biological perspectives. The year-long research project and presentation at an international conference introduces students to state-of-the-art nanoscience. The course is associated with the London Centre for Nanotechnology, a joint venture between Imperial College London and UCL, allowing a wider choice of collaborative opportunities.
In the first term you will be allocated a research project from your top three choices. Under the supervision of your project team you start researching and writing a project synopsis/ research plan, to be submitted in November.
You also undertake a programme of taught material in five core areas:
You begin term two with an assessment on the core lecture courses undertaken in term one. You also begin your research project in the laboratory.
Continuing with your programme of taught material, you will also attend a lab course and assessment on nanomaterials characterisation, plus ten two-hour lectures on topics such as microfluids and molecular and cellular nanobiotechnology.
You also attend Journal Club, which is an assessed transferable skills course. It aims to develop presentation skills, whilst encouraging scientific debate, and providing the opportunity to broaden scientific knowledge.
At each Journal Club meeting you will work in a group and make a presentation about a high impact paper. This will be followed by a chaired discussion/debate about the paper.
You will be assessed on your ability to organise the presentation in a logical manner, the use of clear PowerPoint slides, the clarity of the presentation and its scientific content.
In term three, you will continue to work on your research project, to be written up as a dissertation. You will also present your research findings at a one day MRes Conference held at the beginning of September, which counts towards your overall assessment.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Academic requirement: 2:1 degree or higher in a relevant subject (particularly in subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Materials, Biochemistry and Engineering) from a UK institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.
English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 (writing and speaking 6).
There are opportunities to gain scholarships in a competitive fashion. These will provide funding towards tuition fees and/or living expenses and will be granted on the basis of academic merit and excellence of the applicant.
Tuition fees (2015–2016):