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.
MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) exploits techniques developed by the microelectronics industry to produce micron-scale mechanical devices, such as accelerometers and micro-pumps on silicon wafers.
Several types of MEMS device are already very well established in the market place, but we expect massive growth in this field. Among the most exciting developments are in the bioMEMS areas where medical diagnostics and the concept of lab-on-a-chip are important new markets.
MEMS is a very multidisciplinary field that requires knowledge of electronics design, fabrication technologies, measurement systems and mechanics. To reflect these requirements this programme of study includes microelectronics device fabrication and design modules as well as specialised options on Microsystems Technology.
* Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science in the 2012 QS World Rankings
* We are ranked in the top three universities in the UK for computer sciences and IT
* Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years
* Electronics/semiconductor industry
* Materials science, including textiles, polymers and packaging
* Biotechnology in the medical industry and pharmaceutical industry
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.
* ELEC6011 Introduction to MEMS
* ELEC6021 Research Methods
* ELEC6100 Lab on a Chip
* ELEC6108 Microfabrication
* ELEC3025 Integrated Circuit Design
* ELEC3042 Introduction to BioNanotechnology
* ELEC6009 Nanoelectronic Devices
* ELEC6105 Instrumentation and Sensors
* ELEC6107 MEMS Laboratory Project
* ELEC6111 MEMS Sensors and Actuators
* ELEC6121 Project Preparation
* ELEC3019 Photonic Devices
* ELEC3024 Nanofabrication and Charact
* ELEC6104 Bio-Nanotech Lab Project
* ELEC6106 Logic & Quantum Devices
* ELEC6109 Nano-Electronics Laboratory Project
* ELEC6110 Memory and Spintronic Devices
* ELEC6112 Biosensors
* ELEC6003 MSc Project
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.
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.