MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology

Course Overview

MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology

The Master's course in Nanoscience to Nanotechnology utilises facilities that include a state-of-the-art nanotechnology laboratory suite (500m2) housing cutting-edge fabrication and characterisation facilities. As a student on the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course, you will cover a broad range of subject areas, from the latest semiconductor fabrication technology through to biological and medical applications, with the emphasis throughout on characterisation and control of materials on the nanoscale.

Key Features

The growth of nanotechnology is one of the most exciting developments in science and engineering in recent years. Much of the research in this field is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing expertise from different areas across the life science, physical science and engineering disciplines.

The MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course covers the techniques necessary for scientific investigation at these very small dimensions, and the very latest research developments in this rapidly evolving area.

As a student on the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course, you be able to comprehend the fundamental principles of physics and engineering, which have consequences for nanotechnology, and to gain an understanding of how the general concepts of scientific research are transferred to engineering applications and products.

This MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course will also enable you to apply appropriate techniques for designing, imaging and evaluating nanostructures, whilst gaining a knowledge of mathematic models and their application within a research project through interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.


Modules on the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course can vary each year but you could expect to study:                                

Probing at the Nanoscale
Soft Nanotechnology
Nanoscale Structures and Devices
Nanoscale Simulation
Principles of Nanomedicine
Micro and Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems
Wide Band-gap Electronics
Colloid and Interface Science
Strategic Project Planning
Communication Skills for Research Engineers
MSc Research project

View the full module listing by downloading the handbook for the  MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology is a first or second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:

How To Apply

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £5,300 £16,950

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.


The MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Swansea University is an Enhanced Academic Partner of IET. 

This MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Course Structure

MSc programmes are modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Students must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology timetable Semester 1


The award of the MSc is based on satisfactory performance in examinations, continuous assessment and research dissertation. The examinations are taken in January and May/June and, if passed satisfactorily, students move on to the full-time research project during the summer. The research dissertation is submitted in September and is examined externally.

Student Quotes

"I found that the MSc in Nanotechnology covered a broad range of topics. This really opened my mind to the potential possibilities of the field and to consider future careers in areas that I had not previously thought of. This course has allowed me to find the right area of research to continue to a PhD."

Chris Barnett, MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology


As a student on the MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course, you will be provided with the qualities needed for employment in technology or higher research degrees requiring the exercise of initiatives, specialist knowledge, personal responsibility and decision making in complex and unpredictable contexts.

This MSc Nanoscience to Nanotechnology course is suitable for those who want to develop an understanding of the techniques available to fabricate and investigate nanoscale structures, and develop arguments and make judgements based on fundamental concepts of nanoscale engineering.


Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines. 

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.