Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Techniques

Mission Statement
About this Postgraduate Programme
University Partners
Industry Partners
Academic and Technical Content
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Apply

The Story so Far............

Ten of the leading UK universities have come together forming a consortium to develop an imaginative, modular, multi-disciplinary, part-time postgraduate MSc Programme in 'Advanced Silicon Processing and Manufacturing Technologies'. The Programme is designed for professional engineers, physicists, mathematicians and chemists employed within the semiconductor industry as Process, Production, Equipment, Test, Quality Assurance, Device or Materials Engineers; thus it is a part-time, taught modular course. The consortium recognises the 'skills shortage' and 'skills mismatch' within the industry and, in developing this Programme, has worked in partnership with the UK National Microelectronics Institute [NMI] and its member companies including multi-national Silicon Houses and equipment vendors.

The aims of the Programme are to make available the combined strengths and expertise of the ten Partner Universities to support flexible learning within a 'state-of-the-art' Programme of the highest academic and international quality and to provide registered applicants ['Delegates'] with academic awards [MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Single Module]. The learning outcome for successful Delegates will be an 'in-depth' knowledge of production management, enabling technologies, physics of devices, software tools and an awareness of the management skills required for high volume production of advanced silicon devices.

When fully developed the Programme will have up to 16 taught modules [one obligatory and 15 elective], each being self-contained with a similar balance of qualitative and quantitative content, a similar structure, and each carrying 15 academic credits at level M. Delegates working for the degree of MSc will be required to successfully complete 8 modules and undertake a Project carrying 60 academic credits at level M. Delegates will be able to select the combination of modules, consistent with academic guidance, and the topic of their Project, which normally will be undertaken at the Institution holding the Delegate's registration.

The Programme is jointly owned by the ten Partner Universities but awards will be in the name of the individual Universities holding the Delegate's registration. Delegates will have the options of deferred or transferred registration and it will be possible to undertake individual modules. The development of the Programme is funded under an EPSRC Integrated Graduate Development Scheme [IGDS] contract [435,000] and is administered from the IGDS Office at the University of Surrey [the co-ordinating partner]. The Programme is self-funding, in the steady state, with income from fees, usually paid by the Delegates employer, currently set at 1200 for each component [modules and projects]. As the principal beneficiaries, the NMI member companies are contractually and financially bound to this Programme, which has been designed for not more than 20 Delegates attending each module.

Modules have a similar structure being typically of 2 to 3 months duration, and include direct contact teaching and extensive distance learning activities, and end with a supervised written examination. The core of a module is a residential taught week, at the University, which develops and delivers that particular module. It consists of lectures, problem solving, case studies, tutorials, experiments/demonstrations and workstation sessions. The non-residential learning uses printed material and the Internet, it will demand further reading, problem solving, tutorials, assessed assignments and a critical report. New teaching and learning material has been developed specifically for each module, by academic staff within the Partner Universities, working closely with technical advisors from industry, and invited internationally recognised specialist lecturers from industry and academia in the UK and from overseas.

The entry requirements are a Bachelor's degree [Hons, normally 2[2] or above] or an equivalent award from a recognised institution, or a qualification accepted as equivalent by the consortium and professional bodies, or extensive relevant experience. The study period for the degree of MSc is normally not less than 24 months and not more than 60 months. A typical Delegate undertaking an MSc will only be absent from his/her place of work for a total of 10 to 11 weeks during the 2 to 5 years of study. This aspect and also the discounted fees that are available to Delegates supported by NMI member companies, are very attractive to the participating companies.

The Programme was successfully launched on the 6 March 2000 with the first module being delivered by the University of Edinburgh, receiving congratulations from delegates and lecturers alike. There are two further modules running during 2000, for full details please contact the IGDS Programme Co-ordinator, Sandy Peace in the IGDS Office (below).

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Feedback from Delegates (students):

".....the course was very good and I have learnt much. I think many people would be interested in Module 1."

"The content was relevant to my job"

"Good mix of lectures/lab work"



Feedback from Delegates (students):

" I thoroughly enjoyed the course and look forward to other modules"

".....the level of the material was just right, with the module providing a good introduction to device operation and then focussed on processing"



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Enquiries and further information from:
Mrs Sandra Peace
IGDS Programme Co-ordinator
IGDS Office
School of Electronics &
Physical Sciences
University of Surrey
Tel +44 (0)1483 686 138
Fax +44 (0)1483 686 139
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