INTRODUCTION TO THE PROGRAMME
A consortium of ten universities have
come together to develop an imaginative, multi-disciplinary postgraduate
MSc Programme in 'Advanced Silicon Processing and Manufacturing Technologies'.
The Programme is jointly owned by the consortium but academic awards
are made in the name of an individual university. The Programme is designed
for professional engineers and scientists in employment in the silicon
manufacturing industry and thus it is a part-time, taught modular course.
The consortium recognises the 'skills shortage' and 'skills mismatch'
in 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 Programme is designed for professional engineers, physicists, mathematicians
and chemists employed within the industry as Process, Production, Equipment,
Test, Quality Assurance, Device or Materials Engineers.
The Programme is designed to make available
the combined strengths and expertise of the ten partner universities
to support flexible learning within this 'state-of-the-art' Programme,
of the highest academic and international quality and to provide registered
Delegates with academic awards [MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate
Certificate]. The learning outcome for successful Delegates is 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.
The Programme consists of 12 taught
modules [one obligatory and 11 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 are required to successfully complete
8 modules and undertake a Project carrying 60 academic credits at level
M. Delegates are able to select the combination of modules, consistent
with academic guidance, and the title of their Project, which is normally
supervised by the university holding the Delegate's registration.
The Programme has been designed for
no 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, and demands further
reading, problem solving, tutorials, assessed assignments and a 2000
- 4000 word report. The teaching and learning material is developed
specifically for each module, by academic staff within each of the 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 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, however it is also possible to undertake
a course of study leading to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma, a
Postgraduate Certificate or indeed to undertake an individual module.