Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Techniques

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


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[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.

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IGDS Programme
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School of Electronics &
Physical Sciences
University of Surrey
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