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

Mode of Learning

The programme entails extensive distance learning activities in conjunction with periods of direct contact teaching.

Delegates admitted to the postgraduate MSc programme are required to complete taught modules selected with academic guidance and, where appropriate, a project which is normally undertaken in their place of work. Delegates are able to select combinations of modules to meet their specific requirements and to gain sufficient credits for the selected academic award.

Modules (15 credits each)- the core activity of each module is a one week residential taught period involving typically 35 contact hours of study which includes a minimum of 20 hours of lectures supplemented with tutorials, problem solving sessions and laboratory/workstation demonstrations. Before and after the residential week there are distance learning periods when directed reading, assignments, exercises and tutorials are undertaken. These pre- and post-activities carry notional study times of 35 hours and 80 hours, respectively, when delegates study at home or at their workplace using the facilities of the Internet to communicate with tutors, lecturers and fellow delegates.

Typical Module Structure


Projects (MSc course: 60 Credits) - normally the project is undertaken in the delegate's place of work under terms to be agreed by both the academic and industrial supervisors. In exceptional cases arrangements will be made for projects to be undertaken at an alternative location (approved by the Programme Director and endorsed by the Board of Studies), which might be an alternative industrial facility or university laboratory. The Project normally entails an in depth investigation of a real manufacturing issue which is of interest to the host company

Mini-project option (Diploma course: 15 Credits) - delegates registering for the postgraduate Diploma have the option of taking a Mini-project as an alternative to one taught module (i.e. their eighth module). The mini-project may be either a literature survey with a critical assessment of the technical material or an experimental project. The delegate will be assessed upon presentation of a mini-dissertation containing details of the work undertaken, the results obtained and detailed conclusions.

The Diploma Mini-project is compulsory at the universities of Liverpool, Newcastle and UMIST.

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IGDS Programme Co-ordinator
IGDS Office
School of Electronics and Physical Sciences
University of Surrey

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