- What is the
mathematics level required?
You should have the required maths from
your first degree. A full listing of the mathematics level of each module
is available from the IGDS Office at the University of Surrey (contact
Knowledge of the fundamentals of statistics
is required for delegates undertaking module 2 and, to a lesser extent,
for module 5.
- Can I undertake
a single module?
Yes - you may undertake a single module.
Should you wish you may normally undertake one or two single modules
and then register in retrospect for a postgraduate course.
- Can I defer making
a choice of the university to hold my postgraduate registration?
Yes - you may defer making your choice
of university to hold your postgraduate registration, (see Programme
Regulations, section 2.5) typically until you have completed one or
- Do I have to choose
all the modules for my degree at the beginning of my period of study?
No - you may decide which modules to
study as you go through the Programme. Your Director of Studies or the
Programme Director will advise.
- When do I have to
decide upon the topic of my project?
Normally the topic of your project will
be selected in consultation with your academic and industrial supervisors
after successful completion of the required modules (see Programme Regulations,
section 3.3 and section 3.4)
- Can I take time
out in my study to concentrate on other things?
Yes - you may temporarily take time
out from your studies, after discussion with your Director of Studies.
The period of interruption should normally not exceed one year.
- Can I use credits
gained in previous study to count towards my degree within this programme?
Yes, you may carry CAT's from another
approved and validated masters programme. Up to 30 academic credits
at Level M may be transported into the Programme.
- When can I start
my course of study?
At any time. This Programme is not
tied to the academic or calendar year, however you must first enroll
and arrange for your company to pay your fees before you can commence
your course of study.
- Who should I contact
in my company?
Normally this will be either your line
manager or the training manager.
There is a uniform fee of £1200 per
module and project, per person (with adjustment for inflation). Thus
the registration fee for the MSc course is £10,800, the Postgraduate
Diploma is £9,600 and the Postgraduate Certificate is £4,800. An individual
module is £1200.
There are significant discounts for
member companies of the NMI, whose delegates successfully complete the
full MSc programme. For further details please contact the IGDS Office
at the University of Surrey (contact details below)
- Will my employer
pay my fees?
Yes - normally your employer will pay
your fees, but you are responsible for making this arrangement with
All tuition and associated materials,
all tutorial support, examination fees (excluding re-sits). During the
residential week the fee includes a Welcome Reception and dinner on
the Sunday evening, a Module Banquet and all lunches and refreshments
during the day.
THE IGDS Office will arrange accommodation
(normally all delegates undertaking a module will be housed in the same
hotel/hall of residence) but you must cover the cost of accommodation.
- I am not employed
in the silicon industry, but may I enroll for this course?
Yes - providing you have the appropriate
background knowledge. Facilities exist to assist applicants who wish
to retrain in microelectronics/silicon manufacture. Please contact the
IGDS Office for further details.
- Is there a cost
saving if I register for the complete MSc programme at the outset?
No. But for sound academic and administrative
reasons it is preferable to enroll for the complete course of study
(MSc, Diploma or Certificate) when you have reached your decision.
- Can I change my
registration from postgraduate MSc to postgraduate Diploma or Certificate?
Yes - a delegate who is registered for
the postgraduate MSc is able to change their registration to a postgraduate
Diploma or Certificate, providing that it is offered by the university
holding their registration
- Can I change the
university holding my registration?
Yes - in exceptional cases, conditional
upon approval by the Programme Director.
- Can I skip some
assignments in a given module?
No. It is a requirement that all delegates
should complete all assignments, assessed exercises and the supervised
- Is this programme
Yes. The partner Universities are
internationally recognised for the quality of their teaching and research.
During recent assessments they essentially all gained "excellent"
Teaching Quality Assessment scores and ratings of 4 to 5* (the highest)
in the recent Research Assessment Exercise.
- Can I transfer my
accrued academic credits to another University outside this programme?
Yes. If you have to withdraw from
the course there are procedures available to transfer your academic
credits to another UK university (outside the consortium) or to an
overseas university. However, the procedures have not been implemented
in all universities, so each case must be assessed and treated individually.
- What are the entry
requirements for the Programme?
In all instances the minimum entry
requirement is a Bachelor's degree (Hons) (normally 2 (2) or above)
from a British university or the CNNA, or an appropriate degree from
any other university (home or abroad) approved by the Board of Studies
for this purpose and in an appropriate scientific or engineering discipline.
Alternatively applicants must have (i) a qualification accepted as equivalent
by the partner universities or, (ii) extensive relevant experience.
(See Programme Regulations, page 11, section 2.1)
- How do I obtain
Contact the IGDS Co-ordinator at the
University of Surrey (contact details below), or a knowledgeable member
of staff in your company, or academic in one of the partner universities
- I need more information
about a partner university, where do I look, who do I ask?
You can either contact the IGDS Co-ordinator
at the University of Surrey (contact details below) or visit the webpage
for the partner university on this website under "Partner Universities"
- Who will be
my Director of Studies? How do I contact him/her?
When you embark upon a period of study
for each module, a Director of Studies will be appointed who will normally
be the module convenor at the university delivering the module
- How many modules
will I have to undertake in any one year?
Delegates will normally be required
to undertake a minimum of two modules per year.
- Do I have to undertake
the 'obligatory' module?
In certain circumstances it may not
be necessary, depending upon your qualifications and experience. The
matter should be discussed with your Director of Studies
- Do I have
to undertake the obligatory module first?
The obligatory module may be taken at
any time during the Programme, but Delegates are encouraged to undertake
it at an early point in their studies as it gives an excellent overview
to silicon processing technologies.
- What is the
duration of a taught module?
Each taught module lasts approximately
twelve to fourteen weeks, during which time there is an initial period
of distance learning, directed reading and assignments followed by a
Residential Week at the university delivering the module. The Residential
Week is comprised of lectures, computer and laboratory sessions, with
evening tutorials and discussion groups. After this there is a further
period of distance learning, directed reading and assignments and lastly
a supervised two hour examination (normally three questions from five).