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"Even though I'll be starting a research-based PhD after this course, the business components of this MPhil have made me seriously consider entrepreneurship as an alternative, or even better - an addition to a career in academia." 




Overview & Expectations

The programme is intended for those with a good first degree in the physical sciences and engineering who wish to develop research skills and a commercial awareness in micro- and nanotechnology.  It combines cutting-edge science with business practice skills giving students knowledge and experience of a range of disciplines.  This should enable students graduating from the course to evaluate the scientific importance and technological potential of new developments in the field of micro- and nanotechnology and provides an unparalleled educational experience for entrepreneurs in these fields.

The programme is modular in structure and lasts ten months.  It is envisaged that all students attend all modules, which consist of no more than 16 hours of lectures per module with additional discussion groups and personal study time. The students will be examined on all core modules and may select which elective modules they are examined on.  The elective courses are indicated below.  The modules are taught in the first two terms and are followed by formal examinations.  The modules are drawn from Science and Technology, Business Management and Innovation strands and so cover the many complexities involved in the processes of discovery and exploitation.

This page is for external visitors and gives general information on the lectures and course activities which are available during the 2018-2019 academic year. Please be aware that the lectures and activities offered can change from one year to the next, as may the lecturers who deliver them.  A summary of the 2018-19 courses is found below. Full synopsesand a list of lecturers for 2018-19 are found within the Course Handbook (available below).

  • NE.01: Characterisation Techniques
  • NE.02: MEMS Design
  • NE.04: Nanofabrication Techniques
  • NE.05: Nanomaterials
  • NE.06: Nanochemistry
  • NE.07: Physics at the Nanometre-Scale
  • NE.08: Bionanotechnology
  • NE.09: Nanoelectrochemistry
  • NE.10: Energy Materials
  • NE.11: Nano Self Assembly
  • Science Communication in Media, Business and Research
  • Societal & Ethical Dimensions of Micro and Nanotechnology
  • NMIS: Nurturing and Managing Innovation in Science


Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.


Admission of graduate students for this MPhil degree is co-ordinated by the University’s Board of Graduate Studies. Applications may be made on paper, or online (for which a charge is payable). The deadline for applications is usually three months before the start of the first term of the course (e.g. towards the end of the preceding June).  See the course detail and application link on the Graduate Study website:

Further details of the application procedure, and the Graduate Studies Prospectus, are available from the Graduate Admissions website.


Links to the Moodle site for currently registered students can be found in here.

CamGuides - a free online resource for all Master's students with a taught element, designed as an introduction to some of the academic, digital and research practices that they will engage in at the University of Cambridge. It encourages students to think about ways they can prepare for their Master’s degree before it starts.



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