MSc Advanced Thin Film Technologies

Course contact

Professor Des Gibson
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 1 year/2 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
This programme is ideal for engineering or science graduates planning a career in research, development, production and/or business involving thin film technologies and continuing personal development of current industry professionals.
It is expected that students will enter this programme having already completed an engineering or science-based degree such as physics, chemistry, electronics or related technology.

The entry requirement is a first or upper second-class Honours degree from a university (or equivalent) in science, engineering, technology or a related discipline.

Candidates with lesser qualifications, such as an Ordinary degree in science or engineering, who also possess appropriate professional or industrial experience, may also be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. The requirement for such candidates is possession of at least two years’ industrial experience. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students would then be invited to join the MSc programme.

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
Thin film technologies are key enablers in a wide range of global research, development, manufacturing, industrial and high technology applications and products. This unique programme has appeal for a global audience.

The programme provides up-to-date coverage of evolving thin film technologies and latest developments in the field. It develops the multi-disciplinary skills needed for professional development within this rapidly expanding field and forms the basis for future professional chartered engineer and/or physicist status.

Programme delivery is provided by staff within the University’s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging. The programme delivery also includes input from an industrial advisory group thus ensuring that the programme content is aligned with industrial requirements, applications and includes the latest technological developments.

Your learning

Core topics include thin film materials science, metrology and characterisation, theoretical modelling, physical and chemical-based thin film deposition methods including deposition system engineering and control, plasma processing, thin film devices and applications and research and project management. The programme content reflects the multidisciplinary nature of advanced thin film technologies and provides students with the necessary broad skill set. MSc students undertake experimental project work, providing practical skills in thin film deposition, characterisation and modelling, utilising the extensive range of equipment within the Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging.

Students are required to complete a dissertation, selecting a specialism in order to achieve a greater understanding of the implementation and advanced application of thin films. There may be scope to integrate this dissertation with industry, where an engineering supervisor will be allocated to assist your MSc journey and to advise and introduce you to industrial contacts.
Graduates are equipped for a career in research, development, manufacturing and/or business, with global opportunities for employment. Most organisations that implement thin film based technologies employ fully trained, qualified technologists, consultants and technical marketing specialists throughout their lifecycle, with a consequent high global demand for such personnel across a wide range of applications, products and markets.

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants with a minimum 2nd class upper honours degree or equivalent are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply

    Online learning duration based on specific requirements.

    To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.

    Check our dedicated research web pages for more information on the University’s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging.

    Download the course leaflet.