Advanced Thin Film Technologies
Duration & study mode
1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time
Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences
Course starting dates
Paisley: January, September
Our MSc in Advanced Thin Film Technologies 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.
Thin film technologies are key enablers in a wide range of global research, development, manufacturing, industrial and high technology applications and products.
Our unique course 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.
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.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
What qualifications do you need?
You are expected to enter our course having already completed an engineering or science-based degree such as:
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.
If you possess lesser qualifications, such as an Ordinary degree in science or engineering, but also have appropriate professional or industrial experience, you may be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. You would be required to have at least two years’ industrial experience. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you would then be invited to join our MSc course.
If you are an overseas students then you must meet UWS English language requirements.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
Core topics you will study include:
Course content reflects the multidisciplinary nature of advanced thin film technologies and provides you with the necessary broad skill set. When studying towards your MSc you will undertake experimental project work, providing practical skills in:
The extensive range of equipment within the Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging will be at your disposal throughout your studies.
You 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 your dissertation with industry, where an engineering supervisor will be allocated to assist your MSc journey and to advise and introduce you to industrial contacts.
Opportunities for industry focused learning activities have been built into all modules enabling you to engage with employers.
You will be taught by staff within the University’s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging. This is in addition to input from an industrial advisory group thus ensuring that course content is aligned with industrial requirements, applications and includes the latest technological developments.
Our Advanced Thin Film Technologies degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
You will be equipped for global opportunities for employment and a career in:
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.
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