MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) exploits techniques developed by the microelectronics industry to produce micron-scale mechanical devices, such as accelerometers and micro-pumps on silicon wafers.
Several types of MEMS device are already very well established in the market place, but we expect massive growth in this field. Among the most exciting developments are in the bioMEMS areas where medical diagnostics and the concept of ‘lab-on-a-chip’ are important new markets.
MEMS is a very multidisciplinary field that requires knowledge of electronics design, fabrication technologies, measurement systems and mechanics. To reflect these requirements this programme of study includes microelectronics device fabrication and design modules as well as specialised options on Microsystems Technology.
The degree provides an excellent platform for further research in either industry or academia (such as PhD research in the Nano or Electronic and Software Systems groups).
View the programme specification document for this course
One year, full-time.
The programme has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the structure to suit your own interests. You can choose areas that reflect your personal interests and work on an individual project. You will however, also take a number of compulsory modules to ensure you are exposed to key topics in all areas.
You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. Visit our how to apply pages for more information
Please note we are part of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE).
We have pioneered many of the most important advances in electronics and microelectronics over the past 30 years
We lead the UK for the volume and quality of Electrical and Electronic Engineering research (REF 2014)
97% of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering research outputs are rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)
The Guardian University Guide 2016 shows the University of Southampton first in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering
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Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2016 QS World Rankings
We have outstanding experimental research facilities, including our world-class high-voltage laboratory and our £110m interdisciplinary clean room