Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

MSc Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology

Electronic technologies have evolved to the extent that modern device features are now measured in nanometers and new device concepts, fabrication methods and characterisation techniques have emerged. Take your place to set the agenda for tomorrow’s electronics world.


Nano-electronics and Nanotechnology explore how to scale commercially-available logic and memory devices, such as MOSFETs, SRAM, FLASH, and hard disk drives into the future, in which these devices are only a few tens of nanometers long. This field also includes the development of new materials and effects that exploit the inherent quantum mechanical nature of devices at that scale.

You will not only learn about device operation, but you will also get a strong grounding in how to make and characterise these devices, learning about (and seeing in action) state-of-art equipment, such as:

  • electron beam lithography
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • focussed ion beam systems
  • scanning probe microscopy
  • thin film, nanowire, and nanotube growth by chemical and physical vapour deposition

To Apply

You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see How to Apply. Please note that we belong to the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE).

Programme Structure

Twelve months, 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.

Key Facts

  • 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
  • The 2016 Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide and Complete University Guide league tables show our Electrical and Electronic Engineering ranked third in the UK
  • Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2015 QS World Rankings

Entry requirements

Honours Degree:

Our normal entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline, such as engineering, materials science or physics.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying,  visit the International Office website. Please note we are part of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE).

Selection Process:

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (eg hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.


Year 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

Modules not in Semesters

Compulsory Modules


To Apply

You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see How to Apply. Please note that we belong to the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE).

Related programmes

Career opportunities

This programme provides an excellent platform for further research in either industry or academia.

Graduates from our MSc programme are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology.  ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies like IBM, ARM, Microsoft Research, Imagination Technologies, Nvidia, Samsung and Google to name a few.  Visit our careers hub for more information.

  • Academia
  • Electronics/semiconductor industry
  • Materials science and packaging
  • Auto and aerospace industries

Pre-course reading lists

We expect you to have a scientific background which ideally includes some knowledge on Semiconductor Device fabrication and operation, Materials Science, Solid State Physics, and Circuit Design. We appreciate that you are unlike to have knowledge of all these subject but you might read up a bit on the subject in which you expect to be weakest. The two books by Sze will give you a solid understanding of semiconductors. Most undergraduate text on the other subjects would provide enough background. The book by Waser will give you a very good idea of the content of the MSc Nano-electronics as we will teach many of the subjects mentioned in this book.

  • Nano-electronics and Information Technology. Ed. R. Waser , publisher Wiley, ISBN 978-3-527-40542-8 or 3-527-40542-9
  • Fundamentals of Semiconductor Fabrication. G.S. May and S.M. Sze, publisher Wiliey, ISBN 0-471-23279-3
  • Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology. S.M. Sze, publisher Wiley, ISBN 0-471-33372-7