This course covers all aspects relevant to the modern microelectronics industry, including semiconductor theory, fabrication technology, digital techniques, VLSI design and reconfigurable hardware design.
The course covers the main areas of microelectronics:
- semiconductor theory and fabrication
- digital and VSLI design
- application areas
Our graduates are equipped for a career in any area of the industry, while having an appreciation of other aspects of the subject.
You have access to an advanced range of facilities including clean rooms and a characterisation laboratory. Work in more application-related areas involves the use of modern design software. This includes the industry-standard CADENCE suite and a full range of FPGA design facilities.
Academic staff in the School of Engineering have an international reputation for their research work. The School carries out world-leading research in microelectronic technologies. You will have the opportunity to interact with this work, particularly during your individual project. After graduation there may be opportunities for you to work towards a PhD by joining one of our research groups.
This course consists of compulsory and optional modules, and an individual project. Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, coursework, and a project and dissertation conducted in association with one of the School's research groups.
Facilities include two clean rooms of class 100-1000 and 100-10000, with capabilities in:
- thermal and plasma processing
There is a characterisation lab with comprehensive device test facilities. Leading CAD software for modelling and device design is available, some of which originates from researchers at Newcastle.
For VLSI design, you have access to the industry-standard CADENCE suite, and a variety of novel tools developed at Newcastle. There is also a comprehensive range of design tools for FPGA-based systems.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take a further 30 credits from the following:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
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Full time: £10,200
Full time: £10,200
Full time: £21,600
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 BEng honours degree, or international equivalent, in:
- electrical and electronic engineering
- computer engineering
- mechanical engineering
- communications, information and control engineering
- optical information science and technology
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at 5.5)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.