Nanoscale Science and Technology

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) predicts that the global nanotechnology market will reach US$1 trillion during the next 10 years, with a need for around two million skilled people. Understanding the opportunities made available by nanotechnology requires teamwork combined with a shared vision, a multidisciplinary approach and commercial awareness. At Newcastle, we can help you develop these critical skills and the knowledge and understanding required to join this challenging and exciting sector.


nanoLAB, one of the University’s research centres, brings together our cross-disciplinary research in biomedical science, nanoelectronics, nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS), chemistry and materials.

• Some of the best-equipped micro/nano device fabrication facilities in the UK, including clean rooms for fabrication of bio-nano devices, electrical and material characterisation and also specialist equipment that can operate with nanometre scale resolution.
• nanoLAB also hosts the national X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) service, NEXUS.
• Regular technical meetings and a steering group continually assess research opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Research Study

The MRes in Nanomedicine, focuses on how nanotechnology can be applied to the life sciences. The programme can be taken as a one-year MRes or as part of a four-year integrated MRes/PhD programme.

We also supervise MPhil and PhD students in the following areas:

• microscale and nanoscale design, fabrication, manufacturing and manipulation
•  top-down and bottom-up fabrication
•  nanoscale materials and electronics
• applications of nanoelectronics and microelectronics in medical science, including cell biology, neuroscience, human genetics and ageing
• polymers, self-assembly
• chemistry of nanoscale systems
• biomolecular engineering: microfluids, bioprobes and biosensor systems, MEMS/NEMS-based sensors and devices.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Professional Development

• We are involved in a number of UK and EU networks of excellence (for example, eFutures in the UK and Nanosil in the EU). This has enabled our research students to spend time working in other laboratories around Europe for part of their PhD.
• We also have experienced staff who have successfully set up their own spin-off companies and can share their business experience with you.

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: