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MRes in Graphene Technology

MRes YEAR 1

The MRes in Graphene Technology is an intense 11-month programme, which includes taught modules, research skills sessions, short projects and additional training such as entrepreneurship and large-facilities training.

Taught Modules

Over the course of the year students take 6 taught modules, in a range of subjects studying the science and technology of graphene related materials, as well aspects of fundamental and advanced practices on materials production, characterization, integration and application development. Relevant technological and commercial perspectives will also be given through short lectures and workshops by industrial researchers. Students are assessed via examination during Easter term.

Research Skills Sessions

Throughout the course students will take part in 6 sets of research skills sessions. These sessions are taught by university and industrial researchers and include practical research skills in the area of nanomaterial/thin film production, deposition, material characterization, device integration and measurement. Each session is taught over a period of 3 – 5 days in small groups, allowing for the student to complete an experiment from start to finish, and are assessed by a 3000 - word report.

Short Projects

During the year students undertake 2 short projects, each taking between 15 – 20 weeks to complete. The students are given the opportunity to select projects in a wide range of research areas. Each projects will have two supervisors, either from different research background/departments within the university or from industry, and will be chosen to maximize the impact of multidisciplinary approaches to student training.

Conferences

During the MRes year and throughout the following PhD years all students attend a student-led conference, currently organised in collaboration with Manchester University and held at a different location every year. Every year students will have the opportunity to present posters or give a short talk, which reflects the work they are doing.

MRes assessment

In order to obtain the MRes, each student will be required to achieve an average of 60% or greater in the following sections: taught modules, research skills sessions and short projects.

Cases of marginal failure (i.e. 55%-59%) in one component may be redeemed by high performances in both of the other two elements (at least an average of 70%). In other cases, where there has been marginal failure in one or more components, further assessment may be undertaken through a viva.

Students who achieve an exceptional performance (i.e. greater than 75% average in each of the three components) will be awarded a Distinction.