Applicants for the Master of Nanotechnology must normally hold a degree in any relevant discipline of science or engineering or equivalent from an approved tertiary institution.
Examples of relevant disciplines include but are not limited to biology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry, materials engineering, medicine (requiring a minor in a science discipline), or physics. Mathematics and earth sciences are not viewed as relevant areas of science.
English language requirements
IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing
The primary aim of this course is to facilitate skills transfer from another relevant area of engineering or science and technology to the study of nanotechnology. Students will develop the capacity to:
- understand the basic scientific concepts underpinning nanoscience
- understand the properties of materials and biomaterials at the atomic/molecular level and the scaling laws governing these properties
- understand current frontier developments in nanotechnology nationally and internationally
- recognise and develop novel and innovative ideas
- demonstrate ability in a range of laboratory methods, specifically the fabrication and characterisation tools used in nanotechnology such as various microscopes, surface modifications and molecular level construction methods
- embrace the multidisciplinary aspects of nanotechnology which is core to its understanding and engage positively with people and ideas in many disciplines
- demonstrate communication, problem-based and critical thinking skills that will promote life long learning in their future careers
- work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills
- appreciate the emerging role of nanotechnology in society, the regulatory framework within which it operates and the ethical issues it raises
- work cooperatively and productively within a team.
- have a sound grounding and expert knowledge in multidisciplinary areas of nanoscience
- have a sound grounding in and expert knowledge of the basic sciences relevant to employment or further study in the traditional sciences
- have a grounding in economics and commerce relevant to the needs of high-technology companies
- be prepared to work in a high tech work force or pursue a research higher degree in nanotechnology
- analyse and critically evaluate ideas/information/data and apply relevant scientific principles to solve problems by, for example, creating hypotheses, testing theories and predictions, designing and carrying out experiments and analysing reported data
- design and carry out experiments using both classical and novel science techniques and protocols
- communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form through debates, posters, reports and oral presentations
- appreciate that there are the relationships and connections across the sciences and non-science disciplines are core to nanotechnology and understand such relationships and connections
- work and learn independently and appreciate the need for life-long learning
- interact effectively as part of a team in order to achieve common goals.
Whatever the environment, commercial or research, employment opportunities will be at the cutting edge of technology. Graduates of this specialisation may find research-based careers.
Potential occupations include:
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- nanofabrication technologist
- nanomaterial scientist
- nanomaterials business manager
- nanosystems scientist
- production supervisor
- research officer
- technical officer.