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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

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Course Summary

The online Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Nanotechnology offers a nine-month introduction to the subject for those seeking a thorough grounding in the science and application of nanotechnology. The PGCert in Nanotechnology is a unique online, part-time course aimed at professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds who wish to learn more about the foundations of nanotechnology, technological advances and the applications it enables. The course has been developed to introduce fundamental material essential to the understanding of nanotechnology. Its content has been designed to enhance career development that is recognised and accepted within industry, and there are opportunities to access cutting-edge research and current practice in a wide range of nanotechnology topics. The course can be taken from anywhere in the world by those seeking a solid foundation in nanotechnology. Its modular structure provides flexibility while a tutor-led approach lends cohesion and depth to the distance learning experience, which has been tailored to enable busy people in full-time employment to study. Most part-time students on this course are already in full-time employment in related fields on commencement of their study. The Department for Continuing Education regularly follows up with its alumni to find out what they have gone on to do after completing their course.

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10 months

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This modulecovers the essential core principles that determine the length-scale effects that constitute nanoscale phenomena.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a mathematical or physical sciences discipline, eg mathematics, materials science, physics, chemistry, or engineering. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.6 out of 4.0. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in biology, pharmacy, medicine or business must demonstrate at least A-level (or equivalent) knowledge in mathematics and physics.