University of Glasgow: Electronics and Photonics Manufacturing MSc

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Engineering
Study type Taught


Manufacturing at small length scales is fundamental to modern industrial systems and consumer products in electronics, mechanics, avionics, communications, medicine and biotechnology. The Masters in Electronics Manufacturing will provide you with both practical skills and knowledge of the science and theory underpinning traditional electronics manufacturing techniques, along with more novel techniques in nanofabrication and microforming. The programme is ideal for you if you are keen to pursue a career in the development of integrated electronic, MEMS and photonic components for anything from biomedical implants to the latest consumer phone.

September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**


Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Glasgow is consistently highly ranked recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).

In research excellence (REF2014), Engineering was in the UK top 10 for number of staff judged to be world leading, 5th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Students taking nanoscale manufacturing options will work in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, which hold a number of world records in nano-manufacturing, and boasts a 1350 m2 cleanroom and over £32M of fabrication tools.

You will take part in an interdisciplinary team project specifically designed to prepare you for engineering projects in industrial manufacturing, dealing with both technical issues and key non-technical issues such as legal, environmental and financial considerations.

The School has an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating the School’s commitment to support women in scientific studies and careers, and to improve the working environment for all.

MSc project options are either in collaboration with industry, or academic researchers in the Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering, Infrastructure and Environment, Systems, Power and Energy, Aerospace Sciences, or Biomedical Engineering Divisions.


Modes of delivery of the MSc in Electronics Manufacturing include lectures, tutorials and design classes, allowing students the opportunity to take part in lab, and design project work. All students participate in an interdisciplinary team project, and a major individual project.

**Core courses**
- Introduction to advanced manufacturing

- Fundamentals of manufacturing and CAD

- Advanced manufacture

- Reliability engineering

- Integrated system design project

- MSc project

**Optional courses**
- Nanofabrication

- Micro and nano technology

- Materials Engineering

- Advanced Materials Technology

- Advanced Devices

- Lasers and Integrated Optics

- Ultrasound Technology and Applications

- Microwave And Mm Wave Circuit Design

- Integrated Engineering Design

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our graduates are well represented in manufacturing companies and a wide range of industries in the UK and internationally. You will be well equipped for a variety of industrial career paths in manufacturing, depending on your choice of specialist optional courses.
Recent graduates from the School of Engineering have been employed by Apple, Bosch, Dyson, Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, and Rolls-Royce, and in fact technologies developed in Glasgow have founded new spin-out manufacturing companies such as Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (now part of Sivers IMA Holdings AB), and Intense Ltd (bought by ORIX USA Corporate Finance, but still manufacturing under the Intense name).


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …

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