Postgraduate taught 

Electronics & Photonics Manufacturing MSc

Materials Engineering 5 ENG5300

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course considers the use of nano-materials, with specific focus on the enhanced properties they offer in mechanical engineering.  Aspects of the mechanisms underlying nano-material properties, together with manufacturing approaches used to incorporate these materials into finished devices will be covered.  Finally, considerations that must be made before selecting nano-materials (for example, safety, cost and performance) will be reviewed.


1 (2 hour) lecture per week

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





50% Written Exam

50% Written Assignment, inclusing Essays: 2 essays (each worth 25%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ introduce various nano-materials in a mechanical engineering context;

■ explore the properties that nano-materials offer and look at ways that they can be incorporated into device manufacture;

■ discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages offered by some example nano-materials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ list a selection of nano-materials employed in mechanical engineering, including the properties they exhibit and examples of their use;

■ summarise the methods used to evaluate nano-material properties;

■ describe the advantages and disadvantages offered by the use of nano-materials;

■ detail the production methods used to incorporate nano-materials into devices;

■ evaluate the suitability of nano-materials for specific applications, suggesting suitable manufacture methods as appropriate.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.