Programme Structure and Requirements

The students take all of the modules and laboratory classes shown in the table. In addition to a group research project and one mini research project based at either Cambridge, Cranfield, or in a collaborating company. Special innovative features of the programme are as follows:

  • All of the staff involved in the presentation of the programme have a strong background in ultra precision systems research and associated subjects, and so the course is firmly rooted in up to date research
  • Teaching is provided by senior figures from both Cambridge University and Cranfield University, and is supplemented by a range of guest speakers including Prof Richard Leach from the NPL, and Prof Robert Munning Schmitt from Delft. In this way the course is able to reflect current best practice in the area of ultra precision systems development.
  • The ability, and indeed requirement, to take courses and laboratory classes across departments in Cambridge and with Cranfield will broaden the student experience and widen their perspective of the field.
  • Students will be required to undertake a fixed collection of modules that will deliver to them an educational framework which is relevant to the study of ultra precision systems and which will give them the expertise necessary to continue to study at PhD level.
  • There is good collaboration with other Masters programmes both at Cambridge and Cranfield., for example with module sharing with the Technology Policy Programme that provides a strong management dimension to the degree.
  • Weekly sessions on transferable skills, particularly those suitable for a research career, will allow students to obtain skills which will help them to carry out background study, plan their time and present their results. 
  • A strong emphasis on learning via mini-projects will enable students to gain a deep understanding of particular topics as well as developing background research, analysis, simulation and technical problem solving skills.  The requirement to carry out the mini-projects in different locations, either at the two universities or in industry, will further broaden students’ outlook.
  • Individual projects will be a main output of the MRes and lead to a thesis, a poster paper and oral presentation at the yearly research event held by the EPSRC centre. Projects will be sponsored by companies and will align to the EPSRC centres’ Research Portfolio.
  • Group projects will form an important aspect of the MRes course. These Group Projects will be defined such that they support of the creation of the EPSRC Centres Research Platforms. Industry inter-action will be assured through the companies engaged into the realisation of the Platforms. Holding the focus of Group Project topics onto the Research Platforms will ensure a number of the MRes trained students can be immediately become effective into the research development of the Platforms during their years 2-4.
  • Individual and Group projects will form 45% of the MRes course. The projects will be defined and introduced early during the first term. In so doing, students can consider and develop concepts towards these projects from the onset of their post-graduate experience. In the case of the Group Projects the longer duration will ensure team-building and team development phases are sufficiently advanced to ensure important deliverables are attained.


Applications and Enquiries

To apply, or for more information, please contact Sophie Fuller


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