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University Handbook 2015

Master of Nanotechnology

Course code/s: SMNT – Melbourne

The Master of Nanotechnology is a comprehensive two-year course featuring both in-depth lecture subjects, seminars by leading speakers and a wide range of practical learning opportunities. Graduates are equipped with the broad range of skills required to flourish in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. The course has a strong research focus, with high achieving students working in state-of-the-art research laboratories equipped with world class fabrication and characterisation resources.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have the equivalent of an Australian bachelor degree containing a major in physics and at least two years of chemistry or equivalent. Applicants should have obtained a minimum average of 65% in the third year of their Bachelor degree, or have reached an equivalent standard as judged by the Nanotechnology Course Coordinator.

There is a quota on the number of students to be enrolled at each course intake. The best applicants will be selected, based on their provision of a curriculum vitae and their academic record.

Course intakes occur twice per year, at the beginning of the La Trobe University teaching semesters.

Professional recognition

Satisfactory completion of the course may meet the professional level requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics, depending on the subjects selected.

Course structure

The full-time course is of two years (four semesters) duration. Part-time enrolment is available. The duration of a part-time enrolment should be equivalent to four semesters of a full-time enrolment.

The course has two streams, a research stream and a regular stream. The first year is common and comprises 120 credit points of coursework subjects. The second year of the regular stream comprises a further 120 credit points of coursework subjects.

Students who achieve an average of 65% for all their subjects in the first year of the course and who demonstrate an aptitude for research and experimentation may be invited to join the research stream. These students will undertake a 60 credit point masters research thesis (approximately 18,000 words) along with a further 60 credit points of coursework subjects, as a part of the second year. Graduation from the research stream fulfils the requirements for entry into a PhD in a relevant discipline area at La Trobe University.

Students should note that they may take out the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (SPSC) after successfully completing the first year of the Masters course only if they decide not to proceed to the second year of the Masters course.

The Nanotechnology Program Coordinator will assist commencing students to develop and have approved a tailored program of study, matched to both their current academic achievements and future career directions.

In both first year and second year other honours and postgraduate-level subjects offered in the relevant disciplines of the Faculty may be selected with the approval of the Nanotechnology Program Coordinator and the department or area offering the subject.

#SCI5AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First year (120 credit points)

Core subjects (60 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Academic Integrity Module (online) # SCI5AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Issues in Nanotechnology A NAN5ISA 5
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Synchrotron Science and Technology PHY5SYA 15
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Issues in Nanotechnology Extended NAN5ISX 10
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Imaging and Materials Characterisation PHY5IMA 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Sensors and Devices CHE5SEA 15

Electives (60 credit points)

Choose further subjects from Group A or from other relevant disciplines of the Faculty to the value of 60 credit points in consultation with the Nanotechnology Program Coordinator. Group A subjects are recommended.

Second year (120 credit points)

Students undertake one of the following streams of study:

Regular stream

Core subjects (30 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Nanomaterials and Fabrication PHY5NFA 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy PHY5SPA 15

Electives (90 credit points)

Choose further subjects from Group A or from relevant disciplines of the Faculty to the value of 90 credit points in consultation with the Nanotechnology Program Coordinator. Group A subjects are recommended.

Research stream

Core subjects (90 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Nanomaterials and Fabrication PHY5NFA 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy PHY5SPA 15
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Nanotechnology Masters Thesis A NAN5THA 30
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Nanotechnology Masters Thesis B NAN5THB 30

NAN5THX (60 credit points) Nanotechnology Masters Thesis Extended (completed in one semester) may be substituted for NAN5THA and NAN5THB to accommodate special circumstances and non-standard enrolments, with the approval of the Nanotechnology Program Coordinator.

Electives (30 credit points)

Choose further subjects from Group A or from relevant disciplines of the Faculty to the value of 30 credit points in consultation with the Nanotechnology Program Coordinator. Group A subjects are recommended.

Group A elective subjects

Most subjects have prerequisites

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-2 Bioinformatics BIO5INF 15
TE-SEM-2 Proteomics and Genomics BIO5PAG 15
TE-SEM-1 Molecular Nanoscience CHE5MNS 15
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Atomic and Nuclear Physics PHY5ANA 15
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Physics of Quantum Matter PHY5PQA 15
TE-SEM-1 Mesoscopic Nanoscience PHY4MES 15
TE-SEM-1 X-ray Science PHY4XRY 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory and Plasma Physics PHY5EPA 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Thermal and Statistical Physics PHY5TSA 15
TE-SEM-2 Quantum Mechanics and Electrodynamics PHY4QME 15
TE-SEM-2 Surface Science PHY4SSC 15
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Directed Study in Nanotechnology NAN5DIR 15
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Advanced Nanotechnology Project NAN5PRO 15

Subject offerings may change according to available staffing resources and because of the ongoing process of evaluation and updating of content. Additional information on subjects is available from the School’s course handbooks.

Advanced standing

Advanced standing may be available for previous tertiary studies, for subjects completed equivalent to fourth year level or the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Science majoring in Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline.

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.