Radio Imaging and Sensing MSc
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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Duration: 12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements: Our preferred entry requirement to the programme is a UK Bachelors upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) but we will consider those with a lower second class degree or equivalent (E.g. German students should have completed one year of Diplomarbeit and French students should have their Mantrise (Bac. +4).
Course fees: For entry in the academic year beginning September 2012, the tuition fees are as follows:
- MSc (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £6,800
International students (per annum): £17,800
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Number of places/applicants: Around 20 places.
Contact telephone: 0161 306 3673
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The Radio Astronomy group at Manchester University is offering an innovative 12-month MSc. course in Radio Imaging and Sensing . This course in the School of Physics and Astronomy, exploits academic knowledge and know-how from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and commercial companies.
Run by the world-famous Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, the course will equip you with a broad range of knowledge and skills which will widen your career opportunities and enhance your employment prospects, whether you wish to enter industry or academia.
Its principal themes are:
- Remote sensing, both passive and active and from ground and space, for the study of our environment.
- Inspection of nearby objects including security screening and medicine.
- Next generation radio astronomy systems for probing the universe.
You will first be given a broad scientific background in the use of radio and sub-mm waves, then you will work extensively on real systems.
Later modules and a dissertation project will allow you to adapt the course to your career aspirations.
Our underlying philosophy is to educate the Masters students of today to become the company or academic leaders of tomorrow. This group will need to have a broad scientific background, to appreciate what is possible and what is not and have the vision to seek connections where others see none. There is a powerful mutual advantage in having pure and applied science cultures working together, what can be learnt from one field can reap benefits in others.
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to:
- Be taught by active researchers at the forefront of their fields
- Make practical use of research equipment
- Carry out a project at a research frontier
- Widen their career opportunities in academia and industry
- o The UK National Radio Astronomy Facility eMERLIN;
- o The European Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network
- o The R&D technology programme for the International Square Kilometre Array.
- o The ESA Planck space mission to image the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation plus a range of instruments to study the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation from the ground.
- o The EC-funded FP7 APRICOT Radio Camera Study
There will be an immediate and direct link with the staff from the QinetiQ company involving applications in security, all-weather imaging and remote sensing from space and links with other leading UK companies in respect of the many other applications of imaging and sensing technologies.
We will call for projects and project supervisors outside the School - in the Schools of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Earth, Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences and Life Sciences.
Academic entry qualification overview: Our preferred entry requirement to the programme is a UK Bachelors upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) but we will consider those with a lower second class degree or equivalent (E.g. German students should have completed one year of Diplomarbeit and French students should have their Mantrise (Bac. +4).
Students will need to be able to demonstrate competency in the English language and students who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a test such as IELTS or TOEFL and attain a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no sub test < 5.5), TOEFL 570 with 5.0 in the TWE (Test of Written English) or CBTOEFL 230 with 5.0 in the TWE.
If you do not currently have an English Language qualification at the required level then it may be possible to arrange a pre-sessional course, the duration of which will depend on your current English language qualification. For more information on the pre-sessional English language courses please visit the Universities Language Centre website.
- The security systems engineer who wants to gain a solid background in the underlying theory of the new THz scanning technology.
- The physics/astrophysics student who wants to be well placed to do research with the next generation of radio telescopes (ALMA/SKA/e-Merlin, etc).
- Prospective managers who want an overview of capabilities in this band, where the technology is going, and to network with experts in the specialised fields.
- Anyone wanting to improve their career prospects in the rapidly developing imaging/sensing technology sector.