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Diamond Science and Technology - MSc leading to PhD (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

This taught programme has been purpose-designed in collaboration with academic colleagues and industry to provide students with an inter-disciplinary skill set, allowing them to deal with any high performance, advanced material, in many different application areas. Although the MSc will primarily focus on DST, students will develop a broader understanding of competitor materials and technologies. The training is designed to produce highly skilled, cross-disciplinary, fast-thinking, innovative and creative graduates.

MSc Course Structure

The programme will begin with a pre-sessional week at Warwick during which social and networking sessions will be organised for the cohort. The formal focus will also be to help chemists, physicists, material scientists, engineers and scientists from related disciplines, speak the same scientific language. This will be achieved through workshops and small group interactions.

Core Modules:
There are ten taught modules, several of the modules which have been developed in close partnership with industry (e.g. Oxford Lasers, Renishaw, E6, De Beers) who will contribute to module delivery. The remaining 80 credits of the 180-credit course will come from research projects that will take place at one of eight partner institutions or an industrial company.

  • DST Module 1: Novel and Efficient Methods of Material Synthesis
  • DST Module 4: Theory and Modelling of Materials
  • DST Module 6: Surfaces, Interfaces and Coatings
  • DST Module 7: Devices and Fabrication
  • DST Module 9: Applications of High Performance Materials
  • DST Module 11: Mini Research Project 1 and 2
  • DST Module 2: Properties and Characterization of Materials
  • DST Module 3: Defects and Dopants
  • DST Module 5: Manufacturing the Future: Industrial Diamond
  • DST Module 8: Photonics and Quantum Technologies

Optional Modules:
Students must choose one of the following two modules:

  • DST Module 10a: Electrochemistry and Sensors
  • DST Module 10b: Biomedical Optics and Applications

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

During the two teaching terms, a module leader, plus 2-3 academics or industrialists selected for their relevant expertise will deliver each two week module. Each module is worth 10 Credits (100 hrs student effort), which typically breaks down into:

  • 20 hours - taught lectures, seminars and problem classes
  • 30 hours - workshops or laboratories
  • 50 hours - independent and cohort work.

Teaching and assessment styles will vary from module to module to best deliver and examine the training content. Lectures, seminars and workshops will be reinforced with a significant practical component. This will make use of the substantial instrumentation and computational resources at Warwick. The facilities will also be supplemented by the loan of specialised equipment from collaborators. The practical aspects of the modules will enable students to gain essential hands-on experience, of a wide variety of techniques/instrumentation.

A mixture of oral and written examinations and assessments will be employed to ensure the students gain experience of team work, research paper and proposal writing, science communication and web page development.


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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 3 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band A

Department of study


Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580
Overseas: £24,640

These fees are applicable for year one. standard research fees apply upon transferring to the PhD.

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.