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Nanotechnology is one of the most exciting and fastest growing areas in science and engineering to date. Science journalists have called nanotechnology “the new Industrial Revolution” with predictions of up to 2 million people required to work in nanotechnology related posts by 2015. Applications of nanotechnology are already diverse and exciting.

Our degrees will help you to develop skills needed to succeed in industry, including ethical practice, numeracy and analytical skills, together with transferable skills, as such communication and working as a team.

The University and the School of Chemical and Process Engineering has strong links with industry and nanotechnology research at Leeds involves collaborations with companies including Intel, Philips, Sharp, Dow Chemical, Proctor and Gamble, and Seiko Epson.

Nanotechnology graduates are specifically trained in response to the needs of industry in this rapidly expanding sector of the international science and engineering base. Our graduates are highly valued by prospective employers and go on to a wide range of careers across a range of industry sectors such as electronics, medicine and healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemical engineering, food, packaging, cosmetics, fuel and energy and the environment.

Here are some examples of nanotechnology in use:

• More powerful and versatile mobile electronic devices
• Safe, high performance imaging and screening systems for security and healthcare
• Stronger, lighter and ‘intelligent’ materials
• New treatments for chronic and degenerative diseases
• Implants and prosthetics that resemble natural tissue
• Alternative energy sources and sustainable manufacturing
• Filters for water and air purification
• Catalysts in car engines
• Anti-ageing creams and other enhanced cosmetics products

Our nanotechnology graduates have found employment in many industry sectors including bioscience, materials, metallurgy, optoelectronics, IT, MEMS, robotics and defence. Our graduates have also been successful in securing places for PhD research study.

RobertRobert Guillatt: In his final year of the BSc Nanotechnology, Robert's project was so successful that the technology he researched was recognised and adopted by a large multinational chemical company. They are now sponsoring his subsequent PhD studies at Leeds.

ShantaShanta Desai: After completing an MSc in Nanoscale Science and Technology based at Leeds, Shanta studied for her PhD in the Institute for Materials Research also at Leeds , specialising in the development of highly conducting graphite composites for use in the thermal management of micro- and nano-electronic devices. She then worked as a research fellow at Cranfield University before taking up an industrial post at the Corus Group in South Wales.

RobRob Harrand: Rob took a Masters degree in Nanotechnology followed by a PhD at Leeds, working on the construction and application of magnetic tweezers to biophysical systems. He is now working in a rapidly expanding bioscience company, set up to commercialise Leeds nanotechnology research.

Industrial placements
All our degrees allow you to undertake a placement year as part of your degree. If you choose to undertake a placement year, this will extend your studies by 12 months. On successfully completing your placement, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.

A comprehensive support programme exists for students pursuing a 12-month placement. A dedicated in-house system advertises hundreds of roles and we provide lots of support to help you with your placement search, from lectures and workshops to handbooks and industrial guides.

Whichever organisation you join for your placement year, one thing is certain: you will be assured of experience relevant to your degree, which will allow you to apply your learning in an organisational context while you develop both personally and professionally. Your placement can also count towards the professional experience you will be required to demonstrate if you wish to become a chartered engineer.

Faculty Employability team
Our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

The team also organises an annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fair, which attracts over 40 graduate recruiters. In addition, you will benefit from timetabled employability sessions (one hour per week), ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.

The team works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country. The centre provides high-quality professional support and advice for all our students and access to thousands of opportunities for graduate employment, placements and internships.

Leeds for Life

Leeds for Life is an unique approach to helping you make the most of the University and prepare for your career from day one. Leeds for Life will help you enhance your employability by highlighting the wide range of co-curricular opportunities on offer from the University and the Students’ Union. You can join
societies, get involved in volunteering and undertake projects in the UK or overseas, or you can attend academic conferences that will help you develop your knowledge and skills. You can also access valuable career insights from our diverse graduate community via our online career networking tool, Leeds Network.

At the heart of Leeds for Life is personal tutoring where you receive structured one-to-one meetings to support your personal and academic development. This ensures that you not only do well in your degree, but also become a confident, articulate and highly employable graduate.

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