Master of Nanoelectronic Engineering

Course MC-NE (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Year and Campus: 2013 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 069660E
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 150 credit points taken over 18 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Prof. Stan Skafidas


Melbourne School of Engineering

Ground Floor, Old Engineering (Building 193)

Current Students:
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
+61 3 9035 5511

Prospective Students:
Phone: + 61 3 8344 6944

Course Overview:

Nano-electronic systems are a new and exciting area of technology and the next step in the progression of micro-electronic systems. New nano-electronic systems distinguish themselves from their micro-electronic counterparts in that they: are smaller; more integrated; operate at higher frequencies; and use less power.
The newest CMOS technologies have gate lengths that are almost exclusively nanometer widths. These systems exhibit effects, such as quantum effects, that traditional micro-electronic systems do not and consequently the older design methodologies are not accurate. Nano-electronic systems are critical in many areas including medicine, the environment, aerospace, wireless and photonic communication systems, and automotive applications.

The Masters course outlined in this proposal will enable students to become familiar with theories governing nano-electronic systems and become proficient in the design and fabrication of nano-electronic systems and integrated circuits. Theory, concepts and design methodologies taught in the course are put into practice during laboratory sessions and used for the design project.

This course is intended for students with an electrical and electronics engineering degree that want to specialize in the design of nano-electronic integrated circuits and systems. Students need to have a fundamental understanding of electronic circuits and devices, basic understanding of electromagnetic theory and analogue and digital signal processing theory.


This program aims to provide students with the technological skills needed in the design and engineering of nano-electronics and systems. It will provide students with opportunities to:

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the principles of nano-electronic systems engineering;
  • Develop an understanding of the basic principles underlying the design of nano-electronic circuits;
  • Acquire an understanding of the basic modelling principles of nano-electronic circuits;
  • Design and fabricate nano-electronic systems;
  • Use the latest design tools to: accurately model transistors and other fundamental building blocks; simulate circuits and systems comprised of nano-electronic components; layout by developing photolithographic masks for device fabrication; run design rule checks on the circuits; perform layout versus schematic tests; perform parasitic extraction and do post layout simulations and fabricate high frequency and high speed nano-electronics circuits and systems for high speed systems;
  • Appreciate model and circuit mismatch;
  • Design system level packaging;
  • Use the latest design tools to model, simulate, layout, extract and fabricate low power nano-electronics circuits and systems suitable for biomedical applications;
  • Obtain the mathematical and computational skills necessary for the solution of theoretical and practical design problems.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Master of Nanoelectronic Engineering is a 1.5 year(3 semesters full time), 150 -point program. Students in this course are required to undertake 9 core subjects which includes Major Design Project ( 25 points) and 2 Approved Engineering Electives (each 12.5 point).

Core Subjects:

  • Device Models (12.5 points)
  • Passive Component Design & Simulation(12.5 points )
  • Analogue Electronics(12.5 points )
  • Mixed Signal Design(12.5 points)
  • RF Systems and Architectures(12.5 points)
  • RF Electronics and Design(12.5 points)
  • Electronic Manufacturing(12.5 points)
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility(12.5 points)
  • Major Design Project (25 points)

Subject Options:

Standard Full Time Course Structure

Semester 1

Study Period Commencement:
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Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013

Semester 2

Study Period Commencement:
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Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013

Semester 3

Study Period Commencement:
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Not offered in 2013

Approved Engineering Elective (25 points)

Entry Requirements:

A four-year undergraduate electrical engineering degree with an average final-year mark of 65% (University of Melbourne equivalent), or an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and at least two years of relevant work experience.

English requirements :
All students studying at the University of Melbourne must satisfy the University's English language entry requirements in accordance with Regulation 11.1.R3 Principles of Selection for Entry to Courses Academic Board Resolutions on Selection:
For graduate students the University's English language entry requirements are set out at:

For the Master of Engineering entry, Engineering offers an alternative. For international students the normal English language requirements are a minimum of:

IELTS (Academic): Overall 6.5 and TWE/Written Score 6;

Computer TOEFL: Overall 237 andTWE/Written Score 4.5;

ITOEFL : Overall 90 and TWE/Written Score 21;

TOEFL: Overall 577 and TWE/Written Score 4.5;

The University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program (UMELBP)
The UMELBP provides a direct English language pathway from Hawthorn-Melbourne to specific courses at the University of Melbourne. Students who have achieved an IELTS band 0.5 lower than their University of Melbourne course entry requirement may be able to proceed directly to their University studies upon successful completion of the UMELBP. More information is available from the Hawthorn Melbourne website:

School of Engineering English Language Alternative (SELA) Entry for Graduates

Under the SELA for graduates, coursework students may enroll in an English language program at the University – this may add another semester to a student’s program. Requirements for entry into this alternative pathway are:

IELTS (Academic): Overall 6 and TWE/Written Score 5.5;

paperd Based TOEFL: Overall 550 andTWE/Written Score 4;

Computer TOEFL : Overall 213 and TWE/Written Score 4;

Internet TOFEL: Overall 80 and TWE/Written Score 18;

If a student undertakes the School of Engineering’s English language alternative this may affect the duration of the Master of Engineering program.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Graduate Attributes:

The Melbourne School of Engineering has mapped the University of Melbourne graduate attributes with Engineers Australia graduate attributes and

Melbourne School of Engineering graduate attributes.

Generic Skills:

Master of Engineering graduates to have the following qualities and skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Ability to build and test real world systems that meet industry specialisation and manufacturing standards
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development


NOTE: From 2012, ELEN90046 Major Design Project will be offered in both Semester 1 and 2

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