MSc in Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Linköping University

Program Description

MSc in Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Linköping University

The Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MSN) master’s programme is a competitive education program that provides students with specialist knowledge in the area of new materials. The huge advances in modern technology and products in recent decades have relied to a large extent on developments in materials science and technology.

The importance of advanced materials in today’s technology is best exemplified by the highly purified semiconductor crystals, which are the basis of the electronic age. Future implementations and applications of materials in electronics and photonics involve such subjects as nano-scale physics, molecular electronics and non-linear optics.

Programme description

The Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MSN) master’s programme is a competitive education program that provides students with specialist knowledge in the area of new materials. The huge advances in modern technology and products in recent decades have relied to a large extent on developments in materials science and technology.

The importance of advanced materials in today’s technology is best exemplified by the highly purified semiconductor crystals, which are the basis of the "electronic age. Future implementations and applications of materials in electronics and photonics involve such subjects as nano-scale physics, molecular electronics and non-linear optics.

With support from internationally competitive research activities in materials physics at Linköping University, the programme has been established with distinct features that offer students high‑level interdisciplinary education and training in fundamental solid state physics and materials science within the following areas:

  • Electronic materials and devices
  • Surface and nano-sciences
  • Theory and modelling of materials
  • Organic/molecular electronics and sensors.

The programme emphasises the comprehension of scientific principles and the development of personal and professional skills in solving practical engineering problems. The studies begin with mandatory courses, including nanotechnology, quantum mechanics, surface physics and the physics of condensed matter, in order to provide students with a solid knowledge foundation for modern materials science and nanotechnology. Moreover, through courses in experimental physics and analytical methods in materials science, students gain extensive training in operating the advanced instruments and equipment currently used in the research and development of new materials.

A large variety of elective courses is offered from the second term onwards, in close connection with cutting-edge technologies. These courses give students a broad perspective of today’s materials science research and links to applications in semiconductor technology, optoelectronics, bioengineering (biocompatibility), chemical sensors and biosensors, and mechanical applications for high hardness and elasticity. Students will also be instructed through in-depth CDIO (Conceive - Design - Implement – Operate) project courses, to develop abilities in creative thinking and problem solving.

Students complete a thesis project in the area of materials science and nanotechnology, either in a research group in-house or in industry.

Career opportunities

The programme provides students with knowledge and skills required for modern science and technology. Graduates will be prepared for careers within academia or industry in materials-related research and development. The research activities in materials science at Linköping University are strongly linked to the cutting-edge technologies in the area. Therefore, the demand for talents in those fields is large both in research institutes and industries. For example, wide-bandgap semiconductors, high-performance soft matters, as well as hybrid smart materials are of high interest in the industries in Sweden and other European countries. Furthermore, as materials science is a research priority at Linköping University, there are two multidisciplinary PhD graduate schools here:

Agora Materiae specialised in advanced functional materials Forum Scientium covering research activities in natural sciences, engineering and biomedicine. Many of the programme’s graduates continue their advanced studies at one of these graduate schools.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 27, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
126,000 SEK
Information
Deadline
Jan. 16, 2017
Late applications might be considered.
Start date Aug. 2017
Place
Sweden Linköping
Application deadline Jan. 16, 2017
Late applications might be considered.
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 126,000 SEK
All others (per academic year) ; Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees
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