MSc in Nanoscience

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Nanoscience

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Master of Science (MSc) in Nanoscience

As a graduate student in Nanoscience, you will learn to exploit your knowledge within the fields of physics, chemistry and biology to understand nanoscopic systems in detail. Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field, and this MSc programme gives you the competences to work with many different scientific methodologies and techniques in new and unconventional ways.

The programme is offered in English.

As a graduate student in Nanoscience, you can work with, among other things, the measuring techniques of physics, such as X-rays and electronics, or you can study the ability of proteins to catalyse chemical processes.

You can also choose to specialise within another topical field of study. The overall objective is for you to obtain knowledge and insight into the many areas and methodologies of nanotechnology so that you can work independently and professionally in the field.

Profile and Career

The MSc Programme in Nanoscience gives you the opportunity to specialise in various aspects of the core areas of nanotechnology.

All graduate students must follow a large course (15 ECTS credit points) in which you work with the basic concepts and techniques of nanotechnology at an advanced level. The course focuses on the special properties of nanosized systems and on developing the physical and chemical basis for these systems.

You have more influence on the other elements of the study programme. You can choose between a range of restricted elective courses within the field of nanoscience - the main objective here is to work in depth with a select few of the sub-disciplines of nanotechnology (physics, chemistry, biology).

Finally, it is important that you maintain your academic breadth by taking elective courses. For this purpose you have 30 ECTS credit points at your disposal, and they might very well be taken at other institutions, such as the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (under the University of Copenhagen) or at Lund University in Sweden.

Competence Description

Graduates in Nanoscience are able to:

  • Formulate, structure and manage a research project involving the  development and application of the subject's methodology
  • Manage complex work and development situations in collaboration with other groups of experts
  • Identify and summarise the available knowledge in a given field of nanoscience
  • Evaluate the methodology use in nanoscience, it applications and its limitations
  • Discuss the subject's methods, theory and results, both in general and on a scientific level
  • Discuss the application of the subject's results in an industrial, social and ethical context in an academic manner
  • Take independent responsibility for their own academic development and specialisation.


Graduates in Nanoscience are capable of:

  • Processing and analysing data
  • Setting up and analysing theoretical models
  • Reading and understanding original academic literature
  • Using the subject's main databases
  • Explaining nanoscience projects, both orally and in writing.


Graduates in Nanoscience have:

  • Acquired knowledge and learned appropriate methods within selected areas of active research by attending courses and working on projects
  • Acquired in-depth knowledge of an area of specialisation at an international level by conducting independent research under supervision.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Nanoscience is a commercially oriented programme. This means that the primary labour market for graduates is the growing number of Danish and international high-tech companies. The programme organises match-making events between students and companies. These can often lead to thesis projects, summer jobs and employment with a company upon graduation.

Programme Structure

The courses, like all teaching at the Faculty of Science, are organised in blocks. Each block equals nine weeks and counts as 15 ECTS credit points.

Programme structure:

The placement of electives and restricted electives depends on the courses chosen.

Thesis: 60 ECTS

Restricted elective: 15 ECTS

Compulsory: 15 ECTS

Elective: 30 ECTS

Master's thesis

"The Master's thesis project is an independent experiment-based and/or theoretical course of study of one or more problems relating to nanotechnology." This is how the Master's thesis project is defined in the formal curriculum. In practice, the work takes place in one of the research groups at Nano-Science Center where everyone works on different aspects of a relatively specific topic. There is a thesis supervisor who is responsible for ensuring the feasibility of the project and for assistance if needed.

On a day-to-day basis, the work takes place in close collaboration with other graduate students, sometimes with BSc students and with older, more experienced PhD students and postdocs. As a graduate student, you will be responsible for and gain experience in specific sub-projects dealing with and conducting an experimental measurement programme or a theoretical calculation. In Nanoscience, you are also able to do your thesis as part of an R&D team in the private sector. The working methods here are often the same as at the University, and in any case, your supervisor will ensure that the academic content is of a high standard of quality. Til toppen

Study Abroad

It is also possible to study abroad during your degree. You can choose to study abroad one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time; e.g. take a summer school course.

 When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA