MSc Nanoscale Structure of Materials


Program Description

Contemporary development of nanoscience and nanotechnology is characterized by the increasingly growing demand for highly-qualified specialists in cutting-edge research into the nanoscale structure of materials. Master’s Degree Programme “Nanoscale Structure of Materials” is at the interface between physics, chemistry and computer science. The course is aimed at preparing qualified professionals with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills for applying experimental and theoretical methods in the study of nanoscale materials and their structure.

Key Features of the program

  • The training makes use of advanced educational technologies, including the “learning-by-doing” principle that involves acquiring knowledge through practice.
  • Interactive laboratory classes enable students to use “gaming” technologies as well as provide remote access to unique research equipment.
  • The students are exposed to the world-level research equipment and facilities ( including the laboratory spectrometer Rigaku R-XAS being the only one in Europe.
  • Students have the possibility to participate in the training courses and internships in the Mega-Science facilities such as Kurchatov Synchrotron (Moscow, Russia), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France) and so on.
  • Students choose education trajectory, which is taught in English or in Russian. The disciplines are taught by highly qualified academic and research staff. A number of educational modules are given by leading foreign specialists in state-of-the-art research methods applied in nanodiagnostics.
  • While working on a Master’s thesis, students can opt to participate in the Student Exchange Programme through the European Masters Degree Programme MaMaSELF (

Exemplary List of Disciplines:

  • Computer Modeling
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Methods of Materials Diagnostics
  • Methods of Nanomaterials design
  • Modern Supercomputer Technology and Data Analysis
  • Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials
  • Mega-class Research Facilities
  • Research Seminar

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Research opportunities

  • Research work is the core part of the Master’s program. Students are involved in multidisciplinary research projects including the ongoing projects in collaboration with leading Russian and foreign scholars.
  • Students can choose the class of materials to investigate in accordance with their interests (, Possible research areas are:
    • Picometer diagnostics of the local 3D structure of materials without a long-range order in the atomic arrangement in nanoparticles, molecules, catalysts, nanoparticles for biomedical applications, etc.;
    • Multiscale computer simulation of the atomic structure and electronic properties of smart materials;
    • Metal-organic framework structures: synthesis and diagnostics;
    • Development and operando diagnostics of platinum-based nanocatalysts;
    • Magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications: synthesis and characterization;
    • Cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.
  • Students have the opportunity to present the results of their scientific work at conferences and other scientific events. Every year the International School for young researchers (IWSN) is organized where the world-leading scientists give lectures and workshops in the field of material science.

Who Should Apply

The “Nanoscale Structure of Materials” program is suitable for those applicants who would like to obtain the fundamental knowledge and develop practical skills in experimental and theoretical methods of nanomaterials diagnostics and further become highly qualified specialists in the cutting-edge research in the sphere of the nanoscale structure of materials.

Applicants should possess good knowledge of general physics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Commuter Sciences or Engineering.

Career opportunities

  • The field of the professional activities of graduates from the program is experimental and theoretical diagnostics and computer modeling of nanoscale atomic and electronic structures of different classes of nanosized materials.
  • Potential employment for graduates is wide-ranged: in academia, research institutes, research units of the high-tech sector of the economy.
  • The graduates are trained to be competitive to continue their research work at international mega-class research centers.
  • The graduates will be able to continue their education at Southern Federal University on the Ph.D. program “Physics and technology of nanostructures, atomic and molecular physics”.
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

With origins dating back to 1915, Southern Federal University (SFedU) is the largest scientific and educational centre in the south of Russia. SFedU traces its roots to the Royal University of Warsaw, ... Read More

With origins dating back to 1915, Southern Federal University (SFedU) is the largest scientific and educational centre in the south of Russia. SFedU traces its roots to the Royal University of Warsaw, which has moved to the south of Russia during the Great War. Read less
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