MSc in Materials Science and Nanotechnology


Program Description

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  • Start: Autumn 2020
  • Place of study: Linköping
  • Level: Second-cycle
  • Application code: LIU-90115

This is a competitive program that provides students with specialist knowledge in the area of new materials. Huge advances in modern technology and products in recent decades have to a large extent relied on developments in this field.

The importance of advanced materials in today’s technology is best exemplified by the highly purified semiconductor crystals that 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 program 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 modeling of materials
  • Organic/molecular electronics and sensors.

Advanced equipment training

The program emphasizes the comprehension of scientific principles and the development of personal and professional skills in solving practical engineering problems. Studies begin with mandatory courses, including nanotechnology, principles of materials science, surface physics, and the physics of condensed matter. 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.

In-depth CDIO courses

A variety of elective courses is offered from the second term onwards, many of them involving the use of cutting-edge technology. These courses give students a broad perspective of today’s materials science research and link 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 with an in-house research group or the industry.

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The Master's Programme in Materials Science and Nanotechnology educates specialists in the area of physics of novel materials. The Materials Science and Nanotechnology masters are prepared for university or industry careers in materials-related research and development

The program is supported by a number of internationally known research divisions at the university. The applications and importance of advanced materials in today's technology are best exemplified by highly purified semiconductor crystals, which are the basis of the "electronic age". Future applications in electronics and photonics will include nanoscaled physics, molecular electronics, non-linear optics, etc.

The master's program in Materials Science and Nanotechnology covers a wide range of materials including materials used in semiconductor technology, optoelectronics, biotechnical applications (biocompatibility), chemical and bio-sensors, mechanical applications such as hardness and elasticity, etc.


After the completion of the master program the student is expected to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

Knowledge and reasoning in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering

A Master of Science in Materials Science and Nanotechnology should be well-qualified in solid-state physics and the applications of analytical methods in materials science.

Personal and professional skills and attributes

A Master of Science in Materials Science and Nanotechnology should:

  • Be able to formulate, to model and to solve problems in various fields of Physics using experimental and/or computational tools.
  • Be skilled in the effective use of modern analytic equipment for solving problems concerning novel materials.

Interpersonal skills: teamwork and communication

A Master of Science in Materials Science and Nanotechnology should:

  • Be capable of teamwork and active collaboration within the group by sharing the tasks and responsibilities.
  • Be able to initialize, to plan, to carry out and to evaluate scientific or engineering projects.
  • Be able to communicate and to give presentations in English, orally and in writing.

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Webinar - 12 November at 14-00 (CET, Sweden time)

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Career opportunities

The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for modern science and technology. Graduates will be prepared for careers within academia or the industry, in materials-related research and development. The research activities in materials science at Linköping University are strongly linked to cutting-edge technologies in the field. Therefore, the demand for talents in materials science and nanotechnology is large both in research institutes and industry. For example, wide-bandgap semiconductors, high-performance soft materials, as well as hybrid smart materials, are of great interest in the Swedish and European industry.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in physics, applied physics, materials science, electronics engineering or equivalent. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognized university.
  • 20 ECTS credits mathematics/applied mathematics and/or application of mathematics, including linear algebra and Fourier transforms.
  • 20 ECTS credits in physics, including modern physics, electromagnetism, and thermal physics.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognized test.

The selection for the January application round is based on merit rating (grade tariff) at three levels. If necessary, applicants within the same merit group will be selected by lot.

  • Group 1: High
  • Group 2: Good
  • Group 3: Low
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

In close collaboration with the business world and society, Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, boundary-crossing research in fields including materials science, IT and hearing. In the ... Read More

In close collaboration with the business world and society, Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, boundary-crossing research in fields including materials science, IT and hearing. In the same spirit, the university offers many innovative educational programs, many of them with a clear vocational focus, leading to qualification as, for example, doctors, teachers, economists, and engineers. Read less
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