MSc in Nanoscience

University of Groningen

Program Description

MSc in Nanoscience

University of Groningen


Nanoscience is the study of the fundamental and functional properties of matter on the nanoscale (~10-9m). The challenge for scientists is to understand the fascinating world of small length scales.

The properties of matter on the nanoscale often differ completely from macroscopic properties. Nature has made good use of nanoscale phenomena. How can scientists understand and exploit the new technological possibilities it offers?

Selective Master's degree programme

Please note that this is a selective master, with scholarship opportunities. For more information about the selection procedure, please visit this page.

Talented and Motivated Students

The Top Master Programme in Nanoscience has been reviewed as excellent in all aspects (Dutch Ministry of Education) and is embedded in a world top-10 research institute. It aims to train the cutting edge scientists of the future. It offers a challenging programme for very talented and motivated students. It is strongly intertwined with research at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials: the courses are taught by top international scientists, and a large part of the programme consists of actually conducting high-level scientific research. Participants come from all over the world. A fellowship programme is available.

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, responsible for the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience, is a leading international research centre in this field. It belongs to the Times Higher Education Top 10 of best materials research institutes in the world. It unites around 300 leading researchers.


2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
  • For an average of weeks

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
assessment interview Promising candidates are invited to Groningen for a selection interview, mostly between April and June (depending on visa requirements).
previous education A university Bachelor's degree in either Physics or Chemistry, Materials Science, or in a related field.This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.
other admission requirements SCHOLARSHIPS

In cooperation with major national and international companies, we welcome students with several scholarships

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, who get the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within their scholarship period.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 92

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2017-2018 € 2006 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2017-2018 € 14200 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018
non-EU/EEA students 01 February 2018 01 September 2018

Job prospects

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research. Such research takes place in universities, research institutions and large companies. Students who successfully complete the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience will, under certain conditions, be offered a PhD position within the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials.

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research at:

  • universities
  • research institutions
  • large companies
  • innovative start-up companies

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • R&D positions at companies
  • Consulting

Get involved in Research at the Zernike Insitute - Ranked in THES World's top 10

The Top Master's degree programme in Nanoscience is closely linked to the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, a leading international research centre, ranked amongst the top 10 of the world.

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

The Insitute's mission is the design and scientific study of materials for functionality. It aims to maintain its position as an internationally recognised, leading, materials research and training institute. As an institute, it conducts research that is addressing fundamental questions in the fields of functional materials. In this way, it wants to optimise the synergy and knowledge transfer between the sub-disciplines of physics, chemistry and (with less weight) biology. Also, the Institute educates a new generation of researchers in a cross-disciplinary approach to better to prepare the graduates for the diversity and quality of skills needed in society.

Research at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Basic research on materials is directed towards unravelling the relations between the properties that determine their functionality and their chemical composition and structure. The quest for in-depth understanding of these constitutive relations often leads to unexpected boundaries signifying fundamental gaps in our knowledge. Although the structure-property relationship is in itself a truism, the actual linkage between (micro) structural aspects of a material and its physical/chemical properties are elusive. The reason is that various properties are determined by the collective behaviour of molecules, atoms and electrons and their behaviour may be extremely non-linear on different time and length scales.

The classic materials triangle concerns an integrative approach to the three aspects of structure, property and chemical composition. The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials adds an extra dimension to this traditional view by an unconventional linkage to the field of biomolecular sciences, which includes the design aspects as well.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 25, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
24 months
Full time
14,200 EUR
Netherlands - Groningen, Groningen
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