Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field at the border between physics, chemistry, materials science, and biochemistry. The manipulation of matter on the nanoscale offers new opportunities to solve scientific challenges in the modern world.
The Nanoscience program in Groningen works with small groups of students, training them to perform cutting-edge research in this highly challenging field. The application of nanoscience to solve problems in today's society requires a fundamental understanding of the interplay between physical, chemical, and sometimes biological processes. Questions that can be addressed in the field of nanoscience include: Can we build 100x cheaper solar cells? Can we make a computer working similarly to the brain? Can we control quantum properties on the nanoscale for useful applications? Can we use nanofabrication of matter to design materials with emergent properties? Can we mimic biological systems to achieve novel material properties? Can we make computers using spin instead of electrons?
Selective Master's degree program
This is a selective Master's program, welcoming a diverse collection of students from all over the world. An on-site interview is part of the selection procedure. The selected students form a small and tightly bound cohort and receive ample attention from and interaction with our professors.
Scholarships available for all students
Admitted students are awarded scholarships tailored to their specific and individual situation. The aim of the scholarship is that no admitted student will need to obtain a part-time job and can fully concentrate on their studies.
Talented and Motivated Students
The Top Master program in Nanoscience has been reviewed as excellent three times in a row (Dutch Ministry of Education) and is embedded in a top research institute. It aims to train scientists of the future to perform cutting-edge research. It offers a challenging program for very talented and motivated students. It is strongly intertwined with research at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials: the courses are taught by international top scientists and a large part of the program consists of hands-on lab-work and conducting high-level scientific research yourself.
The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, responsible for the Top Master program in Nanoscience, is a leading international research center in this field. It belongs to the Times Higher Education top 20 of best materials research institutes in the world. It unites around 300 leading researchers.
Why study this program in Groningen?
Working together with world-class scientists: Top researchers from Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials provide education in the courses. Top researchers also provide supervision in four individual projects, in different research groups.
Among top-3 of all Master's degree programs in the Netherlands 5 years in a row (Dutch Higher Education Guide 2019).
Selective Master's degree: assures you are studying as a cohort in a small but very motivated and talented group of (international) students.
2-year full or partial scholarships for all admitted students.
Spinoza Prize Winner Bart van Wees teaches in several of the given core courses.
The program is building the research cycle, starting with design, proceeding to synthesis and device building, then characterization and investigation, further to the theoretical foundation, and returning to improved design.