Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field at the border between physics, chemistry, and biochemistry. The manipulation of matter on the nanoscale (~10nm) 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 the fundamental understanding of the interplay between physical, chemical, and some times 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 make computers using spin instead of electrons?
Selective Master's degree program
This is a selective Master's program. Scholarships are available to all admitted students, tailored to your individual situation. 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 three times in a row (Dutch Ministry of Education) and is embedded in a top research institute. It aims to train the cutting edge scientists of the future. 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 top international scientists and a large part of the program consists of conducting high-level scientific research yourself. Students come from all over the world.
The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, responsible for the Top Master Programme 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 the 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 of partial scholarships for all admitted students.
- The home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike; Spinoza Prize Winner Bart van Wees teaches in several of the given core courses.
- The program is built upon the research cycle: ranging from design to synthesis and device building, characterization, and research, to the theoretical foundation and improved design.
2-year program; Credits per year: 60 ECTS.
In consultation, a part of a project may be done abroad.
Please submit your previous study results (Transcript of Records).
Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level.
An academic Bachelor's degree in either Physics or Chemistry, Materials Science, or in a related field.
This is a selective master. In order to be considered for admission to the program, your application should contain two or three letters of reference.
This is a selective master. In order to be considered for admission to the program, your application should contain a letter of motivation.
Promising candidates are invited to Groningen for a selection interview, mostly between April and June (depending on the date of application and visa requirements).
Early bird application: Applications before 15 November will be processed with priority. Promising candidates are invited for a selection interview in February.
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Full scholarships are available for a part of the admitted students. We recommend prospective students to also look for own scholarships. When a student has its own financial support/scholarship it might be taken into account during admission.
ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. A €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students.
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The program 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 typical conditions, be offered a Ph.D. position within the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials.
The program is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research at:
- Research institutions
- Almost all students who have successfully completed the Top master Nanoscience have continued their careers in a Ph.D. position at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials or elsewhere.
- Ph.D. research position
- R&D positions at companies
- Large companies
- Innovative start-up companies
Get involved in Research at the Zernike Insitute - Ranked in THES World's top 20
The Top Master's degree program in Nanoscience is closely linked to the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, a leading international research center, ranked amongst the top 20 of the world.
Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
The Institute's mission is the design and scientific study of materials for functionality. It aims to maintain its position as an internationally recognized, 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 optimize 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 prepare better 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 unraveling the relations between the properties that determine their functionality and their chemical composition and structure. The quest for an 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 in a material and its physical/chemical properties are elusive. The reason is that various properties are determined by the collective behavior of molecules, atoms and electrons and their behavior may be extremely non-linear on different time and length scales.
The classic materials triangle concerns an integrative approach in 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.