• The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2017) ranked Utrecht University's Nanomaterials Science program as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands.
  • Students chose the Master's program Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University as the best program in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier.


Nanomaterials are essential building blocks that can produce chemicals in an environmentally friendly manner, harvest light to supply energy, and help develop faster computers and better medicines. In this two-year Master’s program, you will gain in-depth knowledge on, and experimental experience with, novel nanomaterials and their synthesis, structure, and applications – for example, as catalysts or in nanophotonics.


The dimensions of systems at the microscopic level determine their physical and chemical properties and applications. Your studies will provide you with the tools to analyze and experiment with these properties and possibilities. In addition, the course content will introduce you to the nanomaterials of tomorrow, including colloidal crystals – a new tool for the manipulation of light in miniature lasers and optical devices – and new catalysts for more efficient and environmentally friendly chemistry.


The combined talents and expertise of chemists are essential for success in a number of subfields within science and technology. Our Master’s program offers you the knowledge and training to work as a scientist who contributes to a more sustainable society. Through your courses and research work, you will participate in the exciting field of nanomaterial development and develop fundamental knowledge of various applications and industrial interests. Our staff members excel in research and in teaching, and they maintain close ties with partners in industry and academia. As part of your program, you may opt to participate in an industry-based internship.

  • Debye Institute

The prestigious Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science provides teaching and research in the program. The institute focuses on three research areas: colloids, catalysis, and nanophotonics.


Nanomaterials Science is a two-year (120 ECTS) multidisciplinary program in which you will explore the subject areas of catalysis, colloid science, and nanophotonics. The program will provide you with a solid theoretical background and help you develop the experimental skills necessary to perform high-level research. Coursework is thus combined with research, allowing you the opportunity to put theory into practice.


This MSc degree will qualify you to do further postgraduate research leading to a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, physics, or materials science. It will also be an excellent qualification for acquiring a research or development position in industries that are investing in innovation or in new companies at the interface of biotechnology, nanoelectronics, chemistry, and nanomaterials. The program also provides a good background for working toward a career in management or consultancy, particularly in companies with a technology base.


  • Academic Careers

As one of this master’s program aims is to prepare students to pursue a Ph.D. career, we see that the majority of our students continue with a Ph.D. Some of them will continue with an academic career, but the majority of our students find excellent positions in international R&D companies.

  • Professional Careers

About 25% of our graduates chose to leave the university after graduation without a Ph.D. title and look for positions in companies, education, and institutions.

As we train academics who have learned to be critical, analytical, independent and problem solvers, we find them in different areas. Examples are:

  • Group leaders in large international companies such as Shell, Albemarle, DSM, Unilever, BASF, Bayer, Philips, etc.
  • Product specialists at small to medium-sized companies
  • Analyst or manager at banks or financial institutions
  • Senior research fellow at multinational research laboratories such as Amolf, DIFFER, Max-Planck Institute, FOM, Holst Centre, etc.
  • Teacher in secondary or higher education
  • Examiner at the European Patent Organization
  • Associate account manager at an international company
  • Business Analytics at IBM Global Business Services
  • Library Head of a university


  • Learning Dutch

If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organization, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as duolingo.com or dutchgrammar.com can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University, you receive a 25% discount on their course offerings.

  • After graduation

If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 18,690, 2019-20: € 19,900
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