Master in Nanotechnology

General

Program Description

Nanotechnology is an exciting field within science and technology related to materials and device structures with characteristic dimensions in the nanometer regime. The labor market in this emerging area is growing significantly, and nanotechnology is penetrating a number of technology sectors.

Nanotechnology at KTH

From a solid foundation in basic materials science, the program gives the students a deep understanding of size-dependent materials, device and system properties, and also how these properties can be tailored by controlled manipulation of the microstructure down to the atomic or molecular level. Furthermore, it provides comprehensive knowledge of various nano-scale devices and their applications and fabrication methods. Special emphasis is paid to the understanding and usage of advanced characterization methods to assess detailed materials and device properties. The program is closely linked to the extensive research activities at the KTH Electrum laboratory, a world-leading resource for education, research and product development related to micro and nanofabrication.

The final term degree project gives students an opportunity to carry out an in-depth study within their specialization and to demonstrate the skills acquired during their studies. It can be carried out at an academic or industrial institution, needs to be relevant to the main field of study for the master’s degree, and is scheduled for the last term of the program.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).

Career

The master's program in Nanotechnology prepares you for a career in a wide range of areas in materials science, semiconductor, microsystems, and applied physics. Applications related to, for example, the Internet of Things and life sciences offer plenty of interesting job opportunities in high tech companies. The program focuses on advanced nanoscale characterization tools, and the unique experience of a state-of-the-art academic cleanroom environment will make you very competitive on the job market. Graduates with a specialization in nanoscale materials will be well equipped to handle the sustainability challenges of modern society. Nanotechnology is also a major academic research field, and the program provides a solid foundation for graduate studies at highly ranked universities, including KTH.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Jaskaran Singh Malhotra, India: "There are countless things I like about KTH – the flexibility of the program and courses that I can take, the friendly and approachable nature of professors, world-class labs and facilities, the highly diverse student population, frequent social events, ... "

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. Nanotechnology as a subject area has a strong inherent connection to sustainability aspects in that it represents a technological leap based on scientific innovations towards increasingly energy-efficient and high-performance components and systems, improved IT solutions (for example allowing for reduced traveling), while allowing for a general and more resource-efficient and sustainable energy management, environment and infrastructure. In this way, many of the program's courses have an implicit link to sustainable development, and many courses also have it explicitly stated in their learning objectives. As such, the program addresses a number of environmental and societal challenges. Three key sustainable development goals that can be considered particularly relevant by the master's program in Nanotechnology are:

  • Good Health and Well-being: The medical application of Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, allows for new diagnostic tools and therapy schemes, for example by virtue of advanced drug delivery systems or in vivo imaging. Nanotechnology is also instrumental in the down-scaling of lab-on-a-chip systems for high-efficiency, large throughput medical diagnosis. Finally, it is also an important ingredient in the development of Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions that can allow for automatic health-monitoring or self-diagnosis/treatments.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: Automation and advanced manufacturing methods greatly improve working conditions and business margins, and rely on ever-more sophisticated computing, communication and sensing systems. These developments take account of new materials, device and integration schemes that are driven by innovations in Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics.
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Nanotechnology is currently one of the fastest-growing industry sectors worldwide and has tremendous innovation potential. The program thereby establishes and strengthens the knowledge base for education and future business opportunities in rapidly moving “high-tech” fields of clear benefit to society at large.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Nanotechnology consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. Depending on which track you choose, you will study different courses. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Mandatory courses for all tracks

  • Methods and Instruments of Analysis (IH2652) 7.5 credits
  • Nanofabrication Technologies (IH2659) 7.5 credits
  • Introduction to Nanotechnology (SK2770) 5.0 credits
  • Solid State Physics (SK2771) 5.0 credits
  • Chemistry for Nanotechnology (SK2772) 5.0 credits
  • Quantum Materials and Devices (SK2901) 7.5 credits

Nanomaterials track

Mandatory courses

  • Methods and Instruments of Analysis (IH2652) 7.5 credits
  • Nanofabrication Technologies (IH2659) 7.5 credits
  • Introduction to Nanotechnology (SK2770) 5.0 credits
  • Solid State Physics (SK2771) 5.0 credits
  • Chemistry for Nanotechnology (SK2772) 5.0 credits
  • Quantum Materials and Devices (SK2901) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Bionanotechnology (BB2400) 7.5 credits
  • Nanothermodynamics (SK2773) 7.5 credits
  • Colloids and Colloidal Principles for Applications (SK2774) 7.5 credits

Nanoelectronics track

Mandatory courses

  • Methods and Instruments of Analysis (IH2652) 7.5 credits
  • Nanofabrication Technologies (IH2659) 7.5 credits
  • Introduction to Nanotechnology (SK2770) 5.0 credits
  • Solid State Physics (SK2771) 5.0 credits
  • Chemistry for Nanotechnology (SK2772) 5.0 credits
  • Quantum Materials and Devices (SK2901) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Microsystem Technology (EK2350) 7.5 credits
  • Semiconductor Devices (IH1611) 7.5 credits
  • Design of Nano Semiconductor Devices (IH2657) 7.5 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses for all tracks

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Engineering Physics, Second Cycle (IF246X) 30.0 credits

Nanomaterials track

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Engineering Physics, Second Cycle (IF246X) 30.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Project on Nanomaterials (SK2757) 7.5 credits
  • Chemistry of Nanomaterials (SK2760) 7.5 credits
  • Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy and Environment (SK2775) 7.5 credits

Nanoelectronics track

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Engineering Physics, Second Cycle (IF246X) 30.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Hands-On Microelectromechanical Systems Engineering (EK2360) 7.5 credits
  • Simulation of Semiconductor Devices (IH2653) 7.5 credits
  • Fundamentals of Integrated Electronics (IL2238) 7.5 credits
  • Compound Semiconductors and Photonic Devices (SK2822) 7.5 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Nanotechnology

Bachelor's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials science, Chemistry or equivalent, including courses in mathematics corresponding to at least 20 ECTS credits and courses in physics corresponding to at least 30 ECTS credits.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Nanotechnology

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Degree project proposal
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Relevant work experience
Last updated Apr 2020

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