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Master's programme in Nanotechnology

Our Master’s programme in Nanotechnology is an internationally oriented programme and is taught entirely in English. The programme starts in September. Our two-year Master’s programme focuses on the design, creation and study of functional materials, structures, devices and systems by directly controlling matter on the nanometre scale and is for anyone interested in the exciting and upcoming field of nanoscience and nanoengineering.

Discover more about the Master’s programme in Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, or our pre-Master’s programme. Check out the study programme and the admission requirements

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Nanotechnology
Certification: MSc
2 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
English taught
Starting date
1 September 2019
1 September 2020
1 September 2021
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme


Nanotechnology is an emerging field that brings together elements from traditional disciplines, such as applied physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and biology. At the nanoscale, which covers structures that range from 1 to 100 nanometres, the physical and chemical properties of materials undergo quantitative and qualitative changes. The multidisciplinary research field of nanotechnology focuses on these changes with a view to designing and developing functional materials, structures, devices and systems.

Nanomaterials offer a readily available resource with the potential to improve our lives in many ways. Examples include solar cells, energy innovations, or nanomedicine breakthroughs in medical diagnosis (e.g. lab-on-a-chip).


Nanotechnology is a unique programme. No other university in the Netherlands offers you the chance to study for a Master’s degree in Nanotechnology. Moreover, you will conduct experiments in the world-renowned Nanolab, and you get the opportunity to do your Master’s assignment within our MESA+ Institute.

Like the research generally carried out in this field, our Master’s programme in Nanotechnology is multidisciplinary. On the one hand, it will offer you the chance to explore different research areas within the wider field of nanotechnology. On the other, you will be able to specialize in a specific research field of your choice, such as bionanotechnology and nanochemistry, nanophysics or nanosystems and -devices.

The programme has a strong focus on the fabrication (bottom-up and top-down) and characterization of nanomaterials and on the design of nanodevices. During the programme you will be able to specialize in one of the following three profiles: 

  • Solid State Matter
  • (Bio)molecular Matter
  • Soft Matter combined with Components and Systems

You will also be able to choose from a wide range of specialized, elective courses in the fields of physics, chemistry, electrical and biomedical engineering. You will carry out your own design project at one of our renowned research groups. The programme has a strong research component. This combination will give you the perfect preparation for a career as a researcher.

WORLD-class research facilities

This unique Master’s programme offers you access to world-class labs and state-of-the-art facilities, such as our own cleanroom and nanocharacterization lab. The programme’s connections with MESA+, one of the world’s leading institutes in nanotechnology, means you can be sure of an exciting research environment and the best academic training in the world.

MESA+Institute for Nanotechnology

MESA+ is one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research institutes, with a total of 500 scientists collaborating on cutting-edge research at the highest level in the fields of materials science, lab-on-a-chip technology, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics and nanofluidics. MESA+ is home to a state-of-the-art NanoLab with a surface area of 1,250 m2. It is a unique laboratory equipped with a wide variety of technologies capable of developing an almost unlimited number of applications. The MESA+ NanoLab is not the exclusive preserve of academic research: the lab and its equipment are made available to industrial partners for 40% of the time.

Watch this video to find out more about the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and the research being conducted there:

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