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become a proactive researcher, designer and/or engineer who is able to develop, propagate and apply innovative knowledge in the field of nanotechnology.

As a graduate of the Master's in Nanotechnology, you benefit from a wide range of career opportunities. Many of our graduates go on to fulfil a PhD-position, others find jobs in research and development departments of all kinds of high-tech companies. You can even start up your own business in the field of nanotechnology with our help.

Type of degree 

When you have graduated this Master’s, you receive a Master’s degree in Nanotechnology. Also, you can title yourself Master of Science (MSc).

Continue as a researcher: obtain a PhD

Many of our graduates choose to pursue an academic career and go on to study for a PhD, with opportunities right here at UT’s MESA+ Institute, but also throughout the world. As a PhD candidate, you conduct independent research for a number of years under the supervision of a senior researcher within a research group, culminating in the public defence of your PhD dissertation. Obtaining your PhD will earn you the title of Doctor (Dr).

Interested in continuing with a PhD after your Master’s? You can find vacancies below, but you can also explore your options during your Master’s, for example at the research group in which you complete your Master’s thesis. Note that you always need to apply for a PhD-position. The application procedure is similar to an actual job application.

Job opportunities

Instead of pursuing a PhD, you could also start your career right away in the field of nanotechnology. In the past twenty years, a lot of high-tech nanotechnology companies have risen that create new materials and devices for a range of applications in sectors such as energy, water, healthcare or electronics.

Where will you work?

Examples of companies you might end up working for include ASML, Philips, DSM or Shell, but also UT-spinoffs, such as Micronit, Lionix, Medspray or Lipocoat, to name just a few of the many options. You will most likely work at the Research & Development (R&D) departments of such companies.

As a graduate, you can make a valuable contribution to the development of such devices or materials. You could develop nanocoatings for cars or aircraft engines, for example, that might triple service life and reduce fuel consumption, or you could develop a nanodevice that predicts a heart infarct with just a drop of blood, or innovate the newest generation of low-energy chips. The list of applications is endless!

Start a business

At UT, we highly encourage entrepreneurship. The University of Twente is the birthplace of a large number of high-tech spin-off companies that market developed technologies. You could use your research or even inventions stemming from your master’s thesis and/or your PhD research to start up your own innovative company as well! UT has been voted the most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands four times in a row. We have a unique approach of putting scientific knowledge to practical use and turning our expertise and yours into solutions that people and society actually need. As a catalyst for meaningful entrepreneurship, we offer you the Novel-T foundation and the start-up hub on campus.

You could use your research or even inventions to start up your own innovative nanotechnology company, just like some of our former students did. Think for example of ECsens, a high-tech research start-up of one of our alumni that focuses on Lab-on-a-Chip platforms for liquid biopsies. Will you be the next one to start up your own business?

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