Content of the Master's in Nanotechnology

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As a student of this Master’s, you acquire fundamental knowledge within the field of nanotechnology, concentrating on science as well as engineering.

The programme has a strong focus on the characterisation and the fabrication of (functional) nanostructures. You also learn to design an actual nanodevice and consider business aspects or opportunities for the device that you developed together with your fellow students. Furthermore, you get to explore the job field of nanotechnology during the (mandatory) internship.

As a student, you learn that turning nanotechnology into working and acceptable products and systems implies much more than proper technical functioning. It has to be actively embedded into its sociotechnical context as well.

Co-decide the content of your Master's

Next to the fabrication, characterisation and design of nanostructures, which forms the basis of this Master’s, you have ample opportunity to explore and specialise within the many different research areas within the wider field of nanotechnology, such as bionanotechnology, nanochemistry, nanophysics or nanosystems and -devices.

To give you some direction in choosing your electives, this Master’s consists of three different profiles:

1. (Application of) Solid State Matter
2. (Bio)Molecular Matter
3. Nano-Engineered Devices

These profiles each have a number of elective courses, eleven in total. As a student, you have to choose at least three out of these eleven elective courses. You can select courses from all three profiles, as long as you cover at least 15 credits.

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Examples of courses you (can) follow within this Master’s:

Create your own nanodevice, such as a lab-on-a-chip, from idea to design to fabrication to an actual business pitch in the course Nanotechnology Design Project.

Learn more about different kinds of nanomaterials, how to fabricate them and what to use them for. The course Nanomaterials Research provides you with the fundamental knowledge and skills.

The course Nanomedicine teaches you all about the medical applications of nanotechnology, such as drug delivery, in vitro diagnostics, biosensing and tissue engineering.

What will you learn?

As a graduate of this Master’s, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge and skills.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master’s, you:

    • have solid knowledge in the techniques that are available for creating nanostructures, both top-down (e.g. optical lithography techniques) as well as bottom-up (self-assembly/nanochemistry).
    • have a broad overview of the application areas of nanotechnology.
    • have a fundamental understanding of various aspects of molecular, nanoscale and continuum (macroscopic) scale characterisation that are essential for the study of nanostructure.
  • Skills

    After completing this Master’s, you:

    • can design a nano-device, both in terms of device physics and the clean room fabrication process.
    • are able to analyse the social consequences (economic, social, cultural) of new developments in nanotechnology and integrate the consequences in your scientific work.
    • can involve multiple scientific disciplines when conducting research in the field of nanotechnology.
  • Value

    After completing this Master’s, you:

    • are aware of the changeability of the research process due to external circumstances or progressive insights and you are able to adjust this process accordingly.
    • can identify gaps in your knowledge, and you have a mindset to enhance and extend your knowledge through study.
    • are aware of social, environmental, sustainability and safety aspects of nanotechnology and you are able to analyse and understand these aspects and to integrate these elements in your scientific work.
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