MSc Nanotechnology study programme

The two-year Master’s in Nanotechnology is a full-time programme worth 120 credits leading to the title of Master of Science (MSc). If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Advanced Technology, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics or another relevant subject, you are welcome to enrol in this Master’s programme. It is taught entirely in English. This programme offers no official specializations, but throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to specialize in Solid State Matter, (Bio)Molecular Matter or Soft Matter combined with Systems. Each profile has its own courses.

The programme Nanotechnology also offers different Double Degree Programmes

Year 1

In your first year, you will take a number of specialized courses and practicals. You will learn more about the characterization and fabrication of nanomaterials and the design and application of nanodevices.

You will also take some courses related to the profile you choose. The profiles you can choose from are Solid State Matter, (Bio)Molecular Matter or Soft Matter combined with Systems. The last quartile is focused on your internship. Your internship (20 credits) will be hosted by a nanotechnology company, a research group at another university or an institute active in the field.

The following courses and programme components (worth a total of 55 EC) are mandatory in the first year:

  • Fabrication of Nanostructures (7,5 EC, 201600042)
  • Characterization of Nanostructures (7,5 EC, 201600043)
  • Nanoscience (5 EC, 193400050)
  • Nano-Lab: Fabrication & Characterization (5 EC, 201600041)
  • Nanotechnology Design Project (10 EC, 201600044)
  • Internship at an external company or research institute/university (20 EC, 193409509)

Year 2

In the first semester of your second year you will learn more about nanotechnology research. You will also take some courses related to your chosen profile (at least 15 EC) and choose elective courses from a range of relevant MSc programmes. These include Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering (5-15 EC). For the remaining 35-45 credits, you will conduct a nanotechnology research project within one of the groups at the University of Twente. This project will form the basis of your Master’s thesis, which you will defend in front of a committee and a public audience. In recent years our students have completed their projects at the BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip group, the Interfaces and Correlated Electron Systems group, Inorganic Materials Science group, Nanobiophysics group, Physic of Fluids group and the Nanoelectronics group.

The following courses and programme components (worth a total of 40-50 EC) are mandatory in the second year:

  • Research project Nanomaterials (5 EC, 2016xxxxx)
  • Master’s thesis, carried out under the supervision of a professor of one of the nanotechnology research groups participating in MESA+ (35-45 EC).

You can acquire the remaining 20-30 ECs by taking electives, as long as you cover at least 15 ECs by taking three courses from the following three categories:

Solid State Matter

  • Nano-optics/photonics (5 EC, 193400131)
  • Nano-electronics (5 EC, 193400141)
  • AMM Inorganic Materials Science (5 EC, 193700040)

(Bio)molecular Matter

  • Bionanotechnology (5 EC, 193400111)
  • Nanomedicine (5 EC, 201200220)
  • (Bio)molecular Chemistry & Technology (5 EC, 193700020)

Soft Matter & Systems

  • Lab on a Chip (5 EC, 201600046)
  • Nanofluidics (5 EC, 193400121)
  • Soft & Biological matter (5 EC, 201300135) or Colloid & Interfaces (5 EC, 193735060)

How you acquire the remaining 5-15 ECs is up to you: you can get them by taking more of the courses listed above or by following courses connected to other Master’s programmes at the UT.  The only condition is that you may not acquire more than 5 of the 15 ECs with non-technical courses. You will find more information on electives below.


During your second year you will have spaced to choose several electives that match your own interests. Below is an overview of the electives we offer.

Excellent research facilities

The University of Twente is an excellent place to study Nanotechnology. It is home to MESA+, one of the world’s leading nanotechnology research institutes, which has an extensive cleanroom facility, specialized labs and excellent research groups. During this Master’s programme, you can take full advantage of these state-of-the-art facilities, while following the best practical courses you can find. You will also work closely with another UT research institute, the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine. This institute does research in areas like nanomedicine.

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