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 specialisations, but throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to specialise in the following profiles:

  • Solid State Matter
  • (Bio)Molecular Matter
  • Soft Matter & Systems

Each profile has its own courses. Check out the programme structure here.

Programme structure

Year 1

In your first year, you will take a number of specialised courses and lab classes. You will learn more about the characterisation and fabrication of nanomaterials and the design and application of nanodevices.

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

  • Fabrication of Nanostructures (7,5 credits)
  • Characterisation of Nanostructures (7,5 credits)
  • Nanoscience (5 credits)
  • Nano-Lab: Fabrication & Characterisation (5 credits)
  • Nanotechnology Design Project (10 credits)
  • Internship & Job Orientation Project (20 credits)

The last quarter is focused on your Internship & Job Orientation Project, which is a preparation for the professional field. Your Internship & Job Orientation Project is mandatory and will be hosted by a company in the field of nanoscience or nanoengineering, a research group at another university or an institute active in the field. Many of our students choose to do their internship abroad.  

In total, you need to acquire 25 credits in elective courses during the two years of your Master’s. In your first year, you get to choose your first two electives in the direction of your preference. The profiles you can choose from are Solid State Matter, (Bio)Molecular Matter and Soft Matter & Systems. You can select courses from all three profiles, as long as you cover at least 15 credits by taking three courses from the following three categories:

Solid State Matter

  • Nanomaterials research or Nano-optics (5 credits)
  • Nano-electronics (5 credits)
  • AMM Inorganic Materials Science (5 credits)

(Bio)molecular Matter

  • Bionanotechnology (5 credits)
  • Nanomedicine (5 credits)
  • (Bio)molecular Chemistry & Technology (5 credits)

Soft Matter & Systems

  • Lab on a Chip (5 credits)
  • Nanofluidics (5 credits)
  • Advanced Colloid & Interfaces (5 credits)

How you acquire the remaining 15 credits 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 University of Twente. You will find more information on electives below.

Curriculum Nanotechnology year 1

Year 2

In the first quarter of your second year you will take courses related to your chosen profile. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity for further specialisation by choosing elective courses from a range of relevant Master’s programmes, such as Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or Electrical Engineering. In your second year, you may choose a Capita Selecta course from a research group to help you prepare for your research project and Master’s thesis. Your nanotechnology research project will form the basis of your Master’s thesis. Your Master’s thesis takes up 40 credits.

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 Master’s research project is carried out under the supervision of a professor of one of the nanotechnology research groups participating in MESA+.

Nanotechnology year 2


During your second year you may choose several electives that match your own interests. Below is an overview of the electives we offer (please note that you may also opt for other technical or non-technical electives. For more information, contact your study adviser.)

Electives nanotechnology

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