The objective of the Double Degree Master’s programme is to enable excellent students from abroad to fulfil a Master’s assignment in The Netherlands. If your results are satisfactory, you can usually count on being offered a PhD position after completing your Double Degree.

Course structure

The Double Degree programme is a unique possibility for you to receive a Master’s diploma from your home university along with a diploma from the University of Twente. In order to enrol, you have to have taken (at least) one year of relevant Master’s courses at your home university. At the University of Twente you will complete a programme of 75 ECTS credits. The programme includes five mandatory courses (25 credits), two Nano-specific courses (10 credits) and a Master’s thesis research project or assignment (40 credits). You will carry out your Master’s project in one of the research groups of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente.

Here is a list of all mandatory courses:

  • Fabrication of Nanostructures (7,5 credits)
  • Characterization of Nanostructures (7,5 credits)
  • Nanoscience (5 credits)
  • Nano-Lab: Fabrication & Characterization (5 credits)

You also have to take 15 credits from the following courses, depending on which profile you choose:

Solid State Matter

  • Nano-optics/photonics (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)
  • Soft & Biological matter (5 credits) or Colloid & Interfaces (5 credits) 

Depending on what you have already done, you may be granted exemptions for about 45 credits of the regular Master’s programme, including the Internship & Job Orientation Project.

Completing this condensed Master’s programme will earn you a Master’s degree in Nanotechnology from the University of Twente. The diploma is based on a study effort of 120 credits.

Admission requirements

The following admission requirements apply to this Master’s programme:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Nanotechnology, (Applied) Physics, Chemical Engineering or any other appropriate background;
  • Sufficient background in mathematics;
  • At least two courses in the fields of (Introduction to) Optics, Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Physics or Material Physics.

The University of Twente Exam Committee of Nanotechnology will decide whether the courses you have fulfilled at your home university, together with our “condensed programme”, will be enough to award you a Master’s degree in Nanotechnology from the University of Twente. Our university will draw up a formal, signed agreement with your home university about this.

We currently offer Double Degree agreements for the Master’s programme in Nanotechnology with the following partner universities:


Find out more about enrolment or contact us if you have any questions.

Go to our Double Degree overview to find out more about Double Degree options at the University of Twente.

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