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Top Master Program in Nanoscience

This program is organized by the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
This program is organized by the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Information for students who want to apply

Click here for a leaflet (in pdf-format) for students who want to apply for the 2017-2019 program.

What will you study? What will you do? Click here (pdf link) for the two-year program at a glance.
Click here (web link) for more details on the full study program.

Click here (web link) for further information on the application procedure. Our program is a selective research master.

All students who are admitted to our program will receive suitable financial support in the form of a scholarship. Financial needs will never be an obstacle to participate in this Program.

News from the program

Aug. 2016: 10 of the 12 Nanoscience cohort 2014-2016 finished their studies within 2 years.

Mar. 2016: Master's in Nanoscience once again best university Master's degree programme
(link to press release).

Sept. 2015: Our education and scholarship program will receive financial support from Tata Steel. In addition, Tata Steel and the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials will collaborate on research, which will offer new opportunities for student research projects
(link to press release).

Aug. 2015: All 14 students of our 2013-2015 programma finished their studies within 2 years, and received their diploma in a ceremony held on 25 Aug. 2015
(link to news item).

Mar. 2015: In the 2015 version of the Higher Education Guide for the Netherlands, our program again came out as the best master program of the Netherlands (over all disciplines!!)
(link to press release).

Jan 2013: Top Master Programme in Nanoscience assessed as excellent, and new accreditation obtained
(link to more information and press release).

Short introduction to the program

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials is responsible for the Top Master Program in Nanoscience. This is a two-year international English-language Master's degree program, open to excellent students with a Bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry or materials science. We aim to admit 15 students per year, at least 50% of them from abroad.

Students are pre-selected on the basis of academic potential and excellent results in their Bachelor's phase, supported by a letter of application explaining their motivation, a list of accomplishments, and letters of recommendation. Pre-selected students will normally be invited for an interview in Groningen. All accepted students will receive fellowships, conditional on their making sufficient progress.

The Zernike Institute will try to find for all students who complete the program a PhD position at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials.  A PhD in The Netherlands normally takes four years, after the Master degree has been obtained. For exceptionally gifted students, it may be possible to combine the second year of the Top Master Program with the first year of the PhD Program, leading to a MSc/PhD-program of five instead of six years duration.

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials is responsible for organizing the curriculum of the Top Master Program in Nanoscience. It is also part of the educational program of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the program profits from support and regulations from this Faculty (see Organization).

The Top Master Program in Nanoscience aims at an interdisciplinary training in modern materials science, with a focus on nanoscale phenomena. Teachers and supervisors associated with the program represent the excellent research groups taking part in the research program of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials.  Students are submitted to a challenging and highly demanding curriculum, combining both the broadness and depth necessary for a successful research career in modern materials science.

Upon successful completion of the Top Master Program in Nanoscience, the student will be in an excellent position for a career in research in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

On 22 April 2012, the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) decided to extend the accreditation of the Top Master Program in Nanoscience until 31 December 2019. Furthermore, along with this decisions the NVAO has decided to award the special label excellent to all main aspects of this Program: Intended learning outcomes, Teaching-learning environment, Assessment and achieved learning outcomes, and General conclusion of the assessment. The NVAO thereby directly followed the assessment report from the organization Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities (QANU, final report 12 Dec. 2012, project Q0393).

A leaflet (pdf-format) describing the program is available.

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