Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field at the border between physics, chemistry and biochemistry. The manipulation of matter on the nanoscale (~10nm) offers new opportunities to solve scientific challenges in the modern world.
The Nanoscience programme in Groningen works with small groups of students, training them to perform cutting edge research in this highly challenging field. The application of nanoscience to solve problems in today's society require the fundamental understanding of the interplay between physical, chemical, and some times biological processes. Questions that can be addressed in the field of nanoscience include: Can we build 100x cheaper solar cells? Can we make a computer working similarly to the brain? Can we control quantum properties on the nanoscale for useful applications? Can we make computers using spin instead of electrons?
Selective Master's degree programme
This is a selective Master's programme. Scholarships are available to all admitted students, tailored to your individual situation. For more information about the selection procedure, please visit this page.
Talented and Motivated Students
The Top Master Programme in Nanoscience has been reviewed as excellent three times in a row (Dutch Ministry of Education) and is embedded in a top research institute. It aims to train the cutting edge scientists of the future. It offers a challenging programme for very talented and motivated students. It is strongly intertwined with research at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials: the courses are taught by top international scientists and a large part of the programme consists of conducting high-level scientific research yourself. Students come from all over the world.
The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, responsible for the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience, is a leading international research centre in this field. It belongs to the Times Higher Education top 20 of best materials research institutes in the world. It unites around 300 leading researchers.
The lecturers treat you as colleagues rather than as students
I decided to study Nanoscience because I believe nanoscience is a very challenging and 'hot' topic; it really is the future of physics. I was attracted by the integration of chemistry and physics in the programme. The design of the modules seemed very promising. Also, I had some friends in Holland already.
My research proposal got funded and led to a PhD position
With a bachelor's degree in Applied Physics, I joined the Nanoscience Top Master programme in 2012. I found the interdisciplinary nature of this programme the most appealing, as I was interested in gathering expertise on areas in chemistry, physics and biology.