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Nanoscience

Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field at the border between physics, chemistry, materials science and biochemistry. The manipulation of matter on the nanoscale 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 requires the fundamental understanding of the interplay between physical, chemical, and sometimes 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 use nanofabrication of matter to design materials with emergent properties? Can we mimic biological systems to achieve novel material properties? Can we make computers using spin instead of electrons?

Selective Master's degree programme
This is a selective Master's programme, welcoming a diverse collection of students from all over the world. An on-site interview is part of the selection procedure. The selected students form a small and tightly bound cohort and receive ample attention from and interaction with our professors. For more information about the selection procedure, please visit this page.

Scholarships available for all students
Admitted students are awarded scholarships tailored to their specific and individual situation. The aim of the scholarship is that no admitted student will need to obtain a part-time job and can fully concentrate on their studies. Typically, at a minimum level, the entire tuition fee is covered for international students. For more information on the scholarships, 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 scientists of the future to perform cutting edge research. 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 international top scientists and a large part of the programme consists of hands-on lab-work and conducting high-level scientific research yourself.

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.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Nanoscience
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60618
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Working together with world-class scientists: Topresearchers from Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials provide education in the courses. Top researchers also provide supervision in four individual projects, in different research groups.
  • Among top-3 of all Master's degree programmes in the Netherlands 5 years in a row (Dutch Higher Education Guide 2019).
  • Selective Master's degree: assures you are studying as a cohort in a small but very motivated and talented group of (international) students.
  • 2-year full or partial scholarships for all admitted students.
  • Spinoza Prize Winner Bart van Wees teaches in several of the given core courses.
  • The programme is build the research cycle, starting with design, proceeding to synthesis and device building, then characterization and investigation, further to the theoretical foundation and returning to improved design.
Programme

Curriculum

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/research/zernike/education/topmasternanoscience/

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

In consultation a part of a project may be done abroad.

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Liberal Arts and SciencesUtrecht University

Additional requirements

More information:

University College Utrecht; for students with a science specialization.

ChemistryUtrecht UniversityAdditional requirements
Physics and AstronomyUtrecht UniversityAdditional requirements
Liberal Arts and SciencesUtrecht University

Additional requirements

More information:

University College Roosevelt; for students with a science specialization.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
ChemistryUniversity of GroningenAdditional requirements
Chemical EngineeringUniversity of GroningenAdditional requirements
PhysicsUniversity of GroningenAdditional requirements
Applied PhysicsUniversity of GroningenAdditional requirements
Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

For students with a science specialization.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Molecular Science and Technology (joint degree)Delft University of Technology

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request
Applied PhysicsDelft University of Technology

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Twente

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request
Applied PhysicsUniversity of Twente

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Chemical EngineeringEindhoven University of Technology

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Chemistry (joint degree)University of Amsterdam

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request
Physics and Astronomy (joint degree)University of AmsterdamAdditional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Chemistry (joint degree)VU University Amsterdam

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request
Physics and Astronomy (joint degree)VU University AmsterdamAdditional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Physics and AstronomyRadboud University NijmegenAdditional requirements
ChemistryRadboud University NijmegenAdditional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject
assessment interview

Promising candidates are invited to Groningen for a selection interview, mostly between April and June (depending on date of application and visa requirements).

Early bird application: Applications before 15 November will be processed with priority. Promising candidates are invited for a selection interview in February.

grade list

Please submit your previous study results (Transcript of Records) and planning of the remaining course unitis (if applicable).

knowledge minimum
language test

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level.

previous education

A universitary Bachelor's degree in either Physics or Chemistry, Materials Science, or in a related field. This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

More information: https://www.rug.nl/research/zernike/education/topmasternanoscience/

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on: www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission

reference letter

This is a selective master. In order to be considered for admission to the programme, your application should contain two letters of reference.

written request

This is a selective master. In order to be considered for admission to the programme, your application should contain a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae.

other admission requirements

Optional admissions requirements include:

  • WRITING SAMPLE (optional document)

Provide a report that reflects the ability to produce a well-structured and concise report. The assignment handed in is free of choice and can be a report on a practicum, experiment, a literature review, a bachelor's thesis, etc.

  • RELEVANT COURSE DESCRIPTION (optional document)

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Registration procedure

SCHOLARSHIPS: Full or partial scholarships are available for all admitted students.

For more information please see: https://www.rug.nl/research/zernike/education/topmasternanoscience/ If there are positions open after 1 May, applications from within the Netherlands are still welcome. Contact the programme coordinator before you apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 February 202101 September 2021

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Promising candidates are invited to Groningen for a selection interview, mostly between April and June (depending on date of application and visa requirements).

Early bird application: Applications before 15 November will be processed with priority. Promising candidates are invited for a selection interview in February.

grade list

Please submit your previous study results (Transcript of Records) and planning of the remaining course unities (if applicable).

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements for all the necessary information about required language tests and minimum scores.

previous education

A universitary Bachelor's degree in either (Applied) Physics, (Applied) Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanoscience or in a related field. This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

More information: https://www.rug.nl/research/zernike/education/topmasternanoscience/

written request

This is a selective master. In order to be considered for admission to the programme, your application should contain a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae.

other admission requirements

Optional admissions requirements include:

  • WRITING SAMPLE (optional document)

Provide a report that reflects the ability to produce a well-structured and concise report. The assignment handed in is free of choice and can be a report on a practicum, experiment, a literature review, a bachelor's thesis, etc.

  • RELEVANT COURSE DESCRIPTION (optional document)

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Registration procedure

SCHOLARSHIPS

Full or partial scholarships are available for all admitted students. We recommend prospective students to also look for own scholarships.

If there are positions open after 1 May, EU applications are still welcome. Contact the programme coordinator before you apply.

For more information please see: https://www.rug.nl/research/zernike/education/topmasternanoscience/

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 February 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 17500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research. Students who successfully complete the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience will, under typical conditions, be offered a PhD position within the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials or other world-top research institutes.

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research at:

* universities
* research institutions
* almost all students (over 90%) who have successfully completed the Topmaster Nanoscience have continued their career in a PhD position at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials or elsewhere.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • R&D positions at companies
  • Consulting
  • Large companies
  • Innovative start-up companies
Research

Get involved in Research at the Zernike Insitute - Ranked in THES World's top 20

The Top Master's degree programme in Nanoscience is closely linked to the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, a leading international research centre, ranked amongst the top 20 of the world.

Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

The Institute's mission is the design and scientific study of materials for functionality. It aims to maintain its position as an internationally recognised, leading, materials research and training institute. As an institute, it conducts research that is addressing fundamental questions in the fields of functional materials. In this way, it wants to optimise the synergy and knowledge transfer between the sub-disciplines of physics, chemistry and (with less weight) biology. Also, the Institute educates a new generation of researchers in a cross-disciplinary approach to better prepare the graduates for the diversity and quality of skills needed in society.

Research at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Basic research on materials is directed towards unravelling the relations between the properties that determine their functionality and their chemical composition and structure. The quest for in-depth understanding of these constitutive relations often leads to unexpected boundaries signifying fundamental gaps in our knowledge. Although the structure-property relationship is in itself a truism, the actual linkage between (micro) structural aspects in a material and its physical/chemical properties is elusive. The reason is that various properties are determined by the collective behaviour of molecules, atoms and electrons and their behaviour may be extremely non-linear on different time and length scales.

The classic materials triangle concerns an integrative approach in the three aspects of structure, property and chemical composition. The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials adds an extra dimension to this traditional view by an unconventional linkage to the field of biomolecular sciences, which includes the design aspects as well.

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Contact

  • Nanoscience Facebook Page (Like us for the latest news or get in touch with Nanoscience staff and students)
  • Programme Coordinator (For questions regarding the programme)
    Email: escnanoscience rug.nl
  • sciencemasters@rug.nl Sciencemasters (For international students who are interested in a Campus Tour or have other practical questions)
    Email: sciencemasters rug.nl
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						Testimonial of Alina Veligura, Ukraine

    The lecturers treat you as colleagues rather than as students

    – Alina Veligura, Ukraine
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    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.

    The programme is very broad. It really gives you an overview of the relevant parts of chemistry and physics. On the other hand, I sometimes wish we had more time to go into even more depth. I guess that will have to wait until my PhD programme. Another strong point is that it really feels like a family. The lecturers treat you as colleagues rather than as students, and we students form a close-knit community. What also makes the programme attractive is that it is nice to have so many foreign lecturers in the programme, as role models. If I could do it all over again, I would definitely select nanoscience and come to Groningen again.

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						Testimonial of Machteld Kamminga

    My research proposal got funded and led to a PhD position

    – Machteld Kamminga
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    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.

    During the Top Master, I have attended several advanced chemistry courses, did my thesis project on single-molecule studies of DNA-based processes and did my Small Research Project on the synthesis and characterization of organic-inorganic hybrid materials. As part of the curriculum, I wrote a research proposal based on my experience during the Small Research Project, which got funded and led to my current PhD position.

    I believe that the programme and the direct link to ongoing research in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials prepared me very well for my PhD. The Top Master programme allowed me to evolve from a student with a physics background into a researcher in the field of materials chemistry. Being able to work at the border between physics and chemistry, I find myself in a position where I feel that I can make significant contributions to science. Being able to make and characterize materials, gives me the tools I need to develop my career. In addition, I think that the strength of the Nanoscience programme goes beyond the cross-disciplinary nature of the curriculum. Having a small cohort of students (maximum of 15), significantly adds to the learning process. Working with people who do not only have different scientific backgrounds (physics, chemistry or materials science), but also different cultural backgrounds, was the highlight of my Master's programme and has taught me a lot.

    As part of the curriculum, I wrote a research proposal based on my experience during the Small Research Project, which got funded and led to my current PhD position. I believe that the programme and the direct link to ongoing research in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials prepared me very well for my PhD. The Top Master programme allowed me to evolve from a student with a physics background into a researcher in the field of materials chemistry. Being able to work at the border between physics and chemistry, I find myself in a position where I feel that I can make significant contributions to science. Being able to make and characterize materials, gives me the tools I need to develop my career. In addition, I think that the strength of the Nanoscience programme goes beyond the cross-disciplinary nature of the curriculum. Having a small cohort of students (maximum of 15), significantly adds to the learning process. Working with people who do not only have different scientific backgrounds (physics, chemistry or materials science), but also different cultural backgrounds, was the highlight of my Master's programme and has taught me a lot.

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