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BSc, MSc & PhD Programs: Beyond Nanoscience

You want to build the next generation of solar cells, starting from molecular building blocks? Or change the world of computing by crafting groundbreaking memory materials atom-by-atom? Maybe you want to use your talents and interests for learning how to develop materials preventing or curing disease? Then have a look at the Bachelor, Master and PhD programs related to and inspired by the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials' research lines.

Our activities cover both Bachelor and Master levels in the fields of Physics and Chemistry. It is our mission to:

•        train a new generation of researchers in cross-disciplinary approaches to research;

•        equip them with the diverse skills required by modern science.

For making our mission real, we have established programs breaking the traditional boundaries between disciplines. One example is our interdisciplinary Top Master program Nanoscience, which is rated as best Master program of the Netherlands several times by national study guides. We also offer the High Tech Systems and Materials Honours Master in collaboration with industry. In this program you can pursue real-life product development challenges in a really interdisciplinary setting.

Additionally to the Bachelor and Master education, the Zernike Institute is training approximately 150 PhD students to become independent, high level scientists. The main component of our training is 'hands-on experience', building and developing your skillset side-by-side with the research staff of the institute. Complementary to this initiative, the Graduate School of Science offers courses for developing your soft and transferrable skills, e.g. scientific writing, presentation skills and language courses.

Thus, are you passionate about advanced materials for the bottom-up design of the future?
Then check our information on the different programs by selecting one of the items below. And if you need any further information, please approach us directly by mail via We look forward hearing from you.