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OnderzoekZernike (ZIAM)OnderwijsTop Master Program in Nanoscience

Application and admission

General requirements

Admission to the Top Master Nanoscience is highly selective. The general requirements include:

  • A Bachelor's degree in either physics or chemistry (or equivalent from a related field, to be assessed by the Admissions Board)
  • Excellent documented proficiency in English (documented by the results of an official language test). An excellent command of the English language is required to participate in the Top Master Nanoscience [native English speakers, Dutch students with VWO-diploma and current UG Bachelor students are exempt].
  • Appropriate attitude, motivation, ambition, and talent.
  • Recommendations by qualified referees.

Application procedure for international students (EU/EEA and Non-EU/EEA students)

Application procedure

Note: International students (EU/EEA and Non-EU/EES-students) who are currently participating in a Bachelor (Applied) Physics or Chemistry (Chemical Engineering) at the University of Groningen, please follow the application procedure for Dutch students, see below.

To apply online for the Top Master's degree programme in Nanoscience offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering, please visit the Admissions Guide and read the instructions on the different application steps carefully.

A summary:

  • Enroll in Studielink for the Master Nanoscience
  • Access your Online Application System (OAS) account using the log in details that were automatically sent to you by email (make sure you check your spam box)
  • Follow all the steps within OAS and submit your application*
  • Wait for the email with instructions on how to pay the application fee
  • Pay the application fee of €75,-

*Please note that your application is only complete after you have submitted it in both Studielink as well as the Online Application System (OAS).

As soon as the Admissions Office has received both a complete application as well as the required application fee before the application deadline, they will check your application and inform you about the further admissions procedure.

Required documents

An overview of the required application documents can be found on: Application Documents

Additional information regarding the required documents for the Nanoscience application:

  • Bachelor degree (or proof of enrolment with expected date of graduation) and eventually Master degree
  • Academic transcript/grade list and if applicable a list of courses yet to be completed
  • Brief description of the courses you have taken during your previous education
  • Additional interesting documents like a scientific paper or bachelor thesis or description of bachelor research you are currently doing
  • A Curriculum Vitae of 1-3 pages.
  • A letter of motivation by you of 1-2 pages.
  • Your proof of proficiency in English (see below, Language requirements). The test results have to be part of your application documents.
  • Two or three letters of recommendation (about 1 page each) from persons that can support your application (such as university teachers, supervisors of individual research projects). NOTE: If a referent likes to keep the letter confidential, the letter can be e-mailed to fse.msc.admission@rug.nl directly by your referent.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • All documents should be available in English.


Language requirements

For information on the language requirements for the Top Master Nanoscience, please check: Language requirements

Note: Excellent documented proficiency in English (documented by the results of an official language test) is required to participate in the Top Master Nanoscience [native English speakers, Dutch students with VWO-diploma and current UG Bachelor students are exempt].

Application deadline

For the up to date application deadlines of the Top Master Nanoscience, please go to: Application Deadlines

The deadline for applications is 1 February [for students from outside the EU, who need a visa to come to The Netherlands and for all students who want to be considered for a full scholarship, see below] or 1 May [for students who do not need a visa and have a Bachelor degree from education in the EU and these students must have (in part) their own financial support]. The programme admits up to 15 students each year. If the programme is not yet full, it can in some cases consider late applications (contact the programme coordinator).

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

After your application

Please note that the Top Master Nanoscience is a highly selective programme. After receiving your complete application your file will be sent to the Admissions Board to be reviewed and assessed. Only promising candidates will be invited to Groningen for a selection interview, around February for the early bird applications (<15 November), and between April and June for the 1 February and 1 May deadline (depending on visa requirements).

During the one-hour interview, the candidate is asked to give a 10-minute scientific presentation on a topic of his or her own choice. This will be followed by a discussion with members of the Admissions Board, who will determine the student's aptitude and motivation for the programme. Within approximately four weeks weeks after the interview, the candidates will be informed about the final decision on their application for admission to the Nanoscience Top Master.

Further information

General questions about the contents and scope of the study programme can be addressed to the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials; answers to most of these questions should be available on the web site of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. Any remaining questions can be sent to the programme coordinator Mrs Karin de Jonge ( escnanoscience@rug.nl ).


Application procedure for Dutch students and international students with a Bachelor UG

General information

Note: This procedure also counts for international students (EU/EEA and Non-EU/EES-students) who are currently participating in a Bachelor Physics or Chemistry at the University of Groningen.

  • Students in this category are advised to first contact the deputy programme director of the Master Nanoscience dr. Thomas. L.C. Jansen (or eventually the programme coordinator Mrs. Karin de Jonge) in person or by e-mail.
  • After this consultation, you may apply by:
  • 1. Enroll in Studielink for the Master Nanoscience .
  • 2. E-mail your application documents to the programme coordinator (escnanoscience@rug.nl). The deadline is 1 May (later applications are sometimes possible, see application deadlines below).
  • Also for these students, the Admission board will select potentially suitable candidates and invite them for an interview.

Required documents

An overview of the required application documents can be found on: Application Documents

Additional information regarding the required documents for the Nanoscience application:

  • Bachelor degree (or proof of enrolment with expected date of graduation) and eventually Master degree (students currently participating in a Bachelor Physics or Chemistry at the University of Groningen are exempt)
  • Academic transcript/grade list
  • If applicable a list of courses yet to be completed (students currently participating in a Bachelor Physics or Chemistry at the University of Groningen are exempt)
  • Brief description of the courses you have taken during your previous education (students currently participating in a Bachelor Physics or Chemistry at the University of Groningen are exempt)
  • Additional interesting documents like a scientific paper or bachelor thesis or description of bachelor research you are currently doing
  • A Curriculum Vitae of 1-3 pages.
  • A letter of motivation by you of 1-2 pages.
  • Your proof of proficiency in English (see below, Language requirements). The test results have to be part of your application documents (students currently participating in a Bachelor Physics or Chemistry at the University of Groningen are exempt)
  • Two or three letters of recommendation (about 1 page each) from persons that can support your application (such as university teachers, supervisors of individual research projects). NOTE: If a referent likes to keep the letter confidential, the letter can be e-mailed to fse.msc.admission@rug.nl directly by your referent.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • All documents should be available in English.


Language requirements

For information on the language requirements for the Top Master Nanoscience, please check: Language requirements

Note: Excellent documented proficiency in English (documented by the results of an official language test) is required to participate in the Top Master Nanoscience [native English speakers, Dutch students with VWO-diploma and current UG Bachelor students are exempt].

After your application

Please note that the Top Master Nanoscience is a highly selective programme. After receiving your complete application your file will be sent to the Admissions Board to be reviewed and assessed. Only promising candidates will be invited for a selection interview, depending on the date of application.

During the one-hour interview, the candidate is asked to give a 10-minute scientific presentation on a topic of his or her own choice. This will be followed by a discussion with members of the Admissions Board, who will determine the student's aptitude and motivation for the programme. Within approximately four weeks weeks after the interview, the candidates will be informed about the final decision on their application for admission to the Nanoscience Top Master.

Application deadline

The deadline for Dutch students is 1 May.

For international students with a Bachelor in Physics or Chemistry of the University of Groningen who want to be considered for a full scholarship, see below, the deadline is 1 February.  For international students who have (in part) their own financial support the deadline is 1 May.

The programme admits up to 15 students each year. If the programme is not yet full, it can in some cases consider late applications (contact the programme coordinator).

Further information

General questions about the contents and scope of the study programme can be addressed to the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials; answers to most of these questions should be available on the web site of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. Any remaining questions can be sent to the programme coordinator Mrs Karin de Jonge ( escnanoscience@rug.nl ).


Scholarship programme

Full and partial scholarships are available for a part of the admitted students. Students that want to receive a scholarship must hand in a filled financial statement form at the time of the interview. The scholarships may cover the full or partial tuition fee as well as a possible monthly allowance and is assigned based on the financial statement. We recommend prospective students to also look for own scholarships. When a student has own financial support/scholarship it might be taken into account during admission.

ASML also offers scholarships for the Master Nanoscience: ASML Technology Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. A €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students. For more information: ASML Technology scholarship.


Admission board

The Admission board is composed of staff members who participate in the admission procedure (selection) of prospective students. The current composition is:

The programme coordinator is the formal secretary of this Board.


More information / Contact

General questions about the contents and scope of the Programme can be addressed to the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials; answers to most of these questions should be available on the web site of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. Any remaining questions can be sent to the Programme coordinator, Mrs. Karin de Jonge (e-mail escnanoscience@rug.nl).


Last modified:11 October 2018 4.57 p.m.