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Elective course units


Students must fill in a part of the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience with courses from the regular Master programmes in Physics, Chemistry and related programmes. These so-called electives should together comprise at least 14 ECTS, divided over the first and second year. It should be noted here that the number of ECTS for a course that Master students in Nanoscience obtain is less than what is listed for the regular Master programmes (often 4 or 3 ECTS instead of 5 ECTS). The reason is that the higher level of the Top Master Programme means that its participants can master a course in less time than the average Master student, and in some cases the Master students in Nanoscience are already better prepared for a course.

The students must discuss their selection of electives (with their mentor) and get approval (via the Programme director) before participating in the elective courses. The approval will also confirm the number of ECTS that a student will obtain for each course. The details on this procedure are mailed to the students in December and January of their first year. Students communicate on this with the Programme director, but it should be noted that formally approval is given by the Board of Examiners.

Frequently chosen electives

Several elective courses that are frequently chosen by Master students in Nanoscience (but note that the students can also choose other courses, see below 'Extra information') are presented below. These lists already clarify the number of ECTS for each course that are valid for the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience.

Some notes from former Nanoscience students about their personal experiences:

NANLO-08 Non-linear optics: very good course

NAITCMP-07 Theoretical consensed matter physics: very good course

WMCH13009 Advances in Chemical Biology: you need a strong background and significant interest in organic chemistry and biology.

CHMLM05E Modern Laser Microscopy: much ovelap with NS-core-modules

CHMQ205E Molecular Quantum Mechanics 2: much overlap with BSc Chemistry courses from UG

Extra information for selecting electives

As a Top Master in Nanoscience student, you need to do typically 4 elective courses from other educational programs. Suitable courses typically come from the regular Master programmes in (Applied) Physics and Chemistry of our University (but you can in principle choose from a much wider set of courses, for which you need to get permission to schedule it in your personal programme, as for any elective you like to schedule).

The most relevant lists with course units can be found on ocasys under optional courses, but you also may choose other course units. Ocasys also provides a list of other relevant Master programmes. Note, that for those other Master programmes, you can consider both the courses that are listed as "elective" and the courses that are listed as "compulsory" (since these labels have meaning for those other Master programmes).

Master course units you cannot take

Below an overview is provided of Master course units you cannot take, due to them being very similar to NS000, NS001, NS002, NS003a but with less content.

There may also be some course units in chemistry you cannot take, due to overlap with NS00X core-modules teaching by profs. Hummelen, Chiechi and Otto.

Master course units awarded with less than 4 ECTS

There are course units that have partial overlap with the NS00X core-module teaching. You can still do (part of) that course, but will only get 1, 2 or 3 ECTS for it. Sometimes there is then a separate exam for Nanoscience Top Master students. Walk by the office of the programme director for more and updated information or a quick check/advice on your specific case.

Last modified:29 January 2019 10.57 a.m.