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Research Zernike (ZIAM) Education Top Master Program in Nanoscience

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 15 ECTS (from cohort 2020-2022), divided over the first and second year.

The students must discuss their selection of electives (with their mentor) and get approval (via the Programme coordinator) before participating in the elective courses. The details on this procedure are communicated to the students in December and January of their first year. Students communicate on this with the Programme coordinator, but it should be noted that formally approval is given by the Board of Examiners.

(Until and including 2019-2020 the following regulations were leading: The electives should together comprise at least 14 ECTS. 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).

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 (until and including cohort 2019-2021).

Extra information for selecting electives

As a Top Master in Nanoscience student, the student needs to do typically three (in the past four) elective courses from other educational programs. Suitable courses typically come from the regular Master programmes in (Applied) Physics and Chemistry of our University.

The most relevant list with approved electives for the Master Nanoscience can be found on Ocasys MSc Nanoscience under optional courses.

The student can in principle choose from a much wider set of courses, for which the student needs to get permission from the mentor and the board of examiners to schedule it in their personal programme. Ocasys 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).

Some notes about the electives from former Nanoscience students about their personal experiences:

- Non-linear optics: very good course

- Theoretical consensed matter physics: very good course

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

- Molecular Quantum Mechanics 2: much overlap with BSc Chemistry courses from UG, so only suited for students with Physics background

- Quantum field theory: very nice course

- Ultrafast Time-revolved spectroscopy: very interesting

- Mesoscopic physics: very nice course

- Many-particle systems: very nice

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 parts of the guided self study and/or the core modules but with less content.

  • Cross-disciplinary Materials Science
  • Functional Properties
  • Structure at Macro, Micro and Nano Scale
  • Characterisation of Materials
  • Biophysical Imaging & Manipulation Techniques
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

There may also be some course units in chemistry you cannot take, due to overlap with parts of the core-modules taught by profs. Kamperman, Katsonis, Chiechi and Otto.

Last modified:22 September 2021 10.07 a.m.