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The successful application of Nanobiology will require not simply collaboration between disciplines, but true disciplinary integration of physics and biology.

In the field of Life Sciences, biology and physics are converging. Traditionally, the level of the cell is the domain of biologists and medical researchers. However, physical processes are at work as well on the cell level. Knowledge of physics (on the nano-scale) is essential for a good understanding of these processes, knowledge that biologists and medical researchers typically do not possess. Alternatively, physicists are not acquainted with the behaviour of cells and as a result are not able to interpret physical processes in the cell. To be able to understand the molecular basis of health and disease, knowledge of both physics and (molecular)biology is essential. Nanobiology is the discipline where biology, specifically the basic biology of human health and disease, and nanophysics meet.

The Nanobiology programme of TU Delft and Erasmus MC builds on extensive existing bottom up research collaborations and cooperative mission organizations like Medical Delta. The molecular building blocks of living organisms are the focus and current advances in the nanotechnology toolkit enable the precise visualization, study and control of these biological molecules. Developments in biomedicine, such as studies on human genome variation and the control of stem cells, increasingly require analysis and quantitative description at the fundamental level. Furthermore, it is becoming possible to use the elements of the cell to develop artificial biomolecules and nanoparticles with wide applications in research and medicine. The incorporation of new biological building blocks is highly promising for instance in industrial biotechnology and medical science. These advances will reshape many aspects of medical diagnosis and treatment. The rapid advancement of modern biomedical, biophysical and computational technologies promises to provide new tools to gain in depth knowledge of the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling health or involved in disease.


The Nanobiology programme is a two-year Master’s programme, comprises 120 ECTS and is conducted in English

The programme is a mixture of more theoretical courses, which deepen and broaden the knowledge and understanding the students have acquired previously during the bachelor’s program and practical research in a large research project.

The courses continue in the same line as the bachelor courses when it comes to the integration of physics and biology. Where biological challenges for example in the course “biology of cancer” are being approached from a mathematical and physical perspective.

Other mandatory courses will focus on microscopy in “high resolution imaging” and modeling in Computational modeling and Dynamical Systems. Apart from the compulsory courses, there is a large selection possibility from a list of electives courses.


Once you have graduated, you will be able to critically analyse current developments and processes in the media. You will also know how to translate complex issues in scientific research into social and cultural aspects of the media, and adapt your insights and capacities creatively in the media sector and elsewhere.


The career prospects of Nanobiology graduates are excellent. The programme prepares for a career in industry, research organisations and public institutions. Graduates are able to conduct interdisciplinary research and to collaborate and communicate with researchers from related disciplines.

Graduates can find jobs in fundamental as well as applied research (R&D), for instance in life sciences, pharmaceutical companies or chemical companies. They can be a link pin between fundamental science and industry and are of high value because of their interdisciplinary background, especially for smaller companies. Furthermore they are interesting candidates for the development of nano measuring methods and manufacturing technologies.

The labour market for research and R&D has an international character. It is therefore expected that some of the students will find employment abroad.

Visit the Nanobiology - MSc page on the Erasmus University Rotterdam website for more details!




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