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This interdisciplinary MSc programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become a practitioner in nanoscience, whether in industry or academia. The programme provides innovative and novel training, and will support you in the next phase of your career. To date, all of our graduates have been successful in obtaining either a PhD place or full-time employment. Just over fifty per cent have taken up PhD places in Bristol, other leading UK universities or in top universities around the world.

The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) represents more than 100 academics from 15 departments in the faculties of science, engineering and biomedical sciences. This rich and diverse support network ensures your training and research is at the cutting edge and is truly interdisciplinary.

The structure of the programme, with two short training projects and one research project means that you will have direct contact with many different academics and areas of research. You will choose your extended research project after having explored BCFN's network of research.

The programme has been designed to provide feedback on both technical and professional skills, including research skills, presenting, writing, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Programme structure

Autumn and spring terms
-Communication and Management Skills (includes training on time management, decision making, project management, group working).
-Lecture courses on nanoscience and functional nanomaterials (graduate level training on key concepts and topics in nanoscience).
-Training in Advanced Tools for Nanoscience (through bespoke online modules, lectures and a special programme of hands-on practical training).
-Two training projects (one per term in months 1-3 and months 4-6).

Summer term
-Extended Research Project (months 6-12)
You can choose your training and research projects from a large number of project proposals, across the whole spectrum of Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials research.


The combination of skills training and world-class nanoscience means that graduates of this programme have either started a PhD or successfully obtained full-time employment.

Visit the Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!





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