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Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials MSc

Course Description

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!

(Student Profile)

Nusrat Amin Nur

5274.jpg When it was my time to choose a university for postgraduate studies I knew I had to find out one that will provide a high standard of education, a fun-filled social life and the prestige of being its alumnus. With no doubt in my mind, I had the University of Bristol in my short-list of the universities that offered the subject ‘Nanoscience and Nanotechnology’.

So, what made me choose UoB over the thousand of others? First off, University of Bristol is among the top 25 universities of the United Kingdom, ranked by The Complete University Guide and The Guardian in 2012- 2014. Although this reputation was alluring to me, I still wanted to see the city and the university to convince myself that UoB was “THE ONE” for me. So I attended one of the Open Days and I was blown away by the amiability of the department staff and lecturers, the state-of-art facilities in the science buildings and the liveliness of the city.

Built on seven hills and three rivers, Bristol is a beautiful city admired by all of my friends and family who came to visit me. With the warm weather of the South and only a 2 hours ride to London, the city of Bristol is definitely an excellent choice to live in. The ready-made meal shops and grocery stores are at easily accessible distance with many offering Halal food.

Besides the studies the departments arrange for socials on different occasions to give the students a wonderful experience of their university life. Being the Masters Rep of my cohort, I arranged Dine-Out, Karaoke Night, A Walk by the River, Christmas Dinner and many other socials to give the students an opportunity to escape the stress in their lives. I met students from other departments through the Badminton club of the University of Bristol. The UoB has many clubs and societies such as AIESEC, Basketball Club, Computer Science Society, French Society, Harry Potter Society, etc. Some of the societies arrange trips to other cities in the United Kingdom and even to other countries in the Europe.

The quality of education and the facilities provided by the University of Bristol is needless to mention. So, if one is in search for a university that offers excellent education and fantastic social life, I will definitely recommend University of Bristol.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a science or engineering discipline, (eg chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, materials science or chemical engineering).

Last Updated

19 September 2016

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