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    14 August 2019

Nano-science is an interdisciplinary field at the border between physics, chemistry and biochemistry. The manipulation of matter on the nano-scale (~10nm) offers new opportunities to solve scientific challenges in the modern world.

The Nano-science programme in Groningen works with small groups of students, training them to perform cutting edge research in this highly challenging field. The application of nano-science to solve problems in today's society require the fundamental understanding of the interplay between physical, chemical, and some times biological processes. Questions that can be addressed in the field of nano-science include: Can we build 100x cheaper solar cells? Can we make a computer working similarly to the brain? Can we control quantum properties on the nano-scale for useful applications? Can we make computers using spin instead of electrons?

Selective Master's degree programme 

This is a selective Master's programme. Scholarships are available to all admitted students, tailored to your individual situation. For more information about the selection procedure, please visit this page.

Talented and Motivated Students

The Top Master Programme in Nano-science has been reviewed as excellent three times in a row (Dutch Ministry of Education) and is embedded in a top research institute. It aims to train the cutting edge scientists of the future. It offers a challenging programme for very talented and motivated students. It is strongly intertwined with research at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials: the courses are taught by top international scientists and a large part of the programme consists of conducting high-level scientific research yourself. Students come from all over the world.

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, responsible for the Top Master Programme in Nano-science, is a leading international research centre in this field. It belongs to the Times Higher Education top 20 of best materials research institutes in the world. It unites around 300 leading researchers.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • Working together with world-class scientists: Topresearchers from Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials provide education in the courses. Top researchers also provide supervision in four individual projects, in different research groups.
  • Among top-3 of all Master's degree programmes in the Netherlands 5 years in a row (Dutch Higher Education Guide 2019).
  • Selective Master's degree: assures you are studying as a cohort in a small but very motivated and talented group of (international) students.
  • 2-year full of partial scholarships for all admitted students.
  • The home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike; Spinoza Prize Winner Bart van Wees teaches in several of the given core courses.
  • The programme is build upon the research cycle: ranging from design, to synthesis and device building, characterisation and research, to the theoretical foundation and improved design.

After your studies

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research. Such research takes place in universities, research institutions and large companies. Students who successfully complete the Top Master Programme in Nano-science will, under typically conditions, be offered a PhD position within the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials.

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research at:

* Universities

* Research institutions

* Almost all students who have successfully completed the Top-master Nano-science have continued their career in a PhD position at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials or elsewhere.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • R&D positions at companies
  • Consulting
  • Large companies
  • Innovative start-up companies

Visit the Nanoscience MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!




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