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Could atoms and molecules hold the secret to saving our planet?

Our MSc in Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy will allow you to discover the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials, and nanotechnology for renewable energy generation and storage.

You will be taught by internationally-recognised experts in the University’s Advanced Technology Institute, and gain specialised skills through an individual research project within our research groups, using the latest advanced equipment and facilities.

What you will study

Our MSc in Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy focuses on the practical implementation of nanoscience and quantum engineering, nanomaterials and nanotechnology for renewable energy.

Our course covers the fundamentals behind nanotechnology and moves on to discuss its implementation using nanomaterials – such as graphene, carbon nanotubes, 2D materials, and perovskite solar cells. You will discover the use of advanced nanotechnology tools which allow us to see things at a nanoscale, and learn about future trends and applications for energy generation and storage.

Completion of the course will provide you with the essential skills you need to advance your career in this rapidly emerging field.

Academic year structure

If you wish to study the full-time course, you will take eight modules. You can expect four modules to be studied in each semester. In these semesters, you will also apply for and agree a project with an academic supervisor and begin work on the project. You will move on to full-time work on this project after the end of Semester 2. After this, you have approximately two and a half months to complete the work and write your dissertation. 

If you’re considering doing our course part time, you’ll study for between two to five years. The length depends on how many modules you study each year. You will study between two and six modules per year. For part-time study, we’d recommend that you do your project in your final year. This will be after you have completed all eight modules or at a time when they are near completion. 

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.


Our Advanced Technology Institute has over 15 years' research experience in nanomaterials, and our expertise within the areas of electronics and photonics has contributed to multi-billion dollar industries. You will not only learn from academics in this research institute but will have the opportunity to carry out exciting research within high-quality fabrication facilities.

Graduate prospects

This course is specifically designed to equip you for the energy industry, most notably in solar energy and storage, as well as providing you the opportunity to pursue further research through a PhD course.

Visit the Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!





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