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Nanoscience (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

This taught MSc course gives you a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research in nanoscience. It provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for this emerging area.

The course is mainly designed to equip you for a research-based career in industry but it can also serve as a way of progressing towards a PhD.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/nanoscience/

Who’s the course suitable for?

This course will be of interest to physical science graduates looking to work in the field of nanoscience. It’s also suitable for those with an industrial background as a further training opportunity and a way of gaining insights into topics at the forefront of academic research.

The course

This course explores the frontiers of science on the nanoscale. It provides a strong grounding in basic nanoscience before progressing to advanced topics.

Taught classes have been developed from the many years of nanoscience research at the University in areas such as:
- nanoscale imaging
- nanoparticle fabrication and functionalisation
- chemical physics
- computational modelling of the nanoworld

You’ll study

Two semesters of formal teaching are followed by a three-month intensive project.

- Research project
Following the taught classes, you’ll undertake a research intensive project in a relevant nanoscience topic.

The projects take place primarily in research labs located in the University’s physical science departments. There are some opportunities for relevant industrial placements.


This course is run by the Department of Physics. The department’s facilities include:
- photophysics lab with world-leading instrumentation for fluorescence lifetime, spectra, microscopy, imaging and sensing
- a scanning electron microscopy suite for analysis of hard and soft matter
- the Ultrafast Chemical Physics lab with state-of-the-art femtosecond laser systems for multi-dimensional IR spectroscopy
- access to top-of-the-range facilities for high-performance computing
- industry standard cleanroom in the Institute of Photonics

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.


- What kind of jobs do Strathclyde Physics graduates get?
To answer this question we contacted some of our Physics graduates from all courses to find out what jobs they have. They are working across the world in a number of different roles including:
- Medical Physicist
- Senior Engineer
- Professor
- Systems Engineer
- Treasury Analyst
- Patent Attorney
- Software Engineer
- Teacher
- Spacecraft Project Manager
- Defence Scientist
- Procurement Manager
- Oscar winner

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Nanoscience (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Derek Connor

The Masters course itself was very varied and allowed me to gain a broad understanding of the theory underpinning the field of nanoscience.


Entry Requirements

MSc: A first or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in physics, chemistry or a related subject. PgDip: Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in physical science or a related subject. Other qualifications and industrial experience may be considered. You may be invited for interview. English language: IELTS 6.0 (no individual score below 5.5) is required for all non- English speakers.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £4,500; Rest of UK £5,500; International £16,700

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