The Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The programme fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology, and engineering sciences in general.
Nanoscience studies phenomena and manipulation at the atomic and molecular scale (nanometers: i.e., one billionth of a meter). Important properties such as the electrical, optical, and mechanical properties are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble into larger structures on the nanoscale.
Nanotechnology is the application of this science in new nanomaterials and nano concepts for new components, systems, and products.
These budding scientific disciplines are situated at the interface of physics, chemistry, material science, microelectronics, biochemistry, and biotechnology. Command of these disciplines therefore requires an academic and multidisciplinary scientific education.
This is an initial Master's and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. You can also follow a similar programme in the frame of an interuniversity programme, the Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The programme's aim is to provide students with an education emphasizing both materials aspects and electronics aspects. They should fill innovative functions in the research, production and application of components and systems for the present and future electronics sector and its suppliers.
By the end of the programme the student will possess: - a thorough knowledge of the fundamental structures at the level of physical, biological and chemical systems in terms of their molecular and atomic characteristics; - an understanding of the formation of complex macro systems which are unique in their operations and possessing new functionalities; - a thorough knowledge of mathematics, materials science and electronics; - proficiency in translating this knowledge into useful technological applications; - extensive analytic and synthetic problem-solving capacities; - sufficient scientific background to undertake research; - leadership and management capacities as a result of skills in communicating knowledge, social capacities and an understanding of the ethical, social and economic context; - the ability to assimilate new concepts, methodologies and research results in the discipline and apply them in research or a business setting; - the ability to critically view the engineer's role in society.
[[Career paths]] In the coming decades, nanoscience and nanotechnology will undoubtedly become the driving force for a new set of products, systems, and applications. These disciplines are even expected to form the basis for a new industrial revolution.
Within a few years, nanoscience applications are expected to impact virtually every technological sector and ultimately many aspects of our daily life. In the coming five-to-ten years, many new products and companies will emerge based on nanotechnology and nanosciences. These new products will stem from the knowledge developed at the interface of the various scientific disciplines offered in this Master's programme.
Thus, graduates will find a wealth of career opportunities in the sectors and industries developing these new technologies: electronics, new and smart materials, chemical technology, biotechnology, R&D, independent consultancies and more. Graduates have an ideal background to become the invaluable interface between these areas and will be able to apply their broad perspective on nanoscience and nanotechnology to the development and creation of new products and even new companies.
Recipient: KU Leuven
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