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Erasmus Mundus in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Course Description

The Erasmus Mundus programme is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education in order to promote the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world. It also aims to promote intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries with an eye toward developing higher education in third countries.

Within the Erasmus Mundus framework, four leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EMM-Nano). The partner institutions are:

KU Leuven), Belgium (Coordinator)
Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Chalmers), Sweden
Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France
Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Germany

The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation and engineering of matter, particles and structures on the nanometer scale (one millionth of a millimeter, the scale of atoms and molecules). Important properties of materials, such as the electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical properties, are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble on the nanoscale into larger structures. Moreover, on a nanometer scale, structures' properties are often different then on a macro scale because quantum mechanical effects become important.
Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products. Nanotechnology will eventually provide us with the ability to design custom-made materials and products with new enhanced properties, new nanoelectronics components, new types of 'smart' medicines and sensors, and even interfaces between electronics and biological systems.

The EMM-Nano programme is truly integrated, with a strong research backbone and an important international scope. The objective of the programme is to provide a top quality multidisciplinary education in nanoscience and nanotechnology. This programme can also be taken part-time.


The overall objective of the programme is to provide every student with both a broad common multidisciplinary basis and a personalized top-level specialisation in a certain area of nanoscience or nanotechnology.

By the end of the programme, you will possess:
- thorough knowledge of the general principles of physics, chemistry, electronics and biology that play a role on the nanometer scale;
- insight into the materials, fabrication and other experimental techniques that can be used on the nanoscale, as well as their limitations;
- understanding of the formation of complex macro systems which are unique in their operations and possess new functionalities;
- in-depth knowledge of at least one specialisation area within the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology;
- proficiency in translating this knowledge into useful technological applications;
- extensive analytic and synthetic problem-solving capacities;
- sufficient scientific background to undertake research;

Upon the completion of the two-year cycle, successful students will be awarded a joint Master's degree. In addition, the EMM-Nano consortium furnishes a joint degree supplement providing a description of the nature and level of the programme followed.

[[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 the EMM-Nano programme.

Thus, EMM-Nano 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.

Entry Requirements

The Erasmus Mundus consortium uses common admission criteria for the EMM-Nano program. The selection criteria are the applicant's background and previous education, the applicant's excellence based on the obtained GPA, the English language skills and the completeness of the application file. Admitted are Bachelor students in Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrical Engineering, Material Science or a related discipline, with a proven background in mathematics and physics or chemistry. Students should prove a good command of English, both spoken and written. All non-native speakers are required to submit an English proficiency test. More: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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