M.Sc. Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials

University of Bristol

Tuition fee:
  • £ 13,900 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 22,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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This interdisciplinary MSc programme equips students with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become expert practitioners in nanoscience, whether in industry or academia. The programme provides innovative and novel training, and will support you in the next phase of your career. To date all of our graduates have been successful in obtaining either a PhD place or full-time employment. The programme is assessed in a variety of ways designed to provide feedback on both technical and professional skills, including research skills, presenting, writing, teamwork, and entrepreneurship.

The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) represents more than 100 academics from 15 departments in the faculties of Science, Engineering, and Medical and Veterinary Sciences. This rich and diverse support network ensures your training and research is at the cutting edge and is truly interdisciplinary.

The BCFN is based in the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information - the lowest-vibration Nanoscience building in the world.


Core Units

Autumn and Spring Terms

  • Communication and Management Skills
  • Lecture courses on Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials
  • Training in Advanced Tools for Nanoscience through bespoke online modules, lectures and practical work
  • Two Training Projects (one per term)

Summer Term

  • Research Project

Students can choose their Training and Research Projects from a wide range of proposals.


An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a Science subject.
English-language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands
  • TOEFL Internet based iB - 90 overall, minimum 20 in any part (must have been taken before 17th April 2014)
  • Pearson’s PTE (Academic) 60 overall, minimum 54 in any band
  • Cambridge CPE: Certificate of Proficiency in English C
  • Cambridge CAE: Certificate in Advanced English B, no less than borderline in any element
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) Grade 3
  • IESOL/ISESOL (City and Guilds) ‘Expert’ level, first class pass

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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