The MSc in Nanoscience programme at Aarhus University is open to students with a BSc degree from a Danish or an international university and with an interdisciplinary background in nanoscience and/or physics, chemistry and molecular biology. The Nanoscience degree programme is both practical and research-oriented. Students can complete an MSc project in a number of areas, including nanomaterials, nanocatalysis, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, nanofood, toxicology, and ethical aspects of nanotechnology.
The MSc programme consists of 120 ECTS credits. Students study subjects within the fields of physics, chemistry and molecular biology, as well as specific nanoscience subjects. Based on their previous academic specialisation, students choose their courses and the subject of their MSc project so as to specialise in either nanophysics, nanochemistry, or molecular biology. Students are offered guidance in selecting their individual course programmes from a suite of Master’s courses offered by iNANO and the relevant departments. The degree programme concludes with the Master’s project.
The Nanoscience degree programme at Aarhus University is based at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre, iNANO. iNANO is staffed by researchers in the departments of physics, chemistry, molecular biology and genetics, and bioscience, as well as a considerable number of associated researchers from the Faculty of Health. The centre’s mission is to build on three basic pillars: top-level international research, education at all levels from BSc to PhD, and innovation and interaction with industry and society at large.
As a graduate in nanoscience, you will be qualified to work in R&D in both public and private sectors in medicine, the environment,
biotechnology, and the IT and communication industries. A number of R&D projects are currently under way at iNANO itself, in collaboration with approximately 100 Danish and international companies, including Danfoss, Grundfos, Arla Foods, Haldor Topsøe, Lundbeck, Novozymes, and Aalborg Portland. The iNANO School – part of the iNANO Centre – comprises both an international graduate school and associated research groups in physics, chemistry, biology, and molecular biology, working in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. iNANO promotes excellent science and provides an academic environment for PhD students of the highest calibre, and many graduates of the programme go on to do a PhD.
“I had the chance to study at other universities, but I chose Aarhus University because the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre here is very good and has an excellent reputation. The research environment is also excellent. We have a lot of great equipment and enough funding to do our projects. I like working in this very international environment. With so many people from different backgrounds, we can share very different and interesting ideas.”
The Masters degree in nanotechnology counts as 120 ECTS credits and includes subjects in the physics, chemistry, molecular biology and biology fields of study, as well as some specific nanotechnology subjects. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. You structure you own individual study programme with the help of a teacher associated with iNANO by choosing courses from a course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.
At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professors office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.
The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups where you study relevant issues in depth. Most nanotechnology students also attend courses with a highly experimental content.
The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts even in jobs you didnt know you were qualified for.
The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 24 weeks.
If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelors degree and one year of your Masters degree or when you have completed your Masters degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
The following Bachelors degrees qualify students for admission to the Masters degree programme in Nanoscience:
The following other degrees can provide admission to the Masters degree programme in Nanoscience:
Other qualifications can provide admission to the Masters degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.
The English language requirement at GSST is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).
English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” is documented by one of the following tests:
When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.
The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.
It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded.
The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:
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