Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field of science that deals with understanding and utilising materials and phenomena at the nanoscale – that is, between 0.1 and 100 nanometres. The ability to work on this scale makes it possible to achieve highly improved or completely new functions and properties in a wide range of materials.
The MSc in Nanoscience programme at Aarhus University is open to students with a BSc degree from higher education institutions in Denmark and abroad who have an interdisciplinary background in nanoscience and/or physics, chemistry and molecular biology. The nanoscience degree programme is both practical and research-oriented, and provides the opportunity for completing an MSc project in various areas, including nanomaterials, nanocatalysis, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, nanofood, toxicology, and ethical aspects of nanotechnology.
STRUCTURE OF DEGREE PROGRAMME
The MSc in Nanoscience programme is 120 ECTS credits. It provides an opportunity to study subjects in the fields of physics, chemistry and molecular biology as well as in specific nanoscience subjects. Through their choice of courses and MSc project, students specialise in one of the disciplines of nanophysics, nanochemistry, or molecular biology, based on their academic qualifications. 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 an MSc project.
The degree programme in nanoscience at Aarhus University is based at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, iNANO. This centre involves researchers employed at the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Bioscience as well as a considerable number of associated researchers from 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.
Nanoscience graduates are qualified to carry out research and development work in both public and private sectors in medicine, the environment, biotechnology, and the IT and communication industries. Many R&D projects are under way at iNANO in collaboration with approximately 100 Danish and international companies including Danfoss, Grundfos, Haldor Topsøe, Lundbeck, Novozymes, Arla Foods and Aalborg Portland. The iNANO school – part of the iNANO Center – comprises not only an international graduate school, but also 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. Successful applicants will have been within the top 10 per cent of their year group at undergraduate level and will have shown superior academic skills.
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.
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.
In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.
It is a condition that the students language skills correspond to a B level in English.
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