Utrecht University

Nanomaterials Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
The M.Sc. in Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University offers an understanding of essential concepts and issues in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Master’s degree will teach you about materials engineering, you will experiment with nanomaterials, and gain multiple science and engineering skills. Learn how to create new chemical products with a less negative effect on the environment.

About

The combined talents and expertise of physicists and chemists are the key to success in the field of condensed matter and nanomaterials science, which is the focus of this programme.

Functional materials, organic and inorganic, play an important role in much of modern physics, chemistry and technology. In this field there is an obvious trend towards systems which operate on the nanoscale. This includes the exciting areas of nanoscience, nanotechnology and catalysis: the fundamental units such as macromolecules, quantum structures and catalysts have dimensions on the nanometre scale. The challenges in this area of science include:

  • the synthesis of functional units and their manipulation to form novel and 'artificial' solids; 
  • the study of fundamental processes in (nano)structured systems and the development of theory and models to explain new phenomena;
  • the elucidation of structure-property relations;
  • materials engineering and the application of materials in improved and novel devices.

The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2016) ranked Utrecht University's Nanomaterials Science programme as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands.

Students chose the Master's programme Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University as the best programme in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier.

Accreditation

 Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 30%
  • practice: 50%
  • self study: 20%

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is recommended.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 20%
  • The percentage of foreign teachers: 80%
  • The percentage of students abroad: 60%
  • The percentage of teachers abroad: 20%

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    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).

Academic Requirements

  • You have a University Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor’s degree) with a major in Chemistry or materials science or a major in science with a strong component in chemistry.
  • You are able to demonstrate knowledge in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry; in particular skills and knowledge of at least three out of the following subjects: Physical Chemistry (classical and statistical thermodynamics), Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry, Spectroscopy and structural analysis, Advanced organic chemistry combined with practical skills and Quantum Chemistry or Applied Density Functional Theory.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE - at least Grade C 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18690 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.