Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #44 (QS) ,
This interdisciplinary MSc programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become a practitioner 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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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):


    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:


    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

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

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    20000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    10800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Full-time: UK/EU £13,900; overseas £22,500

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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