Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Nanotechnology is all about designing, fabricating and controlling materials and components with dimensions on the nanoscale, i.e. from 1 to 100 nm. During the Aalborg University Master's programme in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics you will learn how nanotechnology can be used in order to develop new optic and electronic components and new materials for use in communications technology, sensor technology or catalysis.


Immerse in the special electronic and optical characteristics of nanomaterials

Applying the most advanced nanofabrication technology to materials makes it possible to obtain decisive control over their properties, and thereby construct unique materials and components with new and unexpected properties for applications within energy technology, communication, data storage and processing, (bio)sensors, catalysis or medicine just to mention a few areas.

As an engineer in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, you get to immerse in the special electronic and optical characteristics of nanomaterials. Moreover, you get insight into the development of nanotools and nanodevices.

    Key subjects in the programme include
  • semiconductor physics
  • nanoelectronics
  • optoelectronics
  • nano optics
  • surface physics

The study of nanotechnology is interdisciplinary and requires expertise within physics, chemistry, biotechnology, mathematics, and materials science. Future engineers holding an interdisciplinary education are therefore invaluable in the process of solving the many challenging materials problems present on the nanoscale.

You will study in an innovative, dynamic and challenging environment through a combination of research-based teaching, team-based project work and a high degree of interaction with industrial partners. You will experience state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, including a class 100 clean room holding modern equipment for micro and nanoscale fabrication and characterisation, as well as a new, fully equipped biochemistry lab including a class 1 area and state-of-the-art biophysical investigation equipment.

    Why choose Aalborg University?
  • You will have access to clean room facilities and high quality laboratories
  • You will conduct problem based project work allowing you to develop your collaboration skills and solve real-life problems with your group members using your academic knowledge
  • You will experience research-based teaching, problem based learning, and a high degree of interaction with industrial partners
Job and Career

Nanotechnology operates on the interfaces of traditional scientific areas. It has already contributed substantially to the understanding of interdisciplinary phenomena within science and engineering. Therefore, it is rapidly gaining ground in the traditional engineering areas such as material science, electronics, energy, and technology in general. With a Master’s degree in Nanotechnology, you can enter any of these engineering fields and contribute with new knowledge and methods as well as look at different ideas from a new perspective, which can help to develop new products.

As a graduate in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, you have knowledge in fields like solid state physics, optics, semiconductor physics, surfaces and interfaces, properties of materials and components on the nanoscale, polymer and composite materials and nanoelectronics.

Many high tech companies use nanotechnology inorder to develop their products. Therefore, there is a great need for engineers within Nanotechnology in knowledge intensive companies. As a graduate, your future career might be within:
  • nanotechnology
  • medical technology
  • biotechnology
  • the communication sector
  • pharmaceutical companies

With the new possibilities to design materials at atomic or molecular level, you can also choose a career within research.

As a graduate in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, ýou will be able to manage work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solutions. Furthermore, you can independently initiate and implement discipline-specific and interdisciplinary cooperation and assume professional responsibility.

Programme Structure

The Master's programme in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics consists of four semesters. During each of the first three semesters, you will split your time equally between three 5 ECTS courses and one 15 ECTS project.

The courses will provide you with basic knowledge, and the projects will allow you to dig deep into the matter and focus firmly on particular subjects. The projects are typically done in small groups of fellow students. The team aspect of the project work is essential. During the final semester, you will spend full time on your Master’s thesis.

1st semester
  • Characterisation and Synthesis
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Synthesis and Characterisation
  • Semiconductor Physics
2nd semester
  • Functional Nanostructures
  • Nanostructures and – materials
  • Nano-optics
  • Surface Science
3rd semester
  • Advanced Applications of Nanotechnology
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Solid Mechanics with Microstructure
4th semester
  • Master's thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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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Academic Requirements

In order to enroll in the programme, you need a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields:

  • natural sciences
  • materials science

Furthermore, it is recommended to have a solid background in physics.

Each applicant will receive individual assessment by the Study Board in charge of the Nanotechnology programme at Aalborg University.

Please make sure you send your application form and further documentation via post to the International Office by the required deadline.

Furthermore please note the official language requirements for international students applying to Aalborg University are:

  • IELTS (academic test): 6.5
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 560
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 88
  • Cambridge First Certificate with the grade B

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12402 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12402 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5790 - 8150 DKK/month
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