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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Nanoscience at University of Groningen

Nanoscience is the study of the fundamental and functional properties of matter on the nanoscale (~10nm). The challenge for scientists is to understand the fascinating world of small length scales.

The properties of matter on the nanoscale often differcompletely from macroscopic properties. Nature has made good use ofnanoscale phenomena. How can scientists understand and exploit thenew technological possibilities it offers?

Selective Master's degree programme
Please note that this is a selective master, with scholarshipopportunities. For more information about the selectionprocedure, please visitthis page.

Talented and Motivated Students
The Top Master Programme in Nanoscience has beenreviewed as excellent on all aspects (Dutch Ministry of Education)and is embedded in a world top 20 research institute. It aims totrain the cutting edge scientists of the future. It offers achallenging programme for very talented and motivated students. Itis strongly intertwined with research at the ZernikeInstitute for Advanced Materials: the courses are taught bytop international scientists, and a large part of the programmeconsists of actually conducting high-level scientific research.Participants come from all over the world. A fellowship programmeis available.
The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, responsible for theTop Master Programme in Nanoscience, is a leading internationalresearch centre in this field. It belongs to the Times HigerEducation top 20 of best materials research institutes in theworld. It unites around 300 leading researchers.

Nanoscience is the study of the fundamental and functional properties of matter on the nanoscale (~10nm). The challenge for scientists is to understand the fascinating world of small length scales.

The properties of matter on the nanoscale often differcompletely from macroscopic properties. Nature has made good use ofnanoscale phenomena. How can scientists understand and exploit thenew technological possibilities it offers?

Selective Master's degree programme
Please note that this is a selective master, with scholarshipopportunities. For more information about the selectionprocedure, please visitthis page.

Talented and Motivated Students
The Top Master Programme in Nanoscience has beenreviewed as excellent on all aspects (Dutch Ministry of Education)and is embedded in a world top 20 research institute. It aims totrain the cutting edge scientists of the future. It offers achallenging programme for very talented and motivated students. Itis strongly intertwined with research at the ZernikeInstitute for Advanced Materials: the courses are taught bytop international scientists, and a large part of the programmeconsists of actually conducting high-level scientific research.Participants come from all over the world. A fellowship programmeis available.
The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, responsible for theTop Master Programme in Nanoscience, is a leading internationalresearch centre in this field. It belongs to the Times HigerEducation top 20 of best materials research institutes in theworld. It unites around 300 leading researchers.

After your studies

Job prospects

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a careerin scientific research. Such research takes place in universities,research institutions and large companies. Students whosuccessfully complete the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience will,under typically conditions, be offered a PhD position within theZernike Institute for Advanced Materials.

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research at:
* universities
* research institutions
* almost all students who have successfully completed theTopmaster Nanoscience have continued their career in a PhD positionat the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials orelsewhere.

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a careerin scientific research. Such research takes place in universities,research institutions and large companies. Students whosuccessfully complete the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience will,under typically conditions, be offered a PhD position within theZernike Institute for Advanced Materials.

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a careerin scientific research at:
* universities
* research institutions
* almost all students who have successfully completed the TopmasterNanoscience have continued their career in a PhD positi on at theZernike Institute for Advanced Materials or elsewhere.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • R&D positions at companies
  • Consulting
  • Large companies
  • Innovative start-up companies
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
PhysicsUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request
ChemistryUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • written request

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Promising candidates are invited to Groningen for a selectioninterview, mostly between April and June (depending on date ofapplication and visa requirements).

Early bird application: Applications before 15 November will beprocessed with priority. Promising candidates are invited for aselection interview in February.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

A universitary Bachelor's degree in either Physics or Chemistry,Materials Science, or in a related field. This is merely anindication of required background knowledge. The admissions boarddetermines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s)meet the admission requirements of the master programme for whichyou applied.

More information: http://www.rug.nl/(...)opmasternanoscience/

other admission requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS

Full scholarships are available for a part of the admittedstudents. We recommend prospective students to also look for ownscholarships. When a student has own financial support/scholarshipit might be taken into account during admission.

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leadingmanufacturers of chip-making equipment. A €5000 p/yscholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students: https://www.asml.com/(...)ip/en/s32512?rid=300

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Please submit your previous study results (Transcript ofRecords).

knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level.

previous education

An academic Bachelor's degree in either Physics or Chemistry,Materials Science, or in a related field.

reference letter

This is a selective master. In order to be considered for admission to the programme, your application should contain two orthree letters of reference.

written request

This is a selective master. In order to be considered for admission to the programme, your application should contain aletter of motivation.

other admission requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS

Full scholarships are available for a part of the admittedstudents. We recommend prospective students to also look for ownscholarships. When a student has own financial support/scholarshipit might be taken into account during admission.

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leadingmanufacturers of chip-making equipment. A €5000 p/yscholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students: https://www.asml.com/(...)ip/en/s32512?rid=300

Registration procedure

Full scholarships are available for part of the admittedstudents.

If there are positions open after 1 May, EU applications arestill welcome. Contact the programme coordinator before youapply.

For more information please see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)topmasternanoscience.

For more information please see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)opmasternanoscience/

If there are positions open after 1 May, NL applications arestill welcome. Contact the programme coordinator before youapply.

Scholarships are available for part of the admittedstudents.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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