Programme Structure

As an MSc student at Nanoscience you start your programme by following a compulsory course which allows you to work with the fundamental principles and techniques of nanoscience at an advanced level. The main focus of the course is to create an overview of the elements of nanoscience and how they are connected.

The remaining courses of the programme are restricted elective or elective – this means that you decide how your programme is composed. For example, if you want to specialise in the structural and electrical properties of nanosystems and to work with nanoelectronics, you may choose courses which are theoretically based in physics.

You may choose chemistry-related courses, if you are more interested in the construction of nanosystems, e.g. by designing new molecules. Or if you are intrigued by nature's own nanosystems in living organisms and in the human body, you should choose courses with a focus on biology and health sciences.

As part of the programme you can also follow courses at other faculties at the university (e.g. Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) or at other institutions such as Technical University of Denmark or Lund University in Sweden.

Do a Project in Practice or study abroad

You may choose to use some of your elective courses to do a project in practice or to study abroad for one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time.

Master's thesis

The Master's thesis project is an independent experiment-based and/or theoretical course of study of one or more problems relating to nanotechnology. You can write a thesis worth 45 or 60 ECTS.

In practice, the work takes place in one of the research groups at Nano-Science Center where everyone works on different aspects of a relatively specific topic. There is a thesis supervisor who is responsible for ensuring the feasibility of the project and for assistance if needed.

On a day-to-day basis, the work takes place in close collaboration with other graduate students, sometimes with BSc students and with older, more experienced PhD students and postdocs. As a graduate student, you will be responsible for and gain experience in specific sub-projects dealing with and conducting an experimental measurement programme or a theoretical calculation.

You are also able to do your thesis as part of an R&D team in the private sector. The working methods here are often the same as at the University, and in any case, your supervisor will ensure that the academic content is of a high standard of quality.

Programme structure:

Thesis 45 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Unifying Concepts in Nanoscience
Year 2

One block each year equals nine weeks and 15 ECTS.

Thesis 60 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1
Unifying Concepts in Nanoscience
Year 2

One block each year equals nine weeks and 15 ECTS.


     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course


Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.