Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

KU Leuven
2 years
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Master's degree
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Application deadline: 1 March (for non-EEA citizens) 1 June (for EEA citizens and non-EEA citizens).

About this program

Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation and engineering of matter, particles and structures on the nanometer scale. Important properties of materials, such as the electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical properties, are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble on the nanoscale into larger structures. Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products.

Within the Erasmus Mundus framework, five leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The objective is to prepare you with the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to design custom-made materials and products with new enhanced properties- such as new nanoelectronic components, new types of ‘smart’ medicines and sensors, and interfaces between electronics and biological systems.

The program is truly integrated into the international research community, with a strong analytical backbone and an important international network of research centres such as imec in Belgium, CEA-LETI in France and Leibniz Institute for Solid State Materials Research in Germany. This strong link between education and research ensures a contemporary program at the cutting edge of state-of-the-art research.

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Admission requirements

The admission policy is intended to ensure equal opportunity of access to higher education for qualified European and third country students. There are three ways to be admitted to the program:

  • Direct admission, on the basis of a relevant degree obtained in the Flemish Community. You can check the list of relevant programs here.
  • After a preparatory program, which is meant for students that obtained a degree at an institution of the Flemish Community that does not give immediate access to this program. You can check the list of programs that require a preparatory or bridging program here.
  • After an admission process, which is meant for students that obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community. They have to meet the conditions below.

All applications from students who have obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community are evaluated by both KU Leuven Admissions Office and the relevant master’s program director. Final admission decisions will made be at the discretion of the Faculty.

Academic background: The Erasmus Mundus consortium uses common admission criteria for the EMM-Nano program. Admitted are Bachelor students in Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrical Engineering, Material Science or a related discipline, with a proven background in mathematics and physics or chemistry. A minimum of 180 ECTS credits and a GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 75% of the scale maximum is required.

  • GRE test results: Students applying to this program are exempted from submitting GRE scores, but it might still be considered as an asset.
  • English language proficiency: students should have a good command of English, both spoken and written.

Language requirements:

Applicants enrolling for the first time at KU Leuven prove their English language proficiency by means of an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English Exam (CAE).

  • The minimum score required for IELTS is 7 (with no subscore under 6.5).
  • For the TOEFL internet-based test the minimum score is 94 (with no subscore under 22).
  • The minimum score required for the Cambridge English Exam (CAE) is 185 (with no subscore under 176).

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Fundamental Courses

  • Quantum Physics
  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Structure, Synthesis and Cellular Function of Macromolecules
  • Electronic Components, Circuits and Sensors
  • Atom Theory, Chemical Periodicity and Chemical Bond
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Quantum Physics II
  • Basics of Pharmaceutical Technology

General Interest

  • Dutch Language and Cultures
  • Dutch Language and Cultures


  • Nanostructured Bio-Macromolecules
  • Materials Physics and Technology for Nanoelectronics
  • Chemistry at Nanometre Scale
  • Technology of Integrated Systems
  • P&O Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering
  • Lectures on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Broadening Courses

  • U Barcelona
  • Chalmers
  • TU Dresden
  • UGA Grenoble

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 120 ECTS

Career paths

Within a few years, nanoscience applications are expected to impact upon virtually every technological sector and ultimately almost all aspects of our daily life. In the coming five to ten years, many new products and companies will emerge based on nanotechnology and nanosciences. These new products will stem from the knowledge developed at the interface of the various scientific disciplines offered in the program.

Graduates will find a wealth of career opportunities in the sectors and industries developing these new technologies: electronics, new and smart materials, chemical technology, biotechnology, R&D, independent consultancies and more. You’ll graduate with the ideal background to become an invaluable interface between these areas and will be able to apply a broad perspective on nanoscience and nanotechnology in the development and creation of new products and even new companies.

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KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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