MSc Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Linköping University
4 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Application deadline: January 16th

About this program

MSc Materials Science and Nanotechnology

This is a competitive program providing you with specialist knowledge in the area of new materials. Huge advances in modern technology and products in recent decades have to a large extent relied on developments in this field.

The importance of advanced materials in today’s technology is best exemplified by the highly purified semiconductor crystals that are the basis of the electronic age. Future implementations and applications of materials in electronics and photonics involve such subjects as nano-scale physics, molecular electronics and non-linear optics.

With support from internationally competitive research activities in materials physics, the program has distinct features which offer high‑level interdisciplinary education and training in fundamental solid state physics and materials science within the following areas:

  • Electronic materials and devices
  • Surface and nano-sciences
  • Theory and modelling of materials
  • Organic/molecular electronics and sensors.
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Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in physics, applied physics, materials science, electronics engineering or equivalent. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognised university.
  • 20 ECTS credits mathematics/applied mathematics and/or application of mathematics, including linear algebra and Fourier transforms.
  • 20 ECTS credits in physics, including modern physics, electromagnetism and thermal physics.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.

The deadline for submitting the online application is the 16th of January. The deadline for submitting all supporting documentation is the 1st of February. Documents that are submitted after the deadline will make the whole application late, and possibly not considered for most of the programmes.

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Program content

Semester 1

Period 1

  • Experimental Physics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Principles of Materials Science

Period 2

  • Experimental Physics
  • Physics of Condensed Matter part I
  • Surface Physics

Semester 2

Period 1

  • Advanced Project Work in Applied Physics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Solid State Physics II
  • Growth and characterization of nanomaterials
  • Communication, Ethics and Sustainable Development
  • Organic Electronics 1

Period 2

  • Chemical Sensor Systems
  • Advanced Project Work in Applied Physics
  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Growth and characterization of nanomaterials
  • Communication, Ethics and Sustainable Development
  • Solar Cell Technology

Semester 3

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Chaos and Non-Linear Phenomena
  • Analytical Mechanics
  • Additive Manufacturing: Tools, Materials and Methods
  • Project Course in Applied Physics, CDIO
  • Nanophysics

Period 2

  • Chaos and Non-Linear Phenomena
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • Analytical Mechanics
  • Computational Physics
  • Project Course in Applied Physics, CDIO
  • Advanced Electromagnetics

Semester 4

Period 1

  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Period 2

  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Linköping University (LiU) offers a limited number of scholarships to outstanding international students. For some programs and nationalities, it is also possible to apply for a scholarship through the Swedish Institute. There are also other funding opportunities for studies in Sweden.

For more information, please visit the website.


SEK 252000 - NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.


Master of Science in Applied Physics or Master of Science in Physics, 120 credits

Career paths

The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for modern science and technology. Graduates will be prepared for careers within academia or the industry, in materials-related research and development. Research activities in materials science at Linköping University are strongly linked to cutting-edge technologies in the field. Therefore, demand for talents in materials science and nanotechnology is large in research institutes and industry alike. Wide-bandgap semiconductors, high-performance soft materials, as well as hybrid smart materials, are of great interest to Swedish and European industry.

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Linköping University 

Linköping University (LiU) was granted university status in 1975 and today has 32,000 students. including 2,000 international students. LiU rank among more than 20,000 universities in the world, both as a young university and in several subject rankings, such as...

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Why study at Linköping University

Linköping University welcomes students from all over the world, and English is widely spoken everywhere by its 2,000 international students, or about 6% of its student population. Many doctoral students and researchers are international.

We rank highly: LiU has been named as one of the world’s 200 best universities in education, materials science, sociology and electrical and electronic engineering, according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Good prospects: A degree from LiU makes you a highly sought after employee. An impressive 88% of our students are employed within 18 months of graduating.

Research that makes a difference: What makes Linköping University special is the lack of boundaries between different subjects and faculties, which has resulted in world-leading research environments and companies as well as a number of truly cross-disciplinary study programs.

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