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MSc Nanoscience

University of Groningen
2 years
Master's degree
On campus
01 September 2023
Application deadline: Dutch & EU/EEA students: 2021-05-01 | Non-EU/EEA students: 2021-02-01

About this program

MSc Nanoscience

Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field at the border between physics, chemistry, materials science and biochemistry. The manipulation of matter on the nanoscale offers new opportunities to solve scientific challenges in the modern world.

The Nanoscience program in Groningen works with small groups of students, training them to perform cutting edge research in this highly challenging field. The application of nanoscience to solve problems in today's society requires the fundamental understanding of the interplay between physical, chemical, and sometimes biological processes. Questions that can be addressed in the field of nanoscience include: Can we build 100x cheaper solar cells? Can we make a computer working similarly to the brain? Can we control quantum properties on the nanoscale for useful applications? Can we use nanofabrication of matter to design materials with emergent properties? Can we mimic biological systems to achieve novel material properties? Can we make computers using spin instead of electrons?

Selective Master's degree program 

This is a selective Master's program, welcoming a diverse collection of students from all over the world. An on-site interview is part of the selection procedure. The selected students form a small and tightly bound cohort and receive ample attention from and interaction with our professors. 

Scholarships available for all students 

Admitted students are awarded scholarships tailored to their specific and individual situation. The aim of the scholarship is that no admitted student will need to obtain a part-time job and can fully concentrate on their studies. Typically, at a minimum level, the entire tuition fee is covered for international students.

Talented and Motivated Students

The Top Master program in Nanoscience has been reviewed as excellent three times in a row (Dutch Ministry of Education) and is embedded in a top research institute. It aims to train scientists of the future to perform cutting edge research. It offers a challenging program for very talented and motivated students. It is strongly intertwined with research at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials: the courses are taught by international top scientists and a large part of the program consists of hands-on lab-work and conducting high-level scientific research yourself.

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  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,314 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 20,700 per year


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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
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