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What will I learn?

Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field at the border between physics, chemistry and biochemistry. The manipulation of matter on the nanoscale (~1 nm) offers new opportunities to solve scientific challenges in the modern world.

The Nanoscience programme 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 require the fundamental understanding of the interplay between physical, chemical, and some times biological processes.

Talented and Motivated Students
The Top Master Programme 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 the cutting edge scientists of the future. It offers a challenging programme for very talented and motivated students. It is strongly intertwined with research at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials: the courses are taught by top international scientists and a large part of the programme consists of conducting high-level scientific research yourself. Students come from all over the world.

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, responsible for the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience, is a leading international research centre in this field. It belongs to the Times Higher Education top 20 of best materials research institutes in the world. It unites around 300 leading researchers.

Job prospects

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research. Such research takes place in universities, research institutions and large companies. Students who successfully complete the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience will, under typically conditions, be offered a PhD position within the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials or other world-top research institutes.

The programme is designed for people who want to pursue a career in scientific research at:

* universities
* research institutions
* almost all students (over 90%) who have successfully completed the Topmaster Nanoscience have continued their career in a PhD position at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials or elsewhere.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • R&D positions at companies
  • Consulting
  • Large companies
  • Innovative start-up companies

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (24 Months)

Tuition fees
€17,500.00 (14,13,570) per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

A university Bachelor's degree in either Physics or Chemistry, Materials Science, or in a related field. This is merely an indication of required background knowledge.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5

TOEFL internet based: 90

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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