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The distinguishing feature of the Master degree programme Applied Nanotechnology is the design and development of innovative products and applications in the field of nanotechnology. As such, this Master degree programme is unique in the Netherlands. Nanotechnology, design, solving problems for diverse target groups, high-tech skills and knowledge of various disciplines are the themes that run throughout the programme. This Master degree programme is all about translating new theory into as-yet-unknown innovative applications.
During this programme, you will be applying your knowledge of micro- and nanotechnology in innovative ways. On the basis of micro- and nanotechnology principles, you will be developing products and processes which contribute to the resolution of societal challenges in a range of areas, such as energy, healthcare, sustainability or even forensic science. On completion of your Master degree programme, you will be well versed in creative thinking and operating at the cutting edge of innovative applied nanotechnology design. You come up with new solutions and build and test prototypes based on the challenges and wishes of the end user. By working closely with the professional field, you will gain important practical experience with high-tech manufacturing and design businesses. This will help you apply your knowledge.
In addition, time will be spent on developing vital soft skills, e.g. communication, teamwork, ethics and entrepreneurship.
The programme of the Master Applied Nanotechnology takes two years (full time) and is taught in English.
During the programme, you will always have access to the latest international knowledge and literature. The teaching materials are in English, which is also the language of instruction.
The Master degree programme Applied Nanotechnology is offered jointly by Saxion and the University of Twente (UT). You will be using both Saxion’s laboratory facilities in the High Tech Factory and the UT’s own top-class facilities, such as the MESA+ NanoLab.
The first semester of the year is taken up by a foundation course. Both theory and practical training will be focused on teaching you various methods and techniques for developing (innovative) micro- and nanotechnology products and applications. Subjects in this first semester include physics, mathematics, physical chemistry and micro-/nanotechnology.
In the second semester, you are assigned an individual project, leading to a report that you must then uphold. The projects are inspired by a variety of specialisations including microfluidics, bio-functionalised surfaces and interface electronics. Tutorials offer you the opportunity to lend more depth to your (theoretical) knowledge. During this first year, you also learn the basics of creative thinking, entrepreneurship and the ethics of technology.
In the first few months of the second year, you study a number of compulsory subjects including Introduction to Visualization and Simulation and Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnology and Nanotoxiology. Additionally, you pick a number of scientific or specialisation subjects. The major part of the second year is taken up by the final year assignment (thesis) on location. This may focus on a specialisation area, an early prototype or an end product. You are responsible for arranging your own final year assignment. Obviously, you can make full use of Saxion’s existing network of contacts.
Your admission is conditional on you holding a Bachelor degree in one of the following subjects:
or a comparable subject.
An intake interview forms part of the admission procedure. You will receive an email invite for this. The intake interview will focus on the match between your background and expectations on the one hand and the programme on the other. The outcome of this interview is non-binding.
It is possible to conduct the interview over Skype/Facetime.
Nanotechnology generates ever more jobs in the Netherlands, particularly in the Eastern Netherlands. The Twente region has the highest concentration of high-tech businesses (almost 400) in the country. Working closely with the University of Twente, Saxion and active partners from the public sector, these businesses develop nanoscience and nanotechnology knowledge and apply it to design new products. Three or four new start-ups emerge in Twente every year.
As holder of a Master degree in Applied Nanotechnology, you will be able to find employment in a number of technical positions, such as product engineer, application engineer, project engineer or R&D engineer. You will be part of research and development teams for start-ups, crossovers and knowledge institutions. Here you will learn to develop new products and/or processes, conquer new markets, design new applications or modify and implement existing products and/or processes. Naturally, you may also be appointed to business-facing positions, where you will use your technical/development know-how to market innovative applications to clients and customise them to their wishes.
Upon graduation, you are entitled to use the title of Master of Science (post-nominal letters: MSc).
Annual tuition fee: around € 2.006.
Books: around € 750.
For an extensive overview of costs, please refer to our finances overview.
Twente is the ultimate nanotechnology hotspot in the Netherlands. The region boasts impressive facilities and know-how in this subject area, including research groups at both Saxion and the UT. Furthermore, both MESA+ and MIRA are recognised throughout the world as leading institutions with state-of-the-art facilities. Pioneering research leads to successful spin-offs.
Education in Twente
Together, Saxion and the University of Twente offer a comprehensive range of programmes in this field of study. The minor Nanotechnology is taken partially at Saxion and partially at the UT. In addition, the nanotechnology research groups at Saxion carry out applied research for the benefit of the business community.
There are two Nanotechnology programmes at Master level:
Saxion’s main area of research is formed by technology-related High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM). These are converted into ‘Living Technology’ by turning technological breakthroughs and innovations into products and systems designed to advance society.
Once of Saxion’s specialisations within this broad technology spectrum is nano- and microtechnology. The nano- and microtechnology research groups carry out applied research in the area of medical, biological and chemical applications (research group NanoBioInterface) or the area of systems and hardware (research group NanoPhysicsInterface). Their research is demand-driven.
They also co-operate closely with the business community. Business have indicated that they need help with the conversion of research outcomes into practical applications. This is the main strength of our higher education students: they turn research outcomes into products or concepts for businesses to use.
More information on Saxion's Nanotechnolgy research can be found on the website of Saxion's research group Nanotechnology
Michelle Fleermann from Germany follows a master’s degree in Applied Nanotechnology at Saxion University of Applied Sciences and plans to graduate in 2018. In this interview, Michelle shares her experiences, explaining why she decided to study in the Netherlands and started this study programme.
After finishing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Saxion, she chose to apply for the Master in Applied Nanotechnology in 2016 mainly because it is a relatively new field that attracts her very much. She is highly interested in learning more about this discipline.
One of the reasons that Michelle chose to come to and study in the Netherlands is that she heard about the personal contact with the teachers, providing better coaching and guidance compared to her home country. She adds: “Class sizes are smaller, which makes me feel more comfortable”.
“I completed a Dutch bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Saxion and I am now specialising in nanotechnology since it’s a super interesting subject.” Nanotechnology is a relatively new field of research and technology, which Michelle is eager to explore further.
Michelle especially enjoys the content of the programme, being of a multidisciplinary nature that covers chemistry, electrical and electronic engineering (EEE), physics and biology. “It is special because it’s one of the only few master programmes in this field that exists. It is also special because it is a fairly new discipline - there are always new and interesting topics to share with students.”
The Master in Applied Nanotechnology at Saxion is the only master of its kind in the Netherlands
“I enrolled in the Dutch chemistry bachelor programme and couldn’t speak Dutch. I had to take a full-time three-week course to learn it, which made me very nervous.” However, Michelle had the possibility to combine her first year and second year of her studies, since she was taught chemistry at a certain level in Germany before. She was able to skip many classes from the standard first year curriculum and was able to follow courses from the second year already. “I was very driven and had to sacrifice my social life. I chose studies over social life. Nevertheless, it’s really up to you what you prioritize.”
“I am also a researcher and teacher at Saxion, so when I started the master’s programme, it was a bit different”. Of course, she was less apprehensive about starting her master since she was familiar with the surroundings, the teachers and her old classmates. “I was taught by colleagues actually, so I felt comfortable from the start.”
Michelle would like to say to her first-year self now to relax more about the language. For example, she wrote in Dutch, English and German during exams while being afraid that her point did not come across. “In the end, it’s all going to be okay!”
“In class, I understood teachers but students were talking very fast, which was hard. I lived with other Dutch students and I strongly advise international students to live with Dutch students to learn the language.”
“I actively looked for a room in a Dutch house and went for a viewing. At the end of it, I gave my phone number in Dutch. They instantly sensed that I really wanted it and they chose me. The drive counts a lot.” According to Michelle, Dutch people are very welcoming and helpful.
It is really the drive that counts!
Michelle did her minor at Saxion for a research group. It was during that time that she chose to become a teacher. “I went to Germany and taught as a lab assistant once a month. I really liked teaching so I wanted to continue with that. At first, I was a researcher only and then I asked if I could teach practical courses as well. Eventually, I became a teacher!”
The students really appreciate Michelle and enjoy that she is teaching them tricks in practical courses. “The most rewarding moment for me, is when students come up to me after class thanking me for it. I am also closer to their age group which makes it easier for them to approach me, but they still respect me as a teacher.”
The most rewarding experience for Michelle is probably a project that she aligned on her own during her first year of her master’s programme.
Michelle explains further: ‘When people would like to introduce new drugs to the market, they test it on animals (causing ethical problems) and on cell cultures. However, when the drugs are tested on humans, it is toxic. Besides, these types of studies are expensive and it takes up much time (10 years) to actually facilitate market entry. Thus, I am working on a project which is to use human (stem) cells to make a heart cell on a chip and use micro fluid tubes to test drugs. The chip is basically a substrate with lines in it where the cells will be placed in; the muscles will grow according to the line (muscle-like structure). It is an ongoing project, I am working on it partly for it with my master’s thesis with students.”
Michelle’s favourite place to study is definitely the microscopy lab: “It’s small and quiet, I usually have the place to myself”. The only thing that Michelle would like to say to a student thinking about choosing Saxion is: do it! The master of Applied Nanotechnology at Saxion is the only master programme offered by a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands that is accredited and financed by the government.