Master in Applied Nanotechnology

Course typeNFP, Master
Course sectorEngineering
Course duration2 years
Starting dateSeptember 2018
DegreeMaster of Science (MSc)
LocationEnschede
Tuition fee EU/EEA students € 2,060
Tuition fee(specification) € 8,900

Student Master Applied Nanotechnology doing researchThe 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.

What will you be learning?

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.

Student Master Applied Nanotechnology in the laboratoryDuring 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.

Year one of the Master Applied Nanotechnology

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.

Year two of the Master Applied Nanotechnology

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: 

  • Biology & Medical Laboratory Research
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mechatronics, Industrial Design Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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.

Detail nanotechnology equipmentNanotechnology 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:

  • The University of Twente offers a Master degree programme Nanotechnology which focuses on principal research. Traditionally, most students transfer to a PhD trajectory at the university upon graduation.
  • Recently, Saxion started offering this comparable Master degree programme with a focus on applied nanotechnology. This Master degree programme Applied Nanotechnology takes previously acquired knowledge and the outcomes of the type of research carried out at the university as its starting points and applies them to topical challenges or assignments, such as product development.

Nanotechnology research

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

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