Master's Degree Programme, 5 years, Trondheim


– behind the wheel driving into the future!

NTNU NanoLab, photo: Geir Mogen /NTNU

Imagine combining atoms and molecules by entirely new and precise methods to create new materials that can provide us with novel medicines, clean energy, and electronic gadgets. Nanotechnology involves studying and manipulating materials at the atomic level.

What is nanotechnology?
'Nano' means 'billionth' and comes from the Greek word nanos, which means 'dwarf'. One nanometre equals one billionth meter, or about 10 times the diameter of an atom. Nanotechnology involves studying and manipulating different materials at the atomic level. This provides the opportunity to design novel materials with unique properties.

Broad interdisciplinary expertise within physics, chemistry and biology are combined at the atomic level in an advanced interfaculty engineering programme in Nanotechnology. The programme offers specially developed courses with nanotechnology being the prime focus. From the first semester, your studies will be inspired by emerging concepts and opportunities for nanomaterials and nanocomponents.

The first three years will give you a good grounding in the chemistry, physics and mathematics that is relevant to the subject. You will be introduced to nanoscale systems, the manipulation of atoms and molecules and the use of nanotools. Ethical and environmental issues relating to nanotechnology are integrated into the programme.

Why choose nanotechnology?
You should choose nanotechnology if you are interested in the natural sciences and are fascinated by research at the junction of the traditional disciplines. You would also want to explore and develop new materials with uses in medicine, clean energy, or novel electronic devices. The Master Programme in Nanotechnology will teach you new ways to assemble atoms and molecules into new materials and to characterise them by a variety of techniques. You are limited only by your imagination and the laws of nature.

Nanotechnology requires advanced equipment and the opportunity to work in controlled conditions in specially designed 'clean rooms'. NTNU is currently building new clean room laboratories which will be used for teaching purposes as well as research. These laboratories are positioned close to each other so as to be conducive to interdisciplinary cooperation.

Course Objectives
The programme is supported on a solid foundation of courses within physics, chemistry and mathematics. These are combined with courses in electronics and materials science that are oriented towards technology to give a good grounding for further studies in nanotechnology. The programme provides the theoretical basis and knowledge of experimental methods and technological applications of nanotechnology. The social implications of nanotechnology pertaining to ethical and environmental issues are also addressed. The first two years are common for all students in the programme. In the last three years, students choose their main profile from key areas relating to research, business and industry.

You can select one of the following main profiles:

  • Bionanotechnology
  • Nanotechnology for materials, energy and the environment
  • Nanoelectronics

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1st, 2nd and 3rd year:
From the first semester, nano-courses run like a scarlet thread throughout the entire programme. In addition, basic courses within for instance mathematics, physics, chemistry, programming and electronics are included.

3rd year:
One of the following course combinations (fields of study) is chosen:

  • Nanoelectronics
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Nanotechnology for materials, energy and the environment

4th year:
- Compulsory and elective nano-courses
- Non-technological courses

5th year:
- Specialization courses
- Projects
- Master's thesis