Nanoscience, Master's, 2 years

  • Years2 years
  • Intake10
  • LanguageNorwegian/English
  • ECTS credits120
  • Tuition feeNone


The Degree

Master's Degree in Nanoscience

Objectives and content


The objective is to educate students with substantial knowledge about nanoscientific thinking and methods within nanoscience. The student will gain insight into modern research in a specific area of nanoscience, and perform own research work based on experimental and theoretical methods thaught in the bachelor programme. The student will collect the work in a written text (master thesis) according to scientific criteria.


Nanoscientific research is strongly interdisciplinary in nature. It takes place in the interface between physics, chemistry and biology and makes use of methods from all the three disciplines. The Master's study in Nanoscience is strongly connected to the nanoscientific research at the University of Bergen. The aim and content of the candidate's master's project will define the candidate's specialization within nanoscience. The candidate becomes a member of a research group with the main activity focused on nanophysics, nanochemistry, nanobiologi or nanobiomedicine, but will also get in contact with other relevant disciplines. The students will also get teaching about theory of science in the Master's study in Nanoscience.

Examples of topics for the master's project:

Nanotechnological instruments and measurement science, nanostructured catalysts, natural nanoparticles and -drops, nanomaterials, quantum control and dynamics, magnetic nanoparticles, protein structure and function, protein-surface interactions, protein dynamics, micro-contact printing, nanotoxicology.


A combination of teaching methods is used in the various courses, mainly lectures, hands-on laboratory, workshops, team work and seminars. You may find more information in the course description.

The Master's thesis is an individual scientific project, carried under under supervision of an academic supervisor.




Admission to this program is limited to students who satisfy all admission requirements, including language requirements.

Applicants must normally have obtained a Bachelor's degree in nanotechnology of at least 3 years' duration, or equivalent.

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry, molecular biology, biomedicine or other relevant scientific background may also apply for the Master's Study in Nanoscience. The study must have included at least 20 ECTS in at least two of the disciplines physics, chemistry or molecular biology and at least 10 ECTS in subjects of a nanoscientific character.

The applicants will be evaluated individually and can be offered a place in the Master's Program in Nanoscience based on the total scientific background and the relevance for individual research projects in nanoscience.

To qualify for admission to the Master's programme the average grade for the specialization in the Bachelor's degree should normally be C or better.

Documentation of proficiency in English is also necessary if you have an international background.

Applicants who reside in Norway:

  • You apply online through the website soknadsweb.uib.no
  • Application deadline on soknadsweb.uib.no for students residing in Norway (with Norwegian ID-number):
  • For study start August: April 15.
  • For study start January: November 1.
  • For information about application and admission procedures, see this link.

The Master's Degree Programme in Nanoscience is not available for international applicants residing abroad.

Note that the master's programme has a limited number of places.



Nanoteknologi - Simen Hjellvik Askeland



Career opportunities

Nanotechnology is rapidly implemented in a wide variety of fields and a candidate with a Master's degree in Nanoscience has acquired solid knowledge in how to use nanotechnology in different areas in trade and industry.

Dependent on the academic specialization the candidate will be qualified for jobs in the hospital sector, pharmaceutical industry, biotechnological industry, for instance in the development of high-functional materials. The candidate will also be qualified for jobs in public management, in the school system and in nanoscientific research. A Master's degree in nanoscience will also qualify to a PhD study for a career as a researcher within the natural sciences.

Further studies

To be eligible for admission to the Doctoral education (PhD) the candidate must have completed a Master's degree.

To qualify for the Doctoral education (PhD) at UoB the average grade for the master's thesis, the Master's degree and the Bachelor's degree should be C or better.

In order to get enrolled you have to be granted a fellowship for doctoral training.

What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • Has extensive knowledge in the scientific field of specialization.
  • Can formulate a scientific hypothesis.
  • Can find relevant methods to solve the scientific problem.


The candidate

  • Can work independently with a nanoscientific research project.
  • Can analyze a scientific problem on the basis of relevant literature.
  • Can critically evaluate the existing models and scientific results in light of the problem.
  • Can use methods applicable to invalidate the hypothesis.
  • Can interpret the results in light of the problem.

General competence

The candidate

  • Can get familiar with a nanoscientific problem.
  • Can get familiar with new application areas for the nanoscience in specialization.
  • Can work independently within this research field in working life and in a following PhD education.
  • Can work and communicate between disciplines.
  • Can present the theme of research in a broader nanoscientific, social and ethical context.

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement.

Programme structure

Masterprogram i nanovitenskap (krav 120 SP)
Compulsory subject (krav 10 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
NANO300Seminar in Nanoscience51–43
Optional subject (krav 50 SP)
You should choose subjects in consultation with your academic supervisor.
Master thesis (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
NANO399Master's Thesis in Nano Science603
Student exchange
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

More information

About the programme

See full study plan


Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry.

Coordinator for the Master's Program in Nanoscience: studieveileder@nano.uib.no.