Name of qualification

Master's Degree in Nanoscience

Language of Instruction




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.

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

The master program in nanoscience is based on a bachelor's degree in nanotechnology or equivalent.

Bachelor degrees from UiB which qualifies:

  • Bachelor degree in physics
  • Bachelor degree in chemistry
  • Bachelor degree in molecular biology and biomedicine if the applicant has at least one of the subjects KJEM120 or PHYS111 in the bachelor degree.

External bachelor degrees that qualifies:

Bachelor degree in physics, chemistry, molecular biology and biomedicine from other universities or university colleges if the applicant has at least one subject corresponding to KJEM120 (chemistry of the elements) or PHYS111 (classical mechanics) in the bachelor degree.

Applies to all applicants who do not have a bachelor degree in nanotechnology, physics or chemistry from UiB:

The bachelor degree must contain KJEM120 or PHYS111, or equivalent.

It is a prerequisite for admission to MAMN-NANO that students who do not have a bachelor degree in nanotechnology or have already taken either NANO161 Introduction to nanotechnology and instrumentation or NANO244 Materials and nanochemistry, take at least one of the two NANO courses during the first year of the Master study. This assumes that any prerequisites for NANO161 or NANO244 are achieved in the bachelor's degree.

You must also have:

Study period abroad

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

Teaching and learning methods

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.

Access to 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.

Contact information

Department of Chemistry.

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