Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2 years with professional placement year) MSc

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2 years with professional placement year) MSc

School of Physical Sciences and Computing


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    Full time: 1 year or 2 years with placement

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Why study this programme?

The MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has been developed from the ground up to deliver an interdisciplinary course that will bring you to the cutting edge of nanoscience and nanotechnology. There are extensive links to industry throughout the course and even an option to do a placement in industry for up to a year.

The course is flexible to your mode of study: 2 year full-time with a professional placement (i.e., a year working for an industrial partner).

The course includes modules from Physics and Chemistry to give a well-rounded and comprehensive education in the current state of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The two-year option with placement satisfies international requirements for an MSc where a single year course might not, but even without the year in industry, the course has elements dedicated to studying current and relevant issues in UK industries that work with nanoscience.  All elements of the course are delivered by world-leading researchers.

Funding is available via the newly launched Postgraduate Student Loans.

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Entry Requirements

BSc 2:2 in Physics or Chemistry or related subjects

Programme at a Glance

  • AP4610 Introduction to Nanoscience | Advanced Topics in Nanoscience
    This module brings everybody up to speed about nanoscience in Semester One and then explores some advanced topics in Semester Two. 
  • AP4611 Current Topics in Industrial Nanoscience
    Four speakers from industry come in to talk about how nanoscience impacts their technology. You choose two to write about in detail. 
  • AP4612 Research Project
    ​You spend all summer on a self-directed research project, conceived by one of the world-leading supervisory team.
  • AP4870 Magnetism 
    You take a detailed look at magnetic behaviour on the small scale, including micromagnetics modelling. 
  • AP4871 Physics for Energy
    You learn about the physics behind many currently used energy generation and storage technologies and what the future holds. 

  • AP4613 Professional Placement (optional)
    You find a placement with an industrial partner, with help from UCLan.  You spend six months to just under a year with the partner and then return for the final summer. 
  • FZ4801: Advanced Structural and Surface Analysis
    You learn about how surfaces are examined on the nanoscale. You learn how to analyse data from several techniques. 
  • FZ4609 Advanced Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
    You learn how to make advanced inorganic materials, including nanomaterials, and how to study them. You learn about some larger-scale properties of molecules.
  • FZ4810 Professional Research Skills
    You learn some widely applicable skills that are vital to a research career. 

Further Information

Nanophysics Laboratory

Chemistry Laboratory

How to Apply

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For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The principal tutors are Dr Joe Smerdon (Physics) and Dr Tapas Sen (Chemistry), both world-leading researchers in nanoscience and nanotechnology.  Joe works primarily with atomic-resolution microscopes to study molecules, graphene and complex materials and Tapas works with nanoparticles.

Industrial partners play a role in the delivery of the course, and elements of the assessment rest on how industrial problems are considered.  Most of the assessment takes place via coursework and written examinations.


To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement.

You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Students will write several proposals to deal with current problems in cutting-edge nanotechnology-focused industrial work. There are opportunities to develop links with industrial partners throughout the course.

Graduate Careers

Nanotechnology is a burgeoning area – in fact, it is ubiquitous, and practically all industries are affected by the increasing capabilities researchers and companies are developing in this area.  Through the links with industrial partners throughout the course, we would hope that graduates will be identified as potential employees – the duration of the course and the interaction between students and industry during the course offers industrial partners opportunities to get to know their prospective employees far superior to the snapshot gained during a traditional interview process.

Progression Routes

The course provides a strong grounding for students in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology that will enhance their prospects whichever progression route they choose, be it industry, education or research.