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Nanotechnology (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

The consecutive Master's degree programme in Nanotechnology (four semesters) was set up at FAU in the winter semester 2011/2012.

Due to the strong engineering focus, the FAU degree programme distinguishes itself from programmes at other universities which tend to concentrate on physics and related subjects. A key role in the degree programme is played by the Cluster of Excellence 'Engineering of Advanced Materials', which focuses almost exclusively on nanotechnology. It was established at FAU in 2007 as part of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government.

The consecutive Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes provide training in an academic environment with a strong international focus. Graduates are able to develop nanotechnology products and can work in the field of nanotechnology, both in industry and at research institutions.

Modules and degree programme structure

The four-semester Master's degree programme builds on students' previous knowledge of nanotechnology and research methods. It consists of four compulsory modules in nanotechnology and electives from the areas of materials science, sciences and engineering, and nanotechnology.

Compulsory modules:

  • Nanomechanics
  • Nanocharacterisation
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Molecular Nanotechnology

The elective modules can be selected from a wide range of subjects to allow students to choose those modules they are most interested in.


The Master of Science (MSc) is an internationally recognised academic degree and a professional qualification. It qualifies graduates for doctoral degree programmes in Germany and abroad and for academic work in research and teaching.

Due to the diverse interdisciplinary training, graduates can start careers in a wide range of fields. They are in especially high demand in research and development in industry, but also in manufacturing, processing, quality assurance, technical sales and management.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have an above-average Bachelor's degree in nanotechnology. Applicants with a degree in a related subject or a non-equivalent degree can only be admitted to the Master's degree programme after passing an oral admission examination.

You can apply online via the application portal application portal campo. Further information about the application procedure

Studying abroad

The third semester has a mobility window which you can spend at a university abroad. There are several exchange programmes which are compatible with the degree programme.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: English, German
Admission: Qualification assessment
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering