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Engineering Nanoscience

MSc in Engineering, 5 years, 300 hp (ECTS Credits)

When physics, chemistry and biology meet, single molecules can dictate how the whole system works. Nanoscience will revolutionise industry, and affect the development of every branch. Graduates from the programme can look forward to varied tasks, for example, collaboration in an international environment in the development of advanced technical products, systems and methods in biology, medicine, physics, chemistry, electronics or materials science. Careers can be found in biomedicine, information technology or materials science, or in research and teaching at universities and institutes around the world. Graduates can also start their own innovation companies or work as consultants.

Nanoscience involves the study and manipulation of material at the atomic level, especially with the aim of achieving new properties and functions. Nanoparticles can be found in hardwearing tyres, in paint and cement, and as UV filters in sunscreen lotions and coloured glass. Non-scratch surfaces with nanostructures have started to appear in frying pans, as have nanothreads in non-stain trousers, where even ketchup just runs off.

For those interested in biology or medicine, and who also like maths and physics, the programme in Engineering Nanoscience is the one to choose. Engineering Nanoscience is also a suitable programme for those whose interests lie in maths and physics, and who want to learn more about the life sciences. If you want to apply nanoscience to create new materials or the electronics of the future, or if you can envisage connecting electronics to living cells, then you should also study Engineering Nanoscience.

The programme

This curriculum is one of the few complete degree programmes in nanoscience in the world that starts at university entrance level and leads to a Master's degree. The curriculum is a unique symbiosis of education and research. Teaching is driven by high-level research activities in the field, and research will benefit from the highly qualified graduates leaving the program. The programme provides a holistic perspective of nanoscience, in which specially designed courses in biology, biochemistry and medicine broaden the foundation provided by basic subjects such as physics, maths and chemistry.

Areas of specialisation

After the third year, students can choose one of the four areas of specialisation:

  • Nanobiomedicine
  • Materials
  • High-frequency- and nanoelectronics
  • Nanophysics

The goal of the programme is to educate students who find the thought of erasing the boundaries between traditional areas such as medicine, biology, physics, chemistry, materials science and electronics appealing. Students are given a sound foundation in the laws governing the nano-world, as well as the knowledge and skills required to create and analyse nanostructures. This will allow them to design new products and processes based on the needs and abilities of people, as well as society’s goals regarding social conditions, resource management and the environment, ethics and economics. The programme prepares students for careers anywhere in the world in industry, R&D or pure research.

Read more about Nanoscience

More information about the program is given in the book chapter "Engineering Nanoscience: A curriculum to Satisfy the Future Needs of Industry", by Knut Deppert, Rune Kullberg and Lars Samuelsson, Lund University LTH
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