Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering, M.Sc.

Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
This master’s programme combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering programme at KU Leuven fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology and engineering sciences in general.


Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation on the atomic and molecular scales (nanometers: i.e., one billionth of a meter). Important material properties such as the electrical, optical and mechanical are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble into larger structures on the nanoscale.

Nanotechnology is the application of this science in new nanomaterials and nano-concepts to create new components, systems and products. Nanotechnology is the key to unlocking the ability to design custom-made materials which possess any property we require. These newborn scientific disciplines are situated at the interface of physics, chemistry, material science, microelectronics, biochemistry and biotechnology. Consequently, control of the discipline requires an academic and multidisciplinary scientific education.

In the Master of Science in Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering, at KU Leuven you will learn the basics of physics, biology and chemistry on the nanometer scale; these courses will be complemented by courses in technology and engineering to ensure practical know-how. The programme is strongly research oriented, and is largely based on the research of centres like imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Center), the Leuven Nanocenter and INPAC (Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry) at the Faculty of Science, all global research leaders in nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoengineering. In your Master’s thesis, you will have the opportunity to work in the exciting research programmes of these institutes.

The objective of the Master of Science in Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nano engineering is to provide top quality multidisciplinary tertiary education in nanoscience as well as in the use of nanotechnologies for systems and sensors on the macro-scale.

Career perspectives

In the coming decades, nanoscience and nanotechnology will undoubtedly become the driving force for a new set of products, systems, and applications. These disciplines are even expected to form the basis for a new industrial revolution.

Within a few years, nanoscience applications are expected to impact virtually every technological sector and ultimately many aspects of our daily life. In the coming five-to-ten years, many new products and companies will emerge based on nanotechnology and nanosciences. These new products will stem from the knowledge developed at the interface of the various scientific disciplines offered in this Master's programme.

Thus, graduates will find a wealth of career opportunities in the sectors and industries developing these new technologies: electronics, new and smart materials, chemical technology, biotechnology, R&D, independent consultancies and more. Graduates have an ideal background to become the invaluable interface between these areas and will be able to apply their broad perspective on nanoscience and nanotechnology to the development and creation of new products and even new companies.

Programme Structure

Core courses
  • Nanostructured Bio-Macromolecules
  • Materials Physics and Technology for Nanoelectronics
  • Chemistry at Nanometre Scale
  • Technology of Integrated Systems
  • Advanced Nano-Electronic Components
  • Mesoscopic Physics
  • Lectures on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

    Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file: 
    • Bachelor of Engineering 
    • Bachelor of Physics 
    • Bachelor of Chemistry 
    • Bachelor of Biochemistry 
    • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering 
    • Bachelor of Materials Science 
    • Bachelor of Bioscience Engineering 

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                6000 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                906 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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              Living costs for Leuven

              • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
                Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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