• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering programme at KU Leuven combines knowledge of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanoscale with expertise in technology and engineering. Nanotechnology and nanoengineering are the application of this science to new nanomaterials and nano concepts, producing components, systems and products.


Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering, newborn scientific disciplines are situated at the interface of physics, chemistry, materials science, microelectronics, biochemistry and biotechnology. Consequently, control of the discipline requires an academic and multidisciplinary scientific education. 

You will learn the basics of physics, biology and chemistry on the nanometer scale and the use of nanotechnologies for systems and sensors on the macro-scale.

  • 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. 

The programme is both strongly application and research oriented, and is closely linked to the research centres of global leaders such as IMEC, the Leuven Nanocenter and INPAC (Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry) at the Faculty of Science.

Programme outline

  • You will follow a set of introductory courses to give you the necessary multidisciplinary background of nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoengineering, as well as a selection of general interest courses to provide some essential non-technical skills. 
  • After opting for a specialisation option, you choose a set of compulsory, specific programme courses, complemented by a number of elective broadening programmes in subjects outside of the nanodomain. The programme culminates in the master’s thesis research project. 
  • You can also elect to follow a similar programme in the form of an interuniversity programme, such as the Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.


  • The nanosciences are multidisciplinary. Special courses are designed to encourage thinking beyond the boundaries of the traditional scientific disciplines. The courses are continuously updated following the latest innovations in this young and highly innovative field and, therefore, the programma can be considered as state-of-the-art.  
  • The programma is strongly research oriented, while simultaneously maintaining a strong focus on the contemporary industrial picture and relevant problems in the field, effectively bringing nanoengineering into the domain of nanotechnology. 
  • The teaching staff in the programme are closely affiliated with cutting edge research centres like IMEC and various groups at the KU Leuven such as the Leuven Nanocenter and INPAC (Institute for nanoscale physics and chemistry), which are considered as worldwide leaders in the domain of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In your master’s thesis, you will have the opportunity to work in the exciting research programmes of these institutes.

Career perspectives

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. The Master’s programme is designed to equip you with the ideal profile to enter the workplace as an invaluable interface between these emergent industries, able to apply your expertise to the development of new products or even new companies.

The Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering is offered at KU Leuven.

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Programme Structure


  • Quantum Physics
  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Structure, Synthesis and Cellular Function of Macromolecules
  • Electronic Components, Circuits and Sensors
  • Atom Theory, Chemical Periodicity and Chemical Bond
  • Semiconductor Devices

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
  • Choice: Project Work Nanoscience or Practical Design for Nanotechnology


  • Nanoelectronic Design
  • Nanomaterials and Nanochemistry
  • Nanodevices and Nanophysics
  • Nanobiotechnology

Broadening Elective Courses

  • Nanoelectronic Design
  • Nanomaterials and Nanochemistry
  • Nanodevices and Nanophysics
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Additional Courses

Master's Thesis

General Interest Courses

Detailed Programme Facts

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General 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 
For more information, please visit the homepage of the programme or go to eng.kuleuven.be/en/study/prospective-students/degree-seeking-students

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
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