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MScApplied Nanotechnology

Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Netherlands, Deventer & Enschede
Tuition fee €8,900.00 per year
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The distinguishing feature of the Master degree programme Applied Nanotechnology is the design and development of innovative products and applications in the field of nanotechnology. As such, this Master degree programme is unique in the Netherlands. Nanotechnology, design, solving problems for diverse target groups, high-tech skills and knowledge of various disciplines are the themes that run throughout the programme. This Master degree programme is all about translating new theory into as-yet-unknown innovative applications.

During this programme, you will be applying your knowledge of micro- and nanotechnology in innovative ways. On the basis of micro- and nanotechnology principles, you will be developing products and processes which contribute to the resolution of societal challenges in a range of areas, such as energy, healthcare, sustainability or even forensic science. On completion of your Master degree programme, you will be well versed in creative thinking and operating at the cutting edge of innovative applied nanotechnology design. You come up with new solutions and build and test prototypes based on the challenges and wishes of the end user. By working closely with the professional field, you will gain important practical experience with high-tech manufacturing and design businesses. This will help you apply your knowledge.
In addition, time will be spent on developing vital soft skills, e.g. communication, teamwork, ethics and entrepreneurship.

Programme structure

Year one

The first semester of the year is taken up by a foundation course. Both theory and practical training will be focused on teaching you various methods and techniques for developing (innovative) micro- and nanotechnology products and applications. Subjects in this first semester include physics, mathematics, physical chemistry and micro-/nanotechnology.
In the second semester, you are assigned an individual project, leading to a report that you must then uphold. The projects are inspired by a variety of specialisations including microfluidics, bio-functionalised surfaces and interface electronics. Tutorials offer you the opportunity to lend more depth to your (theoretical) knowledge. During this first year, you also learn the basics of creative thinking, entrepreneurship and the ethics of technology.

Year two

In the first few months of the second year, you study a number of compulsory subjects including Introduction to Visualization and Simulation and Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnology and Nanotoxiology. Additionally, you pick a number of scientific or specialisation subjects. The major part of the second year is taken up by the final year assignment (thesis) on location. This may focus on a specialisation area, an early prototype or an end product. You are responsible for arranging your own final year assignment. Obviously, you can make full use of Saxion’s existing network of contacts.

Career opportunities

Nanotechnology generates ever more jobs in the Netherlands, particularly in the Eastern Netherlands. The Twente region has the highest concentration of high-tech businesses (almost 400) in the country. Working closely with the University of Twente, Saxion and active partners from the public sector, these businesses develop nanoscience and nanotechnology knowledge and apply it to design new products. Three or four new start-ups emerge in Twente every year.
As holder of a Master degree in Applied Nanotechnology, you will be able to find employment in a number of technical positions, such as product engineer, application engineer, project engineer or R&D engineer. You will be part of research and development teams for start-ups, crossovers and knowledge institutions. Here you will learn to develop new products and/or processes, conquer new markets, design new applications or modify and implement existing products and/or processes. Naturally, you may also be appointed to business-facing positions, where you will use your technical/development know-how to market innovative applications to clients and customise them to their wishes.

Apply now! Fall semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 2, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States