General Information

How to apply ...

If you intend to study Nanoscience at the Master level, you will need a Bachelor degree in the same subject or a related degree with at least two natural sciences. Additionally, proficiency in the English language on level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference is required since most of the courses are in English (some non-compulsory courses may be still in German, though). The following checklist will help you in predicting whether you are eligible for the MSc Nanoscience programme:

Checklist for applicants

For your actual application please use our online portals, either the

Application Portal for German students

or the

Application Portal for International students


  • For selection of applicants the following rules apply:
    In particular, the candidate must demonstrate satisfactory basic knowledge in the three natural sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, as well as in-depth knowledge and practical skills in at least two of the three disciplines. If candidates do not meet the prerequisites for admission, the Examination Committee can agree to admission on condition that the candidate, by the time of the Master's thesis, is able to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge by successfully passing certain modules in the order of up to 30 credits.

  • Please note that the programm is called "Nanoscience" as an interdisciplinary programme, because you have to take at least two subjects from chemistry, physics and biology.

  • The language rules given by our university determine that English level B2 is achieved ...
    - if the applicant had 5 years of English at school until the final exam which allows entry into university (the final exam or the last two years of English has to be passed) or
    - if the applicant studied one year at higher education (e.g. university) in which the primary language was English or
    - if the applicant has a certificate (TOEFL lbT 72-94, TOEIC 400-485 (listening), 385-450 (reading), IELTS 5.5-6.5,...)

  • International students apply via uni-assist. During the application, the prerequisites will be checked by uni-assist which holds information about all countries from which applicants may come. The application period for summer semester intake ends March 1st (Jan 15th for international applications). For winter semester it opens May 15th and closes Sept 1st (July 15th for international students).

  • We advise that you send in with your formal application a list of the course contents and state explicitly how you fulfill the prerequisites, especially the practical skills. Please understand that we cannot anticipate the decision of the examination committee. In the end, it will be decisive if you need less or markedly more than 30 extra credits to fulfill all requirements.

Getting started ...

You can start in the winter semester or in the summer semester. In the first year, you will have to attend courses called Nanochemistry, Nanophysics or Nanobiology, from which you may choose two  (or all three, if you like). All courses consist of two parts, one in the winter semester and one in the summer semester. In chemistry and biology you can choose any order. In physics, it is recommended that you keep the order, so if you start in the summer, you should take Nanophysics in your second and third semester.

In addition, there are three compulsory modules: a course in analytical methods in nanoscience given in the winter semester, a preparatory project just before the thesis, and the Master's degree module with the thesis.

For shaping your personal profile, you may select from a variety of modules according to your interests. Modules are offered from chemistry, physics, biology, and electrical engineering, all covering different aspects of nanostructure science. Many modules contain laboratory work, especially the more advanced internship courses offered by various research groups of the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology (CINSaT). If you are interested in computer simulations, you will find special theoretical modules dedicated to this aspect of nanoscience.

In the thesis, you work on a special research topic in nanoscience, in which you can apply the interdisciplinary approach you experienced in the curriculum. The Master degree opens the door to a job in industry or government, or to PhD studies, if you want to pursue you academic career further.

More information ...

The new Master Nanoscience comprises advanced interdisciplinary studies in chemistry, physics and biology in addition to an intensive one year training in a nano-research lab (120 credits in total). The programme is taught in English and will provide the students with:

  • ­ in-depth knowledge of specific nanoscience fields with a wide range of options to be chosen according to their interests,
  • ­ competences in identifying complex scientific problems and developing realistic solution strategies in an interdisciplinary context,
  • ­ proficiency in the application of nanostructural methods, techniques and lab-research,
  • ­the ability for independent scientific research and
  • experiences in research projects and scientific communication.

Graduates will be able to to work independently in the interdisciplinary areas of nanoscience and are set to progress to successful professional carreers.


Official exam documents

Exam Regulations

Module Handbook

(Please open the Module Handbook in Adobe Acrobat to use bookmarks for easy navigation)

Please note that modules CM1 and CM2  (Computational Materials Science) are currently not offered.



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Last modified: May 2017