This is a perfect course for students, who have an eye for minute details and wish to examine things very closely. The nanoscience master’s degree, which follows on from the nanostructure science bachelor’s degree, focuses on further developing the interdisciplinary approach to physics, chemistry and biology, specialisation and applied issues, e.g. in the field of nanoelectronics, supramolecular chemistry or molecular biology. In the inconceivably minuscule world of nanostructures – after all, one nanometre only measures about one millionth of a millimetre – you will be expected to be able to independently plan laboratory work and conduct experiments as well as present the results verbally and in writing; these are all skills needed to prepare you for your career.
You can either start the four-semester course, which is mainly taught in English, at the beginning of the summer or winter semester. To qualify, you must have a bachelor’s degree in nanostructure science or a related field of study. A large number of optional specialisation courses enable students to acquire highly specialised knowledge and establish an individual career profile during the master’s degree course. Students not only broaden and train their specialist knowledge, but also their “soft skills,” for example, in the field of academic communications and time management. Students can only gain the Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree if they complete a master’s degree dissertation, which needs to focus on a special research aspect of nanoscience.
Despite the minute dimensions in the world of nanostructures, the career prospects are outstanding in one of the largest growth markets in the world. There are only a small number of specialists with interdisciplinary training to meet the high level of demand for qualified employees in what is still a young, but expanding line of work. The fields of activity are very varied: ranging from pure research to applied tasks like the development of materials, information and communications technology, coating techniques, cosmetics, pharmacy and biomedicine.