Master – University of Copenhagen

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Nano-Science Center > Study programmes > Master

On the master's degree program in Nanoscience you will specialise yourself within your field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. There is a great amount of freedom to choose between the different topics and courses, and to a wide extent it will be possible for you to draw up your own education. You will also have the chance to participate in conferences in Denmark and abroad. 

You will finish your master's degree with a thesis. It is a large project that constitutes between a half and a whole year of full-time study. The thesis can include experimental work or be entirely theoretical. It will be composed as a written study that you will then defend orally at an exam. As a student at Nano-Science Center, you will be a part of one of our research groups, there are also good possibilities of writing the thesis in cooperation with a company. Read more about the research groups in the left column and please do not hesitate to contact the group leaders for more information about their work.

Master's degree overview

The two years will be composed by the following units:

  Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
2. year Thesis
1. year  Unifying concepts in nanoscience Unifying concepts in nanoscience Optional courses *
Nano courses * Optional courses (limited) *

* It is up to you when exactly - within the first year - you want to take the nano courses and optional courses. 

Although there are a great amount of freedom to compose your own program, you have to live up to the following criteria:

  1. You need ½ year nano courses (30 ECTS-points). As a part of those nano courses you need to take Unifying concepts in nanoscience: Size effects and self-assembly (15 ECTS-points).
  2. 15 ETCS-points that adds to the interdisiplinary breadth of your education. You can see the courses that are offered in the different blocks:

    If you wish to take courses that are not described in the course catalog under master's degree in Nanoscience (kandidatuddannelsen i nanoscience) you need prior recognition from the master's degree study board. You can also choose courses from the Technical University of Denmark that are already approved.
  3. A 60 ECTS-point thesis
  4. You should make a 45 minute presentation (colloquium)
  5. No more than one third of you master's degree (40 ECTS-points) may be evaluated as passed/not passed


All students with a bachelor degree in nanoscience from the University of Copenhagen can be accepted for the master's degree program. 

Other bachelors must have completed courses that according to the study board makes them qualified for the master's degree program. In general an overlap of at least 2/3 with the mandatory courses of the bachelor program in nanoscience is required. Contact professor Per Hedegård ( for further information. 

Masters' advisor

Before beginning the second unit of the master's degree program you should have a master's advisor that can function as a counsellor in connection with academic questions and the composition of your masters degree program.