Nanoscience – Master of Science


Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree. For this, the University of Konstanz offers the Bachelor's Programme in Nanoscience.

Nowadays, nanoscience is regarded as one of the most important innovation engines for new technologies and offers solutions to key questions of our time. Knowledge about the production, the structure and the function of chemical materials is seen as key expertise. It is already in great demand today, in Germany and worldwide, and will be in even greater demand in the future. Our nanoscience study programme provides you with an understanding of how to manipulate nanostructures and material structures and how to specifically develop new functionalities and areas of application through their interaction with the macroscopic world. You will receive a sound, high-quality scientific education that equips you with particular competence in the field of material sciences whilst building equally solid specialist foundations in chemistry. As a graduate you will have a qualification profile that is relevant to modern material sciences research. And if you wish to deepen your scientific knowledge and skills, you will be suitably qualified to take up doctoral studies in chemistry or physics.


DegreeMaster of Science
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period13.5. - 15.7. | 4.12. - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno
⌀ Number of students:15

Why study Nanoscience at Konstanz?

Our Master’s Programme in Nanoscience offers education and training at a leading international level with a strong practical orientation. The researchers at our Departments of Chemistry and Physics include multiple award-winning and internationally oriented scientists. Teaching is both modern and interdisciplinary with numerous research-related courses.



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

In this master's programme you will acquire knowledge and skills required for a career in modern material sciences research. A large variety of career possibilities open up in industry and the world of science.

Typical work areas include:

  • production of instruments in measurement and sensor technology
  • production of optical or medical devices
  • electronics industry (e.g. production of microchips)
  • ceramic and chemical industry
  • metal engineering and foundries
  • material development (synthetics, biomaterials etc.)
  • quality control, materials testing institutes

For a senior position in research and development a doctorate is usually required. Above-average students can take the Fast Track option with direct admission to doctoral studies, thus shortening the overall study period.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad


You have to complete a total of two months work experience during the master's programme

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • Thirst for knowledge
  • Interest in the natural sciences
  • Logical and analytical thinking

Language skills

Required foreign language skills
Along with your application, please include documentation of advanced skills in English (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Approved language tests and certificates:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test result of at least 72 points (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate: at least a Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test result of at least band 5
  • Five years of continuous English lessons at a German-speaking secondary school completed with at least 5 points (usually certified by the higher education entrance qualification)

This requirement is also met if you can document having attended secondary school, having completed a bachelor’s degree or having studied at least one semester abroad in: Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or the United States.

German language skills
International applicants do not have to prove the German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The Master's Programme in Nanoscience is taught in English.

Admission requirements

  • bachelor's degree in nanoscience (or a similar programme) acquired at an institution of higher education or Berufsakademie
  • Documentation of advanced skills in English (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • If you completed your university degree in a country that did not sign the Lisbon Treaty (ETS No. 165), you will need to provide documentation of a GRE test with at least  a combined average score of 150 points (verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning score). See the chart of signatures and ratifications of Treaty 165 for more information.

For details, please see the admission regulations.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 13.5. - 15.7. (winter semester) and 4.12. - 15.1. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Application for admission
  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work (including course hours per week) and ECTS-credits. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far
  • Documentation of advanced skills in English
  • If necessary: Results of the GRE test
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).

    Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "admission requirements" and "language skills".

International applicants:

  • Applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing
  • Applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator
  • Applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi