Nanoscience – Master of Science

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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.

Overview

Degree Master of Science
Programme start Winter semester & Summer semester
Period of study 4 semesters
Application period 17.5. - 15.6. | 29.11. - 15.1.
Admission restrictions no
ECTS 120
⌀ Number of students 15

Why study Nanoscience in the University of 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.

Content

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.


Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

Internship and study abroad

Internships

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.

Impressions from students and lecturers

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In our interview series, students talk about their subject, teachers explain the department's research and tell you what topics they cover in seminars and lectures.

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Requirements

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

  • Documentation of your academic degree in chemistry or a closely related field with a clear tie to chemistry 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 (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In justified exceptional cases, knowledge of English can be proven in an interview. The Standing Examination Board Nanoscience decides on exceptional cases. 
  • 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. In justified exceptional cases, the GRE test may be replaced by an interview. The Standing Examination Board Nanoscience decides on exceptional cases.


Fees

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 certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 17.5. - 15.6. (winter semester) and 29.11. - 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

To submit your online application you are required to upload the following supporting documents as PDF-files:

  • 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
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 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.
  • 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

  • If your documents are not available in German or English, you will need to have them translated. Please submit a German or English translation of your documents along with the original versions.
  • Applicants from China und Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy of your home country
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