Nanoscience is one of the most important engines for innovation in new technologies and provides solutions to current key questions. Knowledge about the production, the structure and the function of chemical materials is seen as key expertise today and will be in even greater demand in the future. A significant number of large and medium-sized companies (e.g. Bayer, BASF, Evonik, Henkel, etc.) have nanotechnology products in their portfolios and generate a large part of their turnover with these products. As competition among the companies is quite strong, not only production, but also research in the field of nanoscience is gaining more and more economic importance.
Well-trained experts in the area of nanoscience are increasingly sought-after in industry and research, both in Germany as well as around the world. Typical career perspectives are jobs in the production of instruments for measurement and sensor technology, optical or medical devices, micro-building blocks (e.g. in the electronics industry), in the ceramics, chemical or metal industries, material development (plastics, bio-materials etc.), material testing and quality control.
While the bachelor’s degree already provides a professional qualification, its graduates usually continue with a master's programme, like their colleagues in chemistry and life science. If your aim is a senior position in research and development, you will need to have a doctorate. The fast track option (without having to write a master’s thesis) allows above-average students to shorten their period of studies by being directly admitted as doctoral researchers.