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The Master degree programme Applied Nanotechnology

This MSc programme is offered jointly by Saxion University of Applied Sciences and the University of Twente.

You will be using both Saxion’s laboratory facilities in the High Tech Factory and the UT’s own top-class facilities, such as the MESA+ NanoLab.Nanotechnology

Course sector:Engineering

Course duration:2 years

Starting date:September

DegreeMaster of Science (MSc)


Tuition fee (specification) € 8,900

The distinguishing feature of the Master degree programme Applied Nanotechnology is the design and development of innovative products and applications in the field of nanotechnology. As such, this Master degree programme is unique in the Netherlands. Nanotechnology, design, solving problems for diverse target groups, high-tech skills and knowledge of various disciplines are the themes that run throughout the programme. This Master degree programme is all about translating new theory into as-yet-unknown innovative applications.

During this programme, you will be applying your knowledge of micro- and nanotechnology in innovative ways. On the basis of micro- and nanotechnology principles, you will be developing products and processes which contribute to the resolution of societal challenges in a range of areas, such as energy, healthcare, sustainability or even forensic science. On completion of your Master degree programme, you will be well versed in creative thinking and operating at the cutting edge of innovative applied nanotechnology design. You come up with new solutions and build and test prototypes based on the challenges and wishes of the end user. By working closely with the professional field, you will gain important practical experience with high-tech manufacturing and design businesses. This will help you apply your knowledge.
In addition, time will be spent on developing vital soft skills, e.g. communication, teamwork, ethics and entrepreneurship.

The programme of the Master Applied Nanotechnology takes two years (full time) and is taught in English.

During the programme, you will always have access to the latest international knowledge and literature. The teaching materials are in English, which is also the language of instruction.

The first semester of the year is taken up by a foundation course. Both theory and practical training will be focused on teaching you various methods and techniques for developing (innovative) micro- and nanotechnology products and applications. Subjects in this first semester include physics, mathematics, physical chemistry and micro-/nanotechnology.

In the second semester, you are assigned an individual project, leading to a report that you must then uphold. The projects are inspired by a variety of specialisations including microfluidics, bio-functionalised surfaces and interface electronics. Tutorials offer you the opportunity to lend more depth to your (theoretical) knowledge. During this first year, you also learn the basics of creative thinking, entrepreneurship and the ethics of technology.

In the first few months of the second year, you study a number of compulsory subjects including Introduction to Visualization and Simulation and Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnology and Nanotoxiology. Additionally, you pick a number of scientific or specialisation subjects. The major part of the second year is taken up by the final year assignment (thesis) on location. This may focus on a specialisation area, an early prototype or an end product. You are responsible for arranging your own final year assignment. Obviously, you can make full use of Saxion’s existing network of contacts.

Your admission is conditional on you holding a Bachelor degree in one of the following subjects: 

  • Biology & Medical Laboratory Research

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Chemistry

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Engineering Physics

  • Mechatronics, Industrial Design Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering or a comparable subject.


An intake interview forms part of the admission procedure. You will receive an email invite for this. The intake interview will focus on the match between your background and expectations on the one hand and the programme on the other. The outcome of this interview is non-binding.

It is possible to conduct the interview over Skype/Facetime.



Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

MSc in Data Science for Life Sciences 


HAN University of Applied Sciences

Master of Molecular Life Sciences

Are you a recent Life Sciences graduate or are you working as a technician and feel you are capable of more? Do you want to increase your knowledge as well as your project skills? Would you like to work more independently on complex tasks and be more versatile in your profession? Then choose the English-taught Master of Molecular Life Sciences course.

Location:Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Duration:24 months (full-time)

Study load:40 hours per week plus learning on the job

ECTS credits:120

Degree title:Master of Science

Programme tuition:€ 15,000 (2017 price level)

With a Bachelors of Life Sciences you can directly enrol in the full-time course, where you will learn and work at the same time. You will spend 3 days a week working as an intern in a laboratory at either a company or institute. The other 2 days you will attend lectures and study on your own. An internship allowance can help you to cover your tuition fees. The teaching team and internship company select suitable students in advance. More information can be found in the flyer.

This course will enrich your knowledge in diverse areas: molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, statistics, bioinformatics, immunology and the development of vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tests.

You will become increasingly competent in devising experimental and project strategies, writing scientific documents, and organising projects.

Your newly acquired competences will allow you to work more independently on complex tasks and be a more versatile professional in your field. Doors will open for you, either within your organisation or further afield.

This course and your newly gained professional experience will make you the linking pin between technicians and experienced project leaders, between different departments, and between theory and practice. You will learn to balance the interests of various experts and partners involved in your projects.

You will deepen and broaden your knowledge, understanding and skills in the fields of scientific research and project management. Your knowledge of quality control, guidelines and regulations, patents, bioinformatics, statistics, finance and business development will help you communicate with experts in these areas.

Your practical experience and scientific knowledge will help you effectively contribute to the efficient implementation of projects in your professional practice.

This Masters course is connected to HAN BioCentre, where research and development are conducted on a contract and project basis for companies. In this way and through the involvement of guest lecturers from the relevant areas, the course continually keeps abreast of the latest insights.

The course is also part of the key area of Biodiscovery at HAN. This area benefits from the combined expertise of the HAN BioCentre and the staff and students from the Bachelors courses in Life Sciences, Chemistry and Bioinformatics, and the Masters course in Molecular Life Sciences. Students and staff alike take part in multidisciplinary research aimed at solving issues from the professional field of biodiscovery.

In addition, the course’s alignment with the needs of professional practice is regularly tested by an advisory committee with representatives from the Bioscience sector. Members of this committee include staff from MSD, DuPont, PamGene and Radboudumc.

The Keuzegids, an independent consumer guide that rates and compares the quality of all higher education degree courses in the Netherlands, has rated this Masters course as one of the best of its kind.

For the fifth  year in a row, the Masters course in Molecular Life Sciences at HAN was ranked as top master programme. It scored of 84 (out of 100) points, equalling the score of the second best Master of Life Sciences course at Dutch research universities. 

Students were extremely satisfied with the education they received and gave extra praise to communication in the course. The guide highly recommends the course to people who want to start or enhance their career in applied research or product development in the Life Science sector.

Graduates of this course earn the title Master of Science, just like graduates from universities that focus on fundamental research. The level is the same, but the focus is different: a student at a university of applied sciences learns to apply research for the development of products that meet the needs of the market and/or society. To this end, they consider scientific and project management skills. For this reason, the course is also referred to as a professional Masters course.

Alumni of this course stay involved through a LinkedIn group. Every 2 years they are asked for their opinions on the benefits of the master for their professional career and how this course can be further improved. This allows us to monitor our professional focus.

We also use the LinkedIn network to offer alumni new or updated parts of the course for free. And they are invited regularly to an alumni day, where they take part in activities relevant to the profession and meet up with former classmates and lecturers.

To enrol in the Masters in Molecular Life Sciences course you need a Bachelors degree in the Life Sciences or equivalent. If you are a recent graduate, you can take the full-time course; if you are a professional working in the field, you can take the part-time course and combine it with your work. The full-time course is also suitable for international students that cannot combine the course with their current job.

You will be admitted to the course if you have one of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Life Sciences/Higher Laboratory Education)

  • a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Life Sciences or comparable disciplines)


If you have a different degree, you can take part in an admission assessment to prove that you have relevant Bachelors-level qualifications. For more information on the admission assessment, please refer to the document ’Admission procedure for applicants without a Bachelor degree’ on the right-hand side of this page. 

Language qualification
Your English language proficiency is at least B2 on the CEFR or 6,5 on the IELTS.

Professional experience
You need laboratory research experience of at least 5 months to enrol in this course. You acquired this experience during your internships or work experience.

The full-time programme is especially suited for you if you have just graduated or will soon graduate with a Bachelors degree, and/or if you are an international student without a workplace within about 400 km from Nijmegen. You will combine the theoretical programme of the course with an extensive internship placement at a company. 

An internship placement position is a condition for taking the course. We will collaborate with the business world to create work placement positions and select the most suitable students. You can also join the course if you can organise an internship placement position for yourself for the entire duration of the course.

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