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NANOSCIENCE

The science of nature's smallest building blocks - atoms and molecules.

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2019: -  
Langauge
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary degree programme where you follow courses in physics, chemistry and molecular biology. The degree programme provides you with an opportunity to develop unique materials, functions and properties in almost everything we surround ourselves with.

Studying on the nanoscience programme

The course programme at Nanoscience is based on lectures and class lessons in combination with practical exercises and projects. Each day is packed with many hours at the iNANO research institute, which is where you will come to work with subjects including an introduction to nanotechnology, nano characterisation and experimental nano-exercises.

The smallest details in the world

At Nanoscience you will be working with the nanoscale, where a nanometre is the equivalent of one billionth of a meter. That is approximately 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a single human hair. You will also work with the very smallest details in the development of future technologies within the areas of materials, energy, the environment, communication, electronics and health.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in nanoscience, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes. For example the Master's degree in nanoscience, which can provide you with job opportunities in a wide range of scientific areas, from nanomedicine and biotechnology to functional materials and the energy/environment sector.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22160

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

1. A qualifying examination 

2. Grade requirements: You will need both an average grade of at least 7.0 on your overall qualifying examination (incl. any bonus for extra A-level subjects) and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A specifically (on the Danish 7-point grading scale).

3. The following specific admission requirements:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of the following combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B

If there are one or more subjects which you have not completed, you can take them as supplementary courses at upper secondary school level or a summer supplementary courses (conditional admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application, unless you are applying for conditional admission.

If you don’t meet the grade requirements

If you don’t meet, or don’t expect to meet, the grade requirements of an average grade of at least 7.0 io your qualifying examination and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A, you can apply for admission through an entrance examination. Completing the entrance examination is equivalent to fulfilling the grade requirements, but does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who wish to take part in the entrance examination must apply before the deadline on 15 March at 12:00 (quota 2)

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above. All quota 2 applicants will be invited to take an entrance examination.

Read more about quota 2 and the entrance examination

If there are more qualified applicants than quota 2 places, the applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Your score from the entrance examination
  2. Your average grade in Mathematics A
  3. A concrete assessment of your academic qualifications for admission (for example average grade from your qualifying examination, special permission or similar relevant selection criteria)

Regarding admission 2020

If there are more qualified candidates than the number of seats in quota 2, the following criteria will be included in an overall assessment of the applications:

  • Score from the admission test
  • Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B and Geoscience A
  • Chemistry B and Biotechnology A
 

Programme structure

Studieordning

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in nanoscience, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. This is also where you can read about the types of exam and exam requirements.

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in nanoscience you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Studying as a nanoscience student

At Nanoscience your first year will be spent in a class of approximately 20 students. You have many lessons together and you should expect to have between 25 and 30 hours of scheduled lessons a week. You will come to spend around the same number of hours on preparation. so you should therefore regard nanoscience as a full-time degree programme. 

This is an example of a timetable for a week during the second quarter at nanoscience:

Monday

09:00–11:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (theoretical exercises)

11:00–12:00: Inorganic Chemistry (lectures)

12:00–14:00: Inorganic Chemistry (theoretical exercises) 

Tuesday

08:00–12:00: Inorganic Chemistry (laboratory work)

12:00–14:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (lecture)

14:00–17:00: Calculus 7 (laboratory work) 

Wednesday

10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (theoretical exercises)

12:00–14:00: Inorganic Chemistry (theoretical exercises)

14:00–16:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 

Thursday

12:00–13:00: Inorganic Chemistry (lectures)

12:00–14:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (theoretical exercises)

14:00–16:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (laboratory work) 

Friday

08:00–10:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (lecture)                     

Students: Interdisciplinarity creates synergy

"What’s characteristic about studying Nanoscience study is the ‘i’ in iNANO, which stands for interdisciplinary, because that is what it is. Nanoscience’s greatest strength is the synergy that arises when you combine the different subject areas. By using the different subject areas, you have the chance to be creative and you can try to create something new from the small parts and combine these to create a new technology or new basic research."

Mathias Jørgensen, undergraduate student, Nanoscience 

Inspirational research environment

At nanoscience you will be part of an active, internationally-oriented research environment at the iNANO (Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center) research centre. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment for your assignments and exercises, and you will find yourself posted on the very front line of research during your project. In addition, the international research environment creates good opportunities for studying abroad on the subsequent Master’s degree programme. 

Nanocafé - get answers to your questions about the syllabus

At the weekly Nanocafé you can complete assignments and reports in groups with your fellow students. The lecturers, who are researchers at the iNANO centre, will drop by to help you. In a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, you can find answers to all the questions you may have about the weekly syllabus, complete your final assignments or get a couple of hints about the laboratory report before you pop into the Friday bar and start the weekend. 

Nanorama

The students' association at Nanoscience is called Nanorama and it arranges both festive Friday bars and exciting academic events such as lectures and visits to companies. 

Nano Show

The Nano Show has been put together by a group of students who have gathered together a number of entertaining and exciting nano experiments that demonstrate nanoscience and its many phenomena and applications. The overall objective is to provide an understanding of the size of a nano, the different forces at play here, which things that are actually nano sized, and how it is possible to “see” and manipulate something so small. 

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Build on your Bachelor with a Master's degree programme

Following the Bachelor's degree programme, you can choose to continue on a two-year Master’s degree programme. During the first year of the Master’s degree programme you follow advanced courses as part of an individual study programme, which you can put together in collaboration with a student counsellor. This degree programme leads to specialisation in either nanochemistry, nanotechnology or molecular biology - in fact, there are many opportunities for in-depth study within your field of interest.

Your imagination is the only limitation

With a Master’s degree in nanoscience, you will be qualified to carry out R&D work in both public institutions and private companies. You could e.g. work in the medical industry, in industries developing new materials or in biotechnology.

At iNANO, research and development projects are underway in collaboration with around 100 Danish companies, so as a graduate and research student, you will be able to gain experience from collaborating these companies. In some situations the transition from study to job will therefore be smooth, as companies and students gain a good working relationship, which can continue once your studies are competed.


Ram Sarusie, graduate from Nanoscience at Aarhus University. Private photo.
Ram Sarusie, graduate from Nanoscience at Aarhus University. Private photo.

RAM SARUSIE, MSc in Nanoscience, working as a material specialist at Færch Plast A/S

For me, Nanoscience at Aarhus University was a great fit, because the interdisciplinary structure of the programme suited me well - I love mathematics and science in general, and not only physics or chemistry. I found it fascinating when the boundaries between physics, chemistry and molecular biology were erased, and it was challenging with teaching across the classic disciplines. 
During the programme I had the opportunity to study abroad and chose a one-year exchange at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. I can strongly recommend this! The experience abroad challenged me both academically, but just as much personally. 
At the end of my programme, I wrote my Master's thesis at the Department of Chemistry in 'hydrogen storage in solid materials'; a sustainable solution for a society without fossil fuels. During this, I acquired in-depth knowledge within chemical syntheses and methods of analysis, as well as knowledge about how to behave in the laboratory, experimental set-ups and firefighting courses.

In my job, I work in our Training and Development department as a material specialist, and my daily tasks are managing exciting projects. The projects range from the development of new and innovative solutions, where I must think outside the box, and to optimisation projects, where current processes or solutions have to be improved.
The job involves being able to explain and understand the phenomena we encounter – requiring that you read up on new and old research, and that you can go back to the fundamental physical and chemical laws, that you learned during your education. I have learned that it is not possible to remember everything from all courses from my Bachelor’s and Master’s programme. However, one of the most important things I have acquired during my education is a solid foundation enabling me to find and understand the relevant information – one of the things that the Nanoscience programme has given me with its broad and interdisciplinary range of natural science.
Nevertheless, since the Nanoscience programme is purely theoretical, except from the laboratory work, I sometimes feel that I lack competencies within the engineering and practical part of my job, but I am sure that there will always be parts of any new job that are new to you. Luckily, I feel that my education at Nanoscience has given me the right prerequisites for learning new skills and competences. These skills also helped me when I won the Dean's Challenge in 2016, which is an innovative case competition for science students at Aarhus University.