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Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials MSc

Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Nanotechnology Molecular Biology Molecular Physics Molecular Chemistry

Course type


Course Summary

Programme overview

This interdisciplinary programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become a practitioner in functional materials research, whether in industry or academia. Our graduates have a strong track record of progressing to full-time employment or further study, with around half obtaining PhD places in Bristol or other leading universities throughout the world.

The programme is run by the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN), which engages with a network of more than 100 academics from 15 departments in the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Life Sciences. This rich and diverse community provides truly interdisciplinary training and challenging projects at the cutting edge of functional materials research.

The structure of the programme - featuring both short training projects and an extended research project - provides multiple opportunities for direct contact with leading academics and industry partners across a wide range of research areas. You will choose your extended research project after exploring BCFN's research network through short projects and the teaching programme. Recent project titles have included ‘Tunable Fluorescent Carbon Dots for Digital Display Technologies', ‘Nanoscale Bi/Sb Chalcohalides for Solar Energy Conversion’ and ‘Silk-Bone: a New Spin on Bone-tissue Engineering’.

Throughout the programme you will have opportunities to further your technical and professional development in research skills, delivering effective presentations, scientific writing, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship.


The combination of skills training and interaction with world-class functional materials research means that graduates of this programme have either started a PhD or successfully obtained full-time employment.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Nanoscience Skills and Training Assignment is a mandatory 40 cp unit as an integral part of the 180 cp MSc programme in Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials. As such it will complement the taught material in the Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials Lecture Course unit, and the technique-oriented material in the Advanced Tools for Nanoscience unit. This Nanoscience Skills and Training Assignment unit is composed of 2 laboratory-based training projects which will provide a broad training in a range of the necessary skills and techniques needed for practical Nanoscience. This unit is composed of two equally-weighted 20 cp components, one taken in weeks 1-10, and the second in weeks 11-20. The aim of the unit is to provide thorough practical training in a manner that will stimulate innovative approaches to problem-solving and emphasize the skills and training required for interdisciplinary scientific research. Exposure of students to a specific short-term project with an interdisciplinary perspective will allow them to experience not only aspects of the basic science of nanomaterials, but how these might be implemented into new technologies.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a science or engineering discipline (eg chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, materials science or chemical engineering).