Programme Description

Study objectives

As a student of the Masters Programme in Nanoscience, you will gather multidisciplinary know-how in the fields of physics, chemistry, and cell & molecular biology. This combination of physics with chemistry and biology offered by the programme is unique in Finland and also abroad, where especially biology is often missing. The programme is ideal for those interested in natural sciences in a broad sense and those willing to understand nature and phenomena in nature from many perspectives, from atomic level to the organisms. It provides excellent abilities to follow current developments in science and technology and to graduate as an expert in the rapidly developing field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

As a Master graduated form the programme you will

  • understand the importance of size and shape in nanoscale
  • understand properties of nano-objects in chemistry, biology and physics
  • know common fabrication and characterization methods for nano-objects
  • master experimental and/or or theoretical methods in your major subject for studying nano-objects
  • be able to plan and conduct research project
  • be able to write scientific report with good language
  • be able to perform scientific discussion and communicate scientific results

More about the language of instruction

All courses are taught in English. The majority of the literature is in English. You can include courses conducted in Finnish in your degree.

Study contents

The contents of the studies reflect the areas of expertise at NSC:

  • spectroscopy, computational chemistry and supramolecular chemistry (chemistry major),
  • nanophysics and theoretical physics (physics major), and
  • cell structure and dynamics, virology and bioimaging (cell and molecular biology major).

Nanoscience is a rapidly evolving field and teaching is very tightly connected with research. Master’s Thesis projects are done in research groups as part of on-going research projects.

Tuition fees

In Finnish universities, there are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. Tuition fees concern only non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.

The tuition fee is 12 000 euros / academic year.

Please note that no tuition is charged if you:

  • are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland
  • are in possession of a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, or EU Blue Card

University of Jyväskylä has scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees. Scholarships are applied for when applying for the admission to the programme.

Additional information on tuition fees and scholarships is available on the JYU website.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

The major of your studies is either Chemistry (Physical chemistry or Organic chemistry), Physics or Biology (Cell and molecular biology). Your earlier studies define the major of your Master studies.

Structure of studies

The program consists of three major lines: chemistry, physics and cell and molecular biology. The studies consist of common studies in nanoscience for all majors and major-specific studies and optional studies.

Final project

The Master’s thesis includes an introduction to the scientific literature of the subject, experimental/theoretical work, and a discussion. Experimental work can vary greatly depending on the subject. In the master’s thesis, you will develop skills to gather information, apply information, and present information together with developing your scientific thinking. Often the Master’s thesis is part of a larger research topic and majority of the thesis’ works is done within the research groups in the departments. This means that as a member of the research group, you will receive supervision from other group members as well as from your supervisors. The Master’s thesis can also be done in cooperation with companies or other research institutes.

The learning objectives for a thesis include gaining an in-depth knowledge of a topic in the field of nanoscience, including deeper insight into current research. During the thesis work, you reach the capacity to contribute to research and development work.The aim is that you also learn to present and discuss the findings of your work and have a level of knowledge and arguments to discuss these findings in written and spoken English. The goal of the Master’s thesis is to develop and demonstrate the ability to apply the selected research strategies and methods in identification and solution of an authentic, work related problem. Furthermore, the objective of the thesis is to make students competitive in the global job market.

Career opportunities

Nanoscience and -technology are relatively new fields with a strong focus on opportunities for applications and innovations. A large portion of existing companies are interested in nanoscience and technology and increasing number of them are already using nanotechnology in their products. This creates a need for experts in nanoscience, thus establishing potential for recruitment. Nanoscience is also a good platform for establishing start-up companies. Master degree in nanoscience provides also an excellent basis for postgraduate studies.


The programme has established a collaboration with Kassel University (Germany) in student and staff exchange via the bilateral Erasmus plus agreement. In addition, there are Erasmus agreements with Arhus, Basel, and Pisa.

The Nanoscience Center (NSC) is a cross-disciplinary research center shared by the departments of physics, chemistry, and biological & environmental science, and is an international working environment: about one quarter of the staff are non-Finns. All research groups operate at an international level and the working language of all the groups is English.

Co-operation with other parties

Nanoscience offers good prospects for development of new innovations and establishing start-up companies. Currently, there are several such projects on-going at NSC. Additionally, there are common projects with industry and there is a general tendency of seeking collaboration with industry in nanoscience. There is evidence that companies are interested in students graduating in nanoscience. All research groups have both national and international collaborations with other universities as well as research institutes. 

Research focus

The nanoscience Center houses researchers from three different departments, its cross-disciplinary approaches enable research ranging from fundamental theory to commercial solutions. Research focuses on molecular nanosystems, where the cross-disciplinary approaches are expected to result in new innovations. The main research areas are:

  • Biological nanostructures
  • Organic nanochemistry
  • Spectroscopy of nanostructures
  • Experimental nanophysics
  • Computational nanoscience

Postgraduate study opportunities

The programme produces eligibility for postgraduate studies in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. After graduation to Master it takes four years on a full-time basis to complete the Doctoral Degree in the University of Jyväskylä.