Do you want to know how you can use nanomaterials, like colloidal crystals and catalysts to find unique solutions for the transition to a sustainable society? Or how you can research the interface between chemistry and physics? 

Research areas
Colloids, Catalysis & Nanophotonics
Icon alumni
of our graduates
aim for a PhD

Explore the applications of nanomaterials

Nanomaterials are essential building blocks that can produce chemicals in an environmentally friendly manner, harvest light to supply energy, and help develop faster computers and better medicines. In this two-year Master’s programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge on, and experimental experience with, novel nanomaterials and their synthesis, structure, and applications – for example, as catalysts or in nanophotonics.

Chemistry of the future

The dimensions of systems at the microscopic level determine their physical and chemical properties and applications. Your studies will provide you with the tools to analyse and experiment with these properties and possibilities. In addition, the course content will introduce you to the nanomaterials of tomorrow, including colloidal crystals – a new tool for the manipulation of light in miniature lasers and optical devices – and new catalysts for more efficient and environmentally friendly chemistry. 

Contribute to a sustainable society

The combined talents and expertise of chemists are essential for success in a number of subfields within science and technology. Our Master’s programme offers you the knowledge and training to work as a scientist who contributes to a more sustainable society. Through your courses and research work, you will participate in the exciting field of nanomaterial development and develop fundamental knowledge of various applications and industrial interests. Our staff members excel in research and in teaching, and they maintain close ties with partners in industry and academia. As part of your programme, you may opt to participate in an industry-based internship. 

Go to study programme


Nanomaterial Science is a selective research Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master's?

Check the entry requirements

Why in Utrecht

  • The prestigious Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science provides the teaching staff and research facilities in the programme.
  • An interdisciplinary approach to the programme’s main theme, which provides you with a broad perspective of the field of nanomaterials. 
  • Strong links with industry, which offer multiple opportunities for investigating applied practices.
  • Networking with national and international contacts drawn by Utrecht University’s top positions within prestigious international rankings.

Key facts

Chemical Sciences (MSc)
Language of instruction: 
Mode of study: 
Study duration: 
2 years
September, February
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 21,736

More information about fees
Croho code: 
Accredited by the NVAO
Graduate school: 
Natural Sciences
Request a brochure