Do you want to learn how to design, make, model, and use nanomaterials to find solutions for the transition to a sustainable society? Would you like to work on cutting edge interdisciplinary research at the interface between chemistry and physics?

Research themes
Colloids and Bio-inspired materials, Catalysts and Energy Materials, Nanophotonics and Quantum Materials
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Nanomaterials for Sustainability

The combined talents and expertise of material scientists, chemists and physicists are essential to meet the tackle the scientific and technological challenges of today’s society. Nanomaterials have unique size-dependent properties that can be tailored by controlling the shape and surface of nanoparticles, porous materials, nanocomposites and their interfaces. The Research Master  Nanomaterials Science offers you a challenging and scientifically diverse learning environment where you will acquire both the knowledge and the skills to successfully tackle the complex multidisciplinary problems associated with our transition to a sustainable society.

In the two-year Master’s programme Nanomaterials Science, you will gain in-depth knowledge and research experience with novel nanomaterials and their properties, synthesis, structure, design and modelling. You are provided with the knowledge, tools and skills to predict, design, understand, and manipulate the properties of nanomaterials towards their application in e.g. energy-efficient lasers and LEDs, renewable hydrogen and ammonia production, and in the conversion of CO2 to renewable fuels. Through your courses and research work, you will participate in the exciting field of nanomaterials science and gain fundamental knowledge about its application. The programme is build around the three M’s: ‘Make, Measure, Model’. These all play a central role in the research projects which are hosted by the research groups of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science:

Additionally, you can also choose to do an internship at a foreign university, research institute or company. 

I feel like this programme is unique because of the focus on research. Research is a really big part of this in this programme. Sometimes it even feels like doing a mini-PhD.


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. 
  • Networking with national and international contacts of excellent scientists within the Debye Institute who are often world-leading in their fields. 
  • Strong links to academia, research institutes and companies, which offers multiple opportunities to bring knowledge into practice. 
  • An interdisciplinary approach to the programme’s main theme, which provides you with a broad perspective of the field of nanomaterials, excellent problem-solving skills and adaptability.  

Which chemistry programme is for you?

Utrecht University offers two Master's programmes in Chemical Sciences. Check which programme best fits your interests.

Key facts

Chemical Sciences (MSc)
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Study duration: 
2 years
February, September
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2024-2025: € 2,530

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2024-2025: € 23,765

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Accredited by the NVAO
Graduate school: 
School of Natural Sciences
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