As a student of the Master’s Degree Programme in Nanoscience, you will get multidisciplinary know-how in the fields of physics, chemistry and cell & molecular biology. If you are broadly interested in natural sciences and willing to understand nature and its phenomena from many perspectives, this programme is ideal for you.
It provides you 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.
Master’s Degree Programme in Nanoscience, is for people who are interested in the natural sciences and want to become experts working at the junction of traditional disciplines. In the programme, you will acquire multidisciplinary know-how in biology, chemistry and physics to understand and control natural phenomena taking place at the nanometer scale. As a graduate of the Programme you will have a solid competence to contribute to the future of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
When graduating from the programme you will
- master the concepts and phenomena of nanoscience
- apply wide interdisciplinary knowledge to solve forefront research problems
- manage projects in cross-disciplinary team
- evaluate the limitations and applications of nanoscientific methods
- communicate and present scientific results both verbally and in writing
More about the language of instruction
All courses of the Master’s Degree Programme in Nanoscience are taught in English.
Choosing a main subject or field of specialization
Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nanoscience, Physics, Chemistry, Cell and molecular biology or other relevant field may apply for Master’s Degree Programme in Nanoscience. The major of your Master’s Programme studies is either Chemistry, Physics or Cell and molecular biology depending on your Bachelor’s Degree courses. However, all students will have to take specialized nanoscience courses regardless of their major.
Tuition is free for citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. In addition, students who are in possession of a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, EU Blue Card, or residence card for a family member of an EU citizen, are exempted from paying tuition for the duration of the validity of the permit.
Other students, the tuition fee in this programme is 12 000 € per academic year. The University of Jyväskylä offers a scholarship programme for students liable to pay tuition fees. This scholarship can be applied for when applying for admission to the programme, using the same online application form. In each Master’s programme, two (2) 100% scholarships and four (4) 50% scholarships are available for applications. The scholarships are awarded based on the admission criteria of the programme.
Non-Finnish students in the English-taught Master’s degree programmes of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, who are not eligible for Kela’s (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland) student financial aid, can apply for a scholarship for living expenses from the Faculty.
Additional information on tuition fees and scholarships is available on JYU website.
Career opportunities for the graduates are typically in industry or academia. Many high-tech companies are interested in nanoscience and nanotechnology, since these fields are focused on applications and innovations. The research and product development in these companies requires more and more multidisciplinary experts. Depending your own study plan you will be qualified for many jobs for example in the health, biotechnology, space technology or chemical industry sector. In addition, the Master’s programme provides excellent preparation for an academic career. You have plenty of choices to tune your degree for a specific academic research.
Postgraduate study opportunities
Master’s Degree in Nanoscience provides an excellent basis for PhD studies in Chemistry, Physics and Cell and molecular Biology. After graduating from the Master’s programme it usually takes four years on a full-time basis to complete a Doctoral Degree in the JYU.
The multidisciplinary curriculum consists of specialized nanoscience courses and major subject studies, including a Master´s Thesis in one of the interdisciplinary specialization areas. In addition, students can broaden their skills with optional studies consisting of advanced courses in all the involved disciplines. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, e-learning as well as hands-on laboratory work with state-of-the-art research equipment. High-quality experts from Finland and all over the world are invited to teach in the seminars and symposia.
The contents of the nanoscience courses reflect the areas of expertise at the JYU Nanoscience Center (NSC):
- spectroscopy, experimental nanophysics and supramolecular chemistry
- computational and theoretical nanoscience (chemistry & physics)
- cell structure and dynamics, virology, and bioimaging
The courses represent novel and cutting-edge techniques in biosafety and virus laboratories, DNA/RNA laboratories and protein chemistry, chemical synthesis and structure laboratories, computational nanoscience, quantum technologies and cryogenic laboratories, microscopy imaging (SEM, TEM, AFM etc.), laser spectroscopy laboratories, nanofabrication and clean room techniques, and biophysical laboratories. The programme also allows for optional studies from a broad range of topics for example in business, communication, and language studies. In addition, every JYU student can apply for international exchange or internship as part of the Degree studies.
Structure of studies
The Master´s Degree Programme in Nanoscience is a two-year programme amounting 120 ECTS. The Curriculum consists of Nanoscience courses (22 ETCS) which are obligatory for all students regardless of the major. In addition, studies include compulsory and optional advanced level courses (80–100 ETCS) according the major. The rest of the optional courses (18–0 ETCS) can be selected based on student’s own interest and career plan.
The Master’s Thesis is an extended scientific report from an individual scientific project carried under academic supervision. The scientific work of the Master’s Thesis can take place at one of the research groups at the JYU Nanoscience Center. The student will be assigned a relevant, preferably interdisciplinary, research project that is conducted in close collaboration with other members of the research group. The Master’s Thesis can also be done in cooperation with companies or other research institutes.
The written Master’s Thesis includes an introduction of the relevant topic and research literature, experimental/theoretical work section, and a discussion. The Thesis format can be monograph or scientific article, and the experimental/theoretical work can vary greatly depending on the subject. The Thesis should demonstrate that the student is able to solve problems from the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology independently and use scientific methods. The Thesis topic should be chosen so that the project can be finalized within 6–9 months.
The NSC is an international working environment. About one fourth of the staff are non-Finns and all research groups use English as their working language. Every JYU student can also apply for exchange or internship abroad as part of the Degree studies. NSC has collaboration agreement with other nanoscience centers in Kassel University (Germany) and Bar-Ilan University (Israel). In addition, there are other agreements with Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Basel (Switzerland), and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). There are many other possibilities to internationalize your studies.
The international Jyväskylä Summer School (JSS) offers courses for advanced Master’s students, Doctoral students, and postdocs in various fields of natural science and information technology. Many JSS courses are organized by NSC. The JSS has been organized in August since 1991 and all courses are in English and offered free of charge for students admitted to the School.
Co-operation with other parties
The education offered in the Master´s Degree Programme in Nanoscience is based on the research strengths of the Departments of Biological and Environmental Science, Chemistry, and Physics at the JYU which provides a broad selection of courses.
NSC’s researchers have a wide national and international collaboration network. NSC has an organization-level collaboration with three research centers:
- Center for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology (CINSaT), Kassel University, Germany
- Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), Bar-Ilan University, Israel
- Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL) Center, University of California, the USA
The collaboration includes mutual visits and research projects. The CINSaT and BINA collaborations are partially funded by the European Union via an Erasmus agreement between the universities. Furthermore, the Laserlab-NSC is a member of Laserlab Europe which is a network of leading European laser research institutions. In addition to the international research collaborations, NSC has created contacts with national partners to increase the impact of NSC research and education. A few examples are the catalysis company Dinex, the JAMK University of Applied Sciences, the JYU Accelerator Laboratory, and the medical research groups at the Central Finland Healthcare District KSSHP.
The JYU Nanoscience Center (NSC) was established in 2001. Today, NSC is a dynamic research organization whose members belong to the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, Chemistry or Physics. Many of the Center’s core activities take place in the NSC building, located in the immediate vicinity of the Departments’ buildings. The strength of NSC lies in the collaboration between people with varying academic backgrounds, from practical biologists to theoretical physicists. The five focus areas of NSC are:
- Spectroscopy and photodynamics
- Experimental nanophysics
- Theoretical and computational nanoscience
Curriculum consists of Nanoscience courses which are obligatory for all regardless of the specalisation area. In addition studies include advanced level courses according to the specialisation. Optional studies depend on your interest and career plans. Then can be elective studies or for example communication and language studies. As you see, there is lot of room for optionality in the specialisation studies. More information of the courses.
Application period: (08.01.2020 at 08:00 – 22.01.2020 at 15:00)
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