Why study MSc Nanomaterials and Materials Science?

Carbon nanotube, nano manipulationThis MSc replaces the previous MSc Nanomaterials for Nanoengineering which ran successfully since 2006. 

The course is designed to equip students with the know-how and skills for becoming an expert in materials science with nanotechnology specialisation.

Course breakdown

  • Duration: 1 year full time
  • Fees: It's important to find out how much the fees are for your course and get advice on funding your studies. We recommend using the University's fee lookup tool.
  • Entry requirements: a good honours degree in physical sciences (chemistry, physics, biology), any engineering discipline, or related subject from an approved institution
  • English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent

Course structure

Students will experience the unique combination of a foundation semester in the general area of science and engineering of materials, followed by a nanoscience and nanotechnology specific semester to result in an unrivalled comprehensive nanomaterials expertise.

Nanotechnology semester Nano-composite

The nanotechnology semester may include such topics as: 

  • Nanoparticles, nanotubes and nanowires
  • Functional nanomaterials (nanomagnetics, bionanomaterials)
  • Nanostructuring/nanopatterning
  • Nanoporous materials/catalytic nanomaterials
  • Nanocomposites
Materials science and engineering semester

The materials science & engineering semester may include such topics as:

  • Foundation in science of materials
  • Materials processing & characterisation
  • Materials selection
  • Properties and applications

All topics are complemented by a general technical skills module.

Research project

The course content reflects the highly interdisciplinary nature of the subject of nanomaterials and allows students to specialise via choice of the research project.

The project will provide the opportunity to join a materials-related research group of your choice for one third of the total course.

Academic support

Meet Dr Gunter Mobus, Course Director and Reader in Electron Microscopy and Materials Science

Dr Gunter Moebus

Our network of world leading academics, at the cutting edge of their research, inform our courses providing a stimulating, dynamic environment in which to study.

You'll receive support throughout your course, plus a dedicated Supervisor for your research project.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Course Director Professor Palmiere direct email


The nanomaterials covered in this course are commercially used in a variety of industrial applications including:

  • Catalyst systems involving functional nanoparticles and nanoporous supportstructures
  • Magnetic nanostructures for data storage and data read-write
  • Energy: Fuel cell components, solar energy device components, novel battery electrodes
  • Consumer healthcare and cosmetics: sunscreens, dental care, cleaning products
  • Functional materials (magnetic data storage, biomedical applications, and sensors)
  • Nanocomposite materials, e.g. for aerospace applications
  • Architecture, civil and mechanical engineering: Self-cleaning glass, coatings on tools and structural surfaces.

NanomaterialsThe course provides a combination of subject-specific and transferable skills of wide-spread use to a range of employers, not just for the nanomaterials industry but for any advanced technology-focused company.

Our graduates work across the globe in a variety of roles including:

  • Graduate engineer
  • Research scientist
  • PhD researcher
  • Software engineer

We are very proud of our alumni and their achievements, with many now working for employers such as: e2v; European Thermodynamics Ltd; Max-Planck-Institutes; ABB of Sweden; AGR Automation. 

Juan Leonardo MartinezAs CEO I aim to take research technology to the next level: from laboratory to market and commercialisation.


Meet our alumni

Once you've made your decision and are ready to apply, follow our step by step guide. Apply now

*The content of individual lecture courses and modules is continually reviewed and updated. For more detail on the specific syllabus, course structure and specific content of modules, please contact Dr Joel Foreman, Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor, j.foreman@sheffield.ac.uk.