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Erasmus Mundus Program Nanoscience and Nanotechnology


Along with our partner universities Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Sweden) and Université Joseph Fourier (France) we offer the Erasmus Mundus program Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EMM Nano) leading to a joint degree. The EMM Nano program is coordinated by KU Leuven. Further information is provided by the official website www.emm-nano.org and, of course, by the BIOTEC Student Office!

Within the EMM Nano program we also offer scholarships for visiting scientists who would like to take up research and teaching assignments and scholarly work for up to 3 months at any of the participating universities. Please find more information under Funding!


The EMM Nano program provides top-quality multidisciplinary education in nanoscience as well as in the use of nano-technologies for systems and sensors at the macro-scale. Ethical and societal aspects with respect to the use of nanoscience and nanomaterials are also part of this curriculum. 

The EMM Nano program is a two year/two location program. All students spend the first year at KU Leuven (Belgium) to follow the common courses and some electives preparing them for the second year specialization. In the second year, the students choose one of the other universities to follow the compulsory specialization and elective broadening courses, and carry out the master thesis research project. In Dresden, students may follow the options Biophysics or Nanoelectronics.


Master of Science, joint degree with KU Leuven


4 semesters (1st year at KU Leuven, 2nd year at TUD)



Tuition Fees

EEA students: ? 4,000 | Non-EEA students: ? 8,000 

Applicants from non-EEA countries are defined as nationals coming from all countries other than the 27 EU Member States, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Norway) and the candidate countries for accession to the EU (presently Croatia and Turkey) who are not residents of any of the above countries and who have not carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above countries.

Partner  University       

Founded in 1425, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium is a Flemish University of Catholic signature with an international orientation. It is dedicated to research that opens up new horizons and to knowledge transfer. With over 8,000 employees and 30,000 students, the university distinguishes itself from other research centres by its autonomous statement of problems, by the disinterested character of its fundamental research, by its focus on education, and by the fact that its walls encompass almost all academic disciplines. Teaching at K.U.Leuven is based on and nourished by its own research, and by its interdisciplinary approach. 

K.U.Leuven has a strong research component in the area Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics. The research in this area is done in strong collaboration with the research groups of the three faculties i.e. Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences and Applied Biological Sciences at K.U.Leuven and the research institute IMEC. The research groups at K.U.Leuven and at IMEC are recognized worldwide in this field. IMEC has research programs spanning the range of academic research and industrial research with important industrial players. The research strategy is based on a system-oriented vision, which is reflected in the offered course modules. Important research topics are spintronics, nanoelectronic materials and fabrication methods, bionanosystems, nanofluidics, nanometrology, nanophotonics and nanolithography.


Graduate?s Profile

In the coming decades nanoscience and nanotechnology will undoubtedly become the driving force for a new set of products, systems and applications. It is expected that they will become the basis for a new industrial revolution. This new industry will develop on the one hand out of existing companies that are investing in innovation and on the other hand from completely new companies and start-ups based on new inventions at the interface between micro- and nanoelectronics, biotechnology, material science and chemistry.

You will be employed by companies in the electronic sector, new and smart material industry, chemical technology and biotechnology companies. Moreover you will have an ideal background to become the interface between experts in all these disciplines and you will be able to use you broad view on the domain of nanotechnology to develop and create new products or even startup completely new companies. With your basic education you will also end up in R&D (research & development), product design, product development or you will become an independent consultant.


Curriculum and Modules

In the first year the students follow a common program at the KU Leuven, where they are offered a set of introductory courses, non-technical courses, the core courses of the programme, and some electives to prepare them for the specialization in their major.

Each second year consortium partner (Grenoble, Chalmers, Dresden) offers specialization  courses in at least two of the major themes as well as broadening courses for the other themes (see scheme).

A major in one particular theme is not identical at all locations: since a crucial quality of the programme is the strong connection between research and education, the programme themes at each partner reflect local research strengths. Students will greatly benefit from this connection between state-of-the-art research and education within the Master?s programme.

The curriculum consists mainly of course modules taught by research specialists and a research project within one of the many research groups at the consortium. The weights (according to the ECTS, European Credit Transfer System) of the course modules are given below.

The Introductory courses (max 12 ects, KU Leuven) introduce the students to disciplines in which they have had no training and which are essential for the core courses in Year 1 and specialization courses in Year 2. For example, a physics student will follow the introductory course of biochemistry. If a student does not need any introductory course, he/she may choose more elective courses.

The Non-technical course modules (9 ects, KU Leuven) are necessary to impart non-technical qualities to the nanoscientists.

The Core courses (30 ects, KU Leuven) contain the basic knowledge within the four main disciplines: nanotechnology, nanoscience and biochemistry/physics. Every student follows these courses irrespective of her/his specialization.

The Lecture Series on Nanotechnology in Modern Society (3 ects) are organized on a monthly basis by the consortium partners, given by national and international experts on subjects such as ?ethics of nanotechnology developments?, ?opportunities for nanotechnology applications? and ?the risks of nanotechnology?. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are relatively new subjects, and as such they are accompanied by many uncertainties as to their impact on modern society. We consider this an important aspect of the educational programme. Students need to be aware of the challenges, risks and promises of nanotechnical developments and to contribute to finding answers to open questions. They are expected to attend all of the lectures and to prepare a short report of about 4 pages on one of the lectures of their own choice.  The lectures are broadcasted to the four consortium partners.

The Major courses (21-33 ects, Leuven and Grenoble, Chalmers or Dresden) prepare for the master thesis project. They consist of courses with a general character as well of courses highly specialized and directly related to the master thesis research. The students can choose 6-18 credits elective courses in the first year at the KU Leuven from three course modules (Nanophysics/Nanochemistry, Nanoelectronics , Biophysics/Bionanotechnology). Then in the second year university the students follow 15 credits compulsory courses.

The Broadening (or minor) courses (15 ects, Grenoble, Chalmers or Dresden) allow the students to choose courses from the other themes of the master, which allow them to broaden heir scope beyond the chosen specialization. Students can choose from a large set of courses offered at the second year university.

The Master thesis research project (30 ects, Grenoble, Chalmers or Dresden) is intended to bring the student in close contact with a multinational and multidisciplinary research environment of a research institute in academia or in industry. The student will be assigned a relevant research project and work in close collaboration with PhD students, postdocs and professors. The research project is finalized with a public presentation of a Master?s Thesis at the second year university, and is also evaluated by an external examiner at the KU Leuven.


A limited number of scholarships will be granted by the European Commission.  There will be category A and B scholarships.

Category A scholarships

Granted to Third country nationals, the term ?third-country? does not have anything to do with the term ?third world?. It refers to all nationals coming from all countries other than the 25 EU Member States (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, Sweden, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia), the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the candidate countries for accession to the EU (presently Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania), who are not residents of any of the above countries, and who have not carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above countries are considered ?third-country nationals?. There are 8 Category A scholarships per year.

Category B Scholarships

Can be awarded to any masters students selected by the Consortia and who do not fulfill the Category A criteria defined above. The consortium will submit the list of selected students to the European Commission. There are 6 scholarships per year which can only be granted after the official approval of the European Commission. The consortium will communicate with the students on this matter. You will be notified by the end of March whether you are selected for the course or not, this will be an unofficial notification. The official approval of the European Commission will be communicated to you by the beginning of June. Courses start between the end of August and the beginning of November, depending on arrangements made by each university of the consortium.


Category A

Category B

Contribution to travel, installation and other types of costs

? 8000


Maximum contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage)



Monthly allowance (during 12 months/year)



Researchers? Scholarship

Erasmus Mundus scholarships are also available for researchers from non-EEA countries As a scholar you can visit one of the 4 partner universities in the EMM Nano program for a period of up to 3 months to carry out research and teaching assignments and scholarly work for the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Scholarships are provided by the European Commission and cover travel and living expenses for a working assignment of maximum 3 months. The amount of living allowance (including travel costs) varies from ?2400 for a 2-week stay to ?14800 for a 3 month stay (?1200/week).

You can apply by filling out the application form. The completed form, together with all the documents (curriculum vitae, publication list, motivation letter, ...) should be sent to

Erasmus Mundus Master of
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Elke Delfosse (IMEC)
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

The application period is January 1 until May 31. We are looking forward to your application!


WHO can apply?

If you have ?  

  • a top-level Bachelor?s Degree in Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrical Engineering or Material Science (min. 180 ECTS) with a proven background in mathematics and physics or chemistry
  • A GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 75% of the scale maximum
  • a good command of English, both spoken and written. All non-native speakers are required to submit an English proficiency test e.g. TOEFL (minimum score of 580 pbt or 237 cbt) or IELTS (minimum overall band score of 6.5-7.0).

? please apply for the Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology!

The consortium will select the students on the basis of their academic background, motivation letter, recommendation letters, CV, language skills, etc.

HOW to apply

Please complete the online application form and check the list of required documents.  

  • A passport photograph
  • A certified copy of your diplomas and transcripts of academic records
  • Translation of your diploma and official transcripts

If your documents are not in English, French or Dutch, please arrange for these documents to be translated by a registered translator. These documents must also be certified by the educational institution that issued them or by a Belgian diplomatic office.

  • English proficiency test

All applicants whose native language is not English need to submit a certificate proving their proficiency in English: for example, a TOEFL certificate sent by ETS, an IELTS certificate sent by The British Council. Only original score cards sent directly by either ETS or The British Council are accepted. We require an IELTS minimum overall band score of 6,5 or alternatively an minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper based test), 237 (computer based test) or 92 (internet based test).

ETS: please use university code 0749, department code 99

IELTS: please request for the score card to be sent to the International Office, Unit for International Admissions, Exchange and Scholarships, Atrechtcollege, Naamsestraat 63, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

  • Annex

All applicants need to inform us about their preferred trajectory. Please complete the Annex by choosing your preferred university for the 2nd year.

  • A motivation letter
  • Two recommendation letters
  • CV
  • For Chinese applicants, please add your address in Chinese characters on a separate sheet
  • Proof of payment: application fee EUR 50

All non-EEA applicants will have to pay an application fee of 50 EUR to process their file. This fee needs to be paid for each application made and will be reimbursed upon registration at K.U. Leuven. Please submit proof of payment with your application. Payment can only be made via bank transfer. No other form of payment will be accepted.

For additional information please contact:

E-mail | Admissions at K.U. Leuven
Tel | +32 16 32 40 20
Fax | +32 16 32 37 73

WHEN to apply

The application deadline for the Erasmus Mundus Master Nano is

  • January 31 for non-EEA citizens (Category A - see Funding)
  • January 31 for EEA citizens (Category B - see Funding)

Please note that the number of applications by non-EEA students must be limited to three Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses maximum. In the eventual case that a student applies to more than three EM Courses he/she will be excluded from the selection for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

Applicants from non-EEA countries are defined as nationals coming from all countries other than the 27 EU Member States, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Norway) and the candidate countries for accession to the EU (presently Croatia and Turkey) who are not residents of any of the above countries and who have not carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above countries.

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