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Nanosciences - Materials, Molecules and Cells‌ Master of Science

What are the hallmarks of the study program?

In the last twenty years, the nanosciences have developed into a highly fruitful cross-sectional discipline of biology, chemistry and physics. A long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary collaborations in the field of nanoscience is a hallmark of the natural sciences at Osnabrück. The Center for Cellular Nanoanalytics (CellNanOs) provides a unique laboratory infrastructure for interdisciplinary method development.

Grapic Study Program Nanosciences

Basic Information

Standard period of study:
Four semesters
Language of instruction:
Commencement of studies:
Winter semester
Master of Science (MSc)


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Via major/minor combinations of two of the three participating disciplines, the Master's program enables a tailored, research-oriented specialization in the field of "Nanosciences". This concept yields a number of benefits:

  • Broad spectrum of master modules from biology, chemistry and physics
  • Overarching modules with a strong interdisciplinary orientation
  • Individual specialization on different cross-sectional topics, e.g. nanomaterial synthesis, polymer chemistry/supramolecular chemistry, nanobiophysics/structural biology, nanophotonics/microscopy
  • High practical content with a strong research orientation already in the first master modules
  • Master theses in an interdisciplinary research environment with access to cutting-edge laboratory infrastructure

What kind of career can I have with this degree?

Nanosciences and nanotechnology are innovation drivers in very different fields where interdisciplinary expertise plays an important role. In addition to activities in research, development and quality control, a number of other fields are emerging in the area of technology consulting. Typical, economically and technologically highly relevant topics in the nanosciences are:

  • Synthesis, characterization and functional integration of nanomaterials, e.g. in the energy sector, for illuminants or cosmetics
  • Pharmaceutical research, vaccine development, diagnostics and nanomedicine
  • Photonics & laser technology, electronics and sensor technology
  • Development and application of microscopy & nanoscopy

For a career in research & development, further qualification by doctoral studies is advised. The interdisciplinary Research Center CellNanOs offers excellent infrastructural and broad thematic opportunities as well as the embedding in comprehensive research initiatives.

How is the degree program structured?

Many modules can be completed highly flexibly through the different terms. A typical study plan looks as follows:

  • First and second term: After a joint opening event including consulting by the study deans and current master students, you will put together a suitable selection of master modules for your major and minor subjects. Through a well-balanced combination of lectures, seminars and exercises you will specifically deepen your scientific skills in these subjects and get to know the subject-specific perspectives on nanoscience.
  • Third term: Within the framework of research-oriented projects in various working groups, you will acquire the methodological and topical know-how for your master thesis. An accompanying literature work serves the in-depth preparation for your research project.
  • Fourth term: Thanks to this intensive training, you will be capable to largely independently implement the research project of your master thesis and thus further develop your scientific skills. Through the targeted preparation, you have the best chances of completing an ambitious master thesis on an interdisciplinary topic within the standard period of study.

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Study program regulations

What are the admission requirements?

Admission requirements are a qualified degree in a degree program of biology, chemistry, physics, or material sciences or an equivalent degree. Proof of knowledge in the chosen major (chemistry, biology, or physics) must be provided equalling at least eighty credit points, and in the minor at least thirty credit points. Missing credit points in the minor may be supplemented by appropriate courses during the first semesters of the master's program. You will find information about the admission requirements in the Regulations on Access and Admission.

How do I apply?

Here you can find information about any admission requirements and application deadlines for this program of study.

For the application, you must provide evidence of English ability at the B2 language level.

German citizens with Abitur or other university admission qualifications can apply directly using the  online portal of Osnabrück University. International applicants who have attended school in Germany and who possess German certification may do the same.

International applicants without German notification should note that different conditions apply to their application procedure in some cases.

Am I expected to study abroad?

The examination regulations do not require any study abroad. However, we recommend that students plan for at least one semester abroad in the course of their studies. You can do this at numerous European and non-European universities in the framework of various exchange programs. Details about these programs are available through the International Office. Up to thirty credit points of academic achievements at another university in Germany or abroad in a degree program relevant to your major can be recognized, as long as this was previously approved by the examining committee (Prüfungsausschuss).

Further study programs

Where can I get more information?

Academic Advising

If you have any questions concerning the study program, the admission requirements and the study contents, please do not hesitate to contact the student advisory service at the Biology, Chemistry or Physics departments.

Student Council

For further information on the degree program you can also contact the student council of Osnabrück BiologyChemistry or Physics.

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Quality Management

This degree program is accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance (AQAS).