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Erasmus Mundus Master Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
KU Leuven


Address KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 postbus 2440, 3001 LEUVEN, Belgium
E-mail address nano(at)
Web address Course website
Course Erasmus Mundus Master Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 2 years
Date of commencement Academic year 2018-2019
Class size 30-40 students per year
Cost/Fees 9000 €/year for Partner country students
1500 €/year for Program country students.

Tuition fee can be waived down to 1500 €, for Partner country students, except for Partner country students going to Chalmers (they will always have to pay the full tuition fee at Chalmers), or down to 900 € for Program country students

Partner countries are all countries, except the EU Member States and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.

Program countries are the 28 EU Member States and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.

Tuition fee can be waived down to about 1500 euro/year, except for non-EEA students going to Chalmers.
Student grants / Financial assistance EU funded scholarships

Erasmus+ scholarships will be awarded to top students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries and are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any Program Country.

The 12-month residency rule does not apply to candidates from Partner countries who for various reasons and under various circumstances have sought refuge and received a refugee status in a Programme country.

The Consortium will define the number of scholarships for each round based on the total budget, the quality of the students and the requirements of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

On top of this a limited number of Erasmus+ scholarships are available for students from the following targeted regions:

ENI South: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia – 2 scholarships
Latin-America: Brazil and Mexico – 1 scholarship
Latin-America: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuele – 2 scholarships

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Scholarship includes:

Contribution to the participation costs
9.000 EUR per year per scholarship holder

Contribution to the travel and installation costs
1.000 EUR per year for scholarship holder resident of a Programme Country for travel costs
2.000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1.000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident of a Partner Country whose location is situated at less than 4.000 km from KU Leuven
3.000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1.000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident of a Partner Country whose location is situated at 4.000 km or more from KU Leuven

Contribution to subsistence costs
1.000 € per month for the entire duration of the JMD study programme (24 months maximum).
Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to the scholarship holders for the JMD (study /research /placement / thesis preparation) periods spent in their country of residence.

The contribution to the travel and installation costs takes into account ONLY the residence of the scholarship holder, regardless of the category (programme country or partner country) under which the student will be enrolled.

Students can apply to a maximum of three different programmes. Students that already received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship before are also not eligible anymore.

Consortium Scholarships
Max 10 scholarships are granted, these are for students from all nationalities.

Program country Citizens
Contribution to travel & installation costs of 500 €/year
+ a monthly allowance of 300 € during max. 24 months

Partner country Citizens
Contribution to travel & installation costs of 1000 €/year
+ a monthly allowance of 600 € during max. 24 months

Tuition Fee Waiver
Tuition fee can be waived down to 1500 €, for Partner country students, except for Partner country students going to Chalmers (they will always have to pay the full tuition fee in Chalmers), or down to 900 € for Program country students
Accommodation Students should also arrange for accomodation before they travel to their study destination. All universities in the consortium are internationally oriented and provide excellent student services, not only before arriving e.g. with regard to visa support and housing, but also after arrival and during their study period, such as welfare, language courses, medicals service, study advice, social integration and others.
Exchange partner schools University of Barcelona
Technical University Dresden
Chalmers Tekniska Högskola
Grenoble Alpes University
Technische Universität Dresden
Admissions requirements Applicants that do not have the English language as their mother tongue language are asked to provide the certified results of their language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.). The applicants will be scored based on the obtained language test score.
Major recruiters of graduates of this programme Universities
Industrial Research institutes
Microelectronics Industry
Student profile 1. Ratio of National / Overseas students : National ¼, Overseas ¾
2. Ratio of Men / Women : Men 2/3 , Women 1/3
3. Age range : 21-24
Course Director Prof. dr. Bart Soree


About the Erasmus Mundus Master Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The EMM-Nano+ master is a two-year, 120 ECTS, English language degree program. Thanks to its combination of partners, expertise and courses, it offers you a unique integrated master program, covering all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology, while at the same time allowing you to design an individual study program with specialization in essentially any field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

It facilitates studying at two separate participating universities where you spend one year per country. It is strongly multidisciplinary: you receive a basic training in all the disciplines offered, one of which becomes your area of specialisation. At the end of the program you will receive a joint degree from the two universities where you studied.

The general objectives of the Master course EMNano+ are:
  • to provide a top quality and broad multidisciplinary master course in the established and the emerging fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology;
  • to provide an individual top-level specialization in one of the three major areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology: nanomaterials and nanochemistry, nanoelectronics and quantum computing, nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine;
  • to provide excellence in education in a field of strategic importance for Europe and in line with European R&D initiatives;
  • to fuel the existing European R&D collaboration and strengthen our efforts for more European integration;
  • to enhance the profile and visibility of the European Higher Education Area in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology education
The education fits in the worldwide growing convergence between these different basic sciences, and between science, technology and engineering in general and should create graduates who can think across the boundaries of their own specializations and background.

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology programme, you will have thorough scientific knowledge of the fundamental structures of physical, biological, and chemical systems in terms of their molecular and atomic characteristics. You will also understand the formation of complex macro systems, which are unique in their operations and possess new functionalities, based on their molecular and atomic properties.

The programme is strongly connected to the latest innovations in the field and is embedded in ongoing research programmes at the participating universities and at the associated research partners. The courses are continuously updated following the progress of science and technology in this young and highly innovative field. Furthermore, you will spend one quarter of the study programme on elaborating your own research project in a Master’s thesis. There is ample opportunity to take elective courses, either to increase your level of proficiency, or to broaden your horizon, according to your own interest.

Upon the completion of the two year cycle, successful students will be awarded a joint Master’s degree. In addition, the EMM-nano consortium furnishes a joint degree-supplement providing a description of the nature and level of the programme followed.

The KU Leuven is acting as the coordinator of the proposed Master program. It offers the common part of the educational curriculum, which is followed by all 1st year students of the master. This common part consists of a set of Fundamental courses (0-12 ects) for students that are entering from various backgrounds and the Core courses (33 ects), which are compulsory for all students, and which contain the basic knowledge within the main disciplines physics, chemistry, electronics, biochemistry, as well as two practical courses where the students learn to carry out some practical experimental work. Next also profiling elective courses (6-18 ects) are offered as a preparation for the students specialization in the second year, as well as elective general interest courses (9 ects) to teach non-technical skills to the students. The KU Leuven is also responsible for the common application procedure, for the central student registration and administration of the students Individual Study Program, and for the delivery of the joint diploma and diploma supplement.

The role of Université Grenoble Alpes in the new program is to provide a second year of specialization which follows the first year courses offered by KU Leuven. Three different domains are proposed: Quantum and nanoscale engineering, Nanochemistry and Bionanotechnology. UGA offers for these 3 specialization options 15 ECTS specialization courses and the 30 ECTS for the master thesis. These three specializations are very active domains of research in the different labs in Grenoble. Besides this university offers also a large number of broadening courses (max 15 ECTS) in the other fields of nanotechnology. From the scientific context to everyday life, the Université Grenoble Alpes aims at providing a high quality welcome package to Erasmus Mundus students, including academic, administrative and individual support

The role of TU Dresden in the program is to provide a second year of specialization which follows the first year courses offered by KU Leuven. In the program TU Dresden offers three specialization areas: biophysics, organic and molecular electronics and nanoelectronics. TU Dresden has strong research groups and teaching capacity, especially at the Biotechnology Center for the option biophysics and bionanotechnology and at the Institute of Materials Science for the options organic and molecular electronics and nanoelectronics. The courses are offered in cooperation with several research institutes, in particular the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. For these two specialization options 45 ECTS are offered including 15 ECTS specialization courses and 30 ECTS for the master thesis. To complete the specialization and give the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge, broadening courses are offered for 15 ECTS.

The University of Barcelona is providing the options on Nanomaterials and Nanopharmacology, during the second year of the EMM-nano course. Students following one of these two trajectories will specialize in the fabrication, characterization and manipulation of nanostructured materials, for the Nanomaterials option, or in their use in biological or pharmacological applications, divided in 15 ECTS of specialization courses, 15 ECTS in broadening courses, plus 30 ECTS in the master thesis projects which is typically developed within the research groups of the IN2UB. The University of Barcelona offers topics for the development of the master thesis related to nanobiotechnology and nanorpharmacology, to develop nanostructured systems for controlled drug delivery and to improve drug therapeutic efficiency, and nanostructured materials for the development of new nanostructured materials which offer an improvement as far as the properties of already existing materials are concerned.

Chalmers offers the second year of the Chalmers trajectory of the EMM-Nano+ course. Students following this trajectory can specialize in molecular electronics or quantum computing and will get hands-on training in clean-room fabrication of nanodevices. 30 ECTS of specialization (15 ECTS) and broadening (15 ECTS) courses are followed by the 30 ECTS master thesis project, typically carried out within one of the research groups within the departments of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Physics, or Chemistry and Bioscience. Chalmers provide master thesis topics in a wide range of nanoscience, e.g. (superconducting) nanoelectronics, quantum computing, photonics, microwave electronics, sensors, and micro/nanofabrication. Extensive training in nanofabrication techniques and the students’ working themselves in the Chalmers Nanofabrication Laboratory cleanroom during project courses and especially in their MSc thesis is a central part of the Chalmers-year of EMM-Nano+. Moreover, Chalmers organizes the annual “EMM-Nano+ Spring School” in basic cleanroom working routines and processing technology for all first year students in the EMM-Nano+ program.

About the Universities Consortium

KU Leuven

KU Leuven, founded in 1425, is Belgium’s largest university. As a leading European research university, it offers a wide variety of academic programs in Dutch and English (more than 60 master programs are taught in English), supported by high-quality interdisciplinary research, both in the university and in its internationally recognized university hospitals. More than 6000 researchers, from over 120 countries, participate in fundamental and translational research at KU Leuven, in close collaboration with industry. The Leuven Doctoral Schools of Science, Engineering and technology, the Biomedical Sciences and the Humanities and Social Sciences organize the international PhD tracks of close to 3500 doctoral candidates. KU Leuven was selected on June 14th 2016 as the first ranked university by Reuters in their “Most Innovative University” ranking. KU Leuven is a breeding ground and attractive destination for the world’s best researchers, including almost 100 ERC Grantees, among which several in the field of nanotechnology.

At KU Leuven the program runs over the disciplines of three contributing Faculties i.e. Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Bio-engineering Sciences. Part of the teaching staff is related to IMEC, bringing a strong component in the area of nanoelectronics. KU Leuven has a strong research component in the area of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics. The research in this area is done in strong collaboration with the research groups of the three faculties at KU Leuven and the associated research institute IMEC in Leuven. The research groups at KU 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. Important research topics are spintronics, nanoelectronic materials and fabrication methods, bionanosystems, nanofluidics, nanometrology, nanophotonics and nanolithography.

The University Grenoble Alpes

The University Grenoble Alpes is a public High Education Institution in the field of science, technology and medicine. Université Grenoble Alpes is one of the major actors that make the city of Grenoble an internationally recognized scientific centre. International facilities such as the Synchrotron and the Laue Langevin Institute (neutron reactor), international laboratories and research centers attract scientists from all over the world and give this scientific city a remarkable concentration of top level scientific researches. Six international schools, more than ten master courses taught in English and research internship opportunities in laboratories also contribute to a stimulating international environment. As a result, more than one third of the 1500 PhD students at the Université Grenoble Alpes are international students. The policy of the university is to actively support this internationalization of both education and research. As to education, co-operations with partner universities tend to be limited to a selected number in order to enhance the quality of these co-operations.

The Grenoble area is one of the 2 leading regions in France for Nanosciences and quantum physics, as attested by 14 ERC Grants attributed in the last 3 years. Grenoble is also a leading site in Europe in micro-electronics, among the world’s top five micro- and nanoelectronics clusters. Université Grenoble Alpes has been identified as one of the three top sites in France in the field of Nanoscience and one of the major European places. Moreover it has an exceptional research environment with world class joint laboratories (JFU-LETI-CNRS-CEA) and major European instruments such as the synchrotron (ESRF), the Laue-Langevin Institute or the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to cite a few. The University Grenoble Alpes contributes actively to the program by offering innovative courses in nanophysics, nano-chemistry and bio-nanotechnology. In this aspect, courses offered by Université Grenoble Alpes on nano-magnetism and spintronics, the engineering of molecular assemblies or the design of biosensors and biochips prove to be particularly relevant within the program.

TU Dresden

TU Dresden is the largest “Technische Universität” in Germany and one of the leading and most dynamic universities in Germany. Its focuses of Biomedicine, Bioengineering, Materials sciences, Information technology, Microelectronics as well as Energy and Environment are considered exemplary in Germany and throughout Europe. On 15th June 2012, the TU Dresden has been awarded the title of “University of Excellence” as part of the Excellence Initiative Programme launched by the German federal and state governments, for its Institutional Strategy as well as for the Graduate School “Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB)”. The successful combination of the engineering and materials science on the one side and of the molecular biosciences and biomedicine on the other side, concentrated in the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC), has made TU Dresden a strong interdisciplinary research and teaching centre in the field of biotechnology, nanosciences, and nanotechnology and their applications. TU Dresden hosts top international research groups and collaborates with a variety of international research institutes established in Dresden but also microelectronic companies (like Infineon and AMD) which provide a link to applied nano- and microelectronic research.

At TU Dresden the program is organized by several institutes of the university and research institutes in Dresden. The interdisciplinary research institute Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) within the university is organizing the specialization option “Biophysics” offered in the master course. In 2000 the Biotechnology Center has been established as a unique interdisciplinary center focusing on research and teaching in molecular bio-engineering, aiming at building bridges between molecular and cellular biology and the engineering sciences. The BIOTEC hosts top international research groups dedicated to biophysics, cellular machines, DNA motors, nanomechanics, genomics, proteomics, molecular genetics, tissue engineering, and bioinformatics. The Institute of Materials Science (IMS) and Faculty of Physics (FP) are organising the specialization options in “Organic and molecular electronics” and “Nanoelectronics”, which are offered in close cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW), the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF) and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS).

University of Barcelona

The University of Barcelona is the second largest university in Spain (>85000 students), with a broad offer of studies, with more than 70 bachelor degrees and more than 150 master programs. The offer includes basic science, applied life sciences, as well as social sciences. This offer is divided into three different campus, all of them within the city of Barcelona. Moreover, the academic and scientific world is inherently international, and the University of Barcelona aims to incorporate this international dimension into its teaching and research activities, as well as the services it offers to the university community. In fact, due to the common language, large amount of students are coming from Latin-American countries.

In 2006 the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the University of Barcelona (IN2UB) was created, with researchers from very different backgrounds, such as physics, chemistry, pharmacy, biochemistry or medicine. The Institute aims to promote the maximum amount of collaboration among national and international research groups and centers, and to boost interdisciplinary basic and applied research activities. The researchers at the IN2UB have been working intensively to favour the most suitable synergies among researchers by encouraging interdisciplinary activities that shall result in new frontier-knowledge projects and to establish relationships between researchers and those corporations with an interest in the different applications of nanotechnologies, by stimulating the implementation of joint projects that shall suit the technologically challenging requirements of the business sector. In fact, the University of Barcelona is among the top 100 universities in the world in many disciplines related to the health sciences, which includes studies of Pharmacy.

Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers Tekniska Högskola is a university of technology in which research and teaching are conducted on a broad front within technology, natural science and architecture. Chalmers has become strong within several areas of science, and some of our research leads its field internationally. They wish in particular to develop and strengthen their research in the fields of bioscience, information technology, environmental science and nanotechnology. Chalmers offers education on undergraduate level (Bachelor programmes) as well as on master level (more than 50 international master programmes) and PhD level. Chalmers has about 8500 students in Bachelor and Master programmes. As part of Chalmers the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2 is doing research and education with focus on future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems. MC2 houses a >1200m2 cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication. Their work is often done in close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academy, industry and society.

Chalmers Tekniska Högskola is at the forefront of research in the fields of Quantum devices, Super conducting electronics, Quantum computing, and Molecular Electronics through the Department of Micro technology and Nanoscience and its top-ranking clean room and process-laboratory. Other specialties are single-electron and Josephson junction devices for measurement, digital computing, quantum information processing, MEMS, photonics and microwave electronics. Also, Chalmers has a very active entrepreneurial school working close to the researchers. As one of the first in Europe, Chalmers has been running an international Master’s programme in Nanophysics since 1996 with a strong foundation in quantum physics and engineering. The educational elements supplied by Chalmers for the EMM-Nano+ are strongly research-based, involving teachers from the research staff, and dealing with subjects closely related to ongoing research.

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