Sought-after experts in many areas
Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary science to a large extent. It combines the laws of physics, chemical processes and biological principles with one another at the nanoscale level. The high level of interdisciplinarity leads to the necessity that scientists need to acquire additional skills and knowledge, for example in the fields of characterization techniques, nano-optics, nanoelectronics, nanomaterials, and biotechnology.
The target group of this program is first and foremost professionals who are already working in the industry, research institutes, universities, and clinics, both nationally as well as abroad. The requirement for being admitted to this 3-year master program is a completed undergraduate course of studies in either engineering, science or medicine, taken at a university or polytechnic/university of applied science.
Relevant working experience of at least one year has to be proven when applying for admission. With the application for acceptance to the distance learning course "Nanotechnology," one also has to hand in a written confirmation that a fitting institution is willing to supervise the applicant's master thesis topic.
An attestation of the institution must be submitted to the Student's Administration Office by the end of the fourth semester. Admission to the course "Nanotechnology" is also possible if one has completed the certificate program "Nanobiotechnology" and the above-mentioned eligibility criteria are met.
Applicants may also be accepted who have relevant work experience but have not graduated from a university. They must hold a diploma qualifying for university admission, be able to prove several years of relevant work experience and pass an aptitude test.
For the enrolment to the English-language Master distance education program "Nanotechnology," a sufficient proof of English proficiency is necessary. These can be evidenced by:
- an English-language first degree
- Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): C1
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE): Grade C
- IELTS: 6.0
- TOEFL computer: 213
- TOEFL Paper: 550
- TOEFL Internet: 79
The program prepares the students for a professional career and ensures that they are able to improve existing products and processes within the organizations they work in, and this on a long-term basis. This course of studies, therefore, contributes to the sought-after and highly demanded qualified experts that are needed within the field of nanotechnology. After successful completion one is awarded the academic degree "Master of Science" (M.Sc.).
Schedule and organization
The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study including exam periods is six semesters. Interrupting one’s studies and returning to complete the program is possible. The course contents are provided as written study materials, developed specifically for distance learning. A weekly commitment of between 15 - 20 hours, depending on one’s previous experience and knowledge acquired, is required to successfully complete the program.
On campus events
One compulsory on-campus weekend is held in the first five of the six semesters for all of the participants in the "Nanotechnology" distance learning program. The goal is to focus on and deepen the understanding of the course contents within the scope of lectures, tutorials, and internships, to discuss questions that have cropped up regarding the study material and to reflect on the practical implementation of the contents. Written examinations are also a part of these on-campus events.
The distance learning master program "Nanotechnology" encompasses a basic course of studies of one semester, focus studies that take four semesters and the master thesis itself for which one semester is planned.
The fields of study include amongst others: Semiconductor theories, quantum information processing, characterization techniques of nanostructures, screening methods in biology, nano-optics, biomaterials for transplants, processing ceramics and composites, using nanoparticles in medicine and pharmaceutics, nanoelectronics and nanomagnetism. The topics being taught are oriented on the possible career fields and working areas of the participants in the course.
These include the semiconductor and electronics industries, the IT sector, the automotive sector, the chemical industry, biotechnology companies, optics and laser technology, the pharmaceutical industry, medicine and medical technology and the development of new materials.
The government can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can, for example, offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local revenue office or tax advisor for more information. In certain circumstances, the federal government or the state governments can also support you in your professional training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks).
The distance learning program "Nanotechnology" was accredited by the quality management system of several universities in Rhineland-Palatinate.
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Last updated January 3, 2018