MSc Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This interdisciplinary MSc programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become a practitioner in nanoscience, whether in industry or academia. The programme provides innovative and novel training, and will support you in the next phase of your career. To date, all of our graduates have been successful in obtaining either a PhD place or full-time employment. Just over fifty per cent have taken up PhD places in Bristol, other leading UK universities or in top universities around the world.

The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) represents more than 100 academics from 15 departments in the faculties of science, engineering and biomedical sciences. This rich and diverse support network ensures your training and research is at the cutting edge and is truly interdisciplinary.

The structure of the programme, with two short training projects and one research project means that you will have direct contact with many different academics and areas of research. You will choose your extended research project after having explored BCFN's network of research.

The programme has been designed to provide feedback on both technical and professional skills, including research skills, presenting, writing, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Additional fees

Bench fee

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Autumn and spring terms
    • Communication and Management Skills (includes training on time management, decision making, project management, group working)
    • Lecture courses on nanoscience and functional nanomaterials (graduate level training on key concepts and topics in nanoscience)
    • Training in Advanced Tools for Nanoscience (through bespoke online modules, lectures and a special programme of hands-on practical training)
    • Two training projects (one per term in months 1-3 and months 4-6)
  • Summer term
    • Extended Research Project (months 6-12)
      You can choose your training and research projects from a large number of project proposals, across the whole spectrum of Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials research.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a science or engineering discipline (eg chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, materials science or chemical engineering).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


The combination of skills training and world-class nanoscience means that graduates of this programme have either started a PhD or successfully obtained full-time employment.

How to apply
Application deadline:

30 June 2017

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

Categories 8, 9 and 15 apply. Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol.

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

BCFN Manager Phone: +44 (0) 117 92 87485 Email:

HH Wills Physics Laboratory
University of Bristol
Tyndall Avenue
Bristol BS8 1TL


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