Programme objectives

Master's Programme, Nanotechnology, 120 credits (TNTEM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2018

Last edit: 13/11/2018
Approved: 13/11/2018

The program aims to establish an understanding of size­dependent materials, device and system properties, and the other way around, how these properties can be tailored by a controlled manipulation of the microstructure down to the atomic or molecular level. Furthermore, it aims for a good knowledge of various nano­scale devices as well as their applications and fabrication methods. Special emphasis is also paid to the understanding and usage of advanced characterization methods to assess detailed materials and device properties.

Knowledge and understanding

For a master’s degree in Nanotechnology the student shall:

  • show knowledge and understanding in the area of Nanotechnology, comprising a wide knowledge of the area as well as more profound knowledge of some parts of the area, and insight into current research and development work
  • show a deepened understanding of the various methodologies applied in Nanotechnology
  • give examples of and explain social, ethical and environmental aspects of sustainable development in the area of Nanotechnology.

Skills and abilities

For a master’s degree in Nanotechnology the student shall:

  • show ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyze, evaluate and handle complex occurrences, issues and situations even with limited information
  • show ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate issues, to plan and with adequate methods perform qualified tasks within given time limits and thereby contribute to the evolution of knowledge as well as asses the work
  • show ability, in domestic and international venues, to orally and in writing present and discuss conclusions and the knowledge and the arguments on which these are based, in dialogue with different groups
  • show such skills which are required for participation in research and development work or in other independent work of a qualified nature
  • based on various definitions of sustainable development illustrate and point out perspectives where progress within Nanotechnology can be relevant for sustainable development in society
  • understand the concept of sustainable use of finite resources and be able to demonstrate how this is implemented in the introduction of new nanomaterials.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

For a master’s degree in Nanotechnology the student shall:

  • show ability to make assessments taking into account relevant scientific, societal and ethic aspects as well as show awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • show insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and the responsibility of humans for its use
  • show ability to compare and evaluate possibilities and limitations of Nanotechnology in the society and how Nanotechnology is used from a sustainability perspective.
  • show insight into the risks of nanotechnology from an environmental and health perspective
  • show ability to identify her/his need for additional knowledge and take responsibility for the development of his/her own knowledge.

Reference to KTH's local Degree Ordinance