A small science with great impact


The Master’s programme in nanoscience and technology deals with knowledge and technologies which play an important role in everyday life. Nanoscience is one of the driving forces behind the development of new technologies within energy, environment, health, electronics and much more.

The programme focuses on how to manipulate nanostructures and material structures and how to develop new functionalities and areas of application. You gain a broad understanding of fundamental theories and learn to handle concepts and methods used in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

China and Denmark have both invested massively in these areas, with a huge focus on combatting some of the world’s problems using nanotechnology, such as in relation to health and energy.

By choosing to take your Master’s degree at SDC in China, you have the opportunity to study in a country that is a major player in nanotechnology, and thanks to close partnerships with strong academic research institutions, you have an opportunity to exchange ideas with and learn from leading researchers.

A wealth of opportunities

Nanoscience and technology is an interdisciplinary field, and your fellow students are recruited from many different Bachelor’s degree programmes, such as physics, chemistry, biology and nanoscience. As a graduate of the programme, you gain the expertise necessary to act as the bridging link in projects that involve colleagues from other disciplines and cultures.

No matter whether you decide to pursue a career in academia or business, the programme can be the first step towards a global career in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

On completion of the programme you receive a double degree and the following titles: Master of Science in Nanoscience and Technology from University of Copenhagen, and the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences awards you the title Master of Natural Science with a major in Physics Nanoscience and Technology - or - Chemistry, Nanoscience and Technology - or - Biology, Nanoscience and Technology - or - the title Master of Engineering with a major in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanoscience and Technology.

Programme Structure


The first two semesters consist of classroom teaching and exercises in the laboratory at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), China in Beijing. The first semester introduces various tools and methods for the study of nanoscale systems.

You take the following courses:

• Unifying Concepts in Nanoscience (15 ECTS)

• Nanocharacterisation (10 ECTS)

• Nanobiotechnology (5 ECTS)


The second semester focuses on how to use models and methods on a theoretical and experimental scale, in other words, how to manipulate nanoscale systems to fit your purpose. You will also have exercises in the laboratory at (NCNST).

You take the following courses:

• Synthesis and Fabrication (10 ECTS)

• Nanoelectronics (5 ECTS)

• Bionanomaterials (5 ECTS)

• Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)

• Nano Energy Materials (5 ECTS)


You complete the programme by spending the third and fourth semesters doing your thesis (60 ECTS). Here you have the opportunity to immerse yourself and expand your knowledge in a field of your interest.

You are provided with guidance and a unique academic perspective by a Danish as well as a Chinese supervisor.


Your project will be carried out in collaboration with SDC’s research partners in Beijing, and you have the option to do your thesis in cooperation with a company.

Courses may be subject to change.


From the Nanoscience and Technology programme to employment

Meet Jens Røberg Frandsen, who has taken the MSc in Nanoscience and Technology at SDC. Here he talks about his time in China and his job as a consultant at the Technological Institute in Denmark.

Writing the nano-thesis in China

Nanoscience and Technology graduate Jens Røberg Frandsen talks about his thesis writing process.


As a graduate, you have an eye for new and unconventional applications of scientific techniques and methods. Your key competencies are your skills and abilities to handle concepts and methods within the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. You also have strong competences in serving as a link between specialists, e.g. in physics and biology, and in communicating technical and conceptual issues across disciplines.

You are qualified to further develop existing research, contributing to the development of intelligent medicine, eco-friendly technology, healthier food, mini-satellites etc. The limits are few. Career opportunities are typically in high-tech companies, research institutions or in the university sector.

As a graduate of the programme, you are qualified to work within a range of fields, such as:

• chemical production

• biotechnology

• energy – e.g. solar energy

• medicine – e.g. drug delivery

• materials research – e.g. catalysis

• the food industry

Academic Regulations

Course Catalogues


Contact Alumni

If you have further questions, please take a look at the FAQ on the Going to study in China page.

For questions regarding specific courses, admission or

practical matters please contact SDC at:

For first-hand questions regarding living and studying in China, you may contact current Nanoscience and Technology student Cecilie Kirstine Nøhr at

She does not represent SDC, but will answer your questions on the basis of her own personal experiences.

SDC alumni

Heads of the Programme

Danish Head of Nanoscience and Technology

Professor Per Hedegård

Niels Bohr Institute

University of Copenhagen


Sino-Danish Relations Officer

Amalie Maj Christensen


Mobile: +45 25 78 89 08

Chinese Head of Nanoscience and Technology

Professor Yang Rong

National Center for Nanoscience and Technology

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Nanoscience Research Theme


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Andreas Østergaard Madsen


B.Sc. in Nanoscience, University of Copenhagen


IT Consultant

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Magnus Christian Wied


B.Sc. in Nanoscience, University of Copenhagen


Research Assistant, University of Copenhagen