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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology MSc/MASc

* Subject to MES approval

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with high academic standing in physics, chemistry, biochemistry or a related science discipline; or in engineering.
  • Applicants are considered by the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Admission Committee. Students must indicate through which of the participating departments they wish to have their application reviewed.
  • The program is open to full-time students only.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

These requirements satisfy the general degree requirements for MSc degrees in Chemistry and Physics and MASc degrees in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science

6 credits – Core Courses

NANO 610 - Principles of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (6 credits)
This course must be completed in the first term after entry.

6 credits (minimum) – Coursework

Two courses chosen from the Nanoscience and the Nanotechnology course lists.

Nanoscience course list:
CHEM 651 – Nanochemistry (3 credits)
CHEM 652 - Nanomaterial Characterization (3 credits)
PHYS 636 - Condensed Matter Physics I (3 credits)
PHYS 679 - Selected Topics in Applied Physics (3 credits)                                                          

Nanotechnology course list:
CIVI 6681 - Environmental Nanotechnology (4 credits)
ELEC 6241 - VLSI Process Technology (4 credits)     
ELEC 6281 - Principles of Solid State Nanodevices (4 credits)     
MECH 6491 - Engineering Metrology and Measurement Systems (4 credits)

Upon approval of the thesis advisory committee, one course may be replaced with an appropriate 600-level course from the student’s home department.

33 credits (maximum) – Thesis

The thesis must be completed at the student’s home department.

CHEM 655 - Master's Research and Thesis (33 credits)
PHYS 790 - Master’s Research and Thesis (33 credits)
ENGR 8901 - Master of Applied Science Research and Thesis (29 credits)

If necessary and upon approval of the thesis advisory committee, the student will take additional courses to complete the program’s required minimum of 45 credits.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
  5. Progress Report. Each student’s progress is formally evaluated on a periodic basis. To be permitted to continue in the program, students must obtain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 based on a minimum of 12 credits. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 are considered to be on academic probation during the following review period. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 for two consecutive review periods are withdrawn from the program.


NANO 610 Principles of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology  (6 credits)
Prerequisite: Enrolment in the MSc/MASc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
This course introduces all students in the MSc/MASc Nanoscience and Nanotechnology program to the core science and engineering principles required for working at the boundary between these two nano-disciplines. It serves to ensure all students have a solid theoretical foundation in physical science and engineering principles to understand advanced topics in nanoscience and/or nanotechnology. It is comprised of four modules (two science-based and two engineering-based). Case studies complement lectures and provide students with a cross-section of backgrounds, disciplines and training. Emphasis is placed on collaborative work, learning to communicate across boundaries, directed learning and literature survey techniques. Course modules can include, but are not limited to: chemical and physical properties of materials at the nanoscale, synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructures, nanomaterials characterization, introduction to quantum physics of nanomaterials, current limitations in nanoscience, interaction of biological systems with nanomaterials, toxicity and environmental risks of nanomaterials, environmental implications of engineered nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, and nanotechnology at the food-energy-water nexus.

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