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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
(MSc, MASc)

Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
2 years
45 credits
Start term

Program overview

The MSc/MASc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology introduces students to a broad range of theories and hands-on skills needed to thrive in this cutting-edge, highly interdisciplinary field.

Nanoscience/nanotechnology examines the science and technological capabilities of materials and devices on the nanometer scale. Research and development in this area spans from the fundamental physical science of materials to biological and environmental implications, to technology development and device engineering. A few examples of topics include quantum materials, nanoconstructs for medical applications, chemical nanoengineering, nanomechanical systems, smart thin-films and biological circuits.

Working in interdisciplinary teams, students will develop a strong track record in research and walk away with marketable skills in the emerging advanced materials sector.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

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

These requirements satisfy the general degree requirements for the Chemistry MSc and the Physics MSc and the Master of/Magistrate in Applied Science (MASc) offered by the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology MSc/MASc (45 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

NANO 610 Principles of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (6.00)

This course must be completed in the first term after entry.

6credits minimum of Coursework, with two courses chosen from the Nanoscience Course List and the Nanotechnology Course List. Upon approval of the thesis advisory committee, one course may be replaced with an appropriate 600-level course from the student’s home department.

credits chosen from one of the following:

CHEM 655 Master’s Research and Thesis (33.00)
PHYS 790 Master’s Research and Thesis (33.00)
ENGR 8901 Master of Applied Science Research and Thesis (29.00)

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.

Nanoscience Course List

CHEM 651 Nanochemistry (3.00)
CHEM 652 Nanomaterials Characterization (3.00)
PHYS 636 Condensed Matter Physics I (3.00)
PHYS 679 Selected Topics in Applied Physics (3.00)

Nanotechnology Course List

CIVI 6681 Environmental Nanotechnology (4.00)
ELEC 6241 VLSI Process Technology (4.00)
ELEC 6281 Principles of Solid State Nanodevices (4.00)
MECH 6491 Engineering Metrology and Measurement Systems (4.00)

Admission requirements

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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


Chemistry: February 1st (international), June 1st (Canadian resident)
Physics: March 1st (all applicants)
Engineering: June 1 (all applicants)


Engineering: October 1 (all applicants)


Engineering: February 1 (all applicants)

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get $9,251 in special funding for thesis master's programs. Learn more

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