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Nanomaterials Chemistry

MSc Nanomaterials Chemistry

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry is designed for Science and Engineering graduates interested to learn about the emerging area of nanomaterials.

Our goal is to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and harness the potential of nanomaterials in future advanced manufacturing, ICT, chemical, biopharma, medical device (diagnostics, drug delivery, and therapeutics) and other industries with a view to future employment in these sectors.

Key to learning about nanomaterials is the availability of advanced technology platforms that permit the preparation and processing of nanomaterials in synergy with quantitative materials measurement and functional assessment. In this regard, the UCD School of Chemistry is strongly positioned in hosting world-class researchers and teachers that are comprehensively supported by state-of-the-art nano research facilities.

The quality and diversity of our research environment will enrich the learning experience of nanomaterial chemistry students and will empower them to develop the competitive skillset necessary to establish successful careers. Opportunities to conduct a research project through internship will be available.

One feature of this programme is that it is delivered in association with Intel Ireland, who are funding four scholarships of €3,000 each.

Vision and Values Statement

This MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry is designed for Science and Engineering graduates who are interested in learning about the emerging area of nanomaterials, particularly as applied to the scientifically and technologically important bio/nano interface. Central themes of the programme are the synthesis and processing of nanomaterials, advanced characterisation of nanomaterials, and the study and exploitation of interactions between nanomaterials and biomolecules (e.g., DNA, proteins) and living systems (e.g., cells). The goal is to equip our graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate, understand and harness the potential of nanomaterials in developing and future sectors, with a view career advancement. In Ireland and Europe today these sectors include; nano-enabled advanced manufacturing, chemical production and development, (bio-)pharmaceuticals, medical devices (including diagnostics, drug delivery, and therapeutics), agri-food, cosmetics, and the related consumer-oriented technologies and industries. A key requirement for developing useful understanding and skills in nanochemistry is access to advanced synthesis, characterisation and particle imaging tools. Used together these permit the preparation, purification, and isolation of important classes of nanoparticles and nano-structured materials, and critically enable their functional assessment and optimisation. In this regard, the UCD School of Chemistry is almost uniquely positioned in hosting world-class researchers and teachers in nanotechnology whose work is underpinned by state-of-the-art research facilities, instrumentation, equipment and infrastructure. In our bespoke facility at the O'Brien Science Centre, students will work individually and in teams, and engage in projects that will develop their critical thinking, communication skills, capacity for autonomous learning, and technical abilities. The students will attend lectures and complete laboratory tasks and tutorials, but in addition will engage in active-learning activities, including workshops, case studies, seminars, and team-based projects. This will culminate in research projects in which they will be embedded in academic research teams, and will have the opportunity to work on current research problems with mentoring/support from the research groups. The quality and diversity of this research, combined with access to cutting-edge technology, will enrich the learning experience of students studying for the MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry. Most importantly, it will empower to the students in developing the skillset necessary to establish and develop a successful career in a field that is intellectually stimulating and is increasingly important to societal development and economic activity.

Programme Outcomes

Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the current state-of-the-art in nanomaterials chemistry.

Understand new approaches being applied and under development to further advance knowledge in nanomaterials chemistry.
Exploit on-line resources for searching the literature and collating and analysing primary research.

Demonstrate skills in nanomaterials experimentation, problem solving and interpretation of new data.

Develop the ability to identify the conclusions that can and cannot be reached based on a given set of results, and hence.

Understand the nature of scientific research and be able to design, plan and execute research projects.

Communicate scientific results, both verbally and in written form, in accordance with the disciplines norms and language.

Demonstrate the ability to self-evaluate, and take responsibility for self-directed further study or ongoing professional development.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with a Chemistry degree, or a degree with a significant component of chemistry. An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language profi ciency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


Duration: 1 Years
Attendance: Full Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

The MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry provides a basis for graduates to enter the chemical, pharmaceutical, biopharma, advanced manufacturing and materials industries, including the burgeoning 3D printing and medical device sectors. Analytical services, environmental protection, and primary and secondary school teaching, present other possibilities.

A key feature of this MSc is a Professional Development Module, which gives students a hand-on learning experience around how to target your CV, how to prepare for an interview, and in gaining an understanding of the job opportunities available in this field. This course is also a route for students into a PhD programme.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:Susan Kelleher
Contact Number:+353(0)1 716 2839

Subjects taught

The structure of the programme is as follows:
90 credits taught masters: 60 credits taught modules & 30 credits research project

Stage 1 - Core

Professional Career Development

Research project (Taught MSc)

Advanced Characterisation Tech

Social Entrepreneurship and Open Responsible Innovation

Creative Thinking & Innovation

Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics



Physics of nanomaterials

Biophysics at the Nanoscale and Nanodevices

Biomimicry - learning from nature

Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy for Bionanoscience

Online Research Skills

Research Integrity Online

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Nanomaterials Chemistry FT (F106)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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