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RMIT University

  • 45% international / 55% domestic

Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials

  • Masters (Coursework)

Change the shape of science. Study nanotechnology.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time
Course Code
MC204, 088088D
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Fees
$32,640 per year / $65,280 total

About this course

This master's program provides a basis for roles in technology development, and interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary projects.

Using skills in chemistry or physics you will explore the different applications of nanotechnology and materials science such as optics, photonics, communications, medicine, and defence.

This program will provide extensive hands-on lab experiences to both reinforce the coursework material and to introduce students to the breadth of career opportunities in the rapidly expanding world of nanotechnology.

Both the coursework and lab work components of the program are intrinsically multidisciplinary, with chemistry and physics core concepts strongly supplemented by training in relevant biology, engineering and computational science approaches.

Grounding and depth

You will gain a strong foundation in the physics and chemistry of nanotechnology and smart materials and learn about relevant research tools to independently or collaboratively design and make new materials with customised properties.

The program will develop your understanding of structure and property relationships at the nano-scale.

It covers important aspects of bio-nano science and quantum physics with various fields of nanotechnology.

Facilities and research

We have leading nanotechnology and nanoscience facilities, enabling high-precision research in areas including nanofabrication, testing and analysis, nanoscale biophotonics, energy research, catalysis and disease detection, among other areas.

Nanotechnology research at RMIT has vast applications ranging from medicines fighting disease at the molecular level to the next generation of optics-based IT technologies that will transform communication systems and information security.

Entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in applied science, science or engineering, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) no less than 2.5 out of 4.0.

Applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 and with at least two years' relevant work experience may be considered.

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Study locations

Melbourne City

Career pathways

Nanomaterials are already revolutionising daily life and careers in the 21st century.

They can be found in almost all facets of global industry; making an impact on our medicine, food, industrial and environmental processes.

Nanotechnology experts apply the principles of physics, chemistry and biology to design new products on the nano-scale.

This program is designed to provide students with a wide range of technical and theoretical expertise and exposure to the diversity of uses of nanomaterials in industry and society.

From this foundation, students will be well-prepared to pursue their future careers in industry or academia, both within Australia or internationally.

Career outlook

Nanotechnology is a transformative force for manufacturing and is predicted to be worth $US3 trillion globally by 2020.

Graduates are in high demand for research or industry-based careers in Australia and overseas.

There are graduate shortages in the nano-enabling specialisations of chemistry - particularly polymer, colloidal, organic and bio-organic chemistry; materials science and engineering; and microelectronics fabrication.

Graduates may work in industries related to telecommunications, computing, defence, solar energy, medicine, aerospace, paints and coatings, cosmetics and environmental remediation.

Graduates will also be research-ready to undertake a PhD program at RMIT or elsewhere.