Bachelor of Science (Nanoscience) (BSc(Nanosci))

Key facts

  • Some papers available at Albany
  • Major and minor available at Manawatū
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
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What is it like?

A revolution is occurring in science and technology, based on the recently developed ability to measure, manipulate, and organise matter on the nanoscale: 1 to 100 billionths of a meter. At the nanoscale, physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, and engineering converge toward the same principles and tools. As a result, progress in nanoscience will have very far-reaching impact.

New properties of matter emerge at the nanoscale, and there are many exciting challenges in fabricating, measuring, and understanding matter on the nanoscale. A degree in Nanoscience provides you with a modern, interdisciplinary approach to science.

If you would like to be involved in a field at the cutting edge of physical and biological sciences, then the Nanoscience major is for you. In addition to dealing with the novel properties of materials on the nanoscale, a key facet of the Nanoscience major is its interdisciplinary character, which includes all of the fundamental sciences.

You will build on a foundation of maths, physics, and chemistry before going on to study aspects of nanoscience itself, focusing on a choice from two options: quantum nanoscience (with an emphasis on further physics and chemistry of modern nanomaterials) or bionanoscience (with an emphasis on biological macromolecules and nanostructures).


As nanoscience inevitably makes a greater impact in our future society, nanoscience graduates will have an opportunity to be marketplace pioneers.Law firms, business ventures, startup companies, the media, investment banks, hospitals and government organisations will all need people with expertise in nanoscience. Existing research organisations in New Zealand, and globally, have stated a desire for graduates with interdisciplinary expertise like that gained in the Nanoscience major. The career opportunities applicable to chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology are also applicable to graduates in Nanoscience.

With backgrounds in chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology the career opportunities listed for these subject areas are applicable to graduates in Nanoscience too.
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