Nanoscience Options at the School of Physics

The field of Nanoscience is concerned with the study of matter on the nanoscale (10-9m), a scale where the fundamental quantum mechanical interactions that determine the properties of materials take place. The key and revolutionary aspect of nanoscience is that we are now able to manipulate matter on the nanoscale and can fabricate materials with unique properties by design.

Nanoscience in Physics is concerned with the understanding of quantum mechanical interactions between arrays of atoms or molecular species on the nanometre scale. Using this knowledge, materials can be designed with specific physical, chemical or biological function. The application of Nanoscience is huge and spans the three Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) as well as Engineering and Material Science.

In the 2018 curriculum, the major in Nanoscience is replaced with a major in Nanoscience and Technology. See the Nanoscience and Technology course page for more information on this program.

In the 2017 curriculum, a Bachelor of Science degree is offered with a major in Nanoscience. This major entails taking core Physics and Chemistry units in the first two years and then specialising in the third year. The School of Physics offers third year students the opportunity to perform Nanoscience laboratory experiments, including hands-on experience with electron microscopes and research level project work.

Specifically a major in Nanoscience and Technology requires 24 credit points of study at Senior level taken from the following:

Basic course map leading to a Nanoscience Major

Nanoscience major

Detailed course map leading to a Nanoscience Major

Nanoscience major prerequisites

Frequently asked questions:

  • I have satisfied the prerequisites but the system won't let me enrol. What should I do? Please contact the Senior Physics Coordinator.