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The distance learning Master's degree in "Nanotechnology"

Sought-after experts in many areas

Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary science to a large extent. It combines the laws of physics, chemical processes and biological principles with one another at the nanoscale level. The high level of interdisciplinarity leads to the necessity that scientists need to acquire additional skills and knowledge, for example in the fields of characterization techniques, nanooptics, nanoelectronics, nanomaterials and biotechnology.

Target group

The target group of this program is first and foremost professionals who are already working in industry, research institutes, universities and clinics, both nationally as well as abroad. The requirement for being admitted to this 3-year master program is a completed undergraduate course of studies in either engineering, science or medicine, taken at a university or polytechnic / university of applied science. Relevant working experience of at least one year has to be proven when applying for admission. With the application for acceptance to the distance learning course "Nanotechnology" one also has to hand in a written confirmation that a fitting institution is willing to supervise the applicant's master thesis topic. An attestation of the institution must be submitted to the Student's Administration Office by the end of the fourth semester. Admission to the course "Nanotechnology" is also possible if one has completed the certificate program "Nanobiotechnology" and the above mentioned eligibility criteria are met.

This course is held entirely in English – therefore good English language skills are a necessity.

Applicants may also be accepted who have relevant work experience but have not graduated for a university. They must hold a diploma qualifying for university admission, be able to prove several years of relevant work experience and pass an aptitude test. More information about the admission requirements and the aptitude test can be found here and the application form can be found here. Here is additional information about the application process.

For the enrolment to the English-language Master distance education program "Nanotechnology"  a sufficient proof of English proficiency is necessary. These can be evidenced by:

  • an English-language first degree
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE): Grade C
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL computer: 213
  • TOEFL Paper: 550
  • TOEFL Internet: 79

If you have otherwise acquired English language skills, e.g. from occupation or education, please fill out this declaration and send this with your application form.


The program prepares the students for a professional career and ensures that they are able to improve existing products and processes within the organizations they work in, and this on a long-term basis. This course of studies therefore contributes to the sought-after and highly demanded qualified experts that are needed within the field of nanotechnology. After successful completion one is awarded the academic degree "Master of Science" (M.Sc.).

Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study including exam periods is six semesters. Interrupting one’s studies and returning to complete the program is possible. The course contents are provided as written study materials, developed specifically for distance learning. A weekly commitment of between 15 - 20 hours, depending on one’s previous experience and knowledge acquired, is required to successfully complete the program.    


On campus events

One compulsory on campus weekend is held in the first five of the six semesters for all of the participants in the "Nanotechnology" distance learning program. The goal is to focus on and deepen the understanding of the course contents within the scope of lectures, tutorials and internships, to discuss questions that have cropped up regarding the study material and to reflect on the practical implementation of the contents. Written examinations are also a part of these on campus events.   

Program content

The distance learning master program "Nanotechnology" encompasses a basic course of studies of one semester, focus studies that take four semesters and the master thesis itself for which one semester is planned. The fields of study include amongst others: Semiconductor theories, quantum computing, characterization techniques of nanostructures, screening methods in biology, nanooptics, biomaterials for transplants, processing ceramics and composites, using nanoparticles in medicine and pharmaceutics, nanoelectronics and nanomagnetism. The topics being taught are oriented on the possible career fields and working areas of the participants in the course. These include the semiconductor and electronics industries, the IT sector, the automotive sector, the chemical industry, biotechnology companies, optics and laser technology, the pharmaceutical industry, medicine and medical technology and for the development of new materials.


Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:





Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Korsch


Fundamentals of Molecular Biology, Genetics

Dr. Angelika Roth
Dr. Peter Reichmann


Solid State Physics

Dr. Wilhelm Kulisch


Technology of Micro- and Nanoelectromechanical Systems

Dr. Sandra Wolff


Quantum Information Processing (Option "Physics")

Prof. Dr. Artur Widera


Semiconductor Theory and Device Physics

Prof. Dr. Hans Christian Schneider


Characterization of Nanostructures
Screening Methods in Biology, Chip Technologies

Prof. Dr. Christiane Ziegler
Dr. Christine Müller
Prof. Dr. Roland Ulber
Dr. Frank Stahl


Metamaterials and Photonic Crystals

Prof. Dr. Georg v. Freymann
Prof. Dr. Stefan Maier


Physical and Chemical Synthesis of Nanoparticles
Processing Ceramics and Composites and Their Applications

Prof. Dr. Einar Kruis
Prof. Dr. Rolf Clasen


Nanotechnologically Modified Biomaterials
Carbon Nanomaterials (Option "Chemistry")

Prof. Dr. Eva Eisenbarth
Prof. Dr. Georg Duesberg

Prof. Dr. Siegmar Roth


Computer Simulations and Modeling in Nanotechnology

Prof. Dr. H. Urbassek
Prof. Dr. Günter Reiter



Prof. Dr. Thomas Heinzel
Prof. Dr. Günter Reiss


Molecular Nanosystems: Sensors and Molecular Motors
Nanoparticles as Therapeutic Drug Carrier and Diagnostics (Option "Biology")

Prof. Dr. Christiane Zielger
Prof Pia Vogel, PhD
Prof. Dr. Claus-Michael Lehr
Prof. M.N.V. Ravi Kumar, PhD
Prof. Dr. Udo Bakowski


Nanotechnology in its Societal Context:

Prof. Dr. Alfred Nordmann



During the course performance assessment takes place in the form of mail-in exercises, examinations and submitting a master’s thesis. Once all assignments and examinations as well as the master thesis have been successfully completed, the academic degree of "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) is awarded. Successful participants will then receive the following documents:   

  • Diploma from TU Kaiserslautern
  • Degree certificate for the academic degree "Master of Science"(M.Sc.)
  • Diploma supplement (DS)



The study fees for the master distance learning program "Nanotechnology" are EUR 750 per semester. In addition one has to pay a social contribution of EUR 90 per semester. The one-off fee for the master's thesis is EUR 500. Starting from the third semester over the regular study time of six semesters, a reduced fee of 30 % of the semester fee is levied. The fee for the master’s thesis is not affected. These fees cover all costs for teaching material, supervision, participation in the on campus events, term exams and all administrative expenses. However, they do not include any travel, accommodation, board or meal expenses for the on campus events. The study fees are not subject to German VAT and are tax-deductible.


Financial Aid

The government can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can, for example, offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local revenue office or tax advisor for more information. In certain circumstances, the federal government or the state governments can also support you in your professional training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks). Information on this can be found online, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. A further funding possibility are low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and which are offered by the government and by banks, such as the KfW Development Bank. Financial support according to Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is unfortunately not possible.



The distance learning program "Nanotechnology" was accredited by the quality management system of several universities in Rhineland-Palatinate.



You can apply for the admission-restricted "Nanotechnology" distance learning degree from mid-May to mid-July of every year. Courses start at the beginning of October. The documentation is also available as download and submission as a written application.


Here you find the most relevant information about the application procedure.