The Master's programme Nanotechnology

Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Egbert Oesterschulze



Interdisciplinary science

Nanotechnology is an extremely interdisciplinary science. It combines physical laws, chemical processes and biological principles on the nanoscale. The high degree of interdisciplinarity makes it indispensable for natural scientists to acquire additional knowledge of, for example characterisation processes, nanooptics, nanomaterials and biotechnology.

Target group

The English-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, medicine and pharmacy as well as professionals in industry, research, universities and clinics who wish to increase their knowledge of nanotechnology.

Objective and degree

The distance learning programme provides the participants with knowledge of nanotechnology with a special focus on biology, chemistry or physics.

Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) as well as an English-language diploma supplement.

Programme concept

Programme content

The distance learning programme comprises 14 compulsory elective and compulsory modules that focus on, for example 

  • Semiconductor theory,
  • Quantum information processing,
  • Characterisation processes of nanostructures,
  • Screening methods in biology,
  • Nanooptics,
  • Biomaterials for transplants,
  • Production of ceramics and composites,
  • Use of nanoparticles as pharmaceuticals,
  • Nanoelectronics and nanomagnetism.


Teaching-learning format

Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.

Schedule and organisation

The distance learning programme in Nanotechnology has a standard period of study of six semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases in Kaiserslautern, Hanover or Jülich take place once per semester over a (long) weekend. The written module examinations are also completed during mandatory on-campus phases.

A weekly commitment of around 15-20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in assignments, take the examinations and complete the Master's thesis.


At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 820 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 102 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.

Subject to change.


The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:

  • the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
  • the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
  • the enrolment regulations.     

The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.

Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.

The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here.

The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.

The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. Egbert Oesterschulze (TU Kaiserslautern). The distance learning programme in Nanotechnology is organised in cooperation with the Jülich Research Centre as well as the Institute of Technical Chemistry at the University of Hanover. The programme is also a member of the education alliance.

The distance learning programme Nanotechnology is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.). The programme has undergone an internal quality assurance process within the TU Kaiserslautern's system accreditation.

It is possible to move to the Master's programme Nanotechnology during or after successful completion of the Certificate programme Nanobiotechnology if all admission criteria are met and there are sufficient available places. The credits earned in the Certificate programme in Nanobiotechnology will be largely recognised in the Master's programme in Nanotechnology.

We are here for you

Simone Plog
Dipl.-Phys. Simone Plog
Programme Management Nanobiotechnology
+49 (0) 631 205-4941
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Programme Management Nanotechnology
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Elke Bökenbrink
Elke Bökenbrink
Secretary's Office Nanobiotechnology
+49 (0) 631 205-5943
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Secretary's Office Nanotechnology
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Secretary's Office Software Engineering for Embedded Systems
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Secretary's Office Commercial Law for Business Practice
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All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.