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Nanoscience BSc (Hons)

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BSc (Hons)
Up to 4 years
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Nanoscience is the study of phenomena on a scale ranging from the wavelength of light, down to the size of atoms. It is a rapidly developing field, continually producing fascinating results in many different fields of study. This programme is based on physics but includes content from chemistry and biology to give an important appreciation of how all the sciences have new effects to be observed and new applications to be discovered.


Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.


Programme content

Year 1

Contains material common to the physics programme to preserve the ability to transfer to other programmes. The necessary grounding in chemistry is delivered in this year.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:33%
  • Independent study: 67%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:59%
  • Practical:14%
  • Coursework:27%
Year 2

The Physics programme content is augmented by Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy in Year 2. Applicants seeking direct entry to Level 2 should possess an appropriate qualification in Chemistry.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:36%
  • Independent study: 64%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:66%
  • Practical:13%
  • Coursework:21%
Year 3

Concentrates upon core Physics content supplemented by the Chemistry of Materials.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:32%
  • Independent study: 68%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:71%
  • Practical: 5%
  • Coursework:24%
Year 4

The principles of the effects and behaviour on the nano-scale are covered in Year 4, through courses such as Microstructures and Properties of Materials; and Quantum Theory and Solid State Physics.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:37%
  • Independent study: 63%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:64%
  • Practical:3%
  • Coursework:33%


Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons)Nanoscience students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 40% are working
  • 40% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 50% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £17000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar programme: £24000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Engineering professionals
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Secretarial and related occupations
  • Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
  • Sales occupations
  • Customer service occupations
  • Elementary occupations    
  • Managers, directors and senior officials

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB or ABBBB with A in Maths or Physics
  • A-Levels ABB with A in Maths or Physics
  • HNC B in graded unit. Relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
  • Additional information Entry normally to include Physics and Mathematics Highers or A-Levels at A or B and for Chemical Physics B in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Year 2

  • A-Levels AAB with A in Maths and Physics
  • Advanced Highers BB in Maths and Physics plus Highers
  • HNC A in graded unit. Relevant HNC - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with BB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Physics

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Additional information

  • A range of alternative qualifications may be accepted including good qualifications in non-scientific subjects. We will also consider mature applicants with appropriate work experience. Advanced qualifications should be in Physics and Mathematics.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£17,100

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships & bursaries

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Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree programmes in 2016

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

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