Micro and Nano Systems Technology

Master of Science – Micro and Nano Systems Technology

Vestfold - Full time

The most spectacular technology is happening at the micro and nano level and you can become an expert of this state of the art technology.

Study facts

  • Progression of study: Full time
  • Campus: Vestfold
  • Teaching model: On Campus
  • Application code: Non-EU 7130 and EU/EEA 7133
  • Study level: Master's degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Closing dates: Expired
  • Start up: Autumn 2023
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 4
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This master program entitles you to use the protected title “Sivilingeniør”»

Why study Micro- and Nano Systems Technology?

Micro and nanotechnology can be found within near all fields; electronics, medicine, aerospace and petroleum are some examples. For this reason, the study is interdisciplinary and contains elements from both electronics, mechanics, physics, chemistry, mathematics, modelling and processing. You will learn how smart miniature components are designed, manufactured and characterized and how they play together in a complete system.

The programme is unique, exciting and practically oriented and is an excellent offer for those who already have a bachelor's degree in engineering or science. It will be a door opener to exciting jobs in a variety of industries.

The program is offered by the Department of Micro and Nanosystem Technology, which is one of the cornerstones of the national effort in micro and nanotechnology (NorFab). Located in Vestfold, between Horten and Tønsberg, you will find state-of-the-art laboratories and cleanroom facilities at your disposal. The collaboration with business life in the region is solid, and several micro- and nanotechnology companies have established themselves close to campus in recent years.

Every spring, all students present their master's projects at the student fair USNexpo.

Semester exchange to USN

Within this programme there are several exchange opportunities for students from partner universities. Please contact our programme coordinator for details and course lists. Application deadline is May 1st for autumn semester and November 1st for spring semester for exchange.

Where can I work?

After graduating in micro- and nano system technology you will be able to work within micro- and nanotechnology in industry, academia and in research institutions.

Within companies that develop and produce microelectronic and micro- and nano systems, you can work in product development, manufacturing technology, production management, quality management and project management.

In businesses using micro- and nanotechnology, you can work with business development, marketing and sales, project management, research and development and technical consultation.

Working with the local business community

During the study there is several visits to electronics and microtechnology companies in the Horten area and experts from the industry are invited guest lecturers on selected topics.

We have a close collaboration with companies and research institutions both regionally, nationally and internationally. The programme is taught by experts in the field who are doing research on internationally level and master's theses are often linked to a research project or done in collaboration with a company. Good connections to and opportunities for networking with industry mean that several of the students are offered part-time jobs during their studies.

What you will learn

Our Masters Degree in Micro and Nano Systems Technology will open doors to exciting jobs in a multitude of industries. Micro- and nanotechnology can be found within almost all fields; electronics, medical, aerospace and petroleum are some examples. The programme is interdisciplinary and includes elements from electronics, mechanics, physics, chemistry, mathematics, modelling and processing. You will learn how micro- and nano systems are designed, produced and characterized.

Further studies

Graduates from the programme with avarage grade B or better are well qualified for further doctoral degree studies (PhD) at USN and other universities elsewhere in the world. Learn more about our PhD program here.

Get international experience

You can take parts of your study as an exchange student abroad. Studying or taking an internship abroad can give you the opportunity to expand your international competence, language skills, personal qualities and adaptability. It can also make you more attractive in the job market. We have agreements with foreign universities, colleges and internships adapted to your studies.

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describe the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.

Study plan for 2023 autumn

Admission requirements

This programme requires a Bachelor's degree in micro/nanosystems technology, electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, bioengineering, physics, materials science, or a closely related area that contains minimum 120 ECTS credits specifically relevant for the program. In addition you must have passed the following:

  • At least 25 ECTS in mathematics and 5 ECTS in statistics
  • A bachelor course in Basic Analogue Technique.

You must also fulfil the English requirements, and have a cumulative grade point average equivalent to, or better than, a C in the ECTS system (we do the grade conversion).

50% of the places in the study program are reserved for applicants with a Norwegian bachelor degree. 50% of these reserved places (25% of the total) are reserved for applicants holding a bachelor degree in Micro and Nano Systems Technology from USN.

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.

Export control

This programme may be covered by the regulations on export control. Export controls are applied to countries where there is suspicion about development and use of weapons of mass destruction. USN may therefore decide to conduct a specific evaluation of these applicants. As it is under discussion, we do not have more information at present.


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