Nanotechnology

Professional recognitionWhy study Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is the science of the very small - working on a scale of nanometres, a millionth of a millimetre. New products and processes are developed where physics, chemistry, biology and engineering meet. Nanotechnology applications include computer technology, healthcare, sustainability and helping to make vehicles and machines faster, lighter and stronger.

We offer an undergraduate program and a combined Bachelor and Master’s course. Top students can blend a Master’s qualification in nanotechnology with an honours-level science program.

Learn more about our nanotechnology program.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have been placed and employed in businesses such as SGS, Rio Tinto, Dulux, Starpharma, Air Services Australia, Crocodile Gold Corp., Australian Radiation Services, CETEC-Foray and the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering.

You can find work in roles such as physicist, chemist, space physicist or research scientist.

Read more about nanotechnology careers.

Courses

Local students

2015

Bachelor of Nanotechnology/Bachelor of Science

Duration :
4.5 years full-time (4 years in an accelerated program).
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne N/A
Year
2015
Course description
This degree combines specialist studies in nanotechnology with a degree in science majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, and physics. By covering core science disciplines alongside nanotechnology you'll be prepared for a wider range of career options.

Choose one of three streams - nanostructured materials, bionanotechnology or physics at the nanoscale - and take on a variety of subjects like nanochemistry, scanning probe microscopies, synchrotron science, and nanomaterials and fabrication.

This course provides you with a comprehensive learning experience, combining lab work, practical placements and study tours. In third year, you'll undertake a major research project in collaboration with researchers from within the university or overseas. You'll have access to the $100 million La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and may work with our industry partners such as CSIRO, Australian Synchrotron and miniFAB.

As part of your course, you'll undertake a study tour to Japan where you'll visit research labs in Tokyo as well as attend the Nano Tech Exhibition and Conference - the world's largest nanotech trade exhibition. To keep you up to date with other industry developments, we organise the 'Issues in Nanotech' seminar series. Topics include nanotechnology in cancer research, nano-sunscreen technology and creating automotive semiconductor products.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
This degree may lead you to a career as a physicist, chemist or research scientist. Our graduates have found work in leading companies such as SGS, Rio Tinto, Dulux and Air Services Australia.
Professional recognition
After you graduate you'll be eligible for accreditation with the Australian Institute of Physics. If you choose the nanostructured materials stream you'll also be eligible to register with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Middle band
Satisfactory completion in two but no more than two of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) and Physics equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 3 points.
Costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC to start this course in 2015. Year 12 students can also apply through our Aspire Early Admissions Program to receive a conditional offer as early as September.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Nanotechnology/Science Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology

Duration :
5.5 years full-time (5 years in an accelerated program) or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne N/A
Year
2015
Course description
Our double degree in this growing industry - science and engineering on a tiny scale - has applications from making surfaces dirt-repellent to developing more effective cancer treatments.

Fields set to benefit from nanotech include medicine, manufacturing, computing, environmental sustainability, textiles and cosmetics. In fact, anywhere that physics, chemistry, biology and engineering intersect can benefit from nanotechnology.

This degree gives you knowledge of biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, physics as well as nanotech subjects including nanomaterials and fabrication, synchrotron science and technology, and bionanotechnology.

Our focus on practical skills and experience means you'll develop your own nanotech project in your final year as you complete your Master's thesis, hosted by a leading research group or organisation, for example CSIRO. Fifth year also includes a study tour - in 2013 our students travelled to the Nano Tech Exhibition and Conference in Tokyo.

Our cadetship program provides work experience in industries like manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals and consulting. You can also take advantage of overseas study opportunities with our exchange partners in over 30 countries, and may be eligible for scholarships including the Ambassador Scholarships in Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
Career opportunities
With their cross-disciplinary skills, nanotech graduates are in global demand for research and product development. Our students have found work with companies including Dulux, Starpharma, and Australian Radiation Services.
Professional recognition
Once you graduate, you'll be eligible for accreditation with the Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (depending on your specialisation), and may go on to complete a PhD.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 25 in Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS); and a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Middle band
Satisfactory completion in two but no more than two of Maths: Specialist Mathematics and Physics equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 3 points.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC to start this course in 2015. Year 12 students can also apply through our Aspire Early Admissions Program to receive a conditional offer as early as September.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Science/NanotechnologyMelbourne

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Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2014 - Mid year entry

Bachelor of Nanotechnology/Bachelor of Science (077464J)

Duration :
4.5 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 220
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This course allows you to combine a specialisation in nanotechnology with comprehensive studies of the core science disciplines of biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Nanotechnology is the science of matter on the tiniest scale: nanometres, or billionths of a metre. It contributes to improvements in health, computer speeds, environmental management, cleaner and greener production processes, and energy use. Nanotechnology also helps biologists sense and manipulate biological processes within cells.

We've chosen a double-degree structure to help you develop extremely strong scientific knowledge across your studies.

The curriculum focuses on practical skills and experience, and includes a nanotechnology project in your final year.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 80
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2013 (indicative only) - 78.30
International Baccalaureate - 27
GCE A Levels - 9
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBB
STPM - 9
MICSS (UEC) - 4
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 75
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 80
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.5
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.5
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics determined to be equivalent to VCE Units 3 & 4 (any) with a minimum study score of 30 in English (ESL), a minimum study score of 25 in any other English, Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (either), and 20 in Specialist Mathematics or Physics.
Additional costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
Professional recognition
Graduates may be eligible for accreditation with the Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, depending on their electives.
Career opportunities
Graduates are fully qualified for employment in a wide range of science-based industries and research laboratories, and will also be able to participate in the emerging nanotechnology industries globally. Graduates can find career opportunities in diverse sectors such as advanced materials, semiconductor and microelectronic technologies, advanced medical diagnostics, mineral processing, aerospace and defence industries, chemicals and polymer manufacture, surface coating technologies, and government and private sector research laboratories. Given their cross-disciplinary background, graduates will also find many opportunities in areas where the traditional sciences intersect.
Full course details
Nanotechnology/Science Melbourne

2015

Bachelor of Nanotechnology/Bachelor of Science (077464J)

Duration :
4.5 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 850
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This degree combines specialist studies in nanotechnology with a degree in science majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, and physics. By covering core science disciplines alongside nanotechnology you'll be prepared for a wider range of career options.

Choose one of three streams - nanostructured materials, bionanotechnology or physics at the nanoscale - and take on a variety of subjects like nanochemistry, scanning probe microscopies, synchrotron science, and nanomaterials and fabrication.

This course provides you with a comprehensive learning experience, combining lab work, practical placements and study tours. In third year, you'll undertake a major research project in collaboration with researchers from within the university or overseas. You'll have access to the $100 million La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and may work with our industry partners such as CSIRO, Australian Synchrotron and miniFAB.

As part of your course, you'll undertake a study tour to Japan where you'll visit research labs in Tokyo as well as attend the Nano Tech Exhibition and Conference - the world's largest nanotech trade exhibition. To keep you up to date with other industry developments, we organise the 'Issues in Nanotech' seminar series. Topics include nanotechnology in cancer research, nano-sunscreen technology and creating automotive semiconductor products.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 80
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2014 (indicative only) - N/A
International Baccalaureate - 27
GCE A Levels - 8.5
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBB
STPM - 8.67
MICSS (UEC) - 5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 80
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 80
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
WASSCE - 4
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS); and a study score of at least 20 in one of Specialist Mathematics or Physics.
Additional costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
Professional recognition
Depending on your electives, you may be eligible for accreditation with the Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).
Career opportunities
There are extensive career opportunities in emerging nanotechnology industries throughout the world. You may also find roles in many other fields, including advanced materials, semiconductor and microelectronic technologies, advanced medical diagnostics, mineral processing, aerospace and defence industries, chemicals and polymer manufacture, surface coating technologies, and government and private sector research laboratories.
Full course details

Nanotechnology/Science Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology (065395E/064432B)

Duration :
5.5 years (5 years accelerated learning program)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 850
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Our double degree in this growing industry - science and engineering on a tiny scale - has applications from making surfaces dirt-repellent to developing more effective cancer treatments.

Fields set to benefit from nanotech include medicine, manufacturing, computing, environmental sustainability, textiles and cosmetics. In fact, anywhere that physics, chemistry, biology and engineering intersect can benefit from nanotechnology.

This degree gives you knowledge of biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, physics as well as nanotech subjects including nanomaterials and fabrication, synchrotron science and technology, and bionanotechnology.

Our focus on practical skills and experience means you'll develop your own nanotech project in your final year as you complete your Master's thesis, hosted by a leading research group or organisation, for example CSIRO. Fifth year also includes a study tour - in 2013 our students travelled to the Nano Tech Exhibition and Conference in Tokyo.

Our cadetship program provides work experience in industries like manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals and consulting. You can also take advantage of overseas study opportunities with our exchange partners in over 30 countries, and may be eligible for scholarships including the Ambassador Scholarships in Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 90
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2014 (indicative only) - N/A
International Baccalaureate - 34
GCE A Levels - 12.5
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBB
STPM - 10
MICSS (UEC) - 2.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 75
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 80
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.5
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.5
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3.3
WASSCE - 3
Mayatom (Thailand) - 3.4
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS); and a study score of at least 20 in one of Specialist Mathematics or Physics.
Additional information
Semester 2 (July) entry is only available to students with Advanced Standing (credit) for previous studies.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
Professional recognition
Depending on your elective choices, you may be eligible for accreditation with the Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Career opportunities
Our graduates have been engaged in businesses and organisations such as SGS, Rio Tinto, Dulux, INP Grenoble, Air Services Australia, Northgate Minerals, Australian Radiation Services, CETEC-Foray and the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering.

The broad study of science and nanotechnology offers you many
opportunities across the science-based industries, in research laboratories, and in the emerging global nanotechnology industries.
Graduates are likely to find work in:
- advanced materials
- semiconductor and microelectronic technologies
- advanced medical diagnostics
- mineral processing
- aerospace and defence industries
- chemicals and polymer manufacture
- surface coating technologies
- government and private sector research laboratories.

A cross-disciplinary background means graduates can also look for opportunities in areas where the traditional sciences intersect.
Full course details
Science/NanotechnologyMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Elana Montagner,
Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology

"La Trobe is an incredible university, filled with friendly and committed staff and wonderful people."

Nanotechnology placements

The industry cadetship program allows you to gain paid workplace experience between semesters, giving you the chance to build on your skills and build your career.

Overseas study opportunities

Our students have travelled to the Nano Tech 2013 Exhibition and Conference in Tokyo on a study tour.

You can also gain valuable overseas experience by studying with one of our global exchange partners. La Trobe has partnerships with over 100 universities in more than 30 countries in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. See our international travel page for more information.

Student and graduate profiles

Meet some of our nanotechnology graduates.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academic staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. You can view staff in Nanotechnology or search all staff in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering.

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