La Trobe University

Bachelor of Science (Honours) / Master of Nanotechnology


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
5 years full time, or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
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*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

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.

Entry requirements


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 (any); 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.

Subject bonus

A study score of 25 in Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Physics equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology may apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Depending on subject choice, graduates may also apply for membership with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

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