La Trobe University

Master of Nanotechnology


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time.
Fees and costs
$28,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Nanotechnology - understanding, creating and controlling events on the scale of nanometres (millionth of a millimetre) - is an emerging field which aims to understand and exploit the science of the very small.

It covers a wide range of areas including semiconductors, where it is hoped that very small components will continue the increase in computational speed predicted by Moore's Law.

Chemical systems expect nanotechnology ro provide sophisticated sensors for chemicals at low concentrations, with applications to biological systems. Biologists seek means of manipulating and sensing biological processes within cells.

This course has a strong research focus. You will work in state-of-the-art research laboratories equipped with world class fabrication and characterisation resources resources.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Hannah Coughlan

Hannah Coughlan

Graduate, Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology

“La Trobe has allowed me to pursue my love of multiple areas of science.”


Currently completing a PhD with La Trobe University and the CSIRO.

Hannah isn't just studying at La Trobe University, she is working as an advocate to bring more females into the world of science.

Studying at La Trobe University has opened a world of opportunities for Hannah, including her current work as project co-ordinator.

Hannah is currently completing a PhD with La Trobe University and the CSIRO after completing a dual degree in Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology.

It was her deep love of all science that led to the decision to undertake them all.

"When I was choosing my course I knew I wanted to study multiple areas of science, biochemistry, chemistry and physics. The double degree in science and nanotechnology offered at La Trobe has allowed me to pursue my love of these science disciplines," she said.

Research opportunities were the main attraction to La Trobe for Hannah, who now works as the project co-ordinator of Growing Tall Poppies, a Science Partnership Program between various ARC centres and Universities that aims to get more females studying science in high school.

She has also worked as a physics demonstrator and a research assistant. Hannah's studies have also acted as a platform for her to explore the world.

"During my undergraduate years, I was able to travel around the world for experiments, conferences and workshops," she said.

"I took part in a two-week study school at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand where I was able to study medicinal chemistry, and spend time with Thai students and learn about their culture.

"In my final year I experienced how research is conducted in another country and went to Northern Italy to perform an experiment at the ELETTRA Synchrotron."

Entry requirements


You must have the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor's degree containing a major in physics or equivalent. You should have achieved a minimum average of 65 per cent in the third year or have reached an equivalent standard as judged by the course coordinator. As there are a limited number of places available, the best applicants will be selected based on their curriculum vitae and academic record.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Given the cross-disciplinary subject combination of this program, graduates are likely to find many opportunities at the boundaries of the traditional sciences and in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology.

Professional recognition

Depending on major or subject choice, graduates of the Master of Nanotechnology may apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). 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

$28,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your 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 2, 2018.

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