La Trobe University

Bachelor of Science (Honours) / Master of Nanotechnology


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
5 years full time, or part-time equivalent
Annual tuition fee (A$)
37 400

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

Subject prerequisites

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.

English language requirement

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.

Career outcomes

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.

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

37 400


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

How to apply

Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Additional information

Semester 2 (July) entry is only available to students with Advanced Standing (credit) for previous studies.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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