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School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Nanotechnology (Physical) BSc

BSc Nanotechnology - undergraduate degree


Nanotechnology is one of the most exciting, fastest growing areas in science and engineering today. This course will equip you with a broad set of scientific skills, which appeal to a diverse range of employment sectors, including those outside the nanotechnology market.

This course is a highly interdisciplinary science degree, which will prepare graduates for employment in a wide range of current and emerging nanotechnology-related industries. You will study key topics from all the core sciences: chemistry, biology, physics, materials science and electronics, alongside custom-designed modules in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The 'physical' route majors on the study of solid-state systems for nanotechnology and is best suited if your background is primarily in physics and/or mathematics.

The wide range of core science modules provides you with the breadth of scientific background which you need to understand nanoscience and nanotechnology but, at the same time, you can experience, first hand, the fascination of nanotechnology via hands-on practical work with state-of-the-art nanoscience equipment.

Industrial placements
: Yes
Course duration: 3 or 4 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000; International: £18,000
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry as satisfying the academic requirements for Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

Royal Society of Chemistry


The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2015 download our 2015 course flyer to give you a flavour of what you will study. Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year. A standard module is typically worth 10 or 20 credits.

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Nanotechnology graduates are specifically trained in response to the needs of industry in this rapidly expanding sector of the international science and engineering base. Our graduates are highly valued by prospective employers and go on to a wide range of careers across a range of industry sectors such as electronics, medicine and healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemical engineering, food, packaging, cosmetics, fuel and energy and the environment. Our nanotechnology graduates have also been successful in securing places for PhD research study.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

2015 entry

A-level: AAA including Mathematics with AS-level Physics or Chemistry, or A-level Physics with AS-level Mathematics, excluding General Studies.

Advanced Diploma: Grade A with an appropriate amount of Mathematics and Physics.

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD including an appropriate amount of level 3 Mathematics and Physics.

IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. Our applicant days give you the opportunity to meet our academic staff and students, take part in group activities, find out more about your course, and to tour the University and the school, which includes demonstrations in our laboratories.

You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one discussion with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to have your questions answered, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 6542.