MC204 - Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials

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Plan: MC204 - Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials
Award abbreviation: MNanotech&SmartMaterials
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years Full-Time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 019999
CRICOS code: 088088D

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Purpose of the Program

Nanotechnology is one of the most important new fields of multidisciplinary science, combining aspects of physics, chemistry, materials science, bioscience and engineering, and is revolutionising modern society in ways unthinkable twenty years ago. Nanotechnology graduates are in high demand for research or industry-based careers in Australia and overseas. There are graduate shortages in the nano-enabling specialisations of chemistry, particularly polymer, colloidal, organic and bio-organic chemistry; materials science and engineering; and microelectronics fabrication. Graduates may work in industries related to telecommunications, computing, defence, solar energy, medicine, aerospace, paints and coatings, cosmetics and environmental remediation. Graduates will also be research-ready to undertake a PhD program in an area of specialisation at RMIT.

This program is designed to equip you with advanced, specialist knowledge and skills to participate in the application and research of nanotechnology and new materials to technology development in inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary settings.You will acquire a strong grounding in the physics and chemistry of nanotechnology and smart materials (NanoSmart). You will learn about relevant research tools to be able to independently and/or collaboratively design and make new materials with tailor made properties.

Breadth in the physics, chemical and biomolecular areas will provide you a background in relevant techniques needed to understand the field of NanoSmart. The focus on research is a key feature of the program. You will undertake a significant research component (totalling 60 credit points) in addition to research methods (12 credit points) and two research-based seminar courses (totalling 24 credit points) as a capstone experience. Seminar courses focus on contemporary and emerging developments in the NanoSmart field. Practical research experience in a number of intensive industry and research-based rotations is a feature of ONPS2498 Advanced Nanotechnology course which is the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.

The MC204 Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials program requires in person attendance.


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Articulation and pathways

As this is an emerging and highly specialised area, standard exemptions for a bachelor degree are limited. If you have completed the double degree BP247 Bachelor of Nanotechnology/Applied Science you will be eligible for 24 credit points of exemptions.

If you have a BSc or BEng or nano specialistion you may be eligible for credit. This will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

If you decide not to pursue the full Masters qualification you can exit with a Graduate Diploma in Nanotechnology and Smart Materials after successfully completing 96 credit points.

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Entrance requirements

An Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent  in applied science, science or engineering, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of equal to or greater than 2.5 out of 4.0

Applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 and with two years relevant work experience may be considered.

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page URL:

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External accreditation and industry links

There are no accrediting agencies for nanotechnology programs.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. You can access the RMIT University wireless network from most areas of the campus.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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