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Study concept

Achieving great things with small particles - changing the world with just a few atoms.

Nanotechnology focuses on nanomaterials and their properties, production, and application. The graduate engineer in nanotechnology is able to analyze and independently develop a wide range of interdisciplinary issues relating to nanosystems. Possible applications include all areas of research, development, production, quality assurance, and knowledge communication in all high-tech industries in today's world.

The "Nanotechnology" degree program teaches broad physical, chemical, and material science fundamentals as well as computer science and electrical engineering, in particular nanoscopic systems, and knowledge of the manufacturing technology of nanomaterials, nanodevices, and their technical applications.

In the main study program, special lectures begin that clarify the relationship between material - and structure-function. Further knowledge of nanomaterials, nanoelectronic components, and sensors is deepened through exercises and practicals, including under cleanroom conditions. In addition, individual interests and inclinations can be pursued through a wide range of options. This includes a compulsory elective program that discusses a wide range of applications of nanotechnology, e.g. catalysts and data or energy storage.

A high proportion of free elective modules allows all students to specialize in different areas, for example in the fields of biosensor technology, nanoanalytics, nanofluids, measurement technology, or IT and the Internet of Things. In addition, special attention is paid to the ability to independently develop new solutions, including in interdisciplinary research groups. This is realized through initial scientific work (with individually selectable topics) such as literature research, a practical semester in an industrial company or a non-university research institution, an extensive research internship, and the final thesis. As both the practical semester and the free elective modules can be completed internationally, it is easy to integrate stays abroad into the study program.



In the field of biosensor technology, students acquire expertise in the construction and application of biosensors. To this end, the basics of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology are taught.

In the field of nanoanalytics, students acquire expertise in the determination of nanostructures in solid and liquid phases. To this end, knowledge of spectroscopic and microscopic methods for structure elucidation is taught.

In the field of nanofluidics, students acquire skills in characterizing the micro- and nanoscale behavior of fluids. In addition to fluid mechanics and rheology, fundamental knowledge of the importance of interfaces is also taught.

In the field of measurement technology, students acquire expertise in electrical engineering and control engineering in order to be able to automate machines and processes even better. Specialized measurement technology methods round off the range of courses.

In the field of information technologies and the Internet of Things, methods of data communication and data analysis are taught. These are used, among other things, to acquire skills in the fields of artificial intelligence and software development.

As an alternative to the specialisations suggested above, students can also aim for an individual specialisation. For this purpose, elective modules from universities in Germany and abroad can be selected, provided they serve the study objective.

Faculty of Materials Science and Technology (Faculty 5)
Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.)
Standard period of study
10 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Abitur or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or an entrance qualification recognized as equivalent

Course language
Professional advice
Dr. Dirk Renker
Haus Metallkunde
Gustav-Zeuner-Str. 5, 09599 Freiberg
Dirk.Renker [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
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Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 5 (Materials Science and Technology)
Haus Formgebung, ground floor 121
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Job opportunities

Nanotechnologists are needed in companies in all branches of industry. Possible areas of employment are, depending on specialization:

  • Chemical industry
  • Semiconductor industry
  • Medical and pharmaceutical industry
  • Automotive suppliers
  • Aerospace industry
  • Research institutions
  • Information and/communication industry
  • Environmental Industry
  • Quality assurance
  • Process and production management
  • Research
  • Development
  • Knowledge transfer/teaching
  • Science journalist
  • Self-employed entrepreneur
  • Public administration

Why study nanotechnology at TUBAF?

The Nanotechnology (Diploma) degree program is right for you if ...

  • You have a wide range of interests and love interdisciplinary solutions.
  • Individual support and options during your studies are important to you.
  • You want to spend part of your studies abroad.
  • You want to combine a secure, well-paid job with an exciting activity after graduation.

Interests and skills you should bring with you

If you...

  • have a broad interest in science,
  • are curious
  • and would like to develop high-tech applications later on

the Nanotechnology degree program is the right place for you!

The increasing importance of nanotechnology as a subject area was an important argument for my choice of this degree course. During my studies, my hope for versatility was not disappointed, on the contrary - I particularly liked the freely selectable specializations.

Dipl.-Ing. Otto Dreier - Engineer for nanotechnology, research assistant in the RoBiMo research project at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Introduction to the degree program

Diploma program in Nanotechnology

The world of materials