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Nanoscience, nanotechnologies and engineering at the nanoscale are domains of utmost importance for economic development. Fundamentally challenging, research of exceptional quality is essential to enable exploration of terra incognita. A new generation of scientists, leading innovation and creativity, must be trained alongside world-class specialists whilst also being introduced to the importance of an interdisciplinary R&D approach. This is the main goal of the international master of Nanoscale Science & Engineering. Located at the world-renowned research and teaching center in Toulouse, you will be introduced to the various physics, chemistry and material sciences that inter-link to form groundbreaking Nanoscience and engineering technologies.

International Master of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (MSc 2 level) in a nutshell: Download the flyer … soon available


  • Candidate’s profile: French, European and international students who have completed 4 years of higher education in one of the fields of NanoX: physics, chemistry or material science
  • Teaching language: English
  • Duration of training: 1 year full-time (MSc2 level in the European bachelor’s master’s doctorate system)
  • Training site: University of Toulouse, France
  • Internship: part-time in-lab immersion throughout the year
  • Beginning of the courses:
    • Welcome Day: Friday, September 17, 2021
    • Monday, September 20, 2021, at the AIME clean room

Objectives of the Master

To provide an interdisciplinary field of knowledge and skills, combining physics, chemistry, materials and engineering, with an emphasis on students’ hands-on experience.

The NanoX Master of Nanoscale Science & Engineering has been designed to be a pre-thesis. It offers a unique combination of intensive hands-on courses and in-lab immersion.

Several tutorials will take place at the AIME clean rooms facilities. Take a virtual tour (select AIME on the left of the screen. Description of facilities will be translated in English soon…).

Training program

The list of In-Lab internships will be published in July 2021. An overview of some research topics is already available on this page, and by visiting the websites of the research laboratories that belong to the NanoX perimeter.


Foreign students

  • French public institutes and the Erasmus+ programme offer a large number of scholarships for foreign students to help them finance their studies in France and Europe. See the website.
  • NanoX also offers scholarships to talented foreign students (up to 7.8 k€/year)

French students

  • Standard internship grant (~3.6 k€/year)

All students enrolled in the MSc of Nanoscale Science & Engineering will benefit from the all in Toul’Box welcome pack, if needed.

Main skills developed by NanoX master’s students

Hard skills: see the flyer (coming soon…)

Soft skills: creative thinking, teamwork, adaptability, communication, time management, professional writing, professional attitude, intercultural fluency

Job opening

Most senior scientists earned a doctoral degree or a master’s degree. A PhD is a 3-year work experience as a research assistant, that may favor entering the high-tech job market after completing the PhD.

At the end of the master, the graduates will be ready to candidate to Doctoral programs, such as those offered by the Materials Science doctoral school in Toulouse.

The University of Toulouse annually awards 19 PhD thesis scholarships to the Sciences of Matter doctoral school. The doctoral school has its own selection criteria, based on the excellence of the candidates and on the match between their skills and the PhD subjects they apply to. In addition to these 19 PhD scholarships, several scholarships are directly funded by the French ANR, the EU Research funding programs, and university/industry partnerships. A total of ca. 80 PhD scholarships are available each year. Master students with a good curriculum will have no difficulty in obtaining a PhD grant @UT (University of Toulouse).

Administrative corner

Applications for the academic year 2021-2022: from May 03, 2021 to July 07, 2021, followed by the administrative registration. An answer will be given before July 13, 2021, both regarding scholarships and admissibility.

Admission criteria

  • Students who successfully passed MSc1 programs of a European university or engineering school
  • Non-European LMD students who can justify a successful training equivalent to the French MSc1 classes. Do not hesitate to contact us

Students who reside in one of the countries affected by the “Etudes en France” (Studying in France) procedure must make a specific request for enrolment in an institute of higher education (Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, the Republic of the Congo, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Egypt, United States, Gabon, Guinea, Haïti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Tchad, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam).

The selection by the NanoX training council will be merit-based, it will recognize motivation, academic qualification and unusual extra-academic experience. The TC will evaluate whether the initial training of the applicant meets the requirements of the project


If you are not concerned by the “Etudes en France” (Studying in France) procedure, first send us ASAP:

  • A Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • A motivation letter addressing the list of your skills and knowledge in respect to the NanoX International Master of Nanoscale Science & Engineering degree, as well your research interests (2 pages maximum)
  • Bachelor/MSc1 (non european credits system) or licence/master 1 (european credits system) academic marks, grades and distinctions from your home university (in French or in English)
  • A program of the corresponding courses in order to evaluate the requirements and recognition of elective courses for the considered program (in French or in English)
  • A letter of recommendation from a past internship supervisor or, failing that, from an academic faculty
  • For non-native English applicants: a proof of English proficiency for non-native english candidat (interview, TOEIC > 750 or TOEFL iBT > 85 or IELTS > 6.5) is required

You will then have to do the final online application via Ecandidat (or “Etudes en France” (Studying in France), see admission criteria). Deadline: July 7, 2021.

Administrative registration takes place exclusively online

  • From July 7, 2021 to July 28, 2021 and from August 25, 2021 to September 03, 2021 for the “Ecandidat” pathway
  • From August 25, 2021 to September 15, 2021 for the “Etudes en France” pathway

COVID-19 information

Discover actions from the French government, recommendations from the ministry of solidarity and health, information about higher education institutions and student life, and the Campus France news

In Toulouse, research labs are opened.

Large vaccination centres, dubbed “vaccinodromes”, open everywhere in France as the French government races to keep its promise of a giant leap forward in administering Covid-19 jabs.

Given the current situation, the NanoX master will open in September 2021, with practical work and face-to-face teaching in a Covid-secure way.


  • The International Master of Nanoscale Science & Engineering combines physics, chemistry, materials science, theory and experiments. I am a chemist, a lot of prerequisite in physics and mathematics are probably needed. Should I be scared?
  • No. Not at all. For example, the hands-on tutorials at the AIME clean room are designed for post-bachelor students with a good general science knowledge and know-how.
  • What are the tuition fees in France?
  • €243 per year at the master level for European Union (EU) students, €3,770 for non-EU students. Yet, and given an official decision of the University Paul Sabatier, the total registration fee that non-EU students will be required to pay for the 1-year Nanoscale Science end Engineering degree will also be €243 for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • €243 is quite cheap. Such low-cost tuition fees probably involve a “third-rate” master program.
  • No. Definitely not. Choosing to study in France means gaining access to high-quality programmes and facilities. Tuition fees are low in public Higher education institutions because the French government subsidizes higher education. The true cost of education is the same as it is elsewhere in the world, the difference is that in France the government assumes a large share of that cost. Please visit the “Technical facilities” web page to see the equipment made available to our students.
  • The Ecandidat application site is in French! Although Google translation is my friend, I do not understand what is required 🙁
  • Don’t worry. Send us the application documents and we might provide some help.