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Nanotechnology (1 year)

The primary aim of this suite of degrees is to facilitate transfer of skills from another relevant area of engineering or science and technology to the study of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology is science at the molecular level. Nanotechnology, a term that embraces a wide spectrum of technological endeavours across a range of scientific and technological disciplines – such as chemistry, physics, engineering, and biological and biomedical sciences – is attracting tremendous attention in industrialised countries worldwide both in terms of fundamental scientific research and technological development. Nanotechnology is predicted to be a technological hallmark of the 21st century.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $38,000
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 057869J
Delivery mode: On campus

Interest in nanotechnology from industry, government agencies, investors, entrepreneurs and from the general public is likely to grow rapidly over the next decade with growth rates exceeding those seen in other areas of science.

These courses will help you to:

  • develop the capacity to understand the basic scientific concepts underpinning nanoscience and the properties of materials and biomaterials at the atomic/molecular level, as well as the scaling laws governing these properties
  • understand current frontier developments in nanotechnology
  • recognise and develop novel and innovative ideas
  • demonstrate ability in a range of laboratory methods, specifically the fabrication and characterisation tools used in nanotechnology such as various microscopies, surface modifications and molecular-level construction methods
  • demonstrate communication and problem based and critical thinking skills that will promote lifelong learning in your future career.

What you will study

The graduate diploma provides a comprehensive coverage of the fundamental knowledge and skills in the core areas of nanotechnology. The masters covers fundamental knowledge and skills in core areas and subsequently extends this via advanced study of selected areas. The topics build upon your undergraduate studies by adding problem-based learning exercises and other assessment items that provide the necessary development of higher level cognition (synthesis, interpretation, critical thought). This assumes that you already have a degree and in many cases significant work experience.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Whatever the environment, commercial or research, employment opportunities will be at the cutting edge of technology. Graduates of this specialisation may find research-based careers.

Potential occupations include:

  • nanofabrication technologist
  • nanomaterial scientist
  • nanomaterials business manager
  • nanosystems scientist
  • production supervisor
  • research officer
  • technical officer.