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Nanotechnology is going to shape our future. If you are not afraid to look beyond the boundaries of your own field of study, you can learn the fundaments of this process in our minor.

*Important announcement 2020-2021 (!): We do our utmost to offer this minor at the planned time (semester 2) as meaningfully as possible for all target groups (internal and external). However, we have to deal with a major limitation since the move to digital education and we are also taking very seriously into account the complete cancellation of the physical practical for this minor (10 EC) this year - this is almost guaranteed. At the moment we are orientating ourselves on a good replacement for this practical, and we are looking at whether there is capacity for it. Keep in mind that this practical part can also be used largely theoretically + online. We really need to keep a close eye on whether this approach is going to be workable for you and for us - and therefore whether this minor can take place this academic year. You are more than welcome to register, but it may also be wise for your study program to choose a minor that offers greater certainty about progress.*


*Belangrijk voorbehouden 2020-2021(!): wij doen onze opperste best om deze minor op het geplande moment (semester 2) zo zinvol mogelijk voor alle doelgroepen aan te bieden (intern en extern). We hebben echter te maken met een grote beperking sinds de stap naar digitaal onderwijs en we houden ook heel serieus rekening met het volledig vervallen van het fysiek practicum van deze minor (10 EC) dit jaar - dit is vrijwel gegarandeerd. Op dit moment zijn we bezig met ons oriënteren op een goede vervanging van dit practicum, en kijken we of daar capaciteit voor is. Houd er rekening mee dat dit practicumgedeelte ook grotendeels theoretisch+online ingestoken kan gaan worden. We moeten echt een slag om de arm houden in of die insteek werkbaar gaat zijn voor jullie en voor ons - en dus of deze minor dit collegejaar doorgang kan vinden. Jullie zijn van harte welkom om je in te schrijven, maar het kan voor jouw studieprogramma ook verstandig zijn om een minor te kiezen die een grotere zekerheid biedt over de doorgang.*

Course content
Do you want to learn about the latest nanotechnology developments in your field of study? Are you willing to work with other specialists? Positioned in Enschede (in the region of Twente) Saxion-Nanotechnology is an excellent starting point for a career in this field.

Twente is rapidly becoming the centre for nanotechnology due to the presence of Saxion, the University of Twente, the MESA+ Institute and dozens of (start-up) companies that operate in this field.

Nanotechnology is expected to have a major impact on existing disciplines. (Bio)medical and chemical laboratories will undergo drastic changes thanks to nano- and micro-technology that will revolutionise production, analysis, diagnosis and treatment techniques. Novel materials with unique properties will emerge, which for instance can drastically alter energy production and storage. Nanotechnology will shape the future.

Aanvullende informatie

Application for non-Saxion student:

Before submitting through Kies op Maat please contact the minor contact person : Wilco Bouwhuis ( if participating is still possible or whether the maximum number of participants has been reached. 

How do I apply?
The application process regarding the Kies op Maat minor at Saxion is a bit different than described at

How does it work?
Step 1: Download the learning agreement from the Kies op Maat website and let it sign by a member of the exam commission at your own educational institution ánd sign the document yourself.
Step 2: go to and fill in your personal data
Step 3: you will receive an automatic generated email from IAM including your username and password
Step 4: go the, log on with your username and password which you have received from IAM and apply!
Step 5: After this we can process your application for a Kies op Maat minor at Saxion

Please note : in 'Upload documents' you are requested to upload some documents. The following documents we need:

  • A copy of your valid passport or ID-card. No driving license!
  • A copy of your propaedeutic diploma or a printout from the DUO diploma register. In case you do not have the propaedeutic diploma yet, we would like to receive an official statement from your educational institution in which they state that you will receive the propaedeutic diploma before the start of the minor.
  • Learning agreement, page 1, 2 and 3 (signed by a member of the exam commission of your own education institution and student)
  • Original Proof of Payment. You can collect the document, even when you are paying in terms, at your own educational institution. Soon you will receive more information.

If you have further questions, please let us know. You can contact Saxion Student Registration: 088 – 019 3000.


Target group

Target group are fulltime students of the programmes Applied Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Technology, Biology and Medical Laboratory Techniques, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Technical Informatics and Mechatronics. The minor can serve as an excellent preparation to the 2-year Master study Nanotechnology at Saxion.


Assessment methods

For all courses the study-results will be graded (1-10), based on written exams & presentations for the theory courses and (lab)reports for the practical training.


Literature will be publicized on the Saxion BISONcatalogus.


Course structure

Nanotechnology permeates all technical disciplines and engages in the creation of applications based on structures and devices with dimensions of less than 0.1 micrometre. Nanotechnology is at the forefront of technological developments, but discoveries at universities need to be transformed into new products and applications. This requires a connection of the nano-world of atoms, molecules and nanoparticles, to the macro-world of humans and products. This is the primary task of a HBO-nanotechnologist. In this minor, you will learn the fundamentals that govern micro- and nano-technology, as well as explore various applications of these.
The student is expected to devote full-time effort to the minor, which comprises 30 credits. The minor takes places in quartiles 1+2.

In the theory lectures you will learn what distinguishes the nano-world from the macro-world, and how these differences manifest themselves. Topics from the various disciplines that form the basis of nanotechnology will be discussed, as well as the application fields of nanotechnology (e.g. Lab-on-a-Chip sensors). A number of laboratory experiments will learn you how micro- and nanotechnology works in practice. During the minor you will have to work together with students from all disciplines involved and consequently you will learn to understand each other's specific jargon and point of view. This knowledge is in turn one of the cornerstones for a successful career in the field of nanotechnology. English is the main language for course materials, books, lectures and reports.