University of Technology Sydney

C09046v3 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nanotechnology

Award(s): Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nanotechnology (BSc(Hons))
CRICOS code: 059184M
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nanotechnology is a one-year, full-time program undertaken following the completion of the pass degree. The main component of the course is a research project conducted within one of the UTS research groups, or jointly with an external organisation.

This course prepares students in aspects of planning and executing a research program to address a specific scientific or technological problem. In addition, two coursework subjects provide detailed knowledge in specific components of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Career options

Career options include material scientist, nanotechnologist, composite technologist, technician, and imaging specialist. Graduates work within research roles in a variety of industries including education, automotive, aerospace, defence, public sector, healthcare, energy, materials, technology, computing and IT. An honours degree is the first step towards a career in research and academia.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply: Develop advanced experimental skills in established and emerging nanotechnology techniques in complex research contexts.
1.2 Analyse: Examine and utilise in-depth technical knowledge of nanotechnology as well as relevant areas in chemistry, physics and materials science.
1.3 Synthesise: Apply appropriate analytical and computational techniques to critically analyse and provide solutions to solve nanotechnology problems.
2.1 Apply :Develop prediction model to analytise the behaviour of real-world complex systems by using physical models with underlying assumptions and suggested demonstrations and experiments.
2.2 Analyse: Critically evaluate and combine information from a variety of sources and apply that knowledge to solving a research problem.
2.3 Synthesise: Tackle the challenge of real-world problems by identifying the underlying physics, testing and critically evaluating different solutions with consideration of uncertainties arising from complex experimental investigations.
3.1 Apply: Design, plan and execute a research project to address a complex problem in nanotechnology or a related field of science safely and responsibly in laboratory and practical settings.
3.2 Analyse: Develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills to address a complex nanotechnology problem using time management, personal organisation and collaborative skills.
3.3 Synthesise: Exhibit high-level technical competence in using scientific tools to display, process, and critically analyse data from instrumentation to make positive and ethical contributions to society.
4.1 Apply: Demonstrate well-developed individual and independent learning strategies enabled by peer review and self-reflection.
4.2 Analyse: Dissect new information acquired through experimentation to formulate and test creative hypotheses.
4.3 Synthesise: Develop initiative and innovative thinking through creative problem-solving, using analytical, computational or experimental approaches as applied to a complex problem within the research context.
5.1 Apply: Prepare and deliver professional presentations on topics in nanotechnology and research outcomes to different audiences using a variety of media.
5.2 Analyse: Construct a professional report on a research investigation, demonstrating advanced understanding of theoretical concepts, appropriate graphical literacy, and scientifically rigorous interpretation of results.
5.3 Synthesise: Extend professional interpersonal communication skills to both peers and teaching staff.
6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of ethical and respectful practices when interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
6.2 Analyse: Develop an awareness of how knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture may be relevant to physical science.
6.3 Synthesise: Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander awareness appropriately into professional practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

The honours program is normally open to students who have attained at least a credit average over the final two-thirds of the undergraduate program.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

The honours program consists of two 18-credit-point research subjects and two 6-credit-point advanced coursework subjects. The two research subjects, one taken in each session, combine to form a single research project that consists of a literature review, development and enunciation of a research plan, and hands-on research work. The two coursework subjects are separate subjects.

Course completion requirements

68998 Physics Honours Research 1 24cp
68999 Physics Honours Research 2 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The course commences in either Autumn or Spring session. The program shown assumes full-time attendance. Not all subjects may be available.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

Further information regarding honours, including available projects and the application process, is available from UTS: Science.