A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time l Part-time
On campus


Course name: Graduate Diploma in Nanotechnology
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year
SATAC code: 2GD045
CRICOS code:  057869J

Course name: Master of Nanotechnology
Duration (full-time equivalent): 2 years
SATAC code: 2CM060
CRICOS code: 057870E


Students will develop the capacity to understand the basic scientific concepts underpinning nanoscience and the properties of materials and biomaterials at the atomic/molecular level and the scaling laws governing these properties.

They will understand current frontier developments in nanotechnology, and recognise and develop novel and innovative ideas using 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.

Communication, problem-based and critical thinking skills that will promote life long learning in their future careers will also be developed during these courses.

The courses articulate and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Diploma are awarded credit towards the Masters.

The Graduate Diploma are for students who require coverage of the fundamental knowledge and skills in the core areas. The Masters award also covers the fundamental knowledge and skills, subsequently extending them through advanced study of selected areas and development of research and problem solving skills. Masters candidates complete a significant research/industry training project, and prepare a professional thesis or report on the project – from project conception, design of methods, collection of results and their analysis, through to final conclusions and recommendations for future work. The project also equips students with skills in advanced experimental nanotechnology tools which will further enhance their employment prospects in the industry.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule: 

Why study Nanotechnology at Flinders?

  • Our postgraduate courses in nanotechnology are small, intimate and focused on the needs and the future of each individual student. At Flinders, the postgraduate courses have low numbers and small class sizes, and that’s the way we like it. It gives our staff time to devote to students, it gives students a more interactive atmosphere in which to embrace creative excellence.

How can I use Nanotechnology in my career?

Graduates of these nanotechnology postgraduate courses will be in great demand in industry, research institutions and government organisations. The cross-disciplinary nature of their degree opens up many possibilities and the collaborations forged in the Masters project only serve to expand the opportunities.

The skills in communication, research, teamwork and computing, along with the capacity for critical thinking and analysis, make graduates of these programs exceptional candidates for positions in forward thinking institutions. Careers in environment, biomedicine, chemistry, and industries such as building, electronics, materials and renewable energy beckon for these graduates – and an exciting career at the forefront of a new science awaits.

A coursework Masters is also a pathway to PhD for those who don’t have an honours degree and prefer to develop a research career.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma and Masters in Nanotechnology must normally hold a degree in any relevant discipline of science or engineering or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. Examples of relevant disciplines include but are not limited to Chemistry, Physics, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology

Students who have completed the four-year undergraduate Nanotechnology course at Flinders cannot be admitted to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma but may have 36 units of credit towards completion of the Masters program. Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (or other qualifications deemed equivalent) receive credit when progressing to the Graduate Diploma or Masters. 

International students: Entry and English language requirements



Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.



International students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates: Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.


Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Diploma in Nanotechnology

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $25,669

2017: $32,000
2018: $33,000
Master of Nanotechnology

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $25,669

2017: $32,000
2018: $33,000


  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.