Programme details

What will you learn?

The Master's degree programme will help you acquire sound knowledge in physics of matter, physics of interfaces and materials process technology. At the same time, you will gain skills that range from design to creation of nanoelectronic devices and systems, micro and nanosensors, micro and nanosystems.

The programme has two elective specialist tracks:

  • Nanotechnologies for Smart and Integrated Systems (N4SIS): all courses are delivered on campus and are not capped to a limited number of student places. The main focus of this pathway is on device physics at the micro and nanoscale. Approximately one third of the courses are in the domain of Physics and one third are in the field of Electronic Engineering. You will be able to choose some optional courses to improve your background according to your preferences. At the end of the programme, you will earn a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale) in "Nanotechnologies for ICTs" which belongs to the Electronic Engineering degree class.
  • Micro and Nano technologies for Integrated Systems (MNIS), capped to a limited number of student places (20 places for PoliTo). You will study at Politecnico di Torino, at Phelma in Grenoble and at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Losanne (EPFL) (

‐ You will spend your first semester at Politecnico di Torino where you will study in- depth the fundamentals of solid state physics, microtechnologies, microsystems and microelectronics

‐ During your second semester at Phelma in Grenoble you will study nano- technological disciplines (with hands-on laboratories also in clean rooms) and work on the description of physical phenomena at the nanoscale. In addition, there are courses in humanities and social sciences (SHS) and optional courses that will allow you to explore specific issues of micro- and nanotechnology. Between the second and third semester you will be able to choose a specific subject in the field of micro and nanotechnology and participate in a 10-week summer internship in a company or research centre.

‐ The third semester at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) will complete your training in microelectronics and nanoelectronics. Also during this semester, you will be able to choose in-depth optional courses and SHS courses.

‐ During the fourth semester you will work on your thesis.

At the end of the MNIS programme you earn a double degree (Italian and French) as well as a joint Master’s diploma awarded by the 3 partner institutions.

The Master’s degree programme in "Nanotechnologies for ICTs" (regardless of the specialist pathway) is peculiar for being highly international. In this regard, several double degree programmes are available.

Among the double degree programmes, there are 10 Erasmus scholarships a year for the "NANOQUAD: Nanotechnologies and Quantum Devices" programme. In this programme, you will attend your first year at Polito (following the N4SIS program) and your second year at the Université de Paris. Please check the website for more information (

Another example is "PSRS: Photonics for Security, Reliability and Safety" (https://www.master- This is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, a high-level integrated study programme funded by the European Commission. The consortium is made of UJM St Etienne, University of Eastern Finland, UPEC Paris and PoliTO. The selection process to be admitted to this programme follows specific procedures and deadlines, available on the programme website.

How will you learn it?

The Master’s degree programme is English-taught.

You will take part in face-to-face lectures, classroom practicals, computer and experimental laboratories, some of which are conducted in clean rooms in state-of-the-art facilities.

You will have able to work with colleagues from different countries and also share non- academic experiences. In particular, in Grenoble and Lausanne, sports are an integral part of the educational path. Nanotech students have a strong sense of community, as demonstrated by the social groups that always provide support and guidance to newly- enrolled students, especially for international and double degree programmes.

You will be able to choose to work on your thesis in any company, university or Italian or international research centre of the highest level all over the world.