MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care

1 October 2018 – 30 September 2020
Oxford, United Kingdom

Important dates:

  • Standard registration15 January 2018

Nanotechnology is becoming an increasing driving force behind innovation in medicine and modern healthcare, with a range of advances including nanoscale therapeutics, biosensors, implantable devices and imaging systems. However, the pace with which this revolution is occurring has left even some of its leading practitioners lacking in aspects of the key fundamental knowledge or the information required to navigate the regulatory and clinical pathway to achieve market realization.

The University of Oxford’s MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care builds on the University’s world-leading research in nanomedicine and offers a cutting-edge education in this field.

The course will examine how nanoparticles offer a new platform for drug delivery that can extend the “patent life” of drugs, how nanotechnology is providing the basis for many of the new regenerative medicine approaches based on artificial scaffold structures and how it offers solutions for many of the new generation of point-of-care biosensors and some of the advanced gene sequencing instrumentation.

The course is specifically designed to be taken part-time as a mixture of online and face-to-face modules, meaning it can fit around the demands of those working full-time and can be studied by international students without the requirement to relocate.

The first deadline for applications is Friday 20 January 2017
. If your application is completed by this January deadline and you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered for a graduate scholarship. For full details please see:

The course comprises:

  • three online modules giving a thorough introduction to the fundamental science of nanotechnology and the behaviour and characterisation of nanoscale materials;

  • three five-day modules taught face-to-face in Oxford explaining the scientific, regulatory, clinical and commercial aspects of the application of nanotechnology to medicine and healthcare

  • an original research project of approximately 18 weeks to be written up as a dissertation

The three online modules can be taken from anywhere in the world with tutors who provide online support and electronically replicate the famed Oxford tutorial system, (the third online module includes a two day component in Oxford). The three face-to-face modules offer intense, focused lectures from Oxford academics from a range of disciplines with expertise in this field. Assessment throughout the modules ensures that students can monitor their progress. The course is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Typical Pattern of study:

For the first year

  • Module 1: The Wider Context of Nanotechnology

  • Module 2: The Fundamental Science of Nanotechnology

  • Module 3: Fundamental Characterisation for Nanotechnology (online) plus two-day component in Oxford;

For the Second Year

  • Module 4: Introduction to Bionanotechnology (in Oxford)

  • Module 5: Nanomedicine – Science and Applications (in Oxford)

  • Module 6: Clinical Translation and Commercialisation of Nanomedicine (in Oxford)

  • Dissertation

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