The programme is composed by 2 curricula:

Advanced Materials is more oriented towards the use of advanced materials in the chemical, mechanical, electrical, energy production, in the transport, biomedical, and construction sectors, in the environmental protection and to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage .

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is mainly aimed at the development and use of materials and nanostructured metamaterials in electronic and photonic devices, also for biosensor applications.


University of Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore and other cooperating research structures are involved.

NEST (National Enterprise for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) is an Interdisciplinary Research and Training Centre where physicists, chemists and biologists investigating matter on the nanoscale. NEST includes four different institutions and it is a laboratory of excellence at the international level:

  • the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS)
  • the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
  • the National Research Council (CNR)
  • the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA)



Lecture schedule

Being a degree programme with classes held at various departments of UNIPI and the Scuola Normale Superiore, the lecture schedule is designed to minimize the movement of students within the city, preferring full days or half days in each structure.


1st YEAR: homogenization to build a common culture on materials including physicists, chemists and engineers.

2nd YEAR: specialized courses for each curricula: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.

THESIS: The student will have a wide range of topics and laboratories in the research centers of UNIPI, SNS and CNR Research Area of Pisa. The theses available in Chemistry, Physics and SNS are of fundamental research character, while those in Engineering departments are more oriented to industrial applications.


The Master of Science in Materials and Nanotechnology can accessed by three-year graduates of the following classes:

  • L-8 (Information and Communication Technology)
  • L-9 (Industrial Engineering)
  • L-27 (Chemical Science and Technology)
  • L-30 (Physics)
  • or another three-year degree obtained abroad and recognized as valid under the current legislation
  • graduates in other undergraduate classes in possession of at least 60 credits (CFUs) in the disciplines considered fundamental, namely chemistry, physics and engineering
  • It is required to hold the certified knowledge of English at least B1 level


Enrollment is limited to 26 places.

Subject to the requirements for admission to each course, candidates must register for a public competition for admission to the course.

At the end of the competition a list of of potential candidates selected for filling the available places will be compiled.

Candidates wishing to participate in the public competition for admission to master course in Materials and Nanotechnology should register solely via the web, filling in the application form and making the payment of the registration fee within the date specified on the public notice.

The selection committee consists of six members, of whom at least one from Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS).

Up to 6 places are reserved to SNS students selected as a result of the public competition for admission to the fourth year of the School itself.

The selection consists of an oral exam (interview), to ascertain the individual knowledge in the core subjects.

Failure to pass the selection does not allow the registration.

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