Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)


  • Program code: BP247
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:


  • Campus: City campus

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Want to work in a new and rapidly growing area of science?

This double degree gives you a strong grounding in nanotechnology (the science and engineering of materials less than a micrometre) across physics and chemistry, with substantial biology and engineering components.

Graduates design and engineer materials, machines and systems capable of imaging and manipulating single molecules or atoms. Graduates are valued for their broad knowledge, problem-solving and strong experimental skills.


4 years full-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions. These are primarily in English.

You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

Why double-up?

This four-year double degree program is multidisciplinary, combining nanotechnology with physics or chemistry. It covers physical, chemical, biological and engineering nanoscience/nanotechnology. There’s a strong emphasis on using instruments and communication.

Year 1

You'll study chemistry, physics, biology, scientific skills and mathematics and will be introduced to the diverse area of nanotechnology.

Years 2 - 4

You'll study courses in your specialisation (chemistry or physics) together with:

  • genetics and immunology
  • instrument design
  • mathematics
  • microscopy
  • modelling
  • neutron science
  • semiconductor fabrication
  • sensor technology
  • spectroscopy
  • synchrotron
  • X-ray and light scattering.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

The science project and the professional scientist course will prepare you for work through a series of lectures on professional, legal, and social aspects of the workplace, and experience gained from short projects performed about or with a relevant industrial organisation.


Nanotechnology graduates are in high demand for research or industry-based careers in Australia and overseas.

There are graduate shortages in the nano-enabling specialisations of chemistry, particularly polymer, colloidal, organic and bio-inorganic chemistry; materials science and engineering; microelectronics fabrication and meteorology.

Our graduates work in telecommunications, computing, defence, solar energy, medicine, aerospace, paints and coatings, cosmetics and environmental remediation. Many also complete Masters or PhD and become researchers.

Global opportunities

You can study one or more semesters at any of the 120 partner universities through the Education Abroad program.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements


Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Chemistry or Physics and in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).

Selection tasks

Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online if they wish other information to be considered. Please refer to the 2015 VTAC Guide for full details on extra requirements.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Many graduates complete Masters and/or PhD and become researchers.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Applied Sciences

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
Make an enquiry


Kay Latham
School of Applied Sciences
Building 3, Level 2, Room 26

View PDF brochure for this program.


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.