BSc Nanobiology

Are you curious to see what happens at the smallest scale of biology? Do you love maths, physics and biology but can’t figure out which is your favourite? Then Nanobiology might be something for you! Nanobiology is the study of the complexity of living systems at the smallest scale, a multidisciplinary study at the TU Delft and Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.

Nanobiology studies the borders of physics and biology and how these two fields collide in fundamental medical research. It is a technological study that uses the language of maths within the context of physics to understand the complexity of biology.

During the bachelor you will get a broad understanding of maths, physics, chemistry and biology. You will study cell processes and learn how to model the behaviour of molecules. You will learn how to work with advanced microscopes and how to code and program in order to do in-depth analysis and research. Nanobiologists use these skills to study and understand diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and infectious diseases.


Working language: English

Joint degree: yes

Numerus clausus: yes

Starts: September

Required subjects: Biology / Wiskunde B (maths) / Physics / Chemistry

Form: fulltime- on campus

Important dates

Online Q&A Numerus clausus: 7 December 2023

Numerus clausus: 15 January

Registration date: 15 January

Student-for-a-day activity: September to May

Open Days: 15 March

Joint degree

The Nanobiology programme is a Joint Degree programme between TU Delft and Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Erasmus Medical Center).You follow part of your education at one educational institution and part at another. Via Studielink you can register at TU Delft for the Nanobiology programme. TU Delft will arrange your enrolment at Erasmus University Rotterdam; you do not need to do this yourself. Of course you only pay one set of tuition fees. The schedule for Nanobiology is designed in such a way that you don’t have lectures in two cities on one day.

Student experiences

What do you think of the Nanobiology programme?

In Nanobiology, I met plenty of people, both students and teachers, who helped me step outside of my comfort zone and discover new abilities in myself.

― Albaraa Albaraa Adel Farouk Abdelghaffar Khalil , 3rd year bachelor student

What do you like about studying Nanobiology?

My favorite aspect of Nanobiology is programming, even though I struggle with it, I’m positive that I will get better at it! During my final secondary school project, I was introduced to NMR, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, which is a very interesting method of visualising molecular structures. In Nanobiology you’ll get acquainted with many other interesting research techniques which you can apply in the lab!

― Eva Pistone , 1st year bachelor student

What did you do after your Bachelor's degree in Nanobiology?

After graduating, I worked as a Technical Service Engineer at LUMICKS, a scale-up that develops novel, cutting-edge high-tech equipment. This role required a deep, thorough understanding of the optics and electronics of complex machines as well as a fundamental grasp of the biological questions and assays customers were working on

― Ilias Zarguit , alumnus

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