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The Bio-Nanotechnology Minor focuses on the interface between biomedical engineering and chemistry, and in this sense is a both a differentiation and specializing minor. Are you following a (bio)medical or chemistry study specialization? Then this minor is for you! Students from different specializations collaborate in the multi-disciplinary area of nanoparticle theory, learn to think and perform research in a multi-disciplinary context.

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The program in a nutshell

Throughout the duration of the minor, you’ll learn to produce polymeric nanoparticles in practical classes, and functionalize them with biologically relevant groups or peptides. The physical properties of these bio-hybrid nanoparticles are characterized to ultimately study and analyze their interaction with biological systems (cells) with techniques like confocal microscopy (CLSM), DLS and SEM/EDX.

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Program details

Learning outcomes

The chosen context areas are: pharma, bioinspired and biobased. The educational model is project-based education.

The theory modules “Self-organization", "Bioconjugation", “Analysis of nanomaterials", “Proteins as nanomaterials", “Biological interactions of nanomaterials" and "Monitoring and targeting of nanodrugs" are offered in the form of lectures and seminars, and are directly related to the practical classes.

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You strengthen these competence areas during the program:


  • Question clarification
  • Experiments with nanoparticles
  • Research results analysis
  • Management and administration
  • Reporting and presenting research
  • Collaboration in a research team.

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Students as partners

Dutch way of learning

The atmosphere in a Dutch classroom is quite informal and your lecturers are easy to talk to. In fact, at HAN you’re seen as a partner in the learning process. Class sizes are small and your lecturers encourage you to actively participate in class. To ask questions and give your own opinion. They also stimulate you to be creative and to discover things for yourself.

Orientation week

HAN International Intro

Get a good start to your studies during this week of orientation:

  • learn about living in the Netherlands
  • become familiar with the campus
  • get on board with your exchange program
  • make new friends!
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What about credits and grading?

At HAN we use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, or ECTS. It’s the standard credit system used in higher education across Europe. How does it work? One credit = 28 hours of study. Think of contact hours. Time spent working on assignments. Preparing for exams.

One semester = 30 credits = 840 hours of study. To earn credits, you need to pass your exams. What counts as a pass? A grade of at least 5.5.

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What are the admission requirements? And how do I apply?

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