The PhD in Nanotechnology is designed to stimulate the value chain, using the foundation of nanoscience to generate groundbreaking scientific knowledge that encourages the development of innovative nanotechnology-based products and/or services, and also identifies entrepreneurial opportunities with nanotechnological bases.

Graduates from the Ph.D. in Nanotechnology are scientists who create knowledge to establish novel and innovative technologies that are relevant for the materials and manufacturing sectors, and understand basic phenomena within the field of Nano sciences. They work as leaders or as collaborators within national and international research groups, on areas such as Nano materials, Nano sensors and Nano photonics, among others.

The findings of their discoveries are important outcomes which should be submitted for peer-reviewed and academic publication, patents or conference proceedings. This knowledge transference as well as all of their professional activities follows legal, ethical and official norms.

  • Access to highly competitive jobs in higher education institutions, research centers, and technology-based industries.
  • Participation in multidisciplinary projects with specific objectives oriented to science and nanotechnology applications.
  • Development of innovative research projects in your area of specialization, which can lead to entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • The teaching body is made up of researchers, all of them belonging to the Mexican National System of Researchers, or SNI.
  • Access to networks of national and international initiatives of scientific collaboration.
  • Students are benefited by the long term agreements of scientific collaboration that Tecnológico de Monterrey has with internationally prestigious universities, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), among others.

Tecnológico de Monterrey is accredited by associations such as: SACS*, CIEES, SEP, and CONACYT**

The PhD program in Nanotechnology is designed for candidates with proven academic ability, creativity, motivation and potential to carry out investigations revealed in original works that contribute to enrich the field of nanotechnology.

 In the case of DNT, it has an adequate mechanism for selecting applicants who considered the relevant aspects to identify the academic profile, as the research necessary for outstanding performance.

Comply with the comprehensive evaluation required in the admission process, through an interview conducted by the admissions committee of the graduate program. In addition, the following is necessary:

  • Simple copy of the Bachelor´s degree and/or Master's degree Certificate, where the following information is indicated:
          a. The overall GPA.
          b. Completion date of all the subjects of the study plan.
  •  Simple copy of the Bachelor´s degree and/or Master's degree.
  • Motivation letter or essay in which the candidate explains the reasons for his or her interest in the program, his or her potential contribution to it and the area in which he or she wishes to develop professionally with a research project.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation in the institutional format, from employers or professors.
  • Obtain at least 585 points in the adaptive version of the Postgraduate Studies Admission Test (PAEP) or its equivalent in other exams authorized by the Institution.
  • Obtain at least 550 points in the TOEFL exam or its equivalent in the other exams authorized by the Institution as an instrument for assessing the sufficiency of English language proficiency.

* The admission process may change without prior notice from the Admissions Committee
 ** Admission is the first step: then you can enroll in your graduate program of interest.


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4 years





 At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the application of basic sciences and research methodology techniques on areas of Nano materials, Nano sensors and Nano photonics.
  • Use research skills including materials preparation, characterization, critical evaluation, laboratory safety and experimental planning.
  • Design experiments from the identification of the problems to the interpretation of results.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with their peers: mentors, research community, society and grant proposals.
  • Make decisions with scientific judgment and critical thinking in their practice as researchers following legal, ethical and government regulations.

The PhD in Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the following areas of generation and/or application of knowledge: 

  • Advanced materials with enhanced physical and chemical properties, micro and nanofabrication processes.
  • Nanosensors and nanosystems with very high sensitivity, selectivity, portability, and very low energy consumption.
  • Nanophotonics and Quatum Systems including linear and non-linear optics, plasmonics, spintronics, among other areas.