DT227 Programme Description Nanoscience is the study of the very small – things at the nanometer (one thousandth millionth of a metre) scale. This is the scale of large molecules – molecular chains (like plastics), proteins (from biology) and nano-crystals. Nanotechnology comprises technological developments on the nanometer scale. Nanotechnology includes the techniques used to create structures at a size scale below 100nm, including those used for fabrication of tiny devices in new generations of electronics and computer chips. It includes machines that can literally build themselves atom by atom; materials with special properties like car-paint that doesn‚Äôt scratch, bubble and inkjet technologies and many others that are becoming increasingly prevalent. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are built upon chemistry and physics. This degree is a solid science degree (physics and chemistry) but with a unique focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology. In the Years 3 and 4 of the degree the student chooses to major in either physics or chemistry, but all students do the nanotechnology modules. Industrial Work Placement DIT fi nds employment for each student in a relevant industry for a period of seven months (February ‚Äì September) during Year 3 of the degree. This is designed to give the student workplace experience and skills and to provide them with further employment prospects.