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Bio-Nano Materials Science and Engineering (BNMSE)

“Bio-Nano Material Science & Engineering” is a rational fusion of the disciplines of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, which is truly interdisciplinary in nature and a unique program in AIT. It is an emerging field in science and technology developing innovative materials, devices, and processes, and creating wide range of opportunities encompassing physics, chemistry, biology, applied sciences, various engineering fields and biomedical technology. The program is designed to address the needs of future industry that require continuous development of their workforce and highly skilled leadership to direct and innovate research and development. It has a curriculum that is developed in collaboration with top researchers, industry experts and innovative educators that work in this field.

We are housed in the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology (SET) and any student enrolled in this program will get a Master of Science (M. Sc.), Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), or Doctoral degrees from the School of Engineering and Technology in the Bio-Nano Material Science and Engineering field of study. Depending on their backgrounds, students can choose one of the two Areas of Specialization: Nanoengineering and Bio-Nanoengineering.

What We Offer?

The program will enhance a student’s education experience and career by offering:

  • A multidisciplinary learning environment
  • Integrated classroom-lab experience
  • Application-based curriculum and research
  • Vision towards improving society through sustainable development
  • An international environment
  • Experienced faculty and staff
  • Access to opportunities in the emerging job market
Program Brochure

Research Focus Area

The Bio-Nano Material Science and Engineering program is designed to find technological solutions from the materials science and engineering perspective to address complex problems with a unique approach of unified understanding of the physical world from the nanoscale to the planetary scale. We do multidisciplinary research, inspired by nature and employing nanotechnology as a tool for innovation. Some of our current research topics are:

  • Biosensors
  • Plasmonics for health monitoring
  • Self-healing materials
  • Opto-electronic devices
  • Self-cleaning nanostructured surfaces
  • Energy harvesting
  • Photocatalysis for air/water purification
  • Biomimicry & smart devices
  • SERS design for biomedical applications
  • Optical thin film coatings
  • Nanoscale agrochemical carriers

Research Highlights

Preferred Background

The BNMSE program is geared towards students with Science and/or Engineering backgrounds, but most importantly, aims to attract students who wish to make difference and try to change our world through bio-nano way.

The program is open to all Science & Engineering students.

  • Science – any fields of physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, applied science, materials science, engineering sciences
  • Engineering – electrical, electronics, computer, telecommunication, chemical, mechanical, industrial, instrumentation, materials engineering, biomedical & other related fields
  • Professionals – with experiences as teachers, lecturers, researchers from the above fields, data scientists, technology analysts etc.

Master’s Program

1. We offer two master’s degrees in the BNMSE program, namely Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) and Master of Science (M. Sc.) in BNMSE.
2. Qualifications to obtain a Master’s degree are as follows:
– A student must satisfactorily complete the minimum credit requirements (48 credits) by following courses approved by the Advisor or Program Committee. See table below for more details.
– Achieve a final cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of not less than 2.75 out of 4.00.
– Achieve a grade of Excellent, Very Good, Good or Fair for the Research Study or Thesis.
– At the end of the program, a student must pass an oral examination on his/her research and related topics.
3. All requirements for the degree must be completed preferably within two years of first registration for the degree of Master.
Duration: A Master Program covers four (4) semesters or a minimum of two (2) years.
Thesis OptionResearch Option
Required Courses6 credits6 credits
Elective Courses20 credits30 credits
Option22 credits12 credits
Total48 credits48 credits

Doctoral Program

1. We offer two doctoral degrees in the BNMSE program, namely Doctor of Engineering (D. Eng.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), all without further designation.
2. Qualifications to obtain a Doctoral degree are as follows:
– A student enrolled in the Doctoral program must complete a minimum of 12 credits of coursework at AIT.
– Maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of not less than 3.25.
– Complete a Doctoral dissertation of 72 credits and defend it at an oral examination. The dissertation must contain evidence of scholarly distinction and a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the chosen field of study. A satisfactory report from the external examiner selected by the Program Committee is also required.
– Have at least one scientific paper based on the dissertation published in or accepted by a reputed international refereed journal before the final examination.
– Satisfactorily complete other academic requirements as may be stipulated by his/her Program Committee.
3. Students must complete the requirements for the Doctoral degree preferably within 3 years from advancement to candidacy.
Year 1Sem 1
Sem 2
– Complete 12 credits of coursework
– Maintain minimum CGPA of 3.25
– Doctoral thesis credits
– Complete proposal defense for the Advancement to Candidacy
Year 2Sem 1
Sem 2
Doctoral Thesis Credits
Year 3Sem 1
Sem 2
Doctoral Thesis Credits
Year 4Sem 1– Doctoral Thesis Credits
– Thesis sumbission & Final Defense

Unified & Dual Degree Programs

We have partnered with Universities/Institutions from different countries and developed the Unified Master’s Program (UMP) & Dual Doctoral Degree Program (DDDP). 

Unified Master’s Program

This program links AIT to partner universities, allowing students to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree as early as 5 years!  The curriculum structure of the 2-year master program is designed in order for students to get a chance to complete it in 1.5 years.  Partner University’s sound foundation and challenging undergraduate offerings combined with AIT’s emphasis on research and innovation for social impact and international exposure. The Bachelor’s Degree will be awarded by Partner University while the Master’s Degree will be awarded by AIT. Undergrads will spend their first seven semesters (3.5 years) of bachelor’s studies at the Partner University, then continue for the master program or complete the remaining portion of the bachelor’s program in AIT leading to a Master’s degree.

Dual Doctoral Program

The Dual Doctoral Degree Program (DDDP) aims to develop academic and student exchange between two institutions whereby students who successfully complete the DDDP will be awarded two separate doctoral degrees for the one thesis with the certificates from each Institution clearly indicating the joint nature of the degrees. Students will stay in AIT for 4 semesters (2 years) and continue the doctoral program at partner institution  for 3 semesters. Thesis committee will comprise of Doctoral Degree Advisory Committee with Chairman from AIT, Co-Chairman from Partner University and two more members from either of the institutions. Student will do the 12 credits of course work in the first semester and defend the thesis proposal by the end of second semester. Research work on the thesis will start subsequently.


  • There is very high demand of PhDs as it has become mandatory to have PhD for teaching profession in Universities
  • Students will pay a reduced fee as they will spend minimum 3 semesters in partner institution, during this time their 3 semesters fee will be waived off by host as well as partner institutions
  • The credits of courses and the thesis will be recognized by each partner on reciprocal basis
  • Students upon fulfilling the requirements of each institutions will be awarded the Doctoral Degree from the host institution and an additional degree from the partner institution mentioning that the doctoral degree was done jointly in both the institutions
  • Students will receive stipend/ accommodation / health coverage from participating institutions based on MoA

For more details please visit: http://unified.ait.ac.th/

Diploma & Certificate Program

BNMSE program also offers Diploma degree & Certificate.

Diploma program

To qualify for a  Diploma degree, a student must:

  • satisfactorily completes at least 24 credits of coursework, that may include 3 credits of special study
  • maintain a final cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of not less than 2.75 out of 4.00.
  • pass an oral examination covering the whole program, administered by the Program Committee.

Duration: A Diploma degree typically covers two (2) semesters or a minimum of one (1) year.

Certificate Program

This is a non-degree certificate that a student receives upon successfully completing 3 to 21 credits coursework. A Certificate is intended mainly for students/professionals requiring relatively brief periods of education in specific focused areas to boost their career advancement.

Duration: A Certificate program typically covers from two (2) months to one (1) year depending upon the number of credits registered by the student.

For details, please use the Contact Us link below.

Course Structure

Course CodeTitleSemesterCourse CreditType
AT84.01Nano-Micro Fabrication TechnologiesAugust 3(45-0)Elective
AT84.02Fundamentals of BionanotechnologyAugust3(30-45)Elective
AT84.03Catalysis, Enzyme Kinetics and ThermodynamicsAugust3(45-0)Elective
AT84.04Characterization Tools in NanotechnologyJanuary3(45-0)Required
AT84.05Colloids and NanoparticlesJanuary3(30-45)Elective
AT84.07Biosensors and BioelectronicsJanuary3(30-45)Elective
AT84.08Nanomaterials and NanotechnologyAugust3(45-0)Required
AT84.09In the Mind of Entrepreneur (Part A)August1.5(22.5-0)Elective
AT84.10In the Mind of Entrepreneur (Part B)January1.5(22.5-0)Elective
AT84.11Entrepreneur in ActionJanuary3(15-90)Elective
AT84.9003Selected Topic: Reticular ChemistryInterSem1(15-0)Elective
AT84.9004Selected Topic: Advanced Techniques in Chemical SynthesisInter-sem1Elective
AT84.9005Selected Topic: Bionanotechnology, Biomimetics, and BiomaterialsAugust3Elective
AT84.9006Selected Topic: Colloids and Interface ScienceAugust3Elective

Concerned Faculty


Contact Us

Dr. Tanujjal Bora
Program Chair, Bio-Nano Material Science & Engineering (BNMSE)
Department of Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE)
School of Engineering & Technology (SET)
Email: [email protected]