Master’s in Nanoelectronics

Master’s in Nanoelectronics

General information

International Double Degree
Master’s in Nanoelectronics, mention in Embedded Systems and Integration
Master’s in Nanoelectronics, mention in Characterization, Modelling, and Conception

4 semesters
Master’s in Nanoelectronics, mention in Embedded Systems and Integration
Courses: 18
Total credits: 53
Academic hours: 3. 509
Master’s in Nanoelectronics, mention in Characterization, Modelling, and Conception
Courses: 18
Total credits: 67
Academic hours: 3. 576

1st year: USFQ – Ecuador
2nd year: INPT Toulousse – France / UNICAL – Italy

Full time
Monday through Thursday from 09h00 to 12h00, with afternoons and all day Friday dedicated to practice sessions (independent work). Independent work includes hours spent with instructors in the laboratory, class preparation, exercises with instructors, and projects as defined by the CES.

Ecuador – France Program: $15.200
Registration: $1.382
Tuition: $13.818
Ecuador – Italy Program: $10.200
Registration: $927
Tutition: $9.273

Start of classes:
September 2019

Dates of entrance examination:
12 January, 16 February, 16 March, 13 April, 11 May, 08 June and 29 June of 2019


Nanotechnologies are technologies that focus on nanometric systems. Technology is based on applied science. Electronics as applied physics is focused on the movement of electrons in solids in order to carry out complex systems. Due to the size of electrons (fundamental particle), electronic systems have experienced a reduction in size towards the nanometric scale (Moore’s Law and “More than Moore”). This has led to the development of a new discipline that is called nanoelectronics, which is a subspecialty of nanotechnology, since nanoelectronics is a specific field of nanotechnology. Thus, nanoelectronics is a nanotechnology that is very different from nanotechnologies derived from chemistry (e.g., nanoparticles), biology (e.g., nanocells), biophysics (e.g., nanopores), etc. This program is focused on nanometric electronic devices and their macroscopic environment in terms of their application in modern technology. In order to distinguish the very specific context of nanotechnological applications in electronic components, the international consensus decided to call this field nanoelectronics. Most countries where this program is offered award nanoelectronic degrees in a specific manner.

Candidate profile:

Admission to this program requires that candidates possess recent knowledge and experience (academic and/or professional) in the fields of physics, electronics, or related technologies. They must therefore already be versed in the theory and models, concepts, principles, fundamentals, and basic notions of physics, applied mathematics, programming, and/or electronics. They must also demonstrate problem and practical exercise/project solving skills, as well as critical thinking, and be familiar with the development, application, and evaluation of actual projects, use of laboratories or technological spaces, independent and team work, and communication in foreign languages. It is important that candidates have respectful and responsible attitudes towards their work and that of others; ensure the integrity of infrastructure and the environment; and, respect rights, obligations, and regulations.

Candidates must also have the desire to train in fields of advanced technology, such as telecommunications, sensors, information systems, networks, energy, robotics, bioengineering, medical devices, aerospace, LHC, etc.

With regards to socio-cultural aspects, candidates must be sufficiently open to adapt and perform in a diverse environment (ethnic, cultural, gender); and, be willing to move abroad (France or Italy), remain there for the required time (one year), and accept the opportunities this offers them.

Program contacts:

For further information:

Lionel Trojman
Program Director
Office: Maxwell 216 B
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1227 / (+593 9) 8-3508-122

Daniela Mosquera
Administrative Assistant
Office: Maxwell 307
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1146

Santiago Tapia
Postgraduate Coordinator – Admissions
Office: G-100
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1824

Occupational field

  • Academic career: expert in electronics and solid state physics applied to semiconductors
  • Engineering career: designer, or expert in the conception, characterization, and physical modelling of integrated circuits using nanometric devices (MOSFET, ReRAM, etc.).
  • Career in research and development of advanced technology in multinational corporations involved with micro and nanoelectronics (e.g., INTEL, Infineon, NXP, STmicro, Airbus, Alstom, EADS, etc.).
  • May opt for doctorate programs (PhD) in science and technology


  • Master’s degree with national and international recognition
  • Teaching staff: PhD professors that are experts in their fields
  • Research in: design and implementation of integrated circuits (logical and telecomm), design and manufacture of nanoelectronic devices
  • International double degree
  • Two years of on-site studies: first year at USFQ, second year, you choose: Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France or University of Calabria, Italy.
  • Trilingual training: Spanish, English, and French or Italian.
  • Direct integration into paid professional endeavors: Laboratories - IMEC (Belgium), CERN (Switzerland), LAAS, LAPLACE, IM2NP; Companies - Airbus, STMicroelectronics, Thales, Alstom, EADS, Dassault, Liebherr, etc.
  • Possibility of immediately initiating a PhD program


Basic requirements:

  • University degree, duly registered with SENESCYT, in the fields of electronics, materials or systems, or B.S. in Physics.
  • Proficiency in English sufficient for reading, understanding, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating articles in that language. MCER Level A2 at minimum.
  • Copy of national identity card or passport.
  • Degree certificate with final grade.
  • Official grade transcript.
  • Printed SENESCYT registration of degree.
  • Approve the USFQ postgraduate entrance examination. Please refer to the postgraduate admissions process at USFQ:

Program-specific requirements:

  • Interview with Program Director
  • Evaluation of specific knowledge in the following fields: mathematics, programming, physics, and electronics.
  • Curriculum vitae

Funding and scholarships

The cost for the first year of the program at USFQ is $10.000 dollars.

For payment, please take into account the following options:

  • Payment: Cash, check, credit card.
  • USFQ Alumni have a 10% discount.
  • Payment with credit card: Deferred in 3, 6, 9 months without interest with Grupo Pichincha and Grupo Guayaquil cards; in 12 months without interest only if entire cost of program is paid.
  • Regarding credit card payments:
  • 50/50 payment: Pay $5000 dollars at the start of the program (September 2018), and the remaining $5000 dollars mid-way through the program (February 2019)
  • Monthly payment plans: In case a candidate does not have credit cards, checks will be accepted as a means of monthly payment. For further information please approach the Office of Financial Aid. Further information on financial aid can be found at:
  • Second year – UNICAL or INPT universities
    The cost of the second year depends on the university chosen; application to these universities happens during the first year of studies at USFQ.
  • France: Institut National Polytechnique of Toulouse (INP Toulouse) the value is $6.000. Payment and registration must be done in that country.
  • Italy: University of Calabria (UNICAL) the value is approximately $800. Payment and registration must be done in that country.
  • Please take into account that in either of the two countries from the second semester you will already be gainfully employed by an industry or laboratory in which you start working.


In accordance with the Postgraduate Scholarship Regulations of the program, scholarships will be awarded to candidates who demonstrate academic and scientific research excellence. In order to participate in this competition, you may send your list of scientific publications in Scopus or Latindex journals.

The winner of the competition will be awarded:

  • First year USFQ: 100% scholarship
  • Second year UNICAL: Round-trip air ticket and payment of registration fee.

During the second year students:

  • In Italy will have a scholarship that offers lodging and food for one year
  • In France will have access to the Eiffel Excellence scholarship