M.Sc. MDP for Research Chemists

University of Eastern Finland

Application deadline: 18 February 2014
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The most profound feature of the programme is the integration of research work into an essential part of the studies. The students will join a research group in the course of their studies and carry out assigned research projects as active members of the group. During the research projects, the students will be familiarised with analytical problem-solving and working with up-to-date research methods.

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Eastern Finland has a long experience and an excellent track record in research chemist education. The department with its unique, research oriented curriculum has been recognised as a "Unit of High-Quality Education" by the Ministry of Education. The programme has been offered to domestic students for well over a decade, and the International Master´s Degree Studies for Research Chemists now open these studies to international students as well.

The Department of Chemistry has one of the most efficient Ph.D. chemistry programmes in Finland. It is open to the Master´s degree programme graduates, allowing a smooth transition to complete research chemist education at the highest level.

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The most profound feature of the programme is the integration of research work into an essential part of the studies. The students will join a research group in the course of their studies and carry out assigned research projects as active members of the group. During the research projects, the students will be familiarised with analytical problem-solving and working with up-to-date research methods.
The research project topics may cover the following areas of chemistry:

Inorganic chemistry

* Inorganic synthesis
* Solid state structures
* Electrochemistry

Organic chemistry

* Protein crystallography
* Mass spectrometry
* Organic synthesis

Materials chemistry

* Nanomaterials
* Polymers

Physical chemistry

* Theoretical chemistry and molecular modelling
* Surface chemistry
* Catalysis
* Photochemistry

Medicinal chemistry

* Analytical and Pharmaceutical chemistry
* Molecular modelling
* Organic synthesis

Requirements

All applicants should have Bachelors degree or equivalent in chemistry, chemical engineering or biochemistry corresponding to at least 3 years' of full-time academic studies (equivalent of 180 ECTS credit units in the Finnish university system) obtained at an internationally recognised and accredited university or higher education institution. For non-chemistry majors sufficient minor studies in chemistry are required. Biochemistry minor studies are required from students specializing in Medicinal Chemistry. Bachelors degree or equivalent should be completed no later than July 31, 2013. If the degree is not completed by the end of application period the admission is conditional. The country-specific regulations are described in University Admissions Finland web-page.

Temporary (provisional) degree certificate

A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree and the student has graduated. The temporary degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded.A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is accepted if it was awarded no more than five years earlier. The country-specific regulations are described in University Admissions Finland web-page.

Statement issued by the university

In case, the applicant has not yet received a BSc Degree certificate by the admission deadline, a statement issued by the applicants university is also accepted as a replacement of the actual degree certificate. This statement should include the name of the institution which is going to award the degree, the expected date of issue (graduation), and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate will be awarded. The final deadline to submit the actual degree certificate to the Admission Office of University of Eastern Finland is 31st July 2013. If the degree is not completed by the end of application period the admission is conditional.

Official translations

All application documents should be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English. Also the copies of the original documents have to be submitted. Translations of educational documents must be 1) issued by the awarding institution or 2) officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution or 3) translated by an official translator or 4) officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator. Each page of an official translation must bear the translators stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted. The country-specific regulations are described in University Admissions Finland web-page.

Language requirements

Applicants for the Masters degree programmes are required to have sufficient English language proficiency.

The following standardised language tests passed with the minimum grade or score specified below will be considered proof of sufficient English skills:

* The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

580 on the paper-based test (pBT) or

90 on the internet-based test (iBT)

* The International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

overall score 6.5

* PTE (Pearson Test of English): 59

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

All international students who have been accepted to study in the International Masters Degree Programme for Research Chemists are eligible to receive a scholarship. The scholarships are worth 500 per month and they will be awarded to all admitted international students. However, students who are eligible for the Finnish student financial aid (opintotuki) provided by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) cannot apply for the above grant.

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