M.Sc. Research Chemists

| Joensuu, Finland
The Master's Degree Programme for Research Chemists is a degree programme taught in English at the University of Eastern Finland. The programme is focused on researcher training in order to meet the ever-growing need for top quality chemistry researchers. The programme also serves as an excellent stepping stone for PhD studies.


Who should apply?

Graduates who are seeking challenges in the field of chemistry research and who hold a Bachelor's degree in chemistry or chemical engineering.

Features and goals of the programme

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 and organometallic synthesis
  • Structural Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
Organic chemistry
  • Protein crystallography and mass spectrometry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Biofuels

Materials chemistry

  • Nanomaterials
  • Polymers
Physical chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry and molecular modelling
  • Surface chemistry
  • Catalysis

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee

The programme has no tuition fees. But students must be able to cover all their own living costs in Finland (minimum of 560 euros per month for a single student).

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Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Courses include:

  • Orientation in Academic Studies for International Students
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Catalytic Materials
  • Structure of Proteins
  • Chemistry of Biofuels
  • Practical Molecular Modelling
  • Biological Mass Spectrometry or
  • Extended Laboratory Project


All applicants should have Bachelorís 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. Bachelorís 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 applicantís 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 translatorís 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 Masterís degree programmes are required to have sufficient English language proficiency.

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University of Eastern Finland

Joensuu, Finland

Finland At UEF, interdisciplinarity is not something they do, it's who they are. They seek to be among the world's best when it comes to academic learning environments and offer first-class education that is bound to make a difference. They are one of the largest universities in Finland, and home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,800 members of staff.

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