Research Chemists, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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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.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Degree certificates

All applicants should have Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in chemistry or chemical engineering 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.

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.

In case, the applicant has not yet received a BSc Degree certificate by the admission deadline, he/she is required to submit an officially certified copy of his/her latest transcript of records during the application period. The country-specific regulations and general instructions are described in University Admissions Finland web-page. If the applicant receives the degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period it is recommended to submit them as soon as possible.  If the degree is not completed by the end of application period the admission is conditional. In this case, the actual degree certificate shall be submitted to the programme coordinator is by August 15 at the latest, otherwise, the study place will be cancelled.

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 translator’s 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. 

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • Free EU/EEA


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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