M.Sc. Research Chemists (MDP)

University of Eastern Finland | Joensuu, Finland
The Joensuu Campus is compact, easy to access and accessible. The campus is home to nearly 8,000 degree students, so be prepared for a lively atmosphere and corridors filled with happy chatter. The campus is located right by the city centre, making it easy to pop out to run errands even during the day. In Joensuu, many services for students ranging from student health care to services offered by the Student Union are available right on campus. The Teacher Training School is also located on campus. The Joensuu Campus boasts excellent facilities for independent study, and the many cafeterias and campus restaurants offer lunch and snacks to be enjoyed in the midst of studying. Another thing worth remembering is Joensuu Science Park, which is located only a stone's throw from the campus. Joensuu Science Park hosts some of the university's teaching facilities, and it is a natural platform for science, technology and business to meet.



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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 27
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).

Not specified
Start date
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 Bachelor’s 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. Bachelor’s 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 applicant’s 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 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. The country-specific regulations are described in University Admissions Finland web-page.

Language requirements

Applicants for the Master’s degree programmes are required to have sufficient English language proficiency.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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