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Can spent nuclear fuel be safely contained in bedrock? How does chemistry benefit bioeconomy? Studies in the Master's Program in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences at the University of Helsinki provide an excellent basis for expertise and prepare you to meet local and global challenges.
Goal of the program
A Master’s degree in chemistry qualifies you for expert positions in a wide range of fields, such as industry, research or education. The chemicals industry is a major employer and one of the largest export industries in Finland. Your work could also involve applications of environmental or biological sciences, the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, or the development of technological materials or new energy solutions. In the private sector, your duties might include research and development, quality management, training or commerce. Customs and forensic chemists, and chemists working in environmental control analyze samples as part of their duties. Chemical research often requires interdisciplinary and international cooperation. As a chemist, you can be a part of developing new inventions and serve as an expert in your field and as a connoisseur of natural phenomena!
After completing the Master’s Program in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, you will:
- Be profoundly familiar with experimental research methods in one or more fields of chemistry, such as analytical and synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry, molecular research, and spectroscopy.
- Have an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical basis of your field and be able to apply this knowledge to broader topics.
- Know how to search for and manage chemical research data and use them to plan and perform demanding duties in chemical laboratories.
- Be able to act as a chemical expert in project planning and management, both independently and as a member of a team.
- Be able to present your results accurately in accordance with the practices of the field, both orally and in writing, and prepare extensive papers and reports.
Information on the languages of instruction
The language of instruction is English. You can also complete courses in Finnish or Swedish, and you can write your Master’s thesis in either English, Finnish or Swedish.
In the Master’s program, you will deepen the knowledge and skills acquired during your Bachelor’s degree studies. Depending on your choices, you will familiarise yourself with one or more branches of chemistry and learn modern research methodology. The studies include lecture courses, examinations, and contact teaching, laboratory courses, presentation series, and seminars. Compared to the Bachelor’s degree, these studies require more independent work. The Master’s degree culminates in an extensive Master’s thesis that includes practical research.
You can find further information about the studies on the Master's program website.
Students are automatically granted admission to the Master’s program through the Bachelor’s Program in Chemistry at the University of Helsinki. You can also apply for the program after completing an applicable Bachelor’s degree in a different program or university.
Selection of the study track
In the Master’s program, you may select courses from different special fields of chemistry according to your interests and career goals. You can complete a broad-ranging degree by selecting studies from several course packages or specialize in a specific branch of chemistry. In connection with the Master’s program operates also the international program Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry, where you have the possibility to apply. You will receive assistance in preparing your personal study plan from your academic advisor.
The scope of the Master’s Program in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences is 120 credits and consists of the following:
- At least 80 credits of advanced studies in chemistry, including a Master’s thesis of 30 credits.
- Other studies so that the scope of the degree is at least 120 credits.
Your final project is the Master’s thesis, the scope of which is 30 credits. It includes a literature review and an experimental or theoretical/computational research component. The scope of the research component can be extended by completing a separate research project. You can complete the research as a member of a research group at the University, outside the University at a research institute or company, or during a student exchange. You must demonstrably complete part of the research yourself and write the entire thesis independently.
Chemistry is needed in many sectors. Similarly, Master’s studies in chemistry allow you to specialize in many kinds of tasks. In your Master’s degree studies, you will familiarise yourself thoroughly with at least one branch of chemistry, after which you will be qualified to work in demanding expert positions. As a Master’s graduate, you can apply for postgraduate study in a doctoral program. Approximately one-quarter of chemistry graduates continue to complete a doctorate.
As a chemical expert, you can embark on a career in industry, research or education, or in the business sector. Your work might also involve applications of environmental or biological sciences, the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, or the development of technological materials or new energy solutions. Potential employers include private companies, research and educational institutes, public agencies and supervisory authorities. A traineeship, completed during your studies, could help you to choose your career. Chemistry is an international field, so there are also plenty of career opportunities abroad and in international organizations.
- An international learning environment: The Master’s Program in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences accepts students through an international admissions procedure. Lectures are in English. Students of the international Master’s Program in Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry, as well as several exchange students further increase the international scope. In addition, the Department includes several international teachers and researchers. Chemical research is an international effort, and research groups at the University of Helsinki have several international partners.
- Student exchange: The University of Helsinki has student exchange agreements with several foreign universities, so you can complete part of your degree abroad. Once you have completed your Master’s degree, you can pursue doctoral studies at a foreign university. The Master’s degree in chemistry completed at the University of Helsinki has been certified with the Euromaster® quality label, which guarantees the recognition of the degree at European universities.
- Language studies: The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of opportunities for improving your language skills.
As a student at the University of Helsinki, you have extensive opportunities to study in different faculties. You can also complete studies at other Finnish universities under the Flexible Study Rights Agreement (JOO).
Research in the natural sciences is broad and multidisciplinary in nature. Researchers at the Department of Chemistry have joint projects with several University of Helsinki units as well as research institutes and companies outside the University. These connections allow you to network with various parties in the field of chemistry and related disciplines.
In addition, the Department of Chemistry has close connections with several organizations in the field of chemistry, through which you can acquaint yourself with professional chemists and the job market. Key partners include, for example, the Finnish Chemical Society, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, various trade organizations and the Finnish Association for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Informatics.
Chemical research is multifaceted and extensively covers the methodology of different branches of chemistry. Operations have been divided into three research programs: Molecular Sciences, Materials Chemistry, and Synthesis and Analysis. In addition, the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) operates at the Department. The Unit of Chemistry Teacher Education actively researches the teaching of chemistry and the development of teaching methods.
Chemical research methods range from laboratory work to demanding equipment technologies, computational research, and modeling. Research projects are often multidisciplinary. Researchers at the Department of Chemistry have joint projects with University units in the fields of, for example, physics, biological sciences, pharmacy, and medicine. Other key partners include Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and many universities, research institutes and companies in Finland and abroad.
A successfully completed Master’s degree qualifies you to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e., a doctoral degree. You can complete a doctoral degree in one of the doctoral programs at the University of Helsinki. You can also apply to pursue postgraduate studies at other universities in Finland or abroad. Approximately one-quarter of Master of Science graduates in chemistry continue to complete a doctorate.
Potential doctoral programs include the Doctoral Program in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, the Doctoral Program in Atmospheric Sciences, and the Doctoral Program in Materials Research and Nanosciences.
Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.
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