Master of Science in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Chemistry


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Program Description

If you are interested in energy storages, smart device or medicine, Chemistry offers you a strong scientific basis to take part in their development.

In our major, you can choose from a broad selection of advanced chemistry areas to specialize in computational chemistry, inorganic materials chemistry, electrochemistry or synthetic organic chemistry.

During your first year, you will familiarize yourself with fundamentals and practical work on these areas and after that will have a solid base to select your preferences for the remaining studies.

Depending on your own interests, you may enhance your future knowledge by combining your studies with chemical engineering, materials science or polymer technology, just as an example. Our graduates are employed as specialists in various branches of chemical and related industry or governmental offices.

Chemistry major also offers an excellent starting point for doctoral studies, if you pursue deeper learning. Our professors are internationally acknowledged and have an extensive network that benefits your education. We also have excellent links to industry.

Welcome to the exciting world of chemistry!

Study objectives

Graduates of the Chemistry major have a strong knowledge of fundamental chemistry optionally enhanced with chemical engineering, materials science and polymer science expertise to enable them to work as experts and scientists in various branches of chemical and related industry. Education in the Chemistry major offers a strong scientific basis in fundamental chemistry, both in theory and practical skills. Molecular and quantum mechanical level description of matter and chemical reactions gives the foundation for further studies in different study paths. The organic and inorganic study paths provide good knowledge of synthesizing and analyzing organic or inorganic materials. The physical chemistry study path focuses on electrochemistry, transport phenomena and computational chemistry.

Our inorganic chemistry group is one of the leading laboratories in layered materials synthesis in Europe. The organic chemistry group is internationally established in the field of asymmetric synthesis of natural products. The physical chemistry group exhibits a unique combination of electrochemistry and molecular modelling with applications to next-generation batteries and hydrogen fuel economy; also thermodynamics and transport phenomena belong to its expertise. The analytical chemistry group is developing methods for chemical micro diagnosis.

Graduates of the programme will have achieved the key scientific and professional working methods of their area of specialisation and will be able to continuously deepen their knowledge by acquiring, evaluating and processing scientific, technical and professional information. They will gain the knowledge and skills to understand the challenges of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment and be able to use this knowledge in developing new solutions, also as members of multidisciplinary teams.

Language of instruction

English. Possibility to complete some courses in Finnish/Swedish.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the programme, you will have the skills and knowledge to work as a pacesetter of your field in various managerial, planning and research duties serving the industry or related stakeholders, the scientific community or public sector.

Post-graduate study options

Eligibility for doctoral studies.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Non-EU/EEA students selected to the study option will be charged a tuition fee of €15000 per academic year. They are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded from the Aalto University Scholarship programme.

Learning outcomes

Core competences in scientific and engineering knowledge:

  • Knowledge of organic and inorganic materials and chemical reaction mechanisms to synthesize these materials.
  • Knowledge of chemical equilibria and kinetics in various chemical reactions and knowledge of quantum mechanics related to the chemical bond and spectroscopy.
  • Depending on the study path the major will offer comprehensive knowledge in:
    • (organic chemistry) organic synthesis, especially asymmetric synthesis, natural product chemistry; organometallic chemistry, and structural analysis. To support synthesis, the module offers studies in enzymatic synthesis, flow chemistry and microwave synthesis. Computer-aided methods for molecular design, synthesis design, and data analysis are involved in later stages of the curriculum.
    • (inorganic and analytical chemistry) basics of materials chemistry: solid-state chemistry phenomena and theories. Materials synthesis (polycrystalline, nanoparticles, single crystals, thin films), characterization techniques, and material functions (catalytic, conductive, magnetic, ferroelectric, thermoelectric, photonic). Modern analytical chemistry methods, especially miniaturized analytical systems.
    • (physical chemistry) pure and applied electrochemistry and computational chemistry. The pure electrochemistry study path will offer comprehensive knowledge of transport phenomena and electrochemical processes and measurements. The applied electrochemistry path focuses, e.g. mainly on fuel cells and lightweight batteries. The computational chemistry path will focus on molecular modelling.

Core scientific and engineering skills (the students should be able to apply knowledge in these):

  • All graduates from the program have broad expertise in designing complex chemical projects. They can analyze the progress of the process and its products.
  • The graduates can utilize new scientific knowledge in the chemical industry.
  • The graduate can act as a chemistry expert in multidisciplinary groups of experts in the chemical industry.
  • Graduates in organic chemistry can design organic synthesis syntheses for future technological solutions and analyze the synthesis products. Such skills are very useful in pharmaceutical, fine organic materials chemistry, and polymer industry.
  • Graduates in inorganic chemistry are experts in materials chemistry. They can design materials synthesis procedures and analyze synthesis products.
  • Graduates in physical chemistry can solve versatile problems related to mass or heat transfer, and plan, perform and interpret electrochemical measurements. They can participate in the development of electrochemical processes and devices, and they can perform complex molecular simulations.

Structure of studies

Two years full-time Master’s programme of 120 ECTS credits.

Degree includes:

  • 65 cr major dependent studies
  • 30 cr Master’s thesis
  • 25 cr electives

You can find more information about major dependent studies and the degree on Into pages.

Major or specialization fields

The application target defines the major, please choose the major/application target carefully.


Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. Master's theses are typically performed in cooperation with the industry or in the research project(s) of the department(s).


The study environment in the programme is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The international atmosphere shows in everyday life of the school, where 37 per cent of academic personnel is from abroad. Our teaching methods support networking with people from diverse backgrounds. Aalto University offers many possibilities for you to develop your global competence by:

  • completing part of the degree abroad, for example, a minor, in an international partner university as an exchange student.
  • choosing courses with the intercultural approach, learning foreign languages and/or becoming a student tutor for international students.
  • conducting practical training or Master’s thesis outside Finland.
  • taking summer courses abroad.
  • several funding options available for internationalization.

Corporate and other collaboration

One of the strengths of this Master’s programme is the close cooperation with the industry: from industry assignments, projects in courses and special courses with teachers from the industry to conduct your Master’s thesis in a company. Furthermore, field trips and excursions to companies and research institutes of the field give new perspectives to studying. We recommend you to take part in these activities to enhance your position in the international job market. Many of the Finnish companies in the field operate internationally. In addition, departments have academic co-operation with high-quality international universities and organisations.

You can include multidisciplinary studies to your degree by choosing courses from fields of arts and business within Aalto University. You can even take courses from other Finnish universities via The Flexible Study Right Agreement (JOO).


Programme-specific admission requirements

Applicants to the programme must first meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes in Science and Technology.

The following principles apply during the academic evaluation of eligible applications. These principles are revised annually.

The student selection process is competitive. The applicant’s suitability for the programme is evaluated. The best applicants are granted admission to the programme. The selection of students is primarily based on the application documents. Not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted, CHEM Master’s programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled.

The programmes reserve the right to interview the applicants if it is necessary to clarify the applicant’s motivation or other information in the application.

Complementary studies

Students admitted to the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering may be required to take complementary studies, max 20 credits. Complementary studies may not be included in the degree of Master of Science (Tech).

The content and number of the complementary courses depend on your previous studies. The complementary studies will be set latest in September.

Last updated Nov 2019

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