TO UNDERSTAND, DISCOVER, CREATE, AND DEVELOP NEW MATERIALS THAT IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE!
In the University of Turku, the research in materials chemistry consists of fundamental research of material properties as well as that of interfaces, surfaces, and nanostructures from the chemical point of view. Applied research focusses on functionalized organic electronics, luminescent materials and porous carriers as well as nanotechnology, detection technology, energy storage and conversion.
Upon graduation, you will be able to use the diverse set of skills acquired as part of this track, including experimental, theoretical and numerical techniques to produce and analyse new chemical projects.
The track of Materials Chemistry is one of the four specialisation tracks of the Master’s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences. The other tracks of the programme are Astronomy and Space Physics, Materials Physics, and Theoretical Physics.
The structure is modular. All modules have 20 ECTS. Each specialisation track has two obligatory modules that contain the core material of the field. In addition, there is one thematic module that may be chosen from the other modules offered within this programme or other programmes at the University of Turku. The fourth module consists of freely chosen courses and an obligatory Finnish language and culture course (5 ECTS). An MSc thesis (30 ECTS) in addition to the seminar, internship, and project work (10 ECTS) are also required, details of which depend on the specialisation. See figure below.
Examples of different modules in different specialisations are:
You can replace the project work by participating in a Capstone project (15 ECTS) organised by the
Department of Future Technologies. We recommend this for those students who aim to work in the industry after graduation.
In the materials chemistry program you can choose your major from four different fields: Applied materials chemistry, Fundamental materials chemistry, Coordination chemistry or Applied Luminescence materials. One obligatory module consists of courses presenting the basics of functional, hybrid, and composite materials. It is an introduction to different experimental techniques used in materials characterisation. You will also be trained in using advanced instrumentation as different FTIR techniques, Fluorescence, UV-Vis- and Raman spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, electrochemical techniques. The practical laboratory project of the other obligatory model offers training in producing materials for potential use in different applications as solar cells, supercapacitors, sensors and actuators.
You are free to choose the thematic module from those offered in the faculty or take a suitable minor subject, even one offered by other faculties. Thematic modules offered by this programme include biomaterials, electronics materials, luminescent and functional materials. Possible minor subjects are e.g. physics, biochemistry, biology, business creation and innovation.
In the other studies module, you can choose any courses you want from the entire offering of the university in addition to the obligatory “Finnish for foreigners” course.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & EXPERIENCE
The aim of the Master’s education is to support you to become an independent expert who can evaluate information critically, plan and execute research projects to find new knowledge and to solve scientific and technological problems independently and as a part of a group.
In the University of Turku, the research in Materials chemistry consists of fundamental research of material properties as well as that of interfaces, surfaces, and nanostructures from a chemical point of view. Applied research focusses on functionalised organic electronics, luminescent materials and porous carriers as well as nanotechnology, detection technology, energy storage and conversion.
MASTER'S THESIS & TOPICS
The Master’s degree programme includes a compulsory thesis component (30 ECTS), which corresponds to six months of full-time work. The thesis is to be written up as a report based on a combination of a literature review and an original research project that forms the bulk of the thesis.
The thesis is an independently made research project but the project will be carried out under the guidance of leading researchers in the field at the University of Turku. It is expected that the student will be embedded within an active research group or experimental team, thereby providing ample opportunity to discuss results and exchange ideas in a group setting.
Your research project could be a topic like
- Selective conversion of carbon dioxide to high-value chemicals
- Developing new deposition ways of perovskite structures
- Characterization of new ionic liquids
The Master’s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences has four tracks. A short description of each specialisation track is given below. You can find more detailed information of tracks from the specific site of each track in this portal (UTU Masters).
The studies of Materials Physics and Materials Chemistry give you an ability to understand and to develop the properties of materials from molecules and nanoparticles via metals, magnetic and semiconducting compounds for pharmaceutical and biomaterial applications. After graduation, you will be familiar with the current methodologies, research equipment and modern numerical methods needed to model properties of materials used in research and technology. Note that there is a sister programme (Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences) with a specialisation in medicinal chemistry.
Students specialising in Astronomy and Space Physics can choose among three lines of studies: theoretical astrophysics, observational astronomy and space physics. You will acquire knowledge of various astrophysical phenomena and plasma physics, from Solar system to neutron stars and onto galaxies and cosmology. You will also get hands-on experience with observational techniques, space instrumentation, numerical methods and analysis of large datasets.
In Theoretical Physics you can specialise in various fields at the forefront of European and international research such as quantum technologies, fundamentals of quantum physics, quantum information and optics, quantum field theory and cosmology. You will learn rigorous mathematical and numerical methods to model physical phenomena and solve physical problems with several possible interdisciplinary applications also outside physics. Examples are the studies of complex systems, data science, and machine learning.
The Master of Science degree provides the skills to work in many different kinds of positions within areas such as research and development, education and management, and industry. The specialisation track in Materials Chemistry provides especially good opportunities for working in research and development positions in industrial technology.
Graduates from the Materials Chemistry program possess knowledge about new materials and their modification and characterisation as well as of how to apply them. Graduates are also highly capable to operate advanced instrumentation for materials characterisation.
The prospects for employment at relatively senior levels are excellent for those trained in the physical and chemical sciences. Thanks to the broad scope of the programme, the skills and knowledge developed as part of this education at the University of Turku provide many employment opportunities in different areas.
As a materials chemist, you can either go on for further studies for a career in academics or be hired by the industry in a wide range of specialisation, from Biofuel production, metal industry, nanotechnology, energy conversion, displays, drug detection and delivery, etc.
CAREER IN RESEARCH
The Master’s Degree provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. The University of Turku Graduate School – UTUGS has a Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences, and covers all of the disciplines of this Master Degree programme. Postgraduate degrees can be completed at the University of Turku. Note that in Finland the doctoral studies incur no tuition fees, and PhD students often receive either a salary or a grant to cover their living expenses. The Master’s programme is a stepping stone for PhD studies.
GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
A Bachelor’s degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study. You must also prove your English language skills when applying. Please visit the website of the programme for more information.
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