Chemistry and Molecular Sciences

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jan 4, 2025
98 place StudyQA ranking:5733 Duration:24 months

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In the Master's Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, you will become profoundly familiar with experimental research methods in one or more fields of chemistry, such as analytical and synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry, molecular research, and spectroscopy.

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.

The programme is multilingual, which means you can complete your degree entirely in English, but can also use Finnish or Swedish if you wish. All courses given by the Master's Programme will be lectured in English.

In the Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, 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 specialise in a specific branch of chemistry.

The scope of the degree  is 120 credits and is intended to be completed in two academic years. The 120 credits are divided into two parts:

  • Advanced studies in Chemistry (100-120 cr), including a Master’s thesis of 30 credits
  • Other elective studies (0-20 cr)

Advanced studies in Chemistry (100-120 cr)

In the Master’s programme, you must select

  • at least one course package (25 credits in radiochemistry, synthetic chemistry, analysis and separation methods, molecular science or polymer chemistry) and
  • courses from different special fields of chemistry according to your interests and career goals (at least 25 cr).

You can either complete a broad-ranging degree by selecting studies from several packages or specialise in a specific branch of chemistry. Additionally, advanced studies include

  • one mandatory course (Chemicals and legislation)
  • the Master's thesis and
  • Research project which further expands the experimental part of the thesis.

The re­main­ing other elect­ive stud­ies (0-20 cr) may in­clude:

  • More advanced chemistry courses
  • Relevant other courses from other degree programmes
  • Supplementary chemistry courses required by the Master's Programme

You will receive assistance in preparing your personal study plan from the programme.

A graduate applicant is a person who already has the first degree, normally a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from a higher education institution. As a rule, the Bachelor’s degree is the lower academic degree and it takes three to four years of full-time studies to complete.Some programmes may accept students with a Bachelor's degree from a polytechnic in Finland. The Bachelor's degree programme has to be strongly related to the programme the student applies for. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a polytechnic institution should always first contact the Admissions Services.Also those students who are in their last term/semester of their Bachelor's studies can apply. Applying when you have not yet graduatedIf you have not graduated by the time the application period for the programme you are applying to begins, you are required to submit an officially certified copy of your latest transcript of records. See also the Country-specific requirements on how to authorize your educational documents. If you receive the degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period, it is recommended that you submit them as well.You should point out the anticipated graduation date on the application and submit the documents you have at the time of applying. Do not wait to receive your final diploma or degree certificate if it is not available during the application period. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92

The University of Helsinki is giving about 50 start-up grants to qualified degree students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but we hope that the little extra money helps our new students to settle in Helsinki.

The International Student Grant is available for degree students who are admitted in 2014 into the programmes below:

  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies
  • Bayesian Statistics and Decision Analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Democracy and Global Transformations
  • Economics
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration
  • European Studies
  • Food Sciences
  • Forest Sciences and Business
  • Geography and Geology
  • Intercultural Encounters
  • International Business Law and Public International Law
  • Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Media and Global Communication
  • Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems
  • Neuroscience
  • Physical Sciences
  • Plant Production Science
  • Religion, Conflict and Dialogue
  • Religious Roots of Europe
  • Research Master's Programme in Social Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Translational Medicine
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