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Energy, water, environment, nutrition, health, medicine, materials – welcome to solve the challenges of the future. Chemistry is essential in all breakthroughs for more sustainable living.

Teaching at the Department of Chemistry is based on high-level international research. The current specialization areas of the Department are:

  • green chemistry,
  • material and nanochemistry,
  • computational and theoretical chemistry,
  • synthesis and chemical analysis.

Chemistry students have a unique opportunity to participate in the work of research groups through practical training in the laboratories, and develop their academic skills while writing their Master’s thesis under the supervision of noted researchers. Quality assurance is crucial part of the teaching and the degrees have been certified with Euromaster® and Eurobachelor® qualifications.

Three Nobel Prize winners have graduated from the University of Helsinki. One of them, A. I. Virtanen, graduated from the Department of Chemistry.

Master of Science degree is awarded after two years of full time graduate studies (120 ECTS) following a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in a relevant field of study. The degree programs are flexible, and students can shape their studies to match their personal academic interests.

For the students planning an academic career, the MSc degree from the Department of Chemistry forms an excellent basis for PhD studies. The very best Master’s degree graduates will often be recruited as PhD students at the Department.

Specialization optionsChemistry:
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Radiochemistry

Program requirements

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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