The Master's Degree Programme for Research Chemists is a degree programme taught in English at the University of Eastern Finland.
The programme is focused on researcher training in order to meet the ever-growing need for top quality chemistry researchers. The programme also serves as an excellent stepping stone for PhD studies.
The most profound feature of the programme is the integration of research work into an essential part of the studies. The students will join a research group in the course of their studies and carry out assigned research projects as active members of the group. During the research projects, the students will be familiarised with analytical problem-solving and working with up-to-date research methods.
For instructions on how to apply and a direct link to the application form on Studyinfo, please scroll down. The application period is open until 18 January 2023.
- Level of degree: Master's degree
- Programme duration: 2 years / 120 ECTS credits
- Language of instruction: English
- Application period: 4.1.2023 - 18.1.2023
- Programme start: September 2023
- Tuition fee: EU/EEA nationals no tuition fee; non-EU/EEA nationals 8,000 €/academic year
- Tuition waivers available for everyone
- Study campus: Joensuu
Why study with us?
- Modern and versatile curriculum.
- Integration of research work into studies.
The Masters Degree Programme for Research Chemists provides the student with understanding of the theoretical foundation of chemistry and gives tools to apply the skills in practical chemical problems. The students will acquire knowledge and skill to operate as an expert and developer in the fields of chemical sciences. The development of language and communication skills is an integral part of the programme. The education is based on scientific research methodology and professional practices in the chemistry.
The curriculum is planned to educate the students in theory and applications. Students choose for their advanced chemistry studies two (2) thematic modules from the available four (4) thematic modules. The modules consist of two (2) compulsory chemistry courses and at least two (2) other courses, which students can choose from the given selection. Students will make their personal study plans at the beginning of their studies.
If the student does not wish to complete two modules, the advanced chemistry studies should consist of at least four (4) compulsory courses specified in the module table. The advanced chemistry studies are completed by other studies mentioned in the module table.
The extent of a degree is given in credits (ECTS/cp). The average input of 1600 working hours needed for studies of one academic year corresponds to 60 credits. One credit equals 27 hours of work
The Master’s Degree Programme for Research Chemists is comprised of 120 credits, which means that the degree can be completed in two years. The studies include compulsory and elective studies that may vary according to the students’ interests and major subjects.
How to apply?
In 2023, a maximum of 20 students will be accepted to the Master’s Degree Programme for Research Chemists. The application period opens on January 4, 2023 and closes on January 18, 2023 at 15:00 (GMT+2). The applicants need to apply through the national Studyinfo portal at www.studyinfo.fi. Incomplete or delayed applications will not be considered. The accepted students will be notified of their acceptance no later than on March 31, 2023. Students will be selected based on their application documents. Meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the programme.
All applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in chemistry or chemical engineering corresponding to at least 3 years' of full-time academic studies (equivalent of 180 ECTS credit units in the Finnish university system) obtained at an internationally recognised and accredited university or higher education institution.
A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is accepted if it was awarded no more than five years earlier. The country-specific regulations are described in University of Eastern Finland web-page.
In case, the applicant has not yet received the Degree certificate by the admission deadline, he/she is required to submit an officially certified copy of his/her latest transcript of records during the application period. The country-specific regulations and general instructions are described in University of Eastern Finland web-page. If the applicant receives the degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period it is recommended to submit them as soon as possible. If the degree is not completed by the end of application period the admission is conditional. In this case, the actual degree certificate shall be submitted to the programme coordinator by July 28, 2023 at 15:00 (GMT+2) at the latest, otherwise, the study place will be cancelled.
All application documents should be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English. Also, the copies of the original documents must be submitted. Translations of educational documents must be 1) issued by the awarding institution or 2) officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution or 3) translated by an official translator or 4) officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator. Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted. The country-specific regulations and general instructions are described in University of Eastern Finland web-page.
Applicants for the Master’s degree programmes are required to have sufficient English language proficiency.
The following standardised language tests passed with the minimum grade or score specified below will be considered proof of sufficient English skills:
- TOEFL test: 92
- IELTS (Academic): 6.5
- PTE (Academic): 62
- C1 Advanced: C
- C2 Proficiency: Level C!
- National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) -test: level 5 in speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and reading comprehension subtests; website https://www.oph.fi/en/national-certificates-language-proficiency-yki.
The English language test is not required from applicants who have
- a university degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree, or Polytechnic/University of applied sciences) completed in English language,
- completed the upper-secondary education in English in EU/EEA country, Great Britain, Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
If the applicant has completed his/her studies in English, he/she must include the official statement of his/her educational institution that the medium of the instruction has been English.
Furthermore, applicants’ language skills will be deemed sufficient also if applicant has taken the matriculation examination in English language (A-language) in Finland with a minimum grade of M. Other requirements of international examinations (International Baccalaureate (IB), European Baccalaureate (EB) or Reifeprüfung Diploma are described in the webpages of UEF admissions.
Online studies or studies completed on offshore campuses outside the accepted countries cannot be used to indicate language skills, even if the degree-awarding institution is located in one of the accepted countries.
If the applicant is applying with one degree and indicating the language skills with another, he/she is required to submit educational documents regarding both degrees. He/she can only indicate the language skills with an incomplete degree if he/she is applying for the studies with the same degree.
The language test certificates are valid for two years from the day they are issued and they have to be valid during the application period.
If the result of the language test is below the required minimum, the application will not be considered for the admission.
Download your attachments to the application form in pdf/jpg/png -format. If you cannot upload your attachments online, please, contact the admissions office for further instructions, admissions(at)uef.fi. The attachments must be submitted no later than January 25th, 2023 at 15:00 pm (GMT+2) at the latest.
- Completed application form (online)
- The original degree certificate (in the original language) and an English, Finnish or Swedish translation of the degree certificate (scanned document)
- The original transcript of records (in the original language) and an English, Finnish or Swedish translation of the transcript of records. The transcript should include the course units, their completion time, grades, and credits awarded, and information on the grading scale used at the institution (scanned document)
- Scanned copy of the identification page of your passport (not required from Finnish applicants).
- Certificate or proof of English language skills. (See admission requirements)
- Motivational letter describing educational goals at the University of Eastern Finland. In the motivational letter the applicant should describe the reasons for applying to the programme, any relevant previous experience and future career or educational plans, for example plans to continue on to Ph.D. research.
- At least two letters of recommendation from your previous academic instructors. Please use this document: Reference Letter Research Chemists (PDF file)
- Curriculum Vitae.
If the applicant has not submitted all the required attachments by the given deadline, application will not be evaluated. All admitted applicants submit their original degree certificates and transcripts of records for verification upon arrival in Finland. The country specific requirements shall be followed: Link: https://www.uef.fi/en/country-specific-requirements.
The application period for 2023 intake will begin on 4 January 2023 and it lasts until 18 January 2023. There is one intake per year and the studies start the following September. Starting with admissions for studies applicants will begin the application process on the national Studyinfo portal.
After you submit your application you receive a confirmation email. This email includes a link or making changes to your application. Changes can be made until 18 January 2023, but it is possible to upload documents after the application deadline until 25th January (supplementary time).
At the application state we require only scanned enclosures attached (uploaded) to the application form. Paper copies are not required during the application period. Once you have filled out the online application, required enclosures must be uploaded electronically to the application (recommended file types pdf and jpeg, max. file size 1.0 GB) until 25 January 2023 at 3 pm (GMT+2). Please make sure that you upload each enclosure to the right place in the application form. Your application documents have to arrive by the given deadline. UEF does not process application documents that have arrived after the deadline.
All eligible applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria (max. 50 points)
- Relevance and depth of chemistry studies in degree (max 15 points)
- Grading of studies in general (max. 5 points)
- Grading of chemistry studies (max. 15 points)
- Quality of the motivation letter (max. 10 points)
- Recommendation letters (max. 5 points)
Updated 15.12.2023. Applicants will be ranked according to the selection criteria. The best 20 applicants are accepted for the programme and the rest of applicants are rejected. Applicants are not placed on the waiting list.
Updated 15.12.2023. Selected applicants who are unable to deliver the electronically certified final diploma and transcript of records during the application period will be selected on a conditional basis. Students who accept the study place are required to provide officially certified copies of degree certificate and final transcript or submit them in accordance with country-specific requirements, by 11.8.2023 at the latest. NB! There are country-specific document requirements in place for academic qualifications awarded in certain countries. If your degree is completed in a country that has country-specific requirements, you must submit your educational documents following the relevant country-specific instructions. If the required documents do not arrive in time or cannot be verified electronically by the deadline, the study place will be cancelled.
Admission results will be published no later than on March 31st, 2023. All applicants will be informed about the selection results by email. All accepted students will receive a package including a notification of admission, a confirmation form, and other relevant documents. All accepted students should inform whether they accept their study place by latest on July 14th, 2023. Studies start in the beginning of September.
The annual tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens is 8 000 euros. The tuition fee will be paid in two separate instalments.
All new non- EU/EEA students who have applied for scholarship in the application form will receive a scholarship (tuition waiver) which is 70% of the annual tuition fee. The scholarship is granted for two years if student fulfils the requirements of the student agreement. EU/EEA students are exempt from tuition fees.
The early bird deduction (500 euros) of tuition fee is available for students who will pay the first instalment of tuition fee no later than April 21st 2023.
Scholarships for living costs are not available.
UEF will grant a Finland Scholarship (Suomi-stipendi) of € 5 000 for the two best applicants in each Master's Degree programme. The Finland Scholarship is granted for the first year of Master’s studies and the students who receive it must be non-EU/EEA citizens who are liable to pay tuition fees. The total value of the Finland Scholarship is € 13 000. The Finland Scholarship includes:
- 100 % tuition waiver for the first year's tuition fee (value € 8 000)
- € 5 000 relocation grant
The scholarship is a one-year scholarship for first-year Master’s students. For the second year of study, students need to secure sufficient funds themselves. The programme's general tuition waivers will be offered for the second-year studies.
More general information about Finland Scholarship can be found form here: https://www.uef.fi/en/tuition-fees-waivers-and-scholarships
Application period 2023
Our application period is open from 4 January 2023 to 18 January 2023. The application is completed and submitted online.
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UEF will grant a Finland Scholarship for the best two applicants in each Master's degree programme. The scholarship includes a 100% tuition waiver and a € 5 000 relocation grant.
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