Do you want a career that makes a difference?
Master of Science in Wood Materials Science is a course-based MSc programme that trains experts who make a difference towards a sustainable future. This programme creates a link between wood and the final products such as bio-based materials, chemicals and energy derived from renewable biological resources.
MSc Wood Materials Science is a programme aims at training professionals who understand the entire chain from wood biomass production to product development and innovation management. It focuses on developing new products by combining wood with other materials and by creating novel materials and products from wood fibres. Our contemporary research is the basis for our teaching, which is developed in collaboration with the forest based industries.
Wood materials science is one of the branches in forest bioeconomy. In the coming years, the use of wood fibres is expected to increase especially in clothing and pharmaceutical industries and hand in hand grows the need for qualified professionals.
Our graduates are amongst the most sought after experts in the field by national and international employers alike. As a graduate of MSc Wood Materials Science you will find job opportunities in, for example as technology specialists, researchers, and project managers in the development organisations and R&D departments of bio-based mechanical and chemical industry or energy cluster.
- Level of degree: Master's degree
- Programme duration: 2 years / 120 ECTS credits
- Language of instruction: English
- Application period: Programme has no student intake in 2023
- Programme start: September 2022
- Tuition fee: EU/EEA nationals no tuition fee; non-EU/EEA nationals 8,000 €/academic year
- Tuition waivers available for everyone
- Finland scholarship of 5,000 € available for two best applicants
- Study campus: Joensuu
Why study with us?
- Teaching is based on contemporary research and developed in collaboration with the forest based industries.
- As a graduated student you will be one of the most sought after experts in the field by national and international employers alike.
MSc in Wood Materials Science provides you with state-of-the-art knowledge on wood based materials. As our student, you will learn to master the material properties of wood and wood products in relation to their chemical and physical composition and ultrastructure, and to understand how to select, modify and convert materials for various applications.
MSc Wood Materials Science is a two-year programme (120 ECTS) and upon graduation you will receive a globally recognised Master of Science degree certificate. MSc Wood Materials Science is a taught programme and during your studies you will benefit from lectures, exercises and excursions run by our professors and senior lecturers. You will be studying in a multicultural environment and learn intercultural collaboration skills that are highly appreciated by your future employers.
MSc Wood Materials Science curriculum 2022-24
MSc WOOD MATERIALS SCIENCE CURRICULUM 2021-23
Compulsory studies, 94 ECTS
3513061 Academic skills in forest sciences 1.5 cp
3513142 Basics of wood materials science 4 cp
3622111 Basic statistics in English 5 cp
3514017 Industrial forest biotechnology and biorefining 6 cp
8020270 Information skills and sources in science and forestry for international students 1 cp
3513135 Innovation management 4 cp
3513162 Laboratory practices and methods for wood material science 5 cp
3513139 M.Sc. thesis 30 cp
3513141 Maturity test 0 cp
3513130 Organic and biomass chemistry 6 cp
3513147 Perspectives to bioeconomy 6 cp
3513136 Practical training in wood material science 10 cp
3513148 Research methodology in forest sciences 3.5 cp
3513159 Structure and properties of wood-based materials 5 cp
3513166 Thesis seminar in wood material science 2 cp
3352578 Wood-based solid and composite materials 5 cp
Alternative studies, choose 18-26 ECTS
3312073 Applications of photonics 4 cp
3410316 Basic principles of mass spectrometry 4 cp
3513019 Bioenergy markets and policies 6 cp
3410364 Biological mass spectrometry 3 cp
3410365 Chemistry of biofuels 4 cp
3513150 Co-management of natural resources 5 cp
3513040 Economics of multiple-use forestry 3 cp
3513057 Fibrous products 5 cp
3513055 Forest products mechanics 6 cp
3513151 International forest governance and environmental policy 5 cp
3352572 Material techniques 5 cp
3513058 Measurement, scaling and instrumentation 5 cp
3123186 Optical methods in plant biology and environmental research 5 cp
3312039 Paper and printing optics 4 cp
3410369 Polymers and nanomaterials 4 cp
3513129 Supply and energy use of lignocellulosic biomass 6 cp
Additional studies, choose 0-8 cp
8015013 Academic writing skills for students in the international master's degree programmes of the school of forest sciences 3 cp
1130007 Career planning - international students seeking a job or traineeship in Finland 2 cp
3352573 Characterization of materials 5 cp
3513127 Current issues in forest conservation and biodiversity 3 cp
3122324 Book examination, plant physiology 1-7 cp
3123198 Function of plants in changing environment 8 cp
3513149 Intensive forest management and production of forest biomass 3 cp
3310306 Numerical methods in photonics 2 cp
1131003 Orientation for international students 1 cp
8031006 University computing skills 2 cp
8031003 University study skills 1 cp
See WebOodi study register for more information on the courses
What you should do before your studies begin?
Please familiarize yourself with the new students' material carefully. We have complated an extensive information site for all the new students: Kamu Student Handbook - New Students Orientation
- Confirm your study place.
- Sign and return your Student Agreement.
- Find out if you need a visa and residence permit for your studies in Finland and if needed, submit your application immediately.
- Apply for housing as soon as possible.
- Get an insurance.
- Have your degree certificates attested and legalized and sent according to the country specific requirements to your programme coordinator.
- Plan your travelling schedule and arrival.
- Non-EU/EEA students: pay the first instalment of your tuition fee unless you have been given an exemption from it.
- It is possible to register as a student at UEF at this point if you can pay the Student Union membership fee on-line. If you cannot pay the fee on-line, you can register as a university student after your arrival on campus. Student Union information for new students.
- Keep in touch with your programme coordinator and your student tutor. Your student tutor will contact you during summer. Inform your student tutor about your arrival details.
- Register as a student at UEF.
- Activate your UEF user account.
- Participate in the Orientation for International Students.
- Participate in the School's and WMS's welcoming, see Smart Start for schedule.
- Register for the courses in WebOodi.
- You can download the mobile app for students: Tuudo. Tuudo includes for example course registration, timetable generator, menus for campus restaurants, schedules for local buses.
- Submit your original degree certificate to your study coordinator for verification. See country specific requirements for more information.
- Start studying and enjoying the active student life at UEF. See for example the UEF sports services SYKETTÄ.
1. Wood is the material for the future
Wood materials science sector in the world is in constant demand for new experts and innovators. MSc in Wood Materials Science provides you with state-of-the-art knowledge on wood based materials and opens you doors internationally. As our student, you will learn to master the physical and mechanical properties of wood in relation to its chemical composition and ultrastructure, and to understand how to select, modify and convert materials for various applications. Our graduates have found job opportunities in many walks of life, for example as technology specialists, researchers, and project managers in the development organisations and R&D departments of bio-based mechanical and chemical industry or energy cluster. After graduation you will become a member of this alumni network, which supports you in your endeavours.
2. Finland is among the world leaders in forest bioeconomy
Finland is known for its forests and the industrial cluster built around it. The field is evolving rapidly with new products and companies entering the market continuously, while also the traditional materials such as print papers, tissues and packaging boards are economically significant. You are also likely to be surrounded by wood derived materials and chemicals, at home, in the car, at the office... everywhere! It's not always that obvious but it is continuously growing in significance. Your cosmetics, healthcare products, furniture, house interior and heat energy can originate from the forest, as may the diesel in your car. Pretty soon you may wear wood-derived clothing or have a prescription for wood-based medicine. Wood will replace a lot of plastics and metals, but also come up with totally new renewable products with the help of chemistry and nanosciences.
3. University of Eastern Finland is one of the best universities in the world
The University of Eastern Finland is among the best universities in the world ranking #53 according to the Times Higher Education that publishes a list of the world's top universities under 50 years of age. UEF Faculty of Science and Forestry is among the best higher educational units globally in the field of forest sciences and it is in close cooperation with universities such as: University of British Columbia, Canada University of Freiburg, Germany University of São Paulo, Brazil Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden Wageningen University, the Netherlands Federal University of Paraná, Brazil Northwest A&F University, China and institutes such as European Forest Institute, Finland (Europe) Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland Innventia, Sweden Max Planck Institute, Germany TERI Institute, India VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
4. Joensuu is the HUB for forest sciences
University of Eastern Finland is located in Joensuu, which is the European HUB for forest and wood science. Joensuu is also called the Forestry Capital of Europe because of it is home to many internationally recognised forest and wood cluster organisations. Did you know that: the head quarters of European Forest Institute are located right off the UEF campus in Joensuu John Deere factory in Joensuu is the biggest producer of cut-to-length forest harvesting machines Finnish Fortum Ltd operates the world's first industrial scale bio-oil pyrolysis plant near our Joensuu campus Natural Resources Institute Finland is known for its world class research in e.g forest bioeconomy and its Joensuu Unit is located just across the street from UEF Faculty of Science and Forestry
5. Finland is a safe country
Finland is a safe, clean, high-tech country where most of the people speak English. Finland is a good place to live and study. It is one of the Nordic countries where personal safety, clean environment, equity of genders and high technology are taken for granted. Finland is one of the least corrupted countries in the world, its people speak English as a second language widely which makes it easy for international students to get by in the society. This is Finland!
How to apply?
MSc in Wood Materials Science warmly welcomes talented and enthusiastic students from all over the world to apply.
The minimum eligibility criteria are:
- Bachelor´s or equivalent engineering degree*) in e.g., chemistry, chemical engineering, biosciences, life sciences, biotechnology, forest sciences, suitable other engineering or natural science background corresponding to at least 3 years full-time academic studies (equivalent of 180 ECTS); and
- Good command of the English language (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 92, PTE 62, C1/C2 180).
*) Applicant's with a Bachelor's degree in universities, polytechnics or universities of applied sciences (AMK insinööri) are eligible to apply.
The online application form must be filled in Studyinfo:
At the application state we require only scanned enclosures in electronic format as attachments to your application form. Paper copies are not required during the application period. 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 compulsory enclosures are:
- Scanned copy of the original BSc degree certificate, and an English translation of it
- Scanned copy of the original transcript of academic records, and an English translation of it
- Scanned copy of English language test certificate (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 92, PTE 62 or CAE/CPE pass level C)
- Motivation letter and video
- Curriculum vitae. CV must be presented in chronological order, for example Europass format, and must not have gaps longer than 12 months during the recent five years.
- One recommendation letter, use the template provided below
- Scanned copy of passport
Furthermore, we require from the applicants that have been admitted to the University of Eastern Finland that they submit their original degree certificates for verification upon arrival in Finland. In order for you to have the necessary attestation or legalization done in time, we ask you to check the country specific requirements concerning the verification of the original educational documents. If the country your degree was given is not on the list, we require you to bring us the original documents for verification. Please prepare to submit your certificates to the university in the beginning of your studies.
A successful applicant must have a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent degree, in e.g. chemistry, chemical engineering, biosciences, life sciences, biotechnology, forest sciences, suitable other engineering or natural sciences 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 recognized and accredited university or higher education institution.
If you have not yet received your official degree certificate, a temporary degree certificate is also accepted. In case you have not yet graduated, you may apply to the programme presuming that you will finish your studies by summer 2022. Instead of a degree certificate you must provide an estimated date of graduation and a recent transcript of records. If you will be accepted to the programme, it will be done on the condition that you submit an attested copy of your degree certificate to the programme coordinator by 5 August 2022.
For further information on required educational documents: https://www.uef.fi/en/required-documents-for-international-masters-degree-programmes
Applicants are required to have sufficient English language proficiency. The English language proficiency can be proved by:
- IELTS (Academic): overall 6.5 (min. 5.5 in writing), or
- TOEFL (ibT): 92 (min. 22 in writing), or
- PTE: 62, or C1 Advanced: pass level C, or
- C2 Proficiency: pass level C
The English language test is not required for applicants who
- have Bachelor's degree conducted in English language. A certificate from the university stating that the language of instruction during the Bachelor's studies has been English is required; or
- have secondary education conducted in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States; or
- are Finnish citizens and have taken the matriculation examination in English language.
For further information on how to submit your language test results: https://www.uef.fi/en/language-requirements-for-masters-degree-programmes
Motivation letter and video
You must use the space in the application form to write your motivation letter. Do not write your motivation letter in a separate attachment. The motivation letter is an important part of your application. It gives you an opportunity to present relevant pieces of information such as your long term plans and MSc in Wood Materials Science would help you to achieve these goals. that cannot be provided elsewhere in the application.
In addition to motivation letter, you must provide us with an introductory video. The video file must be uploaded into a video-streaming service such as youtube/vimeo/tudou. Link (URL) to the video has to be included into the application form. Maximum duration of a video is 2 minutes. The video should include introduction, educational background and possible merits of the applicant. The video must be reachable for evaluators during the whole period of evaluation: 19 January 2022 - 31 March 2022.
The recommendation letter must be written by an academic from your previous or current university. The recommendation letter must be attached to the on-line application or sent directly from the recommender's institutional email to email@example.com. Please use the letter template below:
Recommendation letter template (PDF)
Recommendation letter template (Word)
Evaluation process and selection results
Annually, 20 students are selected to the programme. The student selection is based on academic excellence and motivation towards learning. Eligible applications will be evaluated according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic excellence (including relevance of degree and prestige of university)
- Motivation letter and video
- Letter of recommendation
- Other merits (additional studies, work experience, international experience, etc.)
Each criterion is evaluated numerically. Whenever two or more applicants have the same total score, the one who has higher score in academic excellence will be placed first.
Selection results will be published during 1-31 March 2022. All the applicants will be informed about the selection results. All accepted students will receive a notification of admission, a confirmation form, and other relevant documents. Accepted students must confirm or reject their study place by 15 July 2022.
We require that all admitted applicants submit their original degree certificates and transcripts of records for verification upon arrival in Finland. In order for you to have the necessary attestation or legalization done in time, we ask you to check the country specific requirements concerning the verification of original educational documents. If the country your degree was given is not on the list, we require you to bring us the original documents for verification. Please prepare to submit your documents to the university at the latest by 15 September 2022.
- Tuition fee for EA/EEA students: 0,00 EUR
- Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 8,000 EUR / year
Tuition fee waivers
All new students, September 2022 intake, who are required to pay tuition fees are eligible to receive a partial tuition waiver. The tuition waiver is 70 % of the annual tuition fee. For the second year of study, tuition waivers are available to students who have completed a minimum of 55 ECTS of studies during their first year of study.
UEF will grant a Finland Scholarship (Suomi-stipendi) of € 5,000 for the two best applicants in MSc Wood Materials Science. 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 € 13 000–15 000, depending on the programme’s tuition fee. For more information on the Finland Scholarship, see Tuition fees, waivers and scholarships.
Student union fee
The Student Union (ISYY) membership is mandatory for Master's degree students. The Student Union (ISYY) membership fee is 126 EUR for the full academic year and it will entitle you to a variety of benefits such as discount on meals at the campus restaurants, train and bus tickets and student health service. See Student Union website for a full list of membership benefits.
The below-mentioned expenses are estimates only:
- Accommodation in a student flat: 200 EUR/month
- Food and other living expenses: 400 EUR/month
- Health insurance: 35 EUR/year
- Transportation in Joensuu: 45 EUR/month
- Finnish Student Health Service: 35,80 EUR/semester
- In total: 715 EUR/month or 8,580 EUR/year
Application period 2023
MSc Wood Materials Science does not accept students in 2023.
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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