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The Masters course in Biomaterials is multi-disciplinary. It provides students with a rich understanding of about current clinically used biomaterials and state of the art advances in research to improve these. Read more

The Masters course in Biomaterials is multi-disciplinary. It provides students with a rich understanding of about current clinically used biomaterials and state of the art advances in research to improve these. The clinical application of these biomaterials will be demonstrated along with indepth description of materials structure and processing (e.g. polymer, composite and ceramic). The project component will allow hands-on training for the student in further developing novel biomaterials.

Special features

Who is this programme for?

Students from an engineering or medically related background who wish to pursue a career in biomaterials.

Teaching and learning

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec):

Research Methods course unit (15 credits); Lectures and workshops detailing transferable skills such as project management, time management, essay writing, oral presentation.

Master Class Course Unit (15 credits); Lectures specific to biomaterials design, characterization, manufacture and characterization. Lectures on use of stem cells with biomaterials and tissue engineering applications also included.

Structure & Mechanical Properties of Polymers (15 credits); Module covers masters level detail of polymer technology.

Clinical Applications of Biomaterials (15 credits); lectures series detailing current clinical applications of biomaterials. The module also covers a case study exercise.

Semester 2 (Jan - March):

Composite Materials (15 credits); students will learn about composite material design and implementation for biomaterials.

Nanobiomaterials (15 credits); lecture series on nanobiomaterials manufacture, characterization and use as biomaterials

Summer ( March- Sept): 

Research project (90 credits); 5 month research project studying specific biomaterials design or characterisation. Student will have specifically allocated supervisor to provide training in biomaterials. Assessment: Oral presentation and write up: Research aims, hypothesis, Gantt chart, milestones, Write up project in form of journal publication for `Biomaterials' journal.

Course unit details

The MSc in Biomaterials will provide students the opportunity to increase knowledge and skills in the areas of specific materials design and testing for clinical application. Students will have the opportunity to take 90 taught credits with training in state of the art biomaterials design (ceramics, polymers, composites, hydrogels etc with information relating to biological assessment of these materials (e.g. stem cell response, ISO / FDA regulations). Students also have the opportunity to gain 90 credits through a specific research project where they will gain analytical skills and data processing skills relevant to biomaterials design / use.

The full MSc programme is made up of seven taught course units and a four month research project. The taught units are:

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec):

  • Research Methods course unit (15 credits); Lectures and workshops detailing transferable skills such as project management, time managent, essay writing, oral presentation.
  • Master Class Course Unit (15 credits); Lectures specific to biomaterials design, manufacture and characterisation. Lectures on use of stem cells with biomaterials and tissue engineering applications also included.
  • Structure & Mechanical Properties of Polymers (15 credits); Module covers masters level detail of polymer technology.
  • Clinical Applications of Biomaterials (15 credits); lectures series detailing current clinical applications of biomaterials. The module also covers a case study excercise.

Semester 2 (Jan - March):

  • Composite Materials (15 credits); students will learn about composite material design and implementation for biomaterials.
  • Nanobiomaterials (15 credits); lecture series on nanobiomaterials manufacture, characterisation and use as biomaterials.

Summer (March - Sept):

  • Research project (90 credits); 5 month research project studying specific biomaterials design or characterisation. Student will have specifically allocated supervisor to provide training in biomaterials. Assessment: Oral presentation and write up; research aims, hypothesis, Gantt chart, milestones, write up project in the form of a journal publication for 'Biomaterials' journal.

The programme aims to further your knowlege base in biomaterial structure, manufacture and use, and to develop your critical analysis of biomaterial development and methods of application.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

The medical device industry is estimated to be increasing at a rate of ~15% per year (Grammenou, 2006). As such it is important to provide scientists that are equipped with the knowledge and skills for the workplace to advance this important clinical need.

The majority of graduates of this programme go on to fill key posts as biomaterials scientists, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. Some advance to PhD programmes within The University of Manchester or external institutes.

Accrediting organisations

Accredited by the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining (IOM 3 ) as meeting the Further Learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.



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This programme aims to meet the needs of the fine chemicals, cosmetics, biomaterial, polymers, surface coatings, graphic arts and colorant industries by producing graduates with advanced knowledge and research skills in colour science and in the theory, application and analysis of polymers, fine chemicals and colorants. Read more

This programme aims to meet the needs of the fine chemicals, cosmetics, biomaterial, polymers, surface coatings, graphic arts and colorant industries by producing graduates with advanced knowledge and research skills in colour science and in the theory, application and analysis of polymers, fine chemicals and colorants.

You’ll be introduced to a breadth of practical research and high-level academic skills in planning, experimentation and processes, in synthesis and characterisation aspects. Optional modules will also give you the chance to gain specialist knowledge in an area that suits your own interests and potential career plans.

You’ll also develop a range of generic skills such as problem solving, information technology and communication. Our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities both in industry and academia.



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In the first semester of the programme, graduates from a range of backgrounds are brought up-to-speed on core knowledge in engineering, biology and research practice. Read more

In the first semester of the programme, graduates from a range of backgrounds are brought up-to-speed on core knowledge in engineering, biology and research practice.

This is followed by specialist modules in the second semester on human movement analysis, prostheses, implants, physiological measurements and rehabilitation, as well as numerous computer methods applied across the discipline.

The course makes use of different approaches to teaching, including traditional lectures and tutorials, off-site visits to museums and hospitals, and lab work (particularly in the Human Movement and Instrumentation modules).

The core lecturing team is supplemented by leading figures from hospitals and industry.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a research project.

All modules are taught on the University main campus, with the exception of visits to the health care industry (e.g. commercial companies and NHS hospitals).

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The course aims:

  • To educate engineering, physical science, life science, medical and paramedical graduates in the broad base of knowledge required for a Biomedical Engineering career in industry, healthcare or research in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world
  • To underpin the knowledge base with a wide range of practical sessions including laboratory/experimental work and applied visits to expert health care facilities and biomedical engineering industry
  • To develop skills in critical review and evaluation of the current approaches in biomedical engineering
  • To build on these through an MSc research project in which further experimental, analytical, computational, and/or design skills will be acquired

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of awareness and understanding of issues at the forefront of Biomedical Engineering
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge in Human Biology, Instrumentation, Biomechanics, and Professional and Research skills
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge in Implants, Motion analysis and rehabilitation, and Medical signals
  • Understand how to apply engineering principles to conceptually challenging (bio)medical problems
  • Appreciate the limitations in the current understanding of clinical problems and inherent in adopted solutions
  • Understand routes/requirements for personal development in biomedical engineering including state registration
  • Understand key elements of the concept of ethics and patient-professional relationships, recognise, analyse and respond to the complex ethical issues

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Evaluate a wide range of applied engineering and clinical measurement and assessment tools
  • Design and implement a personal research project; this includes an ability to accurately assess/report on own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies, showing insight and understanding of alternative points of view
  • Carry out such research in a flexible, effective and productive manner, optimising use of available support, supervisory and equipment resources, demonstrating understanding of the complex underlying issues
  • Apply appropriate theory and quantitative methods to analyse problems

Professional practical skills

  • Make effective and accurate use of referencing across a range of different types of sources in line with standard conventions
  • Use/ apply basic and applied instrumentation hardware and software
  • Correctly use anthropometric measurement equipment and interpret results in the clinical context
  • Use/apply fundamental statistical analysis tools
  • Use advanced movement analysis hardware and software and interpret results in the clinical context
  • Use advanced finite element packages and other engineering software for computer simulation
  • Program in a high-level programming language and use built-in functions to tackle a range of problems
  • Use further specialist skills (laboratory-experimental, analytical, and computational) developed through the personal research project

Key / transferable skills

  • Identify, select, plan for, use and evaluate ICT applications and strategies to enhance the achievement of aims and desired outcomes
  • Undertake independent review, and research and development projects
  • Communicate effectively between engineering, scientific and clinical disciplines
  • Prepare relevant, clear project reports and presentations, selecting and adapting the appropriate format and style to convey information, attitudes and ideas to an appropriate standard and in such a way as to enhance understanding and engagement by academic/ professional audiences

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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The Biomedical Engineering MSc enables you to widen your biomedical engineering knowledge and skills. You develop these to a postgraduate level with the opportunity to undertake in-depth studies through your research projects. Read more

The Biomedical Engineering MSc enables you to widen your biomedical engineering knowledge and skills. You develop these to a postgraduate level with the opportunity to undertake in-depth studies through your research projects.

The Biomedical Engineering MSc has two specialist streams to suit your individual needs, background and career aspirations:

  • Bioelectrical
  • Biomechanical.

It is intended for students with an honours degree (or international equivalent) in:

  • mechanical or mechanical-related engineering, eg biomedical, materials or design
  • electrical or electronic-related engineering
  • other engineering disciplines
  • maths
  • physics
  • or a related scientific discipline.

What you'll learn

The taught part of the course covers major biomedical engineering themes, including:

  • bioengineering
  • bioelectronics
  • medical technology innovation 
  • biomaterials and tissue engineering
  • orthopaedic engineering
  • design for human-systems integration.

Project work

Your project is chosen from an extensive range of subjects. Project work can range from fundamental studies in areas of basic biomedical engineering science to practical design, make and test investigations.

Recent projects include:

  • investigations of bone cutting
  • assessment of finger splints
  • design of assistive technology
  • testing of artificial shoulder joints
  • design of a rig to flex spinal segments
  • investigation of nanoparticles
  • testing of spinal implants.

Some research may be undertaken in collaboration with industry.

Course delivery

The course is delivered by the School of Engineering. The taught component of the course combines delivery methods:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • seminars.

Assessment is by written examination and submitted in-course assignments.

The research project (worth 60 credits) is undertaken throughout the duration of the Master's course. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral/poster presentations. You will be allocated, and meet regularly with, project supervisors.

The School has an established programme of research seminars. These are delivered by guest speakers from academia and industry (both national and international), providing excellent insights into a wide variety of engineering research.

Effective communication is an important skill for the modern professional engineer. This course includes sessions to help develop your ability, both through formal guidance sessions dedicated to good practice in report writing, and through oral/poster presentations of project work.

Facilities

The School of Engineering has both general and specialist laboratories and workshop facilities. These are used for training, course delivery and the manufacture of materials/components needed to support project work.

We have multiple networked computer clusters on campus (120+ PCs), which supports all of the specialist software introduced and used within the course.

There are dedicated biomaterial and biotribology labs in the School where appropriate projects may be undertaken.



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This course will allow you to gain a strong foundation in modern bioengineering technology. Read more

This course will allow you to gain a strong foundation in modern bioengineering technology.

This 12 month course aims to provide science or engineering graduates from a diversity of backgrounds with a solid grounding in modern bioengineering technologies, together with options to develop an emphasis in biomechanics and biomaterials, bioimaging and biosensing and digital modelling of various human systems which will prepare students for a career in an industrial, clinical or research environment.

This course is one of two closely related bioengineering masters courses that comprise of a common core with the ability to focus on specific aspects of bioengineering.

The course has a broader scope than the other related course, allowing students to select modules related to biomaterials, biomechanics and digital modelling.

Key facts:

  • The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.
  • This multidisciplinary masters covers practical and theoretical aspects of bioengineering, including medical imaging, mathematical and engineering modelling, cell-biomaterial surface interactions, materials characterisation, functionalisation of surface, and biomechanics.


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By studying this course you will gain a strong foundation in modern bioengineering technology with a focus on biomaterials and biomechanics. Read more

By studying this course you will gain a strong foundation in modern bioengineering technology with a focus on biomaterials and biomechanics.

This 12 month course aims to provide science or engineering graduates from a diversity of backgrounds with a solid grounding in modern bioengineering technologies, together with a strong emphasis in biomechanics and biomaterials. This course will prepare students for a career in an industrial, clinical or research environment, independent learning, and postgraduate research or careers in industry or hospitals.

This course is one of two closely related bioengineering masters courses that comprise of a common core with the ability to focus on specific aspects of bioengineering.

This multidisciplinary MSc covers practical and theoretical aspect of bioengineering, including:

  • cell-biomaterial surface interactions
  • materials characterisation
  • functionalisation of surface
  • biomechanics and mathematical modelling.


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Our MRes Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine course gives students from biological, engineering and/or medical-related backgrounds the specialist knowledge and research skills to pursue a career in this field. Read more

Our MRes Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine course gives students from biological, engineering and/or medical-related backgrounds the specialist knowledge and research skills to pursue a career in this field.

You will focus on strategies to repair, replace and regenerate various tissues and organs to solve major clinical problems, gaining insights into topical issues including stem cells, polymer technology, biomaterial fabrication/characterisation and gene delivery. You will learn how to identify major clinical needs and formulate novel therapeutic solutions.

This course has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience. You will learn practical skills through two research placements.

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as a discipline shows enormous potential for future health and, economically, there is a national demand for specific interdisciplinary training in this area.

We have a vast research network in this field comprising international experts from multiple disciplines and, as such, this course is a collaborative degree from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Teaching and learning

This course is structured around taught elements and laboratory-based research projects, with an emphasis on the research-based element.

You will gain hands-on laboratory experience through both the practical skills unit and research placements in tissue engineering/regenerative medicine-focused laboratories at the University lasting 25 weeks.

The course comprises five compulsory components:

  • research methods course unit - 15 credits;
  • tutorial course unit - 15 credits;
  • masterclass course unit - 15 credits;
  • practical skills course unit - 15 credits;
  • research placements:
  • part 1 - literature review and project proposal - 30 credits;
  • part 2 - a 25-week project including practical work, oral presentation and final dissertation, and an assessment of research performance - 90 credits.

You will experience the interdisciplinary nature of the field during the course and gradually increase the depth and complexity of your research through the masterclass unit.

Each project is written up and assessed separately when submitted during the year.

You will be allocated a personal tutor and a personal logbook is introduced at the start of the programme to monitor progress through the course and assess learning and career objectives.

Research placements

The research placements are the largest component of the course and aim to give you the specialist knowledge and practical skills to pursue a research career in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, as well as develop your practical research expertise in a chosen area and enhance your ability to analyse and interpret data and summarise your findings in the form of written reports and an oral presentation.

The first placement runs alongside the taught units in Semester 1 and involves writing a comprehensive literature review and formulating a research project proposal.

The second placement (25 weeks) runs concurrently with the tutorial course unit for the first part, but is full-time thereafter. It involves hands-on practical experience in a laboratory and integration within a research team. The project is assessed by oral presentation at an end of year symposium, research performance and by submission of a dissertation.

You will choose from a list of research projects (see sample research projects ) and supervisors. Close interaction with the project supervisor at the start of the project and regular monitoring allows you to take responsibility for your own research development. The development of an interactive supervisory/student arrangement is often a useful grounding for future PhD collaboration.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed continually during the year through:

  • oral presentations;
  • group participation;
  • multiple choice questionnaires;
  • written reports;
  • a final dissertation.

Facilities

You will have access to a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office .

Career opportunities

After the course, many students continue their studies and register for a PhD.

However, the course is also of value to students wishing to progress in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, or go into specialist clinical training.

It is also ideal for MBChB intercalating students who wish to undertake directly channelled research training in the tissue engineering/regenerative medicine field.

Associated organisations

You will benefit from close interaction with members of the following groups.



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Our Master of Research (MRes) in Translational Medicine will give you the research skills you need to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare. Read more

Our Master of Research (MRes) in Translational Medicine will give you the research skills you need to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare.

Our understanding of the molecular basis of disease and drug mechanisms has improved dramatically in recent years, yet there is a distinct shortage of individuals able to apply this knowledge into effective clinical benefit. The core aim is to train the next generation of scientists able to 'fast-track' biological and scientific data into advanced therapies and diagnostics tools.

With advances in technology, graduates are faced with heightened expectations to conduct effective bioscience research. Employers demand skillsets with biological, medical, physical and computational characteristics, and our course is designed to provide this breadth of training.

You will learn omics skills and techniques such as genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Our training in metabolomic techniques is novel for a UK course, while our teaching on the integration of different omic platforms and data in a systems medicine strategy is also unique.

The MRes course consists of four taught units - which together make up the PGCert - plus an extended 35-week project that can be undertaken at the University, the Manchester Cancer Research Centre or a teaching hospital in Greater Manchester.

You can choose from a range of projects covering areas such as the use of gene expression profiling, proteomics, metabolomics, stem cell research, tissue culture or pharmacogenetics in the biology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, stroke or diabetes.

Completing our course will open up a route into PhD research. You may also pursue a career in academia or the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, or as a clinical academic.

Special features

Extensive research experience

The 35-week research project for the MRes award offers the chance to conduct ambitious projects in areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, mental health, infectious diseases, stroke or diabetes, using methods such as stem cell research, proteomics, metabolomics, tissue culture or pharmacogenetics.

Integrated focus on key topics

Our course has a strong and integrated focus on genetics, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics biotechnology and data interpretation, which are strengths within Manchester and are identified as core areas of bioscience growth.

Teaching and learning

Teaching comprises four taught units delivered using a variety of face-to-face, workshop and e-learning approaches and an extended 35-week research project for the MRes award.

Examples of research projects include the following.

  • Statins in translational cerebral ischemia: systematic review and meta-analysis of pre-clinical studies.
  • Parallel gene expression profiling and histological analysis of tumour tissue microarrays.
  • Development of a New Drug For Alzheimer's Disease by Drug Repositioning.
  • Identification of genetic variants predisposing to autoimmune idiopathic inflammatory myopathies.
  • Effects of differentiating agents on breast cancer stem cells and their sensitivity to DNA-damaging therapies.
  • Molecular characterisation of prostate cancer.
  • Inhibitors of IAPP Aggregation and Toxicity. 
  • New Therapies for Type II Diabetes.
  • Identifying novel monotherapy and combination therapies for the treatment of Glioma.
  • Translation of in vitro to in vivo: investigating the utility of in vitro drug transporter assays to predict inductive effects in the clinic.
  • In vivo mechanistic analysis of cancer drug combination therapies.
  • Using silk as a biomaterial for nerve regeneration.
  • The role of the local tissue environment in immune activation following myocardial damage.
  • Identifying genes that drive Breast Cancer to Bone Metastasis
  • High throughput genetic testing in rare disease: applications of personalised medicine.
  • Drug resistance and heterogeneity in CML following treatment with imatinib and following perturbation caused by nanoparticle delivery of miRNAs.
  • Investigation of a panel of drugs to inhibit the pro-tumourgenic actions of macrophages in breast cancer.
  • 3D anatomical reconstruction and molecular mapping of the atrioventricular ring tissues in human embryonic heart and adult rat heart.
  • Identification of the genetic basis of disorders associated with the presence of intracranial calcification.
  • Species variability in metabolism as a translational factor influencing susceptibility to adverse drug reactions in man.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Career opportunities

More than 50% of our graduates progress into PhD research at Manchester or other universities such as Cambridge, Imperial College London, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool and Bristol.

Around 15% pursue a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry in the UK or abroad.

Approximately 25% are intercalating medics who complete their medical education. An estimated 10% pursue an undergraduate medical degree.



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The other tracks of the programme are Materials Chemistry, Materials Physics, and Theoretical Physics. Upon graduation, you will be able to use the diverse set of skills acquired as part of this track, including computational and numerical techniques. Read more

The other tracks of the programme are Materials Chemistry, Materials Physics, and Theoretical Physics. Upon graduation, you will be able to use the diverse set of skills acquired as part of this track, including computational and numerical techniques.

Programme structure 

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 seminar, internship, and project work (10 ECTS) are also required, details of which depend on the specialisation. 

Academic excellence and 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 part of a group.

The Astronomy and Space Physics track includes a solid grounding in theoretical aspects as well as providing opportunities for observational studies (e.g. of supernovae or accreting black holes); the space physics group performs experimental, theoretical and computational research on high-energy phenomena in near-Earth space.

Master's thesis and 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.

Specialisation tracks

The Master’s Degree Programme of 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).

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 data sets.

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.

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.

Competence description

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 specialisations of Astronomy and Space Physics provide very good data analysis and programming skills, and thus many graduates have gone on to successful careers in the big data and finance sectors

During the master’s program in astronomy and space physics, you will study plasma physics and hydrodynamics, radiative processes, high-energy astrophysics and solar physics, galaxies and cosmology, astrophysical spectroscopy, radio astronomy and X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, numerical techniques and programming, statistical methods and particle and photons detectors. You will carry-out hands-on exercises in observational techniques, space instrumentation, and analysis of large data sets. You will also be able to remotely use modern observational facilities and to participate in building space-qualified instruments. You may choose among three lines: space physics, observational astrophysics and theoretical astrophysics. These studies will prepare you for a career in research and development in industry or can often lead into PhD studies.

Job options

The prospects for employment at relatively senior levels is 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.

Many of our graduates choose to continue their education by pursuing PhD studies in Finland or other European countries (e.g., Belgium, Estonia, Germany and Norway). Others have obtained employment in the software and high-tech industries, for example.

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.



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Materials Physics is one of the four specialisation tracks of the Master’s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences. Read more

Materials Physics 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 Chemistry, and Theoretical Physics. 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 physical projects.

Programme structure 

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 seminar, internship, and project work (10 ECTS) are also required, details of which depend on the specialisation. 

Academic excellence and 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 part of a group.

In the University of Turku, the research and teaching of materials physics has as two focal areas bio- and electronic materials. In biomaterials, you can study e.g. pharmaceutical vectors, nanoporous materials in pharmaceutics and dissociation of DNA-molecules under radiation. In electronics materials, possible topics include semiconducting, magnetic and superconducting materials, spintronics and nanocontacts. You will study the physical basis of current and future electronics.

Master's thesis and 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.

Recent examples of thesis titles in materials physics have been:

  • Self-organised artificial pinning structure in small-scale YBCO films grown on an advanced IBAD-MgO based template
  • Fabrication and characterisation of resistive memories based on Pr6Ca0.4MnO3
  • Photoluminescence of thermally carbonized and wet-oxidized porous silicon
  • Physical and chemical characterisation methods for metal powders used for additive manufacturing process
  • Surface properties of GaN- and AlGaN-semiconductors and their modification
  • Geometric corrections in computer tomography images
  • Mass spectroscopy investigation of fragmentation of uridine and cytidine molecules

Specialisation tracks

The Master’s Degree Programme of Physical and Chemical Sciences has four tracks. A short description of each specialisation 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 data sets.

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.

Job options

The prospects for employment at relatively senior levels is 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.

Our recent MSc’s work e.g. as quality managers in large companies, R&D engineers in biotech and materials companies, security engineers at nuclear power plants.

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.



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The Theoretical Physics track introduces the student to the intriguing diversity of physical theories and gives means to understand the world. Topics from quantum physics to the theories of gravity are incorporated into the track. Problems of fundamental quantum physics, quantum information, quantum field theory and theoretical cosmology are at the heart of the studies in Theoretical Physics.

Upon graduation, you will be able to use the diverse set of skills acquired as part of this track, including theoretical and numerical techniques to produce and analyse new physical projects.

Programme structure 

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 seminar, internship, and project work (10 ECTS) are also required, details of which depend on the specialisation.

Academic excellence and 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 Theoretical physics has the emphasis on 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.

Master's thesis and 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.

Specialisation tracks

The Master’s Degree Programme of 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).

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.

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 data sets.

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.

Job options

The prospects for employment at relatively senior levels is 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.

Our MSc graduates have been employed to wide range of professions, in addition to academic career, such that finance sector, medical imagining, quantum technology, game development, and data mining.

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.



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