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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Agriculture

    Materials Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    No tuition fee for EU/ETA nationals.

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  • Last Updated

    09 October 2019

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.

CAREERS IN BIOECONOMY

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.

WHY STUDY WOOD MATERIALS SCIENCE?

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.

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 EnglishFinland 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!


Visit the MSc Wood Materials Science page on the University of Eastern Finland website for more details!

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