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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/EEA nationals

  • Last Updated

    30 October 2018

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.

MSc Wood Materials Science curriculum

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 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.

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.

The duration of studies is two years

Curriculum of the programme consists of 120 ECTS credits and the duration of the studies is two academic years. As a student, you can rely on solid support from the Wood Materials Science coordinator with regard to practical arrangements. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with a Master of Science degree.

The two-year education is constructed of compulsory and elective studies. The complete course descriptions and the degree structure can be found in the University of Eastern Finland study database WebOodi. You can browse the programme content by choosing Instruction and Courses > Course catalogues > School of Forest Sciences > Master's Degree Programme in Wood Materials Science.

Studying at the UEF and living in Finland

University of Eastern Finland is a home for over 15,000 students. At the School of Forest Sciences, students come from over 60 countries and 50 per cent of our MSc graduates are from outside of Finland from e.g. China, Brazil, Canada, Russia and many European countries.

All our students can rely on solid support from the Wood Materials Science secretariat with regard to practical arrangements. To help new students to adjust to Joensuu, we also provide you with tutor-students who introduce you to your new colleagues and fellow students. Additionally, the International Student Services of our university have prepared a thorough site about practical matters related to admissions, arrival, accommodation, health care and many other issues.

Practical Guide for International Students

Wood Materials Science financial support

1. Wood Materials Science scholarships

The University of Eastern Finland sees the Wood Materials Science as a field of the future, which is worth investing in. In order to attract talented new students to the programme, we offer a scholarship scheme through which grants are given to outstanding students on a competitive basis. In 2019, we will award eight scholarships of 16,000 EUR and eight scholarships of 12,800 EUR to the top non-EU/EEA students to cover the tuition fee fully or partially.

The scholarship can be applied together with the study place. See application instructions for further details on the scholarship scheme.

2. Student Health Service

The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) is a unique in global scale but available to all our MSc students. FSHS is conveniently located in the middle of our campus and provides you a free access to services such as:

  • Public Health nurse
  • Health examination (by invitation)
  • General Practitioner
  • Laboratory examinations with a referral from an FSHS doctor
  • X-ray examinations with a referral from an FSHS doctor/dentist
  • Appointment at mental health
  • Dentist
  • Oral hygienist
  • Consultation and treatment by a physiotherapist
  • Group visit
  • Speech therapy
  • Vaccinations
  • Certificates and statements

3. Meal support

As a UEF student you will benefit from a meal support. Our Amica campus restaurantsoffer MSc students a warm meal with a salad buffet for only 1,92 EUR.

4. University sports services SYKETTÄ

Do you crave for an active lifestyle? University sports services SYKETTÄ provides you with ample opportunities to exercise in a group or alone. Sports from basketball to ice hockey and pilates to cross training are available just a minute from your lecture room.

5. Student discounts

As a MSc student you will receive discounts in a number of places. For example, discounts at long distance transportation (buses and trains), discounts at a number of shops and restaurants in Joensuu, etc.

6. Student activities of ESN Joensuu

Trips, excursions, cultural events, parties - all that you need to get integrated into the Finnish society and life style! International Student Network Joensuu is there for you!


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

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