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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 chemical projects.

The track of Materials Chemistry 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 Physics, and Theoretical Physics.

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 Materials chemistry consists of fundamental research of material properties as well as that of interfaces, surfaces, and nanostructures from chemical point of view. Applied research focusses on functionalised organic electronics, luminescent materials and porous carriers as well as nanotechnology, detection technology, energy storage and conversion.

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.

Your research project could be of a topic like

  • Selective conversion of carbon dioxide to high value chemicals
  • Developing new deposition ways of perovskite structures
  • Characterization of new ionic liquids

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 specialisation track in Materials Chemistry provides especially good opportunities for working in research and development positions in industrial technology.

Graduates from the Materials Chemistry program possess knowledge about new materials and their modification and characterisation as well as of how to apply them. Graduates are also highly capable to operate advanced instrumentation for materials characterisation.

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.

As a materials chemist you can either go on for further studies for a carrier in academics or be hired by the industry in a wide range of specialisation, from Biofuel production, metal industry, nanotechnology, energy conversion, displays, drug detection and delivery, etc.

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.


Visit the Physical and Chemical Sciences: Materials Chemistry page on the University of Turku website for more details!

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