• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
2-year Master's programme provides thorough knowledge and skills in the areas of laboratory and technological measurements, testing and chemical analysis methods, quality systems, metrology and related economic and legal aspects.


Applied Measurement Science is a 120 ECTS international Master’s programme. The programme provides thorough knowledge and skills in the areas of laboratory and technological measurements, testing and chemical analysis methods, quality systems, metrology and related economic and legal aspects. Studies are carried out in the brand-new “Chemicum” building, one of the top research and education facilities in Northern Europe.

Measurements must be considered in the broadest sense and have many applications:

  • toxic metals in drinking water;
  • cholesterol level in blood;
  • strength of construction materials;
  • protein content in wheat;
  • octane number of gasoline
  • and many more...

Importance of measurements is enormous for economy, society, medical sciences and much more:

  • 40% of the EU directives involve measurements
  • Critical economical, social, medical decisions are based on results of measurements
  • Estimated direct annual spending on measurements alone is 80 billion EUR or 1% of the GDP in Europe

Wrong measurements can have major consequences: direct (loss of profit, death of patient, failure of equipment, etc.) and indirect (incorrect environment protection measures, inefficient business plans, etc).

How will this degree develop your potential:

  • Thorough knowledge and skills in laboratory and technological measurements, methods of testing and analysis, quality systems
  • High competence demanded for work in quality assurance laboratories in various industries, inspection, certification and accreditation agencies
  • Practical experience gained during the study period through an internship placement with companies

Why choose the University of Tartu for your Master’s:

  • University of Tartu Testing Centre accredited according to ISO 17025
  • Leading European Research Centre of Metrology in Chemistry
  • UT Participates in the work of EURAMET-MetChem, EMRP, TrainMiC, CITAC and other International Metrology organisations and initiatives

Learning outcomes:

  • Graduate has systematic knowledge of the physical, chemical and metrological basis of the more widespread measurement and analysis methods, factors affecting the results, methods of calculating of measurement results and assessment of their quality and documenting measurement results. The graduate has systematic knowledge of quality systems.
  • The graduate has skills necessary to work with the more widespread measurement and analysis methods, to tune them according to a given measurement or analysis procedure and to optimise measurement procedures. The graduate is qualified to determine the characteristics of measurement and analysis procedures and to assess their suitability for a specific measurement or analysis task. The graduate is capable to assess the adequacy of the measurement or analysis results obtained.
  • Programme Structure

    Programme structure:

    • Compulsory module 45 ECTS
    • Elective courses 30 ECTS
    • Optional subjects 6 ECTS
    • Practical placement 9 ECTS
    • Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

    Total: 120 ECTS

    Compulsory courses:

    • Modern Metrology
    • Metrology in Chemistry
    • Measuring and Instrumentation
    • Measurement Data Processing
    • Practical Chemical Analysis
    • Quality Management
    • Measurement Uncertainty in Chemistry
    • Practical Works on Physical Measurement and Calibration
    • Practical Works in Chemical Analysis and Metrology
    • Master Seminar in Measurement Science

    Elective courses:

    • Materials characterization and testing methods in chemistry
    • Structural Analysis I
    • Measurements in Biochemistry
    • Measurements and the Law
    • Economic Aspects of Measurements
    • Environment and Measurement
    • Electrochemical Methods for Quantitative Analysis
    • Signal Processing
    • Chemometrics
    • Quality Systems
    • Atomic Spectroscopy
    • Project and Quality Management
    • Nanometrology


    During the programme students will be placed in companies and laboratories like Metrosert AS, Estiko AS, Mayeri Industries AS, Laboratories of the Estonian Health Protection Inspectorate, Estonian Veterinary and Food Laboratories, State Agency of Medicines, Estonian Accreditation Centre. Internships last 4-6 weeks and are intended for participants to gain practical experience.


    • Graduates with Bachelor’ s degrees in physics, chemistry, materials science, natural sciences, engineering, technology or medicine
    • Practitioners in analysis and measurement laboratories who are facing the fast development of analytical methods and new regulations (Quality systems, ISO 17025 accreditation, etc.)
    • Personnel of laboratories, accreditation, certification and inspection agencies
    • Quality managers in various industries


    Programme director is Professor Ivo Leito, University of Tartu.

    Detailed Programme Facts

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    General Requirements

    Basic admission requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in the field of exact or natural sciences, technology, engineering or medicine;
    • Applicants must have completed 18 ECTS in physics or chemistry in prior learning periods (minimum eligibility requirement for application is 60% of the maximum grade available).

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      5000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      5000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Tartu

    • 300 - 600 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    Most admitted students will receive a tuition-waiver.

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