Materials Research, M.Sc. | University of Helsinki | Helsinki, Finland
24 months
15000 EUR/year
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The Materials Research programme offered by the University of Helsinki is based on physics, chemistry, biology and medical sciences, mathematics and computer science, all taught in a cohesive, and self-contained way. You will study for example biomaterials, nanomaterials, smart materials, polymers, composites, electronics, energy generation and storage as well as green and sustainable materials. 

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This programme has the following six study lines representing different branches of materials research: 

  • experimental materials physics 
  • computational materials physics 
  • medical physics 
  • polymer materials chemistry 
  • inorganic materials chemistry  
  • electronics and industrial applications

Upon graduating from the Materials Research programme taught at University of Helsinki you will :

  • have a solid understanding of the essential concepts, theories, and experimental methods of materials research.
  • know the different types of materials and will be able to apply and adapt theories and experimental methods to new problems in the field and assess critically other scientists’ work.
  • be able to communicate information in your field to both colleagues and laymen.

Depending on the study line you choose you will gain in-depth understanding of:

  • The synthesis, processing, structure and properties of inorganic materials
  • Modelling methods in materials research
  • The structure and dynamics of biomolecular systems
  • The synthesis, structure and properties of polymers
  • Applications of materials research in industrial applications
  • The use of methods of physics in medicine


Experts in materials research are needed not only in research institutes and universities but also in high-tech industries as well as in hospitals. Employers of our graduates include industries like:

  • the technology industry (electronics and electrotechnical industry, information technology, mechanical engineering, metal industry, consulting)
  • the chemical industry
  • the forest industry
  • the energy industry
  • medical technology
  • pharmaceuticals

Many of our MSc graduates have also continued their studies in doctoral programmes in Finland and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Scientific computing
  • Radiochemistry 
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Nanophysics and Nanochemistry
  • Nanocatalysis
  • Atomic layer deposition and etching
  • Aurface Physics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, Finnish, Swedish
IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 August a first-cycle degree or a second-cycle degree (degrees from universities of applied sciences included) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 15 January. Below are further details concerning applicable studies.
  • You have sufficient proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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