Faculty of Science

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The right to pursue a higher degree

A graduate applicant is a person who already has the first degree, normally a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from an institution of higher education. As a rule, the Bachelor’s degree is the lower academic degree and it takes three to four years of full-time studies to complete.

Following receipt of a reasoned application, the admissions board may grant the right to pursue the Master of Science degree without an entrance examination to an applicant who has completed an applicable Bachelor's degree with good grades. In such cases, the applicant must meet the Finnish, Swedish or English language requirements (PDF), and the content and scope of the completed degree must be correspond sufficiently to the Bachelor of Science degree in the same discipline at the Faculty of Science. Admission will be based on the number, quality and grades of the completed studies as well as on the letter of motivation.

If the content of a successful applicant's Bachelor's degree does not correspond sufficiently to the Faculty requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in the relevant major subject, the applicant may have to complete up to 60 credits of supplementary major subject, minor subject and language studies before beginning to pursue advanced studies for the Master's degree.

If the applicant has completed or intends to complete a Master's degree in science, engineering or pharmacy by the date of acceptance of the offered place, the right to complete the Master of Science degree can be granted only for particularly compelling reasons and only if the content of the prospective degree differs sufficiently from the applicant's previous degree.

The applicant must enclose with his or her application a copy of the diploma, an official transcript of completed studies and a motivation letter describing the applicant's personal goals and reasons for applying. The degree or qualification indicated as the grounds for application must be completed by the date of acceptance of the offered place.

The deadline for admissions is January 31, 2014 at 16:00 (GMT +2). More information on the application process How to apply

At the graduate level The Faculty of Science offers International Master's Degree Programmes and degree programmes (leading to Master´s Degree) in the following disciplines:

  • Physical sciences
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer science
    • Algorithms and machine learning
    • Networking and Services