Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems (MoMoNano)



The basic degree in MoMonano is the Master of Science (at UH: MSc, "filosofian maisteri" in Finnish). The students completing the MoMoNano programme will get a Master of Science –degree with thesis diploma. The scope of the degree is 120 ECTS credits (cr), and requires a suitable Bachelor’s level degree as a prerequisite. The curriculum consists of three semesters (30 ECTS each) of integrated mandatory and optional courses, and one semester for the Master thesis. In order to obtain a NOCCAP joint degree, the student needs to select an additional set of 30-60 ECTS points in optional courses offered by the participating Universities.

Outline of studies

The first semester is dedicated to provide all candidates with a common platform in computational molecular science. Students are offered a bridging course in basic scientific programming. It compensates for the differences in the physics and chemistry student’s educational background and ways of thinking, if need be.

The second and third semesters consist of more specialized courses in computational methods and their applications to chemistry, physics, nanoscience and biological systems.

The fourth semester is reserved for the Master thesis work.

The typical temporal scheme of the studies is presented below.

Student counselling and the personal study plan

At the beginning, the student is offered a vocational course on the practical aspects of being a (fioreign) student in Finland. The experience has shown that this course is very important.

Students are required to make a personal study plan (FM-HOPS) in English as part of their MSc degree, which is approved by the special tutor of the programme and the supervising professor. The personal study plan is to be approved by the end of the first period of the first year of study in the Programme. The study plan will be updated when needed as the studies progress.

Joint seminar series

A joint seminar between physics and chemistry (Kumpula Computational Chemistry and Physics Seminar - KCCP) is compulsory for students to attend. Students are required to be present during at least 3/4 of the meetings. The participants of the course have an opportunity to disseminate their results and to practice their presentation skills in a longer talk. The audience comprises people from different fields of chemistry and physics.

Minor research assignment and mini conference

The students will do a minor research assignment on a computational topic of their own choice. This research assignment can be linked to the student's Master's Thesis work, and the aim is that some of them can also lead to international peer-reviewed publications. The research that they do will be presented at a mini conference Current Research Trends in Computational Physics and Chemistry, as a part of the program requirement. At the mini conference there will also be invited overseas and local researchers who will give lectures based on their specific research areas.

Master's thesis (40 cr)

In order to obtain an M. Sc. Degree, the candidate must write a Master’s thesis. The thesis must be written in English. Its scope is 40 ECTS-compatible credits, including both research and written work. It demonstrates the student’s ability to think scientifically and use the necessary research methods to properly treat the topic of the thesis by applying the knowledge and skills acquired in the MoMoNano programme. The thesis is written during the second year of studies. The topics for the M. Sc theses will be given by the research groups active in the field, and will be linked to ongoing research projects. The topic of the thesis must be agreed upon with a professor of the Programme. While working on the Master's thesis, the student is expected to participate in the seminar series of the Programme and present the progress in the seminar.

Maturity test

The maturity test required for the Master's degree is taken as a separate exam when the Master's thesis has been submitted for evaluation. The student must write an essay on the topic related to the Master's work. A new test is required even if the student has given the test at the Bachelor level.

Registration for the courses and examinations

Students register for courses and separate examinations offered by the University of Helsinki according to the registration practices in the department organizing the course. Usually the registration takes place at the start of a lecture series.


All courses are graded either on the six-step scale 0–5 or the two-step scale fail/pass. On the former scale the lowest passing grade is 1/5, for which the student usually needs to get about 45 % of the maximum points. To get the highest grade 5/5, the student usually needs about 85 % of the maximum points. These limits are, however, indicative only.

Teaching language

The teaching language in the Programme is English.