Programme contents

In the Master’s programme, you will deepen the knowledge and skills acquired during your Bachelor’s degree studies. Depending on your choices, you will familiarise yourself with one or more branches of Chemistry and learn modern research methodology. The studies include lecture courses, examinations and contact teaching, laboratory courses, presentation series and seminars. Compared to the Bachelor’s degree, these studies require more independent work. The Master’s degree culminates in an extensive Master’s thesis that includes practical research.

The programme is multilingual, which means you can complete your degree entirely in English, but can also use Finnish or Swedish if you wish. The majority of lecture courses will be lectured in English.

After completing the Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, you will:

  • Be profoundly familiar with experimental research methods in one or more fields of chemistry, such as analytical and synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry, molecular research, and spectroscopy.
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical basis of your field and be able to apply this knowledge to broader topics.
  • Know how to search for and manage chemical research data and use them to plan and perform demanding duties in chemical laboratories.
  • Be able to act as a chemical expert in project planning and management, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Be able to present your results accurately in accordance with the practices of the field, both orally and in writing, and prepare extensive papers and reports.

In the Master’s programme, you must select at least one course package and courses from different special fields of chemistry according to your interests and career goals. You can either complete a broad-ranging degree by selecting studies from several packages or specialise in a specific branch of chemistry.

You will receive assistance in preparing your personal study plan from the programme.

The scope of a degree from the Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences is 120 credits and is intended to be completed in two academic years.

The 120 credits is divided into two parts: Advanced studies in Chemistry (85 cr) and Other elective studies (35 cr).

The Advanced studies in Chemistry include:

  • 50 cr of advanced chemistry studies including at least one 25 cr course package (see below)
  • KEM411 Chemicals and legislation, 5 cr
  • Master's thesis, 30 cr


You need to complete at least one of the following 25 cr course packages:


  • KEK225 Radiochemistry (5 cr), required unless a similar course is included in the Bachelor's degree
  • KEM311 Basic radiochemistry excercises (5 cr)
  • KEM312 Examination of radiation safety officer (0 cr)
  • KEM313 Nuclear spectrometry (5 cr)
  • KEM314 Advanced radiochemistry exercises (5 cr)
  • KEM316 Chemistry and analysis of radionuclides (5 cr) or KEM317 Radiopharmaceutical chemistry (5 cr)


  • KEM321 Structure and reactivity - Organic reactions (5 cr)
  • KEM322 Synthesis methods (5 cr)
  • KEM323 Design of synthesis (5 cr)
  • KEM324 Organometallic chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEM325 Synthetic chemistry labworks (5 cr)


  • KEM331 Separation techniques (LC & GC) (5 cr)
  • KEM332 Sampling and sample preparation (5 cr)
  • KEM333 Analytical chemistry laboratory work (5 cr)
  • KEM334 Mass spectrometry (5 cr)
  • KEM336 NMR Spectroscopy 1 (5 cr) or KEM357 Determination of metals (5 cr)


You can choose any physical chemistry courses according to personal study plan (below are some examples):

  • KEM341 Quantum chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEM342 Molecular modelling (5 cr)
  • KEM343 Spectroscopy (5 cr)
  • KEM344 Reaction kinetics (5 cr)
  • KEM345 Molecular properties (5 cr)
  • ATM307 Atmospheric and aerosol chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEM346 Experimental methods in molecular science 1 (5 cr)
  • KEM366 Experimental methods in molecular science 2 (5 cr)

In addition, you will complete a minimum of 25 cr other advanced studies in Chemistry, which may include another course package, courses selected from other course packages, or elective advanced chemistry courses, such as:

  • KEM335 Portable analytical instruments and sensors (5 cr)
  • KEM351 Environmental radioactivity (5 cr)
  • KEM352 Chemistry of the nuclear fuel cycle (5 cr)
  • KEM353 Radiation chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEM354 Radionuclide production and tracer techniques (5 cr)
  • KEM356 Capillary electromigration techniques (5 cr)
  • KEM358 Quality assurance in analytics (5 cr)
  • KEM359 Homogeneous catalysis (5 cr)
  • KEM361 NMR Spectroscopy 2 (5 cr)
  • KEM362 Advanced course in Inorganic Chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEM363 Structural methods in Inorganic Chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEM364 Green chemistry: renewable materials and sustainable energy (5 cr)
  • KEM365 Laser spectroscopy (5 cr)
  • KEM367 Mathematical and numerical methods in computational chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEM368 Density functional theory (5 cr)
  • KEM369 Molecular electronic structure (5 cr)
  • KEM371 Combustion chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEM373 Set book exam (5 cr)
  • ATM306 Basics of atmospheric chemistry (5 cr)
  • ATM320 Mass spectrometry in atmospheric sciences and enviromental analysis (5 cr)
  • GMB-107 Chemical biology (5 cr)
  • MATR342 Determination of crystal and molecular structures (5 cr)
  • MATR345 Basics of Polymer Chemistry (5 cr)
  • MATR347 Synthesis of Polymers; Polymer Materials (5 cr)
  • KEK222 Computational chemistry (5 cr)
  • KEK228 Bioinorganic chemistry (5 cr)

The remaining other elective studies (35 cr) may include:

A preliminary teaching programme for academic year 2019-2020 is available, but is subject to change.

Your final project is the Master’s thesis, the scope of which is 30 credits. It includes a literature review and an experimental or theoretical/computational research component. The scope of the research component can be extended by completing an additional research project (KEM412) which is 15 credits. You can complete the research as a member of a research group at the University, outside the University in a research institute or company, or during a student exchange. You must demonstrably complete part of the research yourself and write the entire thesis independently.

  • An international learning environment: The Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences accepts students through an international admissions procedure. Students of the international Master’s Programme in Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry, as well as several exchange students, further increase the international scope. In addition, the Department has several international teachers and researchers. Chemical research is an international effort, and research groups at the University of Helsinki have several international partners.
  • Student exchange: The University of Helsinki has student exchange agreements with several foreign universities, so you can complete part of your degree abroad. Once you have completed your Master’s degree, you can pursue doctoral studies at a foreign university. The Master’s degree in chemistry completed at the University of Helsinki has been certified with the Euromaster® quality label, which guarantees the recognition of the degree at European universities.
  • Language studies: The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of opportunities for improving your language skills.