Study tracks and courses
The Master's Programme in Materials Research (MATRES) has six study tracks representing different branches of materials research.

The final syllabus will be published in Sisu and is also available in course search. Please note, that some courses will not be lectured during every academic year.

Ex­per­i­mental materials phys­ics

In Experimental materials physics study track you will study the properties and processing of a wide variety of materials using experimental methods of physics to characterise and process them. In this track the materials range from the thin films used in electronics components, future fusion reactor materials, and energy materials to biological and medical materials. The methods are based on different radiation species, mostly X-rays and ion beams.

Ad­vanced Stud­ies (100-120 cr)

Compulsory courses (45 cr)

MATR301 Introductory course to Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR302 Materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR364 Seminar in Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
MATR399 Maturity test (0 cr)
Personal study plan (included in the Introductory course to Materials Research)

Optional course packages of advanced courses in Experimental materials physics study track (55-75 cr)

Materials physics course package I
MATR303 Solid state physics (10 cr)
MATR367 Fasta tillståndets fysik (10 cr) (lectured only in Swedish; choose either this or the English version MATR303)
MATR305 Nanophysics and nanochemistry (5 cr)

Materials physics course package II
MATR306 Materials physics (5 cr)
MATR304 Materialfysik (5 cr) (lectured only in Swedish; choose either this or the English version MATR306)
PAP340 Physics of semiconductor devices (5 cr)

Surface science course package
MATR308 Surface physics  (5 cr)
MATR341 Surface chemistry (5 cr)

Laboratory exercises for materials research course package
MATR309 Radiation protection (5 cr)
MATR310 Laboratory exercises (10 cr)

Synchrotron based techniques course package
MATR311 Synchrotron light in materials science (5 cr)

Ion beam based techniques course package
MATR314 Ion beam scattering techniques for materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR313 Elemental analysis by ion beams (5 cr)

Experimental techniques course package
MATR342 Determination of crystal and molecular structures (5 cr)
MATR343 Microscope techniques in materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR344 Vacuum technology (5 cr)

Radiation protection expert course package
MATR309 Radiation protection (5 cr)
MATR315 Radiation Dosimetry (5 cr)
MATR316 Nuclear physics (5 cr)
PAP338 Gaseous radiation detectors and scintillators (5 cr) 
MATR319 Medical physics (5 cr)
MATR365 Radiation damage in materials (5 cr)

Solid state continuum mechanics course package
MATR307 Solid state continuum mechanics I (5 cr)
MATR318 Solid state continuum mechanics II (5 cr)

Personalized course package (0-25 cr)
Courses from other study lines and/or other programmes as agreed in HOPS (personal study plan).

Other stud­ies (0-20 cr)

Other studies can include study modules or individual courses from other programmes as agreed in personal study plan. Also practical training and language studies can be included.

Com­pu­ta­tional materials phys­ics

In Computational materials physics study track you will use computer simulations to model the structures, properties and processes of materials, both inorganic materials such as metals and semiconductors, and biological materials such as cell membranes and proteins. You will also study various nanostructures. The methods are mostly atomistic ones where information is obtained with atomic level precision. Supercomputers are often needed for the calculations. Modelling research is closely connected with the experimental work related to the other study lines.

Ad­vanced stud­ies (100-120 cr)

Compulsory courses (45 cr)

MATR301 Introductory course to Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR302 Materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR364 Seminar in Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
MATR399 Maturity test (0 cr)
Personal study plan (included in the Introductory course to Materials Research)

Optional course packages of advanced courses in Computational materials physics study track (55-75 cr)

Programming and numerical methods course package
FYS2085 Scientific computing II (5 cr) (if not included in BSc degree)
MATR322 Numerical Methods in Scientific Computing (10 cr)

Simulation methods course package
MATR323 Basics of Monte Carlo simulations (5 cr)
MATR324 Monte Carlo simulations in physics (5 cr)
MATR325 Molecular dynamics simulations (10 cr)

Specialized courses in computational methods course package
MATR326 Tools for high performance computing (5 cr)
MATR327 Computational nanoscience (10 cr)
PAP334 Statistical Methods (5 cr)

Materials physics course package I
MATR303 Solid state physics (10 cr)
MATR367 Fasta tillståndets fysik (10 cr) (lectured only in Swedish; choose this or the English version MATR303)
MATR305 Nanophysics and nanochemistry (5 cr)

Materials physics course package II
MATR306 Materials physics (5 cr)
MATR304 Materialfysik (5 cr) (lectured only in Swedish; choose this or the English version MATR306)
PAP340 Physics of semiconductor devices (5 cr)

Surface science course package
MATR308 Surface physics  (5 cr)
MATR341 Surface chemistry (5 cr)

Biophysics course package
MATR331 Introduction to biological physics (5 cr)
MATR332 Physics of Biological Systems (5 cr)
MATR333 Modeling of biological systems (5 cr)

Personalized course package (0-25 cr)
Courses from other study lines and/or other programmes as agreed in HOPS (personal study plan).

Other stud­ies (0-20 cr)

Other studies can include study modules or individual courses from other programmes as agreed in personal study plan. Also practical training and language studies can be included.

Med­ical phys­ics ja bio­phys­ics

Medical physics is a branch of applied physics encompassing the concepts, principles and methodology of the physical sciences to medicine in clinics. Primarily, medical physics seeks to develop safe and efficient diagnosis and treatment methods for human diseases with the highest quality assurance protocols. In Finland most medical physicists are licensed hospital physicists (PhD or Phil.Lic).

Ad­vanced courses (100-120 cr)

Compulsory courses (45 cr)

MATR301 Introductory course to Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR302 Materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR364 Seminar in Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
MATR399 Maturity test (0 cr)
Personal study plan (included in the Introductory course to Materials Research)

Optional course packages of advanced courses in Medical Physics (55-75 cr)

Medical physics course package I
MATR319 Medical physics (5 cr)
MATR315 Radiation Dosimetry (5 cr)
MATR310 Laboratory exercises (10 cr)
MATR309 Radiation protection (5 cr)

Radiation detectors course package
PAP338 Gaseous radiation detectors and scintillators (5 cr)
PAP339 Semiconductor radiation detectors (5 cr)

Computational methods course package
MATR322 Numerical Methods in Scientific Computing (10 cr)
MATR323 Basics of Monte Carlo simulations (5 cr)
MATR324 Monte Carlo simulations in physics (5 cr)

Biophysics course package
MATR331 Introduction to biological physics (5 cr)
MATR332 Physics of Biological Systems (5 cr)
MATR333 Modeling of biological systems (5 cr)

Personalized course package (0-25 cr)
Courses from other study lines and/or other programmes as agreed in HOPS (personal study plan).

Other stud­ies (0-20 cr)

Other studies can include study modules or individual courses from other programmes as agreed in personal study plan. Also practical training and language studies can be included.

Poly­mer materials chemistry

In Polymer materials chemistry study track you will study polymer synthesis and characterisation methods. One of the central questions in polymer chemistry is how the properties of large molecules depend on the chemical structure and on the size and shape of the polymer. The number of applications of synthetic polymers is constantly increasing, due to the development of polymerisation processes as well as to better comprehension of the physical properties of polymers.

Ad­vanced Stud­ies (100-120 cr)

Compulsory courses (45 cr)

MATR301 Introductory course to Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR302 Materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR364 Seminar in Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
MATR399 Maturity test (0 cr)
Personal study plan (included in the Introductory course to Materials Research)

Compulsory advanced courses in Polymer Materials Chemistry (35 cr)

MATR345 Basics of Polymer Chemistry (5 cr) 
MATR346 Polymer Physics (5 cr)
MATR347 Synthesis of Polymers; Polymer Materials  (5cr)
MATR348 Laboratory Practicum (5 cr)
MATR334 Research Project in Polymer Materials Chemistry (15 cr)

Optional courses in Polymer Materials Chemistry (20-40 cr)

MATR351 Rheology (5 cr) 
MATR352 Light Scattering (5cr)
MATR353 NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers (5cr)
MATR354 Aqueous Polymers: Solutions and Dispersions (5 cr)
MATR355 Functional Polymers (5cr)
MATR356 Polymers in Medicine (5cr)
MATR357 Polyelectrolytes as Functional Materials (5cr)
MATR370 Amphiphilic Polymers (5 cr)
MATR371 Wood Chemistry (5 cr)

Personalized course package (0-25 cr)
Courses from other study lines and/or other programmes as agreed in HOPS (personal study plan).

Other stud­ies (0-20 cr)

Other studies can include study modules or individual courses from other programmes as agreed in personal study plan. Also practical training and language studies can be included.

In­or­ganic materials chemistry

Thin films form the most important research topic in inorganic materials chemistry. Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is the most widely studied deposition method. The ALD research covers virtually all areas related to ALD: precursor synthesis and characterisation, film growth and characterisation, reaction mechanism studies, and the first steps of taking the processes toward applications. The emphasis has been on thin film materials needed in future generation integrated circuits, but applications of ALD in energy technologies, optics, surface engineering and biomaterials are also being studied. Other thin film deposition techniques studied include electrodeposition, SILAR (successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction) and sol-gel. Nanostructured materials are prepared either directly (fibres by electrospinning and porous materials by anodisation) or by combining these or other templates with thin film deposition techniques.

Ad­vanced Stud­ies (100-120 cr)

Compulsory courses (50 cr)

MATR301 Introductory course to Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR302 Materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR358 Inorganic materials chemistry (5 cr)
MATR364 Seminar in Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
MATR399 Maturity test (0 cr)
Personal study plan (included in the Introductory course to Materials Research)

Compulsory advanced courses in Inorganic Materials Chemistry (40-60 cr)

MATR363 Research project in Inorganic Materials Chemistry (15 cr)
MATR344 Vacuum technology (5 cr)
MATR359 Solid state chemistry (5 cr)
MATR361 Thin films (10 cr)
MATR343 Microscope techniques in materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR362 Workshop on X-ray diffraction and thermoanalytical methods (5 cr)
MATR342 Determination of crystal and molecular structures (5 cr)
MATR308 Surface physics  (5 cr)
MATR341 Surface chemistry (5 cr)
MATR372 Nanocatalysis (5 cr)
MATR373 Atomic layer deposition and etching (5 cr)

Optional courses in Inorganic Materials Chemistry (10-30 cr)

Materials physics course package I
MATR305 Nanophysics and nanochemistry (5 cr)
MATR303 Solid state physics (10 cr)
MATR367 Fasta tillståndets fysik (10 cr) (lectured only in Swedish; choose this or the English version MATR303)

Materials physics course package II
MATR306 Materials physics (5 cr)
MATR304 Materialfysik (5 cr) (lectured only in Swedish; choose this or the English version MATR306)
PAP340 Physics of semiconductor devices (5 cr)

Ion beam based techniques course package
MATR314 Ion beam scattering techniques for materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR313 Elemental analysis by ion beams (5 cr)

Synchrotron based techniques course package
MATR311 Synchrotron light in materials science (5 cr)

Personalized  course package (0-25 cr)
Courses from other study lines and/or other programmes – especially from the UH Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and from Aalto university, as agreed in HOPS (personal study plan).

Other stud­ies (0-20 cr)

Other studies can include study modules or individual courses from other programmes as agreed in personal study plan. Also practical training and language studies can be included.

Elec­tron­ics and in­dus­trial ap­plic­a­tions

Sound and light are used both to sense and to actuate across a broad spectrum of disciplines employing samples ranging from red hot steel to smooth muscle fibres. Particular interest is in exploiting the link between the structure and mechanics of the samples. The main emphasis is on developing quantitative methods suitable for the needs of industry. To support these goals, research concentrates on several applied physics disciplines, the main areas being ultrasonics, photoacoustics, fibre optics and confocal microscopy.

Ad­vanced Stud­ies (100-120 cr)

Compulsory courses (45 cr)

MATR301 Introductory course to Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR302 Materials characterization (5 cr)
MATR364 Seminar in Materials Research (5 cr)
MATR350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
MATR399 Maturity test (0 cr)
Personal study plan (included in the Introductory course to Materials Research)

Optional course packages of advanced courses in Electronics and Industrial Physics (55-75 cr)

Electronics course package
MATR335 Electronics II (10 cr)
MATR336 Analogue electronics (5 cr)

Ultrasonics course package
MATR338 Ultrasonics (10 cr)
MATR320 Nanoacoustics I (5 cr)
MATR321 Nanoacoustics II (5 cr)

Optics and photonics course package
MATR329 Optics (10 cr)
MATR339 Photonics (10 cr)
MATR340 Label-free Bioimaging (5 cr)

Numerical material testing course package
MATR322 Scientific computing III (10 cr)
MATR333 Modeling of biological systems (5 cr)

Solid state continuum mechanics module
MATR307 Solid state continuum mechanics I (5 cr)
MATR318 Solid state continuum mechanics II (5 cr)

Personalized course package (0-25 cr)
Courses from other study lines and/or other programmes as agreed in HOPS (personal study plan).

Other studies (0-20 cr)

Other studies can include study modules or individual courses from other programmes as agreed in personal study plan. Also practical training and language studies can be included.