Study right to be awar­ded

If you are admitted, you will be granted the right to pursue the degree of Master of Science in the Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences.

In the multilingual Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, you can choose the language of your degree to be Finnish, Swedish or English. This means that even though most of the teaching will be offered in English, you can answer examination questions and write course assignments and your Master's thesis in the language that you select as the language of the degree. Please note that you can apply to this Master’s programme through only one language option and that the selected option defines the language of your degree (English, Finnish or Swedish). You must select the language of your degree when submitting your application. The Master’s programme admits no more than 20 students regardless of their selected language of degree.

Minimum criteria for admission

You may be admitted if

  • You meet the specified eligibility requirements  
  • You demonstrate your eligibility within the specified deadline
  • You submit the application and the required attachments within the specified deadline.

Further information on eligibility requirements can be found in the section entitled “Eligibility”. Further information on submitting the required attachments can be found in the section entitled “Required attachments”.

Admission procedure

If you do not meet the minimum criteria for admission listed above, you cannot be admitted. The below-described admission criteria apply to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for admission.

The admission procedure for the Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences will consider applicants with the following qualifications: a first-cycle degree in chemistry or chemical technology or a degree in an applicable field with at least 60 credits in chemistry as well as the basics of mathematics and physics. You can apply to this programme even if you are not yet graduated. However, you must have completed the mentioned programme-specific studies by the deadline given in the section “Eligibility” (precondition 2.) even if your whole degree is not yet completed.

Your success in the selection process will be influenced by the evaluation of your academic performance; the focus will be on the amount, quality and grades of completed studies that are applicable to the programme, your motivation letter, and the study plan contained in it.

In the admission procedure, your application will be scored in the following three categories:the applicability of your previous studies, your academic performance in the studies serving as the grounds for your application, and your motivation letter. For detailed information on the scoring used by the Faculty of Science in its Master’s admission process, see here.

When evaluating the applicability and quality of completed studies, the focus will be on the knowledge of the basics of chemistry and laboratory methodology. The evaluation of the applicability of completed studies will compare the analysis of previous studies in the key sub-areas of chemistry provided by the applicant on the application form with the criteria of the Chemistry Eurobachelor Label.

The motivation letter and analysis of previous studies form part of the admission criteria and when writing them you must answer the provided questions. They are part of the application form.

If several applicants have completed studies applicable to the programme, but not all can be accommodated in the programme’s quota, the applicants will be compared against each other, and the most qualified will be admitted. The programmes need not fill their student quotas to the maximum. The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies.

If in this round of admissions you are applying for more than one Master’s programme at the Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, you must rank them in order of preference on your application form. If you could be admitted to more than one programme, you can only be admitted to the one you have ranked the highest.

Read more about what will happen after the application period.

Admission results

Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 13 April 2018 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programmes in the spring 2018.


Statistics on applicants can be found on the university’s web page.

You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:

  1. You have completed or will complete by 31 July 2018 a first-cycle degree (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) or a second-cycle degree (e.g. Master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad. For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”.
  2. You have completed the studies required for the Master’s programme by 12 January 2018. For further instructions, see the sections “Student admission to the study programme” and “Required attachments”.
  3. You demonstrate that you are proficient in English, Finnish or Swedish in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision HY/219/ For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”.

If you are, or have been, a degree student at the University of Helsinki, please check any special provisions that may apply to you.

If you have a refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, and you do not have the official documents to prove your eligibility to apply for higher education, you can still apply to University of Helsinki.

Required attachments

The application must be accompanied by the following documents and the documents must be submitted as instructed below:

  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card
  • Motivation letter and study plan (to be filled in on the application form)
  • A diploma supplement (if available)

1) For further information and instructions on how to submit the required attachments, please see the university’s instructions on submitting application documents.

2) In certain countries, the holders of academic degrees must observe country-specific regulations on the submission of documents. Please see the university’s instructions on country-specific requirements.

3) You must choose the language of your degree (English, Finnish or Swedish) on the application form and demonstrate your language proficiency accordingly. For further information on the demonstration of language proficiency, please see the university’s instructions on demonstration of language proficiency.

4) If the degree on the basis of which you are applying to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate / diploma with the application documents. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree certificate / diploma. N.B.! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2018 at the latest.

Due date 12.1.2018, 15:00
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