Career Prospects

A Master’s degree in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences qualifies you for expert positions in a wide range of fields, such as industry, research or education. The chemicals industry is a major employer and one of the largest export industries in Finland. Your work could also involve applications of environmental or biological sciences, the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, or the development of technological materials or new energy solutions. In the private sector, your duties might include research and development, quality management, training or commerce. Customs and forensic chemists, and chemists working in environmental control, analyse samples as part of their duties. Chemical research often requires interdisciplinary and international cooperation. As a chemist, you can be a part of developing new inventions and serve as an expert in your field and as a connoisseur of natural phenomena!

Chemistry is needed in many sectors. Similarly, Master’s studies in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences allow you to specialise in many kinds of tasks. In your Master’s degree studies, you will familiarise yourself thoroughly with at least one branch of Chemistry, after which you will be qualified to work in demanding expert positions. As a Master’s graduate, you can apply for postgraduate study in a doctoral programme. Approximately one quarter of chemistry graduates continue to complete a doctorate.

As a chemical expert you can embark on a career in industry, research or education, or in the business sector. Your work might also involve applications of environmental or biological sciences, the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, or the development of technological materials or new energy solutions. Potential employers include private companies, research and educational institutes, public agencies and supervisory authorities. A traineeship completed during your studies could help you to choose your career. Chemistry is an international field, so there are also plenty of career opportunities abroad and in international organisations.

As a student at the University of Helsinki, you have extensive opportunities to study in different faculties. You can also complete studies at other Finnish universities under the Flexible Study Rights Agreement (JOO).

Research in the natural sciences is broad and multidisciplinary in nature. Researchers at the Department of Chemistry have joint projects with several University of Helsinki units as well as research institutes and companies outside the University. These connections allow you to network with various parties in the field of chemistry and related disciplines.

In addition, the Department of Chemistry has close connections with several organisations in the field of chemistry, through which you can acquaint yourself with professional chemists and the job market. Key partners include, for example, the Finnish Chemical Society, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, various trade organisations and the Finnish Association for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Informatics.

A successfully completed Master’s degree qualifies you to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e., a doctoral degree. You can complete a doctoral degree in one of the doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki. You can also apply to pursue postgraduate studies at other universities in Finland or abroad. Approximately one quarter of Master of Science graduates in chemistry continue to complete a doctorate.

Potential doctoral programmes include the Doctoral Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, the Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences, and the Doctoral Programme in Materials Research and Nanosciences.