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Master's Degree Programme in Material Science

We carry out fundamental research of material properties as well as that of interfaces, surfaces, and nanostructures from both physical and chemical point of view. Applied research focusses on functionalized organic electronics, luminescent materials and porous carriers as well as nanotechnology, superconductivity, and magnetism.

The Master's Degree Programme in Material Science offers the students a study program were chemistry and physics is integrated, and where teaching will cross the traditional borders that usually separate chemistry and physics. A student who has been accepted can choose either the chemistry or the physics track as major, depending on previous qualifications. For each track the study program consists of seven parts with the same minimum/maximum number of ECTs: obligatory basic courses of the major and the minor track, advanced courses, general studies including Finnish-language studies for non-native Finnish speakers, seminars, mini-projects or special assignments, and the Master of Science thesis. We have kept the number of obligatory courses to an absolute minimum to allow the students a high flexibility in their preferred specialisation.

The Master's Degree Programme in Material Science aims to educate able young scientists to apply the principles of materials science in carrying out engineering or cross-scientific research projects using advanced technologies. Besides that the foreign students will also get an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with Finnish culture and society, while native Finnish students can learn from their foreign counter parts. The students will graduate from the program with main subject either Physics or Chemistry. A successful student will have good chances to find interesting jobs at research institutes or in industry.

Structure of Studies

Obligatory basic courses

A minimum number of 15 ECTs have to be taken in the MAJOR and 8 ECTs in the MINOR subject. MAJOR in physics means MINOR in chemistry and vice versa. We recommend certain basic courses for this purpose.

 
Advanced courses
The program offers a wide variety of subjects from both tracks. We have structured the list of courses into three parts: 'Material', 'Surfaces and Interfaces', and 'Methods and Technologies' to mirror the MatSurf research. The student has to take at least 30 ECTs in advanced courses.
 
General studies
Up to 9 ECTs can be taken outside physics and chemistry, for example in biology, mathematics, geology, history, economy, social sciences, or languages. Non-native Finnish speakers have to take at least 5 ECTs in Finnish language studies.
 
Seminars
To strengthen the cooperation between material physics and material chemistry the students have to actively take part in seminars that are organised either by the participating physics or chemical laboratories or by both simultaneously. These seminars also serve to teach and improve presentation skills as well as scientific discussion. During such seminars the students present their own results achieved during their mini-projects or their MSc thesis work or listen to talks given by invited experts. Students can also earn ECTs for oral or poster presentations at national and international conferences. One such meeting is our annual MatSurf seminar, organised by the Turku Centre for Materials and Surfaces. The student has to take 8 ECTs on seminars and other similar tasks.
 
Mini-projects and Special Assignments
We emphasize active participation of the students in actual research work in the participating laboratories. We offer 'mini-projects' or 'special assignments' right from the beginning where the student joins a research team to work on a well-defined and time-limited theoretical or experimental problem. The student has to write a short comprehensive report about the results which will be evaluated. This work can, but not necessarily must, lead to the subject of the MSc thesis. The student takes 15 ECTs on such a project.


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