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Do you want a career that makes a difference?

Master of Science in Wood Materials Science is a course-based MSc programme that trains experts who make a difference towards a sustainable future. This programme creates a link between wood and the final products such as bio-based materials, chemicals and energy derived from renewable biological resources. MSc Wood Materials Science is a programme aims at training professionals who understand the entire chain from wood biomass production to product development and innovation management. It focuses on developing new products by combining wood with other materials and by creating novel materials and products from wood fibres. Our contemporary research is the basis for our teaching, which is developed in collaboration with the forest based industries.

Careers in bioeconomy

Wood materials science is one of the branches in forest bioeconomy. In the coming years, the use of wood fibres is expected to increase especially in clothing and pharmaceutical industries and hand in hand grows the need for qualified professionals. Our graduates are amongst the most sought after experts in the field by national and international employers alike. As a graduate of MSc Wood Materials Science you will find job opportunities in, for example as technology specialists, researchers, and project managers in the development organisations and R&D departments of bio-based mechanical and chemical industry or energy cluster.

MSc Wood Materials Science curriculum

MSc in Wood Materials Science provides you with state-of-the-art knowledge on wood based materials. As our student, you will learn to master the material properties of wood and wood products in relation to their chemical and physical composition and ultrastructure, and to understand how to select, modify and convert materials for various applications.

MSc Wood Materials Science is a two-year programme (120 ECTS) and upon graduation you will receive a globally recognised Master of Science degree certificate. MSc Wood Materials Science is a taught programme and during your studies you will benefit from lectures, exercises and excursions run by our professors and senior lecturers. You will be studying in a multicultural environment and learn intercultural collaboration skills that are highly appreciated by your future employers.

MSc Wood Materials Science Curriculum 2018-2020

Admission requirements

We welcome people talented and enthusiastic people, both domestic and international, from all around the world to apply. The minimum eligibility criteria are Bachelor of Science, or equivalent, degree in e.g. forestry, chemistry, material science, biology, physics, engineering or related field.

For our on-line application form and further instructions on applying, please see admissions page.

Scholarships and tuition fees

Tuition fee for EU/EEA nationals: 0 EUR

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA nationals: 8,000 EUR / year

Wood Materials Science scholarships of 16,000 EUR are made available on a competitive basis. See Financial support for further information.

Apply to MSc Wood Materials Science

MSc in Wood Materials Science warmly welcomes talented and enthusiastic students from all over the world to apply. The minimum eligibility criteria are:

  • Bachelor´s or equivalent engineering degree*) in e.g., chemistry, biosciences/life sciences, biotechnology, forest sciences, suitable engineering studies, applied physics, bioeconomy or forest products marketing; and
  • Good command of the English language (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 92, PTE 62, CAE/CPE level C).

*) Applicant’s with a Bachelor’s degree in universities, polytechnics or universities of applied sciences (AMK insinööri) are eligible to apply.

Call for applications, intake 2019

The next call for applications is 1 November 2018 – 31 January 2019, 3.00 p.m. Finnish time (+2 GMT). The on-line application form must be filled in Studyinfo:

 

 

At the application state we require only scanned enclosures in electronic format as attachments to your application form. Paper copies are not required during the application period. Download your attachments to the application form in pdf/jpg/png -format. If you cannot upload your attachments online please contact the admissions office for further instructions, admissions(at)uef.fi. The attachments have to be submitted by 31 Jan 2019 at 3 pm (GMT+2) at the latest.

The compulsory enclosures are:

  • Scanned copy of the original BSc degree certificate, and an English translation of it
  • Scanned copy of the original transcript of academic records, and an English translation of it
  • Scanned copy of English language test certificate (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 92, PTE 62 or CAE/CPE pass level C)
  • Two recommendation letters, use the template provided below
  • Curriculum vitae. CV must be presented in chronological order, for example Europass format, and must not have gaps longer than 12 months during the recent five years.
  • Scanned copy of passport

Furthermore, we require from the applicants that have been admitted to the University of Eastern Finland that they submit their original degree certificates for verification upon arrival in Finland. In order for you to have the necessary attestation or legalization done in time, we ask you to check the country specific requirements concerning the verification of the original educational documents. If the country your degree was given is not on the list, we require you to bring us the original documents for verification. Please prepare to submit your certificates to the university at the latest by 15 September 2019.

Required documents

A successful applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent degree, in e.g. chemistry, biosciences/life sciences, biotechnology, forest sciences, suitable engineering studies, applied physics, bioeconomy or forest products marketing, corresponding to at least 3 years of full-time academic studies (equivalent of 180 ECTS credit units in the Finnish university system) obtained at an internationally recognized and accredited university or higher education institution.

If you have not yet received your official degree certificate, a temporary degree certificate is also accepted.

In case you have not yet graduated, you may apply to the programme presuming that you will finish your studies by summer 2019. Instead of a degree certificate you must provide an estimated date of graduation and a recent transcript of records. If you will be accepted to the programme, it will be done on the condition that you submit an attested copy of your degree certificate to the programme coordinator by 9 August 2019.

For further information on required educational documents.

Language requirements

Applicants are required to have sufficient English language proficiency. The English language proficiency can be proved by:

  • IELTS (Academic): overall 6.5 (min. 5.5 in writing), or
  • TOEFL (ibT): 92 (min. 22 in writing), or
  • PTE: 62, or
  • C1 Advanced: pass level C, or
  • C2 Proficiency: pass level C

The English language test is not required for applicants who

  • have Bachelor’s degree conducted in English language. A certificate from the university stating that the language of instruction during the Bachelor’s studies has been English is required; or
  • have secondary education conducted in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States; or
  • are Finnish citizens and have taken the matriculation examination in English language.

For further information on how to submit your language test results.

Recommendation letters

Recommendation letters must be written by academics from your previous or current university. They must arrive in sealed envelopes either enclosed in the application with the other documents OR sent directly to the University of Eastern Finland by the recommender. Please use the letter template below:

Recommendation letter template (PDF)

Recommendation letter template (Word)

Student selection

Annually, only 20 students are selected to the programme. The student selection is based on academic performance, relevance of previous degree and motivation towards learning. Eligible applications will be  evaluated according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Relevance of degree
  • Prestige of the home university
  • Motivation letter
  • Other merits (work experience, international experience, publications, etc.)
  • Recommendation letters

Each criterion is evaluated numerically. Whenever two or more applicants have the same total score, the one who has higher score in academic excellence will be placed first.

The student selection results will be announced on 5 April 2019 by email to all the applicants. Acceptance letters will be sent via mail to all the accepted students. The deadline for confirming the study place is 15 May 2019. The studies will begin on 1 September 2019.

 

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