Master’s Degree Programme in Nanoscience, Master of Science (2 yrs)

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Degree name
Master of Science
Planned duration
2 years
Studies begin
Autumn 2018
Extent of the study programme
120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction
Degree level
Master's degree
Tuition fee per year for non-EU/EEA students
12 000 Euros

Study objectives

As a student of the Masters Programme in Nanoscience, you will gather multidisciplinary know-how in the fields of physics, chemistry, and cell & molecular biology. This combination of physics with chemistry and biology offered by the programme is unique in Finland and also abroad, where especially biology is often missing. The programme is ideal for those interested in natural sciences in a broad sense and those willing to understand nature and phenomena in nature from many perspectives, from atomic level to the organisms. It provides excellent abilities to follow current developments in science and technology and to graduate as an expert in the rapidly developing field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

As a Master graduated form the programme you will

  • understand the importance of size and shape in nanoscale
  • understand properties of nano-objects in chemistry, biology and physics
  • know common fabrication and characterization methods for nano-objects
  • master experimental and/or or theoretical methods in your major subject for studying nano-objects
  • be able to plan and conduct research project
  • be able to write scientific report with good language
  • be able to perform scientific discussion and communicate scientific results

More about the language of instruction

All courses are taught in English. The majority of the literature is in English. You can include courses conducted in Finnish in your degree.

Study contents

The contents of the studies reflect the areas of expertise at NSC:

  • spectroscopy, computational chemistry and supramolecular chemistry (chemistry major),
  • nanophysics and theoretical physics (physics major), and
  • cell structure and dynamics, virology and bioimaging (cell and molecular biology major).

Nanoscience is a rapidly evolving field and teaching is very tightly connected with research. Master’s Thesis projects are done in research groups as part of on-going research projects.


Tuition fees

In Finnish universities, there are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. Tuition fees concern only non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.

The tuition fee is 12 000 euros / academic year.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens *)

*) continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type

University of Jyväskylä has scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees. Scholarships are applied for when applying for the admission to the programme.

For more information about tuition fees and scholarships visit:

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

The major of your studies is either Chemistry (Physical chemistry or Organic chemistry), Physics or Biology (Cell and molecular biology). Your earlier studies define the major of your Master studies.

Structure of studies

The program consists of three major lines: chemistry, physics and cell and molecular biology. The studies consist of common studies in nanoscience for all majors and major-specific studies and optional studies.

Final project

The Master’s thesis includes an introduction to the scientific literature of the subject, experimental/theoretical work, and a discussion. Experimental work can vary greatly depending on the subject. In the master’s thesis, you will develop skills to gather information, apply information, and present information together with developing your scientific thinking. Often the Master’s thesis is part of a larger research topic and majority of the thesis’ works is done within the research groups in the departments. This means that as a member of the research group, you will receive supervision from other group members as well as from your supervisors. The Master’s thesis can also be done in cooperation with companies or other research institutes.

The learning objectives for a thesis include gaining an in-depth knowledge of a topic in the field of nanoscience, including deeper insight into current research. During the thesis work, you reach the capacity to contribute to research and development work.The aim is that you also learn to present and discuss the findings of your work and have a level of knowledge and arguments to discuss these findings in written and spoken English. The goal of the Master’s thesis is to develop and demonstrate the ability to apply the selected research strategies and methods in identification and solution of an authentic, work related problem. Furthermore, the objective of the thesis is to make students competitive in the global job market.

Career opportunities

Nanoscience and -technology are relatively new fields with a strong focus on opportunities for applications and innovations. A large portion of existing companies are interested in nanoscience and technology and increasing number of them are already using nanotechnology in their products. This creates a need for experts in nanoscience, thus establishing potential for recruitment. Nanoscience is also a good platform for establishing start-up companies. Master degree in nanoscience provides also an excellent basis for postgraduate studies.


The programme has established a collaboration with Kassel University (Germany) in student and staff exchange via the bilateral Erasmus plus agreement. In addition, there are Erasmus agreements with Arhus, Basel, and Pisa

The Nanoscience Center (NSC) is a cross-disciplinary research center shared by the departments of physics, chemistry, and biological & environmental science, and is an international working environment: about one quarter of the staff are non-Finns. All research groups operate at an international level and the working language of all the groups is English.

Co-operation with other parties

Nanoscience offers good prospects for development of new innovations and establishing start-up companies. Currently, there are several such projects on-going at NSC. Additionally, there are common projects with industry and there is a general tendency of seeking collaboration with industry in nanoscience. There is evidence that companies are interested in students graduating in nanoscience. All research groups have both national and international collaborations with other universities as well as research institutes. 

Research focus

The nanoscience Center houses researchers from three different departments, its cross-disciplinary approaches enable research ranging from fundamental theory to commercial solutions. Research focuses on molecular nanosystems, where the cross-disciplinary approaches are expected to result in new innovations. The main research areas are:

  • Biological nanostructures
  • Organic nanochemistry
  • Spectroscopy of nanostructures
  • Experimental nanophysics
  • Computational nanoscience

Postgraduate study opportunities

The programme produces eligibility for postgraduate studies in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. After graduation to Master it takes four years on a full-time basis to complete the Doctoral Degree in the University of Jyväskylä.

  • molecular biology
  • nanomaterials
  • nanophysics
  • nanoscience
  • nanochemistry
  • cell biology

Application period: Master's Degree Programmes (University of Jyväskylä) (15.11.2017 at 08:00 - 10.01.2018 at 15:00)

Student admission to study programme

The selection process comprises of two parts:

1) Reviewing of the application documents
2) Interview (in person or via Skype/Video/Telephone)

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

You will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary a request to supplement the application.

The student selection committee at JYU will assess the content of the applications – ineligible applications will be disregarded. The selection committee will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic background and letter of motivation. The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:

Selection criteria


Academic background: total number of credits in chemistry, physics, and molecular bioscience in the previous degree    

max. 15 points

Academic background: grade point average

max. 10 points

Academic background: field of degree (nanoscience primary, physics, chemistry, molecular bioscience secondary, others tertiary)

max. 5 points

Letter of Motivation

max. 5 points

Total max.

35 points


The student selection committee will rank the eligible applications and make a pre-selection. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to an interview. Details of the relevant dates of the various stages are given below.

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

The highest scoring applicants from the pre-selection phase will be invited for an interview, with the interview carrying a value of 15 points. The structured interview will take 15-20 minutes per candidate. Applicants need to receive at least 5 points in the interview to be considered for admission in the programme.

The final ranking will be made on the total points scored in phase I and II, from a maximum of 50 points.

If more than one person has equal points in the final ranking, the order will then be decided by the points the applicant got from the academic background. If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants got from the interview.  If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants got from the motivation letter. If there is still no difference, the order will be raffled.


Required degree

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in science (physics, chemistry, molecular bioscience or nanoscience) from a university with an internationally recognized academic standing, or equivalent qualifications. Recent graduation with multidisciplinary degree is appreciated. Successful candidates should have proven interest in science.


B.Sc. degree in nanoscience


B.Sc. degree with major in physics, chemistry or molecular bioscience + university level basic knowledge of at least one another subject of these three disciplines


B.Sc. degree in materials science or in other field related to the primary fields + university level basic knowledge of at least one subject of three major disciplines (physics, chemistry, molecular bioscience)

The following courses should be included in the previous curriculum:

  • For applicants for the major in physics: intermediate university level quantum mechanics
  • For applicants for the major in chemistry: intermediate university level physical chemistry or organic chemistry, practical laboratory work
  • For applicants for the major in cell and molecular biology: intermediate university level cell and molecular biology, practical laboratory work
  • For all applicants: minimum requirement for studies in mathematics in all majors is basic university level studies or equivalent

An applicant who is not formally competent can be accepted, if s/he has otherwise proven sufficient knowledge and capabilities for being able to successfully complete the program.

Admission of an applicant graduating after the application deadline is conditional till s/he submits the degree certificate, the deadline being 17 July 2018.

English language profiency

English language proficiency demonstrated in only one of the following ways:

1)      Upper secondary school degree, English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

2)      A higher education degree, English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: EU/EEA country, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The degree must be fully completed in English and the thesis must be written in English. The language of instruction must be clearly marked in the degree certificate or transcript of records, or other official document provided by the higher education institution in question.

3)      TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (internet-based)

4)      an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of  6.5

5)      a Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade C or above

6)      PTE (Pearson Test of English) 59

7)      National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) for English taken in 2012 or after, with skill level 4 or higher (in every section; reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking, and writing)

8)      The applicant has completed or is completing a higher education degree in Finland and the degree includes studies of academic English for at least 6 ECTS credits (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, levels B2–C1 and field-specific content). Applicants who wish to prove their English proficiency in this way are required to submit the form available at: However, applicants who have completed a minimum of 6 ECTS of studies in academic English at the University of Jyväskylä are not required to submit the form.

Please note:

  • As there are often some delays in the language proficiency processing, please ensure that you register for the language test well in advance of the application deadline so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline. It usually takes approximately a month for the test results to arrive at the institution.
  • If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.
  • Pearson Test of English, IELTS and TOEFL language proficiency tests are valid for two years and the test result must be valid during the application period.

Entrance examination and aptitude test


Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents by mid-March 2018

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection by 28 March 2018

Invitations for the interview will be sent via email minimum one week before the interview.

Required attachments

Required attachments

1) Officially certified transcript of records from the student’s institute of higher education both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is English, one certified copy is sufficient. Note that the transcript is a document containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.  

2) Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.  

3) Copy of a valid passport (the identification pages with name, date, place and expiry date) or other identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license)

4) Certificate of English language proficiency

5) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

6) Letter of motivation

7) Copy of a residence permit that exempts its holder from paying tuition. Required only from applicants who are liable to pay tuition based on their nationality, but are in possession of a residence permit that exempts them from paying tuition. Such residence permits include: EU Blue Card, type A or P residence permit card in Finland, P-EU residence permit card, or an EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland.

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required attachments
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
10.01.2018 15:00

Additional information on applying

Admissions timetable

  • Application round opens: 15 November 2017
  • Application deadline: 10 January 2018
  • Notification of admission status: 28 March 2018
  • Request for rectification deadline: 11 April 2018
  • Confirmation deadline: 20 April 2018
  • Studies begin: 1 August 2018

Right to appeal

According to the Finnish legislation, the rejected applicants must be informed about their right to an appeal:

Should you find that a mistake has been made in the selection process concerning your application for the Master’s Degree Programme in Nanoscience, you may send a written appeal addressed to the Appeal Committee of the University. In the appeal you should clearly state, where the mistake has taken place and identify the matters your appeal is based on.

The appeal should be done in writing and within 14 days after the result has been made public.

You should send your appeal to:

Appeal Committee of the University
P.O. Box 35
FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä

It is worthwhile to keep in mind that the decisions on admissions are very seldom changed - unless a technical error or such has taken place - since they are based on a very careful consideration and a studious inspection of the applications.

For more information:

Contact Information of the programme


Admissions services

Admission Services

Visiting address:
ADMISSION SERVICES, Seminaarinkatu 15 (T-building), 2nd floor

Postal address:
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä

Telephone: +358 40 805 3018

University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Mathematics and Science

Faculty of Mathematics and Science has four departments (Department of Biological and Environmental Science, Department of Chemistry, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Department of Physics). Department of Mathematics and Statistics is located at Mattilanniemi and the rest three in the Ylistönrinne campus. Experimental research facilities include accelerator laboratory of department of Physics, Konnevesi Research station of biological and environmental research as well as  Nanoscience centre, which is a cross disciplinary research centre shared by researchers of chemistry, physics and cell and molecular biology. Roughly 2300 students are enrolled in the faculty yearly. The number of staff is about 560.

The objectives of the faculty are to produce high level internationally recognized research and train experts to serve science, industry and society. In the faculty of Mathematics and science you can study the following disciplines:

  • Aquatic science
  • Biology: ecology and evolutionary biology, cell and molecular biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics




Academic calendar

The academic year of the University of Jyväskylä consists of the autumn semester and the spring semester which are both divided into two teaching periods.

Check the dates from the University's Academic calendar

Autumn Semester  from 1 September to 31 December

I  period  1 September — around 20 October 
II period  around 20 October — around 16-20 December

Classes and exams end by before Christmas

Spring semester from 1 January to 31 May 2017

III period  beginning of January — aroud mid-March
IV period  mid March — endof  May 2017

  • Easter Break: week before Easter

Student benefits

Information on living expenses

In Finland, the general cost of living is relatively high. You must be able to cover your everyday living expenses independently so you should have at least 700-900 euros per month at your disposal. When applying for student residence permit, you (unless you are EU/EEA student) will need to show, that you have at least 560 € per month (6720€ per year) at your disposal. This is the absolute minimum required by the immigration authorities. EU citizens who come to Finland to study do not need to apply for a student residence permit, however they should also be able to cover their living costs independently.

Please look also at the information concerning the tuition fees charged (from non-EU/EEA students).

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Finland are approximately 700-900€. This may vary a bit, depending on your study location in Finland – for example, accommodation and other living costs are not necessarily so high in Jyväskylä than other larger cities.

As a student you can get discounts in student restaurants and cafeterias, public transport, etc. Student housing with shared facilities is usually a low-cost accommodation option.

You can’t be guaranteed to find employment during your studies so it is not possible to cover part of your living expenses doing work.

Financing your studies

The University of Jyväskylä offers high-quality, research-based Master’s degree programmes in English.

In compliance with Section 10 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university must charge a fee of at least EUR 1,500 per an academic year from a student admitted to education other than bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in Finnish. Fees are not charged to a citizen of a state belonging to the European Economic Area or to a person who is equivalent to a European Union citizen under a treaty concluded by the European Union and its Member States with another contracting party, or to a family member of the individual. Nor is a fee charged to a person with the European Union Blue Card, a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national referred to the Finnish Aliens Act, or to a family member of the individual. The Aliens Act is applied in the definition of persons regarded as family members. Furthermore, no fee is charged to a student participating in commissioned education in compliance with Section 9 of the Universities Act.

A university must have a scholarship system to support the studies of students participating in fee-charging degree education.

For further information, please see: tuition fees and scholarships.

The cost of course literature is not very high, since most of the course books can be borrowed from the University Library.

International students cannot apply for student loans and grants in Finland, unless you have lived in Finland for the past two years in some other capacity than that of a student and can be considered permanent residents in Finland. Further information:

Health care services

The Finnish Student Health Service (generally referred to as YTHS) provides health and medical care for Bachelor's and Master's level students who have joined the Student Union. Doctoral students are not entitled to the services of YTHS. For further information, please see: healthcare.

Information about accommodations

Student housing in Jyväskylä is provided by KOAS (The Central Finland Housing Foundation) and Kortepohja Student Village. The student apartments are located about 2.5 - 4 kilomentres from the University main campus and the city centre. Degree students should apply for accommodation as soon as they have been admitted to the University of Jyväskylä. 


All students studying at the University of Jyväskylä are responsible for obtaining their own insurance. You should therefore acquire your own health, accident and travel insurance before coming to Finland. For further information, please see: insurance.

Contact details

The institution's own web pages
Telephone: +358 40 805 3136

Visiting address:
Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta, Survontie 9 C (Nanoscience center, 3. kerros)

Postal address:
PL 35 (YN)