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Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Functional Materials

Do you find it difficult to choose between your favourite subjects – chemistry, physics, engineering, nanotechnology? Consider functional materials: the science and engineering of novel smart materials.

Do you want to learn both the hard-core science subjects and practical engineering thinking? Are you ready to challenge yourself?

If you say yes to any of these, Functional Materials is for you!

Figure below: ZnO nanohedgehogs prepared by FunMat students
Functional Materials major, ZnO nanohedgehogs developed by FunMat students


Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

2.12.2019 – 3.1.2020

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Chemical Engineering

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)

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In Functional Materials you will study about

  • materials hard and soft: metals, semiconductors, polymers, biomimetic materials, nanomaterials, ceramics, foams, hybrid materials and composites
  • the materials at different scales – large and small: atomic bonding, nanoscale and microstructures, bulk materials with large-scale production and novel materials still in research stage
  • smart materials and phenomena: stimuli-responsive materials and self-healing materials
  • devices: sensors and actuators in nano and microscale
  • structural and surface characterisation: SEM, AFM, XRD, Raman, ellipsometer, nanoindentation…


We want you to find your strengths as a materials expert – whether it is an innovative mind, critical thinking, working alone or in multidisciplinary groups – and thus we also offer a wide range of project courses in which you solve real-life cases both from industry and cutting-edge research.

You can also freely choose from a wide selection of specialization courses, which range from surface physics to functional inorganic materials, biomaterials to renewable energy materials, MEMS to computational molecular thermodynamics, additive manufacturing to nanoengineering.


We also encourage you to challenge yourself. Once you graduate as M.Sc., you will/can:

  • have a solid understanding of scientific principles together with economic and engineering realities
  • are able to evaluate material properties, design new materials and predict their behavior
  • have a deep knowledge of transformation processes, phase equilibria and nanomaterial synthesis
  • understand materials research and development in academia and industry
  • have curiosity to explore new frontiers in research and courage to defend your findings
  • have courage to make a change in the world

After your graduation you will be a materials expert with up-to-date knowledge and excellent problem solving skills.


Once you come to study Functional Materials, you become a member of FunMat community, consisting of the students, lecturers and professors of Functional Materials. Together we organise FunMat events, e.g. invite companies of the field to come and meet us and we also improve the curriculum together. Together we all learn – about functional materials and ourselves.

Welcome to study in Functional Materials!

Functional Materials major student Maria Ameziane

Experiences from a FunMat major student, Maria Ameziane

FunMat community is a study environment that encourages learning and innovation.

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Functional Materials major student Zhenzi Chen

Experiences from a FunMat major student, Zhenzi Chen

I have been interested in nanotechnology for a long time, and I am glad that I chose Functional Materials as my academic family here in Aalto.

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Functional Materials major student Hammad Naseer

Experiences from a FunMat major student, Hammad Naseer

Choosing the FunMat major is one of the best decisions of my life.

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Functional Materials major student Samuel Rantataro

Experiences from a FunMat major student, Samuel Rantataro

Best part of Functional Materials is learning about the key technologies used in modern day semiconductor industry.

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Content of studies

In Functional Materials the core courses are:

  • CHEM-E5100 Solid State Materials and Phenomena
  • CHEM-E5110 Metallic Materials
  • CHEM-E5120 Interfaces and Nanomaterials
  • CHEM-E2130 Polymer Properties
  • CHEM-E5135 Laboratory Course in Functional Materials
  • CHEM-E5140 Materials Characterization Laboratory Course
  • CHEM-E5200 Personal Research Assignment in Functional Materials
  • CHEM-E5210 Group Research Assignments in Functional Material

+ Long list of specialization courses and elective courses

Structure of studies

Two year full-time Master’s programme of 120 ECTS credits.

Degree includes:

  • 65 cr major dependent studies
  • 30 cr Master’s thesis
  • 25 cr electives

You can find more information about major dependent studies and the degree on Into pages.

More information


Programme-specific admission requirements

Applicants to the programme must first meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes in Science and Technology.

The following principles apply during the academic evaluation of eligible applications. These principles are revised annually.

The student selection process is competitive. The applicant’s suitability for the programme is evaluated. The best applicants are granted admission to the programme. The selection of students is primarily based on the application documents. Not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted, CHEM Master’s programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled.

The programmes reserve the right to interview the applicants if it is necessary to clarify the applicant’s motivation or other information in the application.

Functional Materials specific criteria for academic evaluation

Complementary studies

Students admitted to the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering may be required to take complementary studies, max 20 credits. Complementary studies may not be included in the degree of Master of Science (Tech).

The content and number of the complementary courses depend on your previous studies. The complementary studies will be set latest in September.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language tests, please contact [email protected]

For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies at the School of Chemical Engineering, please contact Learning Services of Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, [email protected]

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