General admission requirements
The general eligibility requirements are the same for all Master's programmes in the field of science and technology. Please see also the requirements concerning English language skills.
Applications that fulfill the general eligiblity requirements are sent to the academic evaluation described in more detail below.
Programme-specific admission requirements
The main admission criterion to the Master’s Programme in Engineering Physics is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Bachelor of Science in physics, materials science or a related field, encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent studies (i.e., a degree of at least three years of full-time studies).
- The applicant should have a strong background in mathematics and undergraduate physics (30 ECTS or equivalent in the latter). In addition, students interested in the theoretical/computational track of studies should have good computer skills.
- Advanced knowledge of condensed matter physics and/or practical experience with experimental and computational physics research techniques are considered an advantage.
- A very good GRE test score will also support the application (additional test, not mandatory for applying to the programme).
Students chosen to the programme may be required to complement their previous degree with complementary studies. Complementary studies cannot be included in the Master's degree.
Evaluation of applications
The Department of Applied Physics is responsible for the academic evaluation of the applications. The document-based student selection is competitive and the best applicants are selected according to the programme-specific admission criteria:
- Validity and content of degree(s)
- The contents of the applicant’s previous degree(s) are evaluated based on the courses available on the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted.
- Study success: grades and pace of studies
- The applicant’s study success will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Very good previous study success is expected.
- Recognition and quality of the home institution
- The recognition of the applicant’s home university affects the final interpretation of the previous academic performance.
During the evaluation of eligible applications, the applicants’ previous study success and contents of the previous degree(s) are checked first. Only the applicants who pass this preliminary evaluation will be evaluated against the rest of the criteria listed below:
- Previous related activities: work experience, publications, patents, etc.
Studies in the Master’s programme should provide genuinely new knowledge for the applicant. If the applicant already has a Master’s degree, the motivation letter should clearly indicate why another Master’s degree is necessary. In most cases, non-degree or e.g. open university studies are recommended instead of degree studies to complement the earlier degree or to improve one’s professional skills.
The programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled, and not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted. Depending on the number of applications received, the programme may perform a pre-selection before the final student selection.
In addition to the compulsory application documents, the applicants to the Engineering Physics programme are also requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:
- Motivation letter
- The motivation letter should be written in English. The maximum length of the motivation letter is about 4000 characters. There are no specific instructions for the content of the motivation letter except for the general advise that you should write a separate motivation letter for each study option you apply to.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- At least one academic letter of recommendation
- You can upload the recommendation letter(s) to your online application. There are no specific instructions for their content.
- Brief descriptions of relevant physics courses taken (summary, course level).
- Degree certificate and the official transcript of records for possible other university level studies that are not included in the Bachelor's degree transcript
- With degree certificates/transcripts of degree studies, follow these instructions. For other additional higher education studies (e.g. open university or other non-degree), upload the documents to your application as part of the study-option-specific documents.
- Work certificates, and other certificates of relevant activities (patents, publications, GRE and GMAT results, if taken).
General instructions on study-option-specific documents
All additional application documents described above (recommendations letter(s), work or other certificates, and publications) should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.
Upload the documents to your online application form in pdf-format. Name the file(s) according to format: Name of the document-Lastname-Firstname (e.g. CV-Lastname-Firstname.pdf). Maximum file size is 1.0 GB.
The study-option-specific documents must be uploaded for each study option separately, even if you use the same document (e.g. CV). Please check carefully the study-option-specific document requirements for each study option you apply to.
The deadline for the study-option-specific application documents to be uploaded to your application form is 10 January 2020 at 15:00 (GMT +2).