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




3.12.2018 - 11.1.2019




2 år, heltidsstudier


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120 studiepoäng


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€15000/år (magister studier) för studeranden från länder utanför EU/EES

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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

School of Chemical Engineering

Major Biomass Refining is a part of the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering. The School of Chemical Engineering combines natural sciences and engineering in a unique way. This allows the results of our research to be refined a long way and put into practice as ready products and processes. Each innovation secures both our renewable and non-renewable natural resources for the future.


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

1. Content of the previous degree

B.Sc or equivalent degree of a relevant field in the natural sciences or engineering. Relevant BSc degrees include e.g. materials science and engineering, physics, nanotechnology, chemistry, and metallurgy. Bachelors in electronics, polymer science, chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, and mechanical engineering may also be eligible.

Students are expected to have strong background in university mathematics, physics and chemistry. Studies in materials science and materials physics are very much appreciated. Engineering basics (thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, strength of materials, instrumentation) are valued, too. Practical laboratory courses must be included in the B.Sc.

This Master’s programme should provide genuinely new knowledge and enhance the career prospects of the applicant. Thus, applicants who already have a Master’s degree in the closely related field will only be accepted onto the programme for very specific reasons. These reasons must be stated in the application.

2. Study success

The applicant's success in previous studies (those that give basis for applying into the programme) will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Preference is given to students with a GPA average equivalent to minimum of 3.0 (on a scale 5.0 max).

The time taken to complete previous studies will also be taken into account. Applicants, who have previously studied at Aalto University, e.g. as exchange students, will also be evaluated according to the grades in those studies and the number of credits obtained in comparison to the time taken for completion.

3. Recognition and quality of the home university

The applicant's previous degree will be evaluated based on the recognition and quality of the university.

4. Motivation and commitment

The applicant must demonstrate genuine motivation (motivation letter, max. 1 page) to study the chosen field and be committed to full-time studies with a plan to complete the Master's degree in two years’ time. The applicant is asked to inform if applicant has a study right to another master or doctoral programme.

5. Language proficiency

The studies are conducted fully in English. The applicant must meet the mandatory language requirements of Aalto University. Student must be able to demonstrate that he/she is able to effectively use English as a working language.

6. Recommendation letter

Max. two recommendation letters can be attached to the application. Recommendation letter should be in English written by professor. It can be original letter or certified copy of it.

7. Other relevant achievements

The applicant's other relevant achievements may be considered if documented in the application.

These can be, for example:

  • experience of work in the field of the programme
  • participation in scientific research which has led to publications, posters
  • for applicants whose Bachelor's degree is from a Finnish university of applied sciences, prior completion of required complementary studies with good grades (transcript required)
  • other previous studies (transcript required)

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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