Master's in Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials

Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials is a master's programme promoting the environmental society of tomorrow. Graduates get a high-value degree with a unique combination of technology and natural sciences.

Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials, Master's Programme in Chemistry


Master of Science

Study places


Duration of studies

2 years


120 credits

Teaching method

On campus

Next application period

8-22 January 2025

Programme profile

Top reasons to study Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials

  • A multidisciplinary curriculum which integrates strong chemistry know-how to engineering studies in a unique way.
  • Students get a skill set of high value with excellent employment prospects.
  • The University of Oulu offers excellent facilities and guidance for practical laboratory work - a huge reserve of infrastructure in student’s use.
  • Collaboration with the chemical industry and research units is intense. Students typically complete master’s theses for global companies and thus gain a smooth transfer to actual work-life.
  • High-quality and innovative research in sustainable chemistry in several disciplines of chemistry and chemical engineering is reflected in studies.

Join a leading institution in circular economy

Study in an exciting learning environment at the heart of the green transition and bioeconomy. Faculty of Technology of the University of Oulu is one of the leading experts in circular economy.

The studies offer a wide range of education opportunities in science and technology and an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with modern experimental techniques.

"For instance, a student can include studies in the field of engineering – process engineering is a typical choice among many others – to further build their interdisciplinary study path."

The Master's programme contains advanced studies in different fields of chemistry: analytical, applied, inorganic, organic and/or physical chemistry. The programme also contains compulsory laboratory work and optional studies offered by other degree programmes of the Faculty of Technology, such as Environmental Engineering.

You are a great fit for our programme if

We are looking for passionate individuals who are eager to contribute to a sustainable future through innovative chemistry.

  • You should possess a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a closely related field such as Chemical Technology or Chemical Engineering. A strong foundation in chemistry is highly desirable.
  • You are hands-on and ready to take advantage of the University of Oulu’s state-of-the-art facilities for practical laboratory work. You aim to develop a skill set that is highly valued in the job market.
  • You are curious and driven, ready to engage in high-quality, innovative research. Your goal is to independently explore scientific problems and generate new knowledge in the realm of sustainable chemistry.
  • You appreciate the integration of chemistry know-how with engineering, and you are excited about building a unique interdisciplinary study path that can include process engineering as a minor among other options.
  • You understand the importance of collaboration with the chemical industry and research units. You are ready to meet the industry’s needs and become an asset to private companies or the public sector.
  • You can clearly present scientific results and articulate your reasoning to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Core skills and competence

The graduate will be able to:

  • Independently search, interpret and absorb chemistry-related scientific knowledge and take responsibility for his/her own professional development
  • Independently apply adopted, advanced knowledge to solve a scientific problem or to produce new knowledge in chemistry or chemistry-related environment
  • Critically handle chemistry-related data and draw conclusions based on it
  • Perform scientific research using scientific methods
  • Clearly present and give reasons for results to a specialist and non-specialist audience
  • Work as a specialist in the industry or public sector or in chemistry-related tasks.

Programme structure and courses

For detailed information about courses and the programme structure, take a look at the study guide:
See study guide for Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials programme structure and courses

Occupational profiles of the graduates

The graduates will have excellent theoretical knowledge and a solid base to continue their academic career, if they so wish. The practical skills gained in the programme means that they will be primed to respond to the needs of industry and make for valuable recruiting assets for private companies and the public sector alike.

Possible job titles include:

  • Product Development Chemist
  • Laboratory or Research Manager
  • Researcher.

Collaboration with the chemical industry boosts employment

As a student you will have supportive, high-quality study environment where ready contacts to research and development units in the field help realizing your career aspirations.