The online application form must be filled in Studyinfo:
At the application state we require only scanned enclosures in electronic format as attachments to your application form. Paper copies are not required during the application period. Download your attachments to the application form in pdf/jpg/png -format. If you cannot upload your attachments online please contact the admissions office for further instructions, admissions(at)uef.fi.
The compulsory enclosures are:
- Scanned copy of the original BSc degree certificate, and an English translation of it
- Scanned copy of the original transcript of academic records, and an English translation of it
- Scanned copy of English language test certificate (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 92, PTE 62 or CAE/CPE pass level C)
- Motivation letter and video
- Curriculum vitae. CV must be presented in chronological order, for example Europass format, and must not have gaps longer than 12 months during the recent five years.
- One recommendation letter, use the template provided below
- Scanned copy of passport
Furthermore, we require from the applicants that have been admitted to the University of Eastern Finland that they submit their original degree certificates for verification upon arrival in Finland. In order for you to have the necessary attestation or legalization done in time, we ask you to check the country specific requirements concerning the verification of the original educational documents. If the country your degree was given is not on the list, we require you to bring us the original documents for verification. Please prepare to submit your certificates to the university in the beginning of your studies.
A successful applicant must have a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent degree, in e.g. chemistry, chemical engineering, biosciences, life sciences, biotechnology, forest sciences, suitable other engineering or natural sciences corresponding to at least 3 years of full-time academic studies (equivalent of 180 ECTS credit units in the Finnish university system) obtained at an internationally recognized and accredited university or higher education institution.
If you have not yet received your official degree certificate, a temporary degree certificate is also accepted. In case you have not yet graduated, you may apply to the programme presuming that you will finish your studies by summer 2022. Instead of a degree certificate you must provide an estimated date of graduation and a recent transcript of records. If you will be accepted to the programme, it will be done on the condition that you submit an attested copy of your degree certificate to the programme coordinator by 5 August 2022.
For further information on required educational documents: https://www.uef.fi/en/required-documents-for-international-masters-degree-programmes
Applicants are required to have sufficient English language proficiency. The English language proficiency can be proved by:
- IELTS (Academic): overall 6.5 (min. 5.5 in writing), or
- TOEFL (ibT): 92 (min. 22 in writing), or
- PTE: 62, or C1 Advanced: pass level C, or
- C2 Proficiency: pass level C
The English language test is not required for applicants who
- have Bachelor's degree conducted in English language. A certificate from the university stating that the language of instruction during the Bachelor's studies has been English is required; or
- have secondary education conducted in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States; or
- are Finnish citizens and have taken the matriculation examination in English language.
For further information on how to submit your language test results: https://www.uef.fi/en/language-requirements-for-masters-degree-programmes
Motivation letter and video
You must use the space in the application form to write your motivation letter. Do not write your motivation letter in a separate attachment. The motivation letter is an important part of your application. It gives you an opportunity to present relevant pieces of information such as your long term plans and MSc in Wood Materials Science would help you to achieve these goals. that cannot be provided elsewhere in the application.
In addition to motivation letter, you must provide us with an introductory video. The video file must be uploaded into a video-streaming service such as youtube/vimeo/tudou. Link (URL) to the video has to be included into the application form. Maximum duration of a video is 2 minutes. The video should include introduction, educational background and possible merits of the applicant. The video must be reachable for evaluators during the whole period of evaluation: 19 January 2022 - 31 March 2022.
The recommendation letter must be written by an academic from your previous or current university. The recommendation letter must be attached to the on-line application or sent directly from the recommender's institutional email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the letter template below:
Recommendation letter template (PDF)
Recommendation letter template (Word)
Evaluation process and selection results
Annually, 20 students are selected to the programme. The student selection is based on academic excellence and motivation towards learning. Eligible applications will be evaluated according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic excellence (including relevance of degree and prestige of university)
- Motivation letter and video
- Letter of recommendation
- Other merits (additional studies, work experience, international experience, etc.)
Each criterion is evaluated numerically. Whenever two or more applicants have the same total score, the one who has higher score in academic excellence will be placed first.
Selection results will be published during 1-31 March 2022. All the applicants will be informed about the selection results. All accepted students will receive a notification of admission, a confirmation form, and other relevant documents. Accepted students must confirm or reject their study place by 15 July 2022.
We require that all admitted applicants submit their original degree certificates and transcripts of records for verification upon arrival in Finland. In order for you to have the necessary attestation or legalization done in time, we ask you to check the country specific requirements concerning the verification of original educational documents. If the country your degree was given is not on the list, we require you to bring us the original documents for verification. Please prepare to submit your documents to the university at the latest by 15 September 2022.