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The information available at the moment was for the previous application period. 
The updated eligibility requirements plus all the other information for the next application period will be published at the end of September 2019.

Admissions Criteria and Selection

Selection process is conducted on two stages:

Final selection among the interviewed applicants is based on:

  • Total points for the preliminary selection and for the interview

If failing to present any information requested on your application form, the missing information will not be taken into account in the selection process. This applies also to presenting your previous studies in ECTS credits by courses and in total as requested as well as calculating your GPA as requested if not already indicated in your Transcript of Records.

Only the study attainments listed on the application form that are included on the Transcript of Records by the time of submitting the application form will be taken into account in the selection process.

The Admissions Committee for the programme has a right to decide whether the applicant's previous studies match with the requirements for the programme or not. There will be no preliminary statements given regarding to previous studies before or during the application period.
 

SELECTION PROCESS
 

Preliminary Selection (max. 21 points)

Previous Studies (max. 12 points)

There is no minimum number of programme-specific studies required, but studies in Chemical Engineering or closely related as well as studies in Mathematics and Physics are given points.

NOTE: When listing your previous studies in Chemical Engineering or closely related in the following two elements for getting points, kindly note that the same course cannot be listed on both elements for getting points.

Studies in Chemical Engineering or closely related (max. 6 points)

Your previous relevant studies related to Chemical Engineering* that would support your studies in the programme are given points as follows:

  • 2 points = 24-41 ECTS credits
  • 4 points = 42-59 ECTS credits
  • 6 points = 60 ECTS credits or more

*For example, in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Wood Processing Technology or closely related.

Studies in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (max. 6 points)

Your previous studies are given points as follows:

  • 3 points = 20-39 ECTS credits
  • 6 points = 40 ECTS credits or more

You are responsible for converting, calculating and presenting the required and completed studies in ECTS credits on your application form listed by disciplines and courses according to the following:

  • 1 ECTS credit = 26 hours of workload (lectures, assignments etc.)
  • The studies have to be completed in a University or University of Applied Sciences.Studies completed in a Finnish Engineering School are accepted for the holders of the Finnish degree 'opistoinsinööri'.
  • Final Theses and internships are not to be included.
  • Courses completed in Finland and credited in the former credit system (opintoviikko), must be converted to ECTS credits by using the factor 1.8 for university level studies and 1.5 for UAS level studies.
  • Courses completed more than 15 years ago will not be considered unless, they are included in the degree.

The Admissions Committee for the programme is responsible for either accepting or not accepting the previous studies as programme-specific studies required. Statements regarding to previous studies and whether they will be accepted or not are not given before or during the application period.
 

Academic Success (max. 5 points)

The GPA for the degree providing you with the eligibility is given points as follows:

  • 1 point = GPA of 2.50 - 2.99
  • 3 points = GPA of 3.00 - 3.99
  • 5 points = GPA of 4.00 or higher

You must indicate your GPA for the degree giving you the eligibility to apply on your application form with two decimals or, calculate it if not indicated in the Degree Certificate or Transcript of Records. The GPA is an arithmetic average of all individual study attainments included in the degree graded with numbers, excluding the Final Thesis. If your previous degree was not evaluated on a 5-point scale, your GPA will be adapted to a 5-point grading scale by the Admission Committee for the programme.

NOTE: You must provide a link on your application form to verify the grading scale. If not able to do that and the grading scale not being explained in either the Degree Certificate or Transcript of Records, an additional, officially certified document issued by the degree-awarding university is required.
 

Work Experience (max. 4 points)

Work experience related to the programme and to the field of study will be given points as follows:

  • 0 points = Less than 1 year of work experience
  • 1 point = 1-2 years of work experience
  • 2 points = 2-4 years of work experience
  • 3 points = 4-6 years of work experience
  • 4 points = 6 years of work experience or more

Work experience completed by the end of the application period will be taken into account in the evaluation.

NOTE: You have to enclose all the Testimonials or Work Certificates to your application to prove your work experience.
 

Interview  (max. 20 points)

In the second stage of the admissions process, a certain number of applicants are invited to an interview in the order of the highest total points achieved in the preliminary selection.

In the interview, your motivation and possibilities to successfully complete your studies in the Master's Programme will be evaluated. Your language and communication skills will be evaluated in the interview as well.

In the interview, you will be requested to indicate your reasons for applying to this particular Master's Programme and explain how completing this programme would support your career plans in the future. You may bring up other issues that might be favourable regarding to your admittance as well.

To possibly get admitted, you have to get a minimum of 10/20 points for the interview.

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