University of Helsinki

Introduction

Over 30 Master’s Degree Programmes in English

The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of Master’s Degree Programmes, taught entirely in English. The scope of our programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of full-time study. Some programmes are organised by the University of Helsinki along with other Finnish and foreign universities. All programmes comply with the national legislation governing university education and are, therefore, recognised globally.

One of the best multidisciplinary research universities in Europe

The University of Helsinki is one of Europe’s leading universities specialising the area of research. It is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities, which includes such universities as Oxford and Cambridge. The University is internationally renowned for its high quality teaching, research, and innovation. International rankings consistently place the University of Helsinki amongst the 20 best universities in Europe.

The main strength of the University of Helsinki is considered to be scientific research and the teachings which are derived from it, as we believe that teaching is closely linked to research. This is reflected in our philosophy: “all teachers are researchers and all researchers teach.”

Some facts about the University of Helsinki:

•The biggest university in Finland with over 35 000 students

•11 faculties and 4 campuses within the Helsinki area

•Ranked internationally number 72 out of the 15 000 universities according to Shanghai Jiao Tong University

•One of the oldest universities in Europe (founded 1640)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master

Master in Economics

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This programme prepares you for a career as an economist in business, financial markets and the public sector. Upon completing the programme you will be awarded the Master of Social Sciences degree, having demonstrated that you have developed many skills needed in your future career [+]

Our Master in Economics prepares you for a career as an economist in business, financial markets and the public sector. Upon completing the programme you will be awarded the Master of Social Sciences degree, having demonstrated that you have developed many skills needed in your future career: Profound knowledge of economic theory and familiarity with scientific economic literature, The ability to apply economic theory to solving practical problems and interpreting economic phenomena, Familiarity with econometric methods and the ability to apply them to practical research problems, The ability to collect and interpret empirical data, The ability to communicate conclusions and assess the significance of the assumptions made for them, Fluency in communicating economic issues to different domestic and international audiences as well as the capability to work independently and in multidisciplinary cooperation, Readiness to assess your own professional performance and systematically develop it, and Knowledge of sources of economic information and the ability to adopt new tools of economic analysis. The Masters in Economics program comprises two tracks. The Research track is more demanding in that it gives more profound knowledge of economic theory and econometric methods than the General track. This track is particularly suitable if your goal is to pursue a doctoral degree in economics. Profound knowledge of economic theory and methods is also useful in many demanding careers as an economist. The degree requirements in both tracks correspond to international standards, which will help you when finding employment and pursuing further studies towards a doctoral degree in... [-]

Master in Food Sciences

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Do you want to have an impact on what people will eat in the future? Would you like to know what makes food taste good, due to the raw materials and processing technologies? Do you want to know how we could improve the healthiness, safety, ecology and ethics of food and food processing? Are you interested in exploring innovations in food, such as "pulled oats" or using insects as food? If you answered yes, enrol in Food Sciences master’s programme. [+]

Do you want to have an impact on what people will eat in the future? Would you like to know what makes food taste good, due to the raw materials and processing technologies? Do you want to know how we could improve the healthiness, safety, ecology and ethics of food and food processing? Are you interested in exploring innovations in food, such as "pulled oats" or using insects as food? If you answered yes, enroll in Food Sciences master’s programme. The food industry is the 4th most important employer both in Finland and internationally. This industry is constantly looking for experts to solve new problems. With a Master’s degree in Food Sciences you could embark on a career in the food industry; in a food, agricultural or environmental control laboratory; as a teacher, researcher, or self-employed entrepreneur; or as an expert in government ministries or other expert organisations. As a master in Food Sciences you will be able to help the food industry develop and renew itself, since you will possess know-how on: Raw materials and processes, including their theoretical basics Different food constituents and their impact on food quality Factors that ensure good quality and food safety You can enrol in the Food Sciences masters' programme if you hold a bachelors' degree in Food Sciences or in Molecular Biosciences. You can also apply to the programme if you have a bachelors' degree in a related area of the natural sciences from a Finnish or foreign university, or if you... [-]

Master in Global Politics and Communication

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Global Politics and Communication is an interdisciplinary and innovative Master’s degree programme that addresses the key challenges of globalisation from the perspective of media and communication studies, organisation research and global political economy. The programme emphasises developing your critical thinking, a necessary skill in many careers. [+]

Global Politics and Communication is an interdisciplinary and innovative Master’s degree programme that addresses the key challenges of globalisation from the perspective of media and communication studies, organisation research and global political economy. The programme emphasises developing your critical thinking, a necessary skill in many careers. The specific objectives of the programme include: Providing you with advanced knowledge of global political economy, relationships between the media and the development of democracy, and linkages between governance, organisations and communication Empowering you to assess how politics and the media are linked to the forces of globalisation Equipping you with conceptual understanding and the theoretical and methodological skills needed to carry out original and relevant research on key societal issues Preparing you to engage in public discussions and develop critical reasoning and argumentation skills that are equally important in academia, public organisations and the private sector The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 13 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check the FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees. In­form­a­tion on the lan­guages of in­struc­tion The working language of the Global Politics and Communication programme is English. The degree can include up to 30 credits (ECTS) of studies in other languages, such as Finnish or Swedish, or courses completed during an... [-]

MSc

Master in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Are you looking forward to a future as an expert in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics? As a graduate of our Master’s Programme in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics, you can find employment in the national or international market, for example at universities, research institutes, the public sector or in business, or you can become a self-employed entrepreneur. [+]

Are you looking forward to a future as an expert in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics? As a graduate of our Master’s Programme in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics, you can find employment in the national or international market, for example at universities, research institutes, the public sector or in business, or you can become a self-employed entrepreneur. The Viikki Campus offers optimal resources for studying the unique range of subjects offered by our programme. Upon graduating you will be a professional in applied economics in agricultural, environmental and resource-focused fields. You will be well versed in topics such as climate policy, sustainable agriculture and food security. The Master's programme comprises two study tracks: Agricultural economics Languages of instruction: Finnish, Swedish, English Environmental and resource economics Language of instruction: English As a graduate of the study track in Agricultural Economics you will have the ability to Support decision-making in the public and private sectors in various roles as a consultant, researcher or public servant Analyse and communicate the impact of policies on fields relating to agriculture, the environment and natural resources Apply economic theories and quantitative methodologies, such as econometrics and numerical modelling, to issues in the field As a graduate of the study track in Environmental and Resource economics you will have the ability to Identify the socio-economic drivers of natural resource use and environmental degradation Analyse the effects of policies on the environment and on natural resource usage Formulate recommendations to support decision-making in both the public and... [-]

Master in Agricultural Sciences

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Join the Master’s Programme in Agricultural Sciences on the Viikki Campus to find solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The University of Helsinki is the only university in Finland to offer academic education in this field. [+]

Would you like to be involved in finding solutions to future challenges of food and energy production, such as climate change, population growth and limited energy resources? Are you interested in animal welfare, clean soil, environmental issues or the newest methods in biological and genetic engineering? Would you like to learn about automation and robotics in agriculture? Join the Master’s Programme in Agricultural Sciences on the Viikki Campus to find solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The University of Helsinki is the only university in Finland to offer academic education in this field. In the Master’s Programme in Agricultural Sciences, you can pursue studies in plant production sciences, animal science, agrotechnology, or environmental soil science, depending on your interests and previous studies. For further information about the study tracks, see Programme contents. Upon completing a Master’s degree, you will: Be an expert in plant production science, animal science, agrotechnology, or environmental soil science. Be able to assess the sustainability and environmental impact of food and energy production. Be able to apply biosciences, ecology, chemistry, physics or statistics, depending on your study track, to the future needs of agriculture. Have mastered the key issues and future development trends of your field. Have mastered state-of-the-art research and analysis methods and techniques. Be able to engage in international activities, project work and communication. Be able to acquire and interpret scientific research information in your field and present it orally and in writing. Have the qualifications to pursue postgraduate studies in a... [-]

Master in Atmospheric Sciences

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

As a Master of Science graduating from the Programme you will have a strong background of working with environmental issues. You will have the ability to find innovative solutions to complex problems in the field of environmental sciences, climate change and weather forecasting. [+]

Master in Atmospheric Sciences Society urgently needs experts with a multidisciplinary education in atmospheric and Earth System sciences. Climate change and issues of air quality and extreme weather are matters of global concern, but which are inadequately understood from the scientific point of view. Not only must further research be done, but industry and business also need environmental specialists with a strong background in natural sciences. As new regulations and European Union directives are adopted in practice, people with knowledge of recent scientific research are required. Upon graduating from the Master in Atmospheric Sciences Programme you will have competence in Applying experimental, computational and statistical methods to obtain and analyse atmospheric and environmental data Knowledge applicable to solving global challenges such as climate change, air pollution, deforestation and issues related to water resources and eutrophication Making systematic and innovative use of investigation or experimentation to discover new knowledge Reporting results in a clear and logical manner The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 15 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check the FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees. In­form­a­tion on the lan­guages of in­struc­tion All courses are taught in English, although you will also be able to use Finnish or Swedish when appropriate. Pro­gramme con­tents The six... [-]

Master in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

A Master’s degree in chemistry qualifies you for expert positions in a wide range of fields, such as industry, research or education. The chemicals industry is a major employer and one of the largest export industries in Finland. Your work could also involve applications of environmental or biological sciences, the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, or the development of technological materials or new energy solutions. In the private sector, your duties might include research and development, quality management, training or commerce. [+]

A Master’s degree in chemistry qualifies you for expert positions in a wide range of fields, such as industry, research or education. The chemicals industry is a major employer and one of the largest export industries in Finland. Your work could also involve applications of environmental or biological sciences, the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, or the development of technological materials or new energy solutions. In the private sector, your duties might include research and development, quality management, training or commerce. Customs and forensic chemists, and chemists working in environmental control, analyse samples as part of their duties. Chemical research often requires interdisciplinary and international cooperation. As a chemist, you can be a part of developing new inventions and serve as an expert in your field and as a connoisseur of natural phenomena! After completing the Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, you will: Be profoundly familiar with experimental research methods in one or more fields of chemistry, such as analytical and synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry, molecular research, and spectroscopy. Have an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical basis of your field and be able to apply this knowledge to broader topics. Know how to search for and manage chemical research data and use them to plan and perform demanding duties in chemical laboratories. Be able to act as a chemical expert in project planning and management, both independently and as a member of a team. Be able to present your results accurately in accordance with the practices of the field, both... [-]

Master in Computer Science

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

In the Master’s programme in computer science you can become an expert in a wide range of fields. You will have access to the focus areas of research in computer science at the University of Helsinki: algorithms, distributed or networked systems, and software engineering. You will gain lasting professional skills for specialist, design, or managerial posts in the corporate world, or for research and doctoral education, since the Master’s programme in computer science gives you the aptitude for both independent working and multidisciplinary teamwork. [+]

Computer science has a brilliant future! You could help to create new network solutions, build the future digital society, develop secure digital services, or be involved in a ground-breaking international software project. Perhaps you will develop algorithms for utilising genome data in medicine or optimise bus routes using positioning data. Do you wonder about all the things that can be automated? Or would you like to dig deeper and become a researcher? In the Master’s programme in Computer Science you can become an expert in a wide range of fields. You will have access to the focus areas of research in computer science at the University of Helsinki: algorithms, distributed or networked systems, and software engineering. You will gain lasting professional skills for specialist, design, or managerial posts in the corporate world, or for research and doctoral education, since the Master’s programme in computer science gives you the aptitude for both independent working and multidisciplinary teamwork. This education will give you: The ability to advance your knowledge in the different areas of computer science The skill to seek, assess, and analyse scientific information in your own area of expertise, and apply the methods of the field in an ethical and sustainable way The ability to act as expert in the field, and to develop the practices and methods of your field in cooperation with specialists from other fields Oral and written communication skills in an international work environment The quality teaching within the computer science programme at the University of... [-]

Master in Data Science

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

In the Data Science master’s programme, you will gain a solid understanding of the methods used in data science. You will learn not only to apply data science: you will acquire insight into how and why methods work so you will be able to construct solutions to new challenges in data science. In the Data Science master’s programme, you will also be able to work on problems specific to a scientific discipline and to combine domain knowledge with the latest data analysis methods and tools. The teachers of the programme are themselves active data science researchers, and the programme is heavily based on first-hand research experience. [+]

Our Master in Data science combines computer science and statistics to solve exciting data-intensive problems in industry and in many fields of science. Data scientists help organisations make sense of their data. As data is collected and analysed in all areas of society, demand for professional data scientists is high and will grow higher. The emerging Internet of Things, for instance, will produce a whole new range of problems and opportunities in data analysis. In the Data Science master’s programme, you will gain a solid understanding of the methods used in data science. You will learn not only to apply data science: you will acquire insight into how and why methods work so you will be able to construct solutions to new challenges in data science. In the Data Science master’s programme, you will also be able to work on problems specific to a scientific discipline and to combine domain knowledge with the latest data analysis methods and tools. The teachers of the programme are themselves active data science researchers, and the programme is heavily based on first-hand research experience. Upon graduating from the Data Science MSc programme, you will have solid knowledge of the central concepts, theories, and research methods of data science as well as applied skills. In particular, you will be able to Understand the general computational and probabilistic principles underlying modern machine learning and data mining algorithms Apply various computational and statistical methods to analyse scientific and business data Assess the suitability of each method for... [-]

Master in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

In the master's degree program, you can become familiar with a wide variety of topics in three areas: ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology. You can choose studies from any of these areas, as well as from other master's degree programmes. The programme is diverse and multidisciplinary: teaching is done with lectures, laboratory and computer training courses, interactive seminars, study tours and field courses. The field courses range from the northern subarctic region to tropical rainforests. [+]

Ecology and evolutionary biology offer a perspective on biology from the level of genes to communities of species. In the Master in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program, you can become familiar with a wide variety of topics in three areas: ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology. You can choose studies from any of these areas, as well as from other master's degree programmes. The programme is diverse and multidisciplinary: teaching is done with lectures, laboratory and computer training courses, interactive seminars, study tours and field courses. The field courses range from the northern subarctic region to tropical rainforests. Our wide expertise extends from molecular ecology to population and community biology. The Centres of Excellence of Metapopulation Biology and Biological Interactions are located in our department. Our programme offers you a wide range of options: evolutionary biology or genetics for those interested in ecological genetics and genomics, as well as the ability to take advantage of the high-quality molecular ecology and systematics laboratory; conservation biology for those interested in regional or global environmental problems; and ecological modelling skills for those interested in computational biology. Our training also offers Behavioural Ecology. Ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology are not only fascinating topics for basic research, they also have a key role in addressing global environmental challenges. Upon graduating from the Master in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology programme, you will: Have mastered the main theories and methods in ecology and evolutionary biology and be able to apply them to practical problems Be able... [-]

Master in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. The Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS) Master’s programme trains you in wide-ranging interdisciplinary thinking skills and provides you with the ability to study environmental and sustainability issues in your respective fields of expertise and solve problems of socio-ecological sustainability in cooperation with various social actors. [+]

Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. The Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS) Master’s programme trains you in wide-ranging interdisciplinary thinking skills and provides you with the ability to: Study environmental and sustainability issues in your respective fields of expertise and Solve problems of socio-ecological sustainability in cooperation with various social actors. The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 15 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check the FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees. In­form­a­tion on the lan­guages of in­struc­tion The ECGS Master’s programme is taught in English. All assignments, exams and dissertations can be done in English, as well as in Finnish and Swedish. Pro­gramme con­tents ECGS is a truly multidisciplinary Master’s programme. It covers an introductory Core Module common to all students, followed by two distinct study tracks. The introductory Core Module focuses on the methodologies of environmental and sustainability science as well as the interactions between science and society. The Core Module also offers a pool of optional methodological studies, providing you with the necessary research tools to tackle socio-ecological challenges. If your orientation is in natural sciences, the Environmental Change study line can provide you with an understanding of the functioning of terrestrial... [-]

Master in European and Nordic Studies

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Understanding Europe today requires much more than understanding the process of European integration. The tensions, challenges and possibilities that are manifesting themselves today have their roots in a longer political, social and cultural history. This programme takes you to these roots. A multidisciplinary study path introduces you to various aspects of European society, culture and politics. Along the way, it draws from the strengths of Nordic research on Europe, with its strong focus on regional cooperation, diversity, identities, institutions, culture and the politics of history and memory. You will get to know the Nordic countries from a European perspective and Europe from a Nordic perspective. [+]

Understanding Europe today requires much more than understanding the process of European integration. The tensions, challenges and possibilities that are manifesting themselves today have their roots in a longer political, social and cultural history. Our Master in European and Nordic Studies takes you to these roots. A multidisciplinary study path introduces you to various aspects of European society, culture and politics. Along the way, it draws from the strengths of Nordic research on Europe, with its strong focus on regional cooperation, diversity, identities, institutions, culture and the politics of history and memory. You will get to know the Nordic countries from a European perspective and Europe from a Nordic perspective. Studying the ways in which Europeans cooperate, how European states and societies are interconnected, and how they are governed, forms an important part of the programme. Besides looking at the processes of integration and the evolution and functioning of the European Union, the programme highlights the significance of regional cooperation in the Nordic context, the EU’s relations with its neighbours and its place in the global system. At the end of your studies, you will have gained a broad understanding of European issues and acquired advanced research skills. You will be ready to work in a wide range of expert positions that require independent and creative thinking, in both the public and private sectors. The programme consists of joint courses and specialisation studies. One of the available options is to specialise in Nordic Studies. ENS is the only Nordic Studies... [-]

Master in Forest Sciences

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences offers a broad and versatile perspective on forests and their use. The studies focus on and apply knowledge in biology, business economics, environmental sciences, logistics, geoinformatics and information technology. As a graduate in forest sciences you will be a professional in forest ecology, the management and use of forest resources, forest bioeconomy business and policy, with ample career opportunities in Finland and abroad. [+]

Do you want to affect the future of forests, a key natural resource and the wellspring of biodiversity? Have you ever wondered why forests are called the lungs of the Earth and how climate change relates to forests? Or how trees are grown and processed into products in a sustainable and efficient manner? And how are the economy and forests interrelated? You can find answers to these questions when you study forest sciences. You will come to view forests not only as a setting for jogging trails or as a source of wood, but rather as a source of versatile renewable resources and as complex ecological systems that are closely connected to their environment. The relationship between humans and nature and between society and natural resources is a strong feature of these studies. The Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences offers a broad and versatile perspective on forests and their use. The studies focus on and apply knowledge in biology, business economics, environmental sciences, logistics, geoinformatics and information technology. As a graduate in forest sciences you will be a professional in forest ecology, the management and use of forest resources, forest bioeconomy business and policy, with ample career opportunities in Finland and abroad. Come and study forest sciences at the University of Helsinki, in one of the world’s foremost degree programmes in the field. For more information in Finnish about studies in forest sciences, the field of forestry and its opportunities, see www.metsatieteet.fi. The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition... [-]

Master in Geography

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Students who graduate from the Master’s programme in geography have strong theoretical and practical skills. The education in geography offers a broad understanding in current social and environmental issues. Our students can work as experts in their field, both independently and as members of multi-professional teams. [+]

Students who graduate from the Master’s programme in geography have strong theoretical and practical skills. The education in geography offers a broad understanding in current social and environmental issues. Our students can work as experts in their field, both independently and as members of multi-professional teams. The teaching within the programme is connected with the work of the geography research groups. It is often possible to write the final thesis as part of work in a research group or a research institute in a related field. The Master’s programme in geography is divided into three study tracks (described in section 4). Our students have been very successful in the job market after completing our programme. The strengths of students who have completed our Master’s programme when it comes to research and expertise are: their ability to apply theoretical knowledge a broad understanding of multi-layered regional issues strong interaction skills within multi-disciplinary groups of specialists their ability to communicate in writing, orally, and graphically about geographical phenomena and research findings their ability to utilise and interpret various kinds of research data their versatile knowledge of methodology in geography their ability to apply the newest methods in geoinformatics and cartography their embracing of responsible and ethical scientifc practices The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 13 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to... [-]

Master in Geology and Geophysics

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics trains you to address pressing questions concerning our home planet's evolution, its role as the source of raw materials needed by modern civilisation, and environmental issues. [+]

Sustaining a growing population on our dynamic planet requires deep understanding of geological and geophysical processes within the Earth, and of how they interact with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biota. The Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics trains you to address pressing questions concerning our home planet's evolution, its role as the source of raw materials needed by modern civilisation, and environmental issues. Key questions include: How can we decode Earth’s rock record to reveal the evolution of Earth’s crust and mantle over billions of years? How do we make natural resource exploration and extraction more sustainable and environmentally friendly? What can the Earth’s history tell us to help us forecast the impacts of climate change? Where can we safely construct power plants or store nuclear waste? The programme includes four specialist options: Petrology and Economic Geology; Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology; Palaeontology and Global Change; and Solid Earth Geophysics. Upon completion of the programme, you will have gained expertise in a number of scientific and professional skills, including, depending on your specialist option: Assessment of geological materials (minerals, rock types, bedrock, groundwater) Understanding the genesis and sustainable use of mineral commodities Sustainable use of the environment from the Earth Science perspective Palaeontology and modelling global change using the geological record The physical evolution of the Earth (plate tectonics, interplay of the mantle and crust) Independent and team-driven project research High-level scientific writing (M.Sc. thesis and related work) Presentation of scientific results to scientists, students, and the general public The University... [-]

Master in Life Science Informatics

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Life Sciences is one of the strategic research fields at the University of Helsinki. The multidisciplinary Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics (LSI) integrates research excellence and research infrastructures in the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE). The unique combination of study opportunities tailored from the offering of the three campuses provides an attractive educational profile. [+]

Life Sciences is one of the strategic research fields at the University of Helsinki. The multidisciplinary Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics (LSI) integrates research excellence and research infrastructures in the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE). As a student, you will gain access to active research communities on three campuses: Kumpula, Viikki, and Meilahti. The unique combination of study opportunities tailored from the offering of the three campuses provides an attractive educational profile. The LSI programme is designed for students with a background in mathematics, computer science and statistics, as well as for students with these disciplines as a minor in their bachelor’s degree, with their major being, for example, ecology, evolutionary biology or genetics. As a graduate of the LSI programme you will: Have first class knowledge and capabilities for a career in life science research and in expert duties in the public and private sectors Competence to work as a member of a group of experts Have understanding of the regulatory and ethical aspects of scientific research Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills for employment in an international and interdisciplinary professional setting Understand the general principles of mathematical modelling, computational, probabilistic and statistical analysis of biological data, and be an expert in one specific specialisation area of the LSI programme Understand the logical reasoning behind experimental sciences and be able to critically assess research-based information Have mastered scientific research, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation to discover new knowledge Have the ability to report results in... [-]

Master in Materials Research

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This programme combines expertise from the areas of chemistry, physics and materials research at the University of Helsinki, which are ranked high in international evaluations. In the programme, you will focus on the fundamental physical and chemical problems in synthesising and characterising materials, developing new materials and improving existing ones. Your studies will concentrate on materials science rather than materials engineering. [+]

Materials are substances or things from which something is or can be made. Technological development is often based on the development of new materials. Materials research plays an important part in solving challenging problems relating to energy, food, water, health and well-being, the environment, sustainable use of resources, and urbanisation. An expert in materials research studies the chemical and physical bases of existing and new materials; their synthesis and processing, composition and structure, properties and performance. As an expert in materials research, your skills will be needed in research institutions, the technology industry (electronics and electrotechnical industry, information technology, mechanical engineering, metal industry, consulting), chemical industry, forest industry, energy industry, medical technology and pharmaceuticals. This programme combines expertise from the areas of chemistry, physics and materials research at the University of Helsinki, which are ranked high in international evaluations. In the programme, you will focus on the fundamental physical and chemical problems in synthesising and characterising materials, developing new materials and improving existing ones. Your studies will concentrate on materials science rather than materials engineering. Upon graduating from the programme you will have a solid understanding of the essential concepts, theories, and experimental methods of materials research. You will learn the different types of materials and will be able to apply and adapt theories and experimental methods to new problems in the field and assess critically other scientists’ work. You will also be able to communicate information in your field to both colleagues and laymen. Depending on the study line... [-]

Master in Mathematics and Statistics

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

When you study mathematics and statistics at the University of Helsinki, some of the best mathematicians and statisticians in the world will be your instructors. Studies in this Master’s programme will give you a solid basis for maths and statistics applications. Graduates of this Master’s programme find employment as researchers, teachers, and in demanding expert posts in the public and private sectors in Finland and abroad. [+]

When you study mathematics and statistics at the University of Helsinki, some of the best mathematicians and statisticians in the world will be your instructors. Studies in this Master’s programme will give you a solid basis for maths and statistics applications. Graduates of this Master’s programme find employment as researchers, teachers, and in demanding expert posts in the public and private sectors in Finland and abroad. The Master’s programme in mathematics and statistics is based on top research. The teaching within the stydy track at the University of Helsinki follows a high standard and is highly valued, not just within Finnish academia but in global university rankings. Upon graduating from this Master’s programme, you will: Be an expert in the methods of mathematics or statistics Have mastered the basics of another scientific discipline Be able to apply scientific knowledge and methods Be able to follow developments in mathematics and statistics Know how to think critically, argue a point, and solve problems Have excellent interaction skills and be assertive and creative Understand the principles of ethical and sustainable development Be well prepared to work as an expert and developer in your field Be prepared for scientific postgraduate studies The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 15 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check the FAQ at the... [-]

Master in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Why are microbes the most important group of organisms on our planet? How is knowledge of microbiology applied in medicine and industry, or in food production? What research techniques are used to study viruses, bacteria and other microbes? These are important questions, and you can find answers to these and many others in the study of Microbiology and microbial biotechnology. [+]

Why are microbes the most important group of organisms on our planet? How is knowledge of microbiology applied in medicine and industry, or in food production? What research techniques are used to study viruses, bacteria and other microbes? These are important questions, and you can find answers to these and many others in the study of Microbiology and microbial biotechnology. Upon completing your degree, you will: Understand the global significance of microbes as remodelers and processors of life and the environment Understand the potential for the use of microbes in the development of new applications, such as foodstuffs, drugs, and industrial processes Understand the molecular mechanisms that underpin microbial function Be able to evaluate the effects of changes in the environment on microbial communities and thus on the function of the biosphere Be able to estimate the risks of microbes, and assess the use of microbes in a variety of environments and situations Be able to evaluate ethical questions and the prerequisites of commercialisation related to the use of microbes and biotechnology You will understand the most important functional mechanisms of the major groups of microbes Be aware of the most important pathogens and virulence mechanisms Have mastered the most important microbiological and biotechnological research methods, and become proficient in the interpretation and evaluation of research results Be able to develop and evaluate new microbiological and biotechnological applications Have the capability to plan and lead activities that involve microbiology and biotechnology, and will be able to propose appropriate actions in... [-]

Master in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

What are the laws of nature governing the universe from elementary particles to the formation and evolution of the solar system, stars, and galaxies? In the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, you will focus on gaining a quantitative understanding of these phenomena. [+]

What are the laws of nature governing the universe from elementary particles to the formation and evolution of the solar system, stars, and galaxies? In the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, you will focus on gaining a quantitative understanding of these phenomena. With the expertise in basic research that you will gain in the programme, you can pursue a career in research. You will also acquire proficiency in the use of mathematical methods, IT tools and/or experimental equipment, as well as strong problem-solving and logical deduction skills. These will qualify you for a wide range of positions in the private sector. After completing the programme, you will: Have wide-ranging knowledge of particle physics and/or astrophysical phenomena. Have good analytical, deductive and computational skills. Be able to apply theoretical, computational and/or experimental methods to the analysis and understanding of various phenomena. Be able to generalize your knowledge of particle physics and astrophysical phenomena as well as identify their interconnections. Be able to formulate hypotheses and test them based your knowledge. The teaching in particle physics and astrophysical sciences is largely based on the basic research. Basic research conducted at the University of Helsinki has received top ratings in international university rankings. The in-depth learning offered by international research groups will form a solid foundation for your lifelong learning. The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 15 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries,... [-]

Master in Philosophy

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The goal of the Master’s Programme in Philosophy is to provide you with systematic knowledge of philosophy as an independent field of science and of its specialisation fields, as well as to enhance your skills of philosophical analysis and argumentation. In addition, the Master’s programme provides you with the skills necessary to conduct independent philosophical analyses through both spoken and written media. [+]

The goal of the Master’s Programme in Philosophy is to provide you with systematic knowledge of philosophy as an independent field of science and of its specialisation fields, as well as to enhance your skills of philosophical analysis and argumentation. In addition, the Master’s programme provides you with the skills necessary to conduct independent philosophical analyses through both spoken and written media. Philosophy graduates have been employed in a wide range of positions. Most of them work as researchers and teachers at institutions of higher education, general upper secondary schools and other educational institutions. Others serve in very different positions, often in jobs focusing less on a narrow field of specialisation and more on understanding broader issues, such as in communications as well as administration and planning duties. The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee ranges from 13 000-18 000 euros. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check the FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees. In­form­a­tion on the lan­guages of in­struc­tion The languages of instruction are English, Finnish and Swedish. You have the right to use Finnish or Swedish to complete your studies regardless of the language of instruction. Pro­gramme con­tents Philosophy deals with the most fundamental and universal questions about the world and people’s place in it. Central topics... [-]

Master in Plant Biology

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The Master’s Programme in Plant Biology is a joint programme of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, which ensures an exceptionally comprehensive curriculum. You will be able to study the diversity of wild and cultivated plants from the Arctic to the Tropics, as well as plant functions from the molecular to the ecosystem level. [+]

Life on Earth depends on solar energy captured by plants - they are the base of most food webs and underpin the functioning of all major ecosystems. Plants release the oxygen we breath. They convert solar energy into chemical energy, providing us with food, fibres, renewable energy sources, and raw materials for many industries. Plants do not carry out these processes in isolation. They interact with other organisms and the physical and chemical environment, communicate and actively adjust to their circumstances. How do they do these things and how can we profit from understanding them? When you have graduated from the Master’s Program in Plant Biology you will have the answers to these big questions, and more, such as: How one plant cell develops into a complicated organism and how plant cells, tissues and organs communicate with each other How plants avoid, tolerate or defend themselves from external stress factors such as diseases, drought and excessive solar radiation How plants sense their environment and communicate with each other and with other organisms How plants, interacting with microbes, fungi and animals, maintain ecosystems and thus life How the genotypic, functional and morphological differences between plants allow them to thrive in vastly different habitats You will also be able to: Understand how research in plant biology and biotechnology can contribute to plant breeding and production Plan, coordinate and execute high-quality basic and applied scientific research Have a good command of the scientific method and critically evaluate research across scientific disciplines Use the... [-]

Master in Theoretical and Computational Methods

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The basis of natural sciences is the modelling of phenomena and solving these models. The Master’s programme in theoretical and computational methods will give you a strong basis in the theoretical methods, modelling, and mathematical and numerical analysis within physics, mathematics, chemistry and/or computer science. [+]

The basis of natural sciences is the modelling of phenomena and solving these models. The Master’s programme in theoretical and computational methods will give you a strong basis in the theoretical methods, modelling, and mathematical and numerical analysis within physics, mathematics, chemistry and/or computer science. The special feature of this programme is that you can combine the above disciplines into a comprehensive programme. It is well suited for the needs of basic research and for many fields of application. This programme requires a strong commitment from you to develop your own skills and plan your degree. You can tailor your programme according to your existing knowledge and interests, in cooperation with the programme professors. The programme’s strong scientific emphasis makes it a natural gateway to further studies in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer science. This will usually take place within one of the research groups working on the Kumpula campus. Upon completing the Master’s programme, you will: Have a solid basis of skills in your chosen scientific field Have good skills in analytical and computational thinking and deduction Be able to apply theoretical and computational methods to the analysis and understanding of problems in various fields Be able to generalise information on scientific phenomena, and identify the inner relationships Be able to create mathematical models of natural phenomena Be able to solve the models, both analytically and numerically As a graduate of this Master’s programme you can work as an expert in many kinds of scientific jobs in the private... [-]

Master in Urban Studies and Planning

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning prepares you to excel as a professional capable of understanding and addressing complex urban development challenges. You will learn to address such challenges through a curriculum and pedagogical approach that includes interdisciplinary breadth as well as depth in core areas of knowledge, skills and practice. [+]

Gen­eral Know­ledge and Skills Upon completing the master’s programme in Urban Studies & Planning, you will be able to: Understand theories and identify concepts and empirical research methods relevant to urban studies and planning from the related fields of social sciences, humanities, ecology, engineering, architecture, design and art Demonstrate a working understanding of the role of urban government, policy-making and planning in urban development Critically and creatively pose and answer significant research questions relevant within and across multiple fields of theory and practice Gather, process and develop relevant conclusions based on information from multiple sources Produce, collect and analyse cases and data relevant to urban phenomena Use digital and other tools to collect, analyse and share data Develop responses to urban problems using relevant tools and techniques for representing, modelling, prototyping, testing and evaluating solutions Understand and develop integrated approaches within and across urban research and applied planning Communicate your understanding of and responses to urban phenomena visually, graphically, orally and in writing Write academic, professional and popular texts on urban themes based on relevant literature Apply and develop skills for co-production of knowledge and co-design Work productively and cooperatively in multidisciplinary, multiprofessional and international environments Know­ledge and Skills Re­lated to Spe­cial­isa­tions and Pro­fes­sions Upon completing the Master’s programme in Urban Studies & Planning, you will be able to: Apply the general knowledge and skills introduced, developed and demonstrated within the courses and thesis work Place urban analyses and proposals in relation to your specialisation and contextualise them in relation... [-]

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Master in English Studies

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The Master’s programme in English Studies helps you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English, and the teaching of English. Upon graduation, you will have excellent command of the English language. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you will also develop other skills needed in your future career, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work, and project management. [+]

The Master’s programme in English Studies helps you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English, and the teaching of English. Upon graduation, you will have excellent command of the English language. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you will also develop other skills needed in your future career, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work, and project management. An MA in English Studies prepares you for a variety of jobs, and our graduates have been successful in finding employment. If combined with mandatory pedagogical studies, the Master’s degree in English Studies qualifies you to be a language teacher. Alternatively, you can find employment in media or publishing, business, or international organisations where language skills are required. English is used globally as the language of science, culture, business and tourism, and experts in English are required in all of these fields. The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 13 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check the FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees. In­form­a­tion on the lan­guages of in­struc­tion For the most part, the language of instruction is English, and the studies are completed in English. You can take... [-]

Master in Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This Master's programme will provide you with an understanding of the nature and diversity of human language and with the theoretical tools for working with language material. If you are interested in languages but are unable to decide which of them you want to study, this Master's programme offers several fields of specialisation. One of them might be just perfect for you. [+]

Why do languages change? Why does your mobile device suggest funny completions for words you are typing? How did it happen that Finnish is spoken mostly in Finland, but its linguistic relatives are scattered over a larger area? How can you study a language that does not have a standard orthography? Why can you sometimes tell where other people come from just by their accent? Why do some people stick to their dialect, but others give it up when they move to the city? Should you try to support language diversity? Can we save languages that are spoken by a very small number of people? How can computer-synthesised speech be made to sound more human? Why do some languages seem so much more difficult to learn - are they inherently more complex? This Master's programme will provide you with an understanding of the nature and diversity of human language and with the theoretical tools for working with language material. If you are interested in languages but are unable to decide which of them you want to study, this Master's programme offers several fields of specialisation. One of them might be just perfect for you. During your studies, you will: gain an in-depth understanding of the basic structure of language, its subsystems (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) and their mutual relationships learn the fundamentals of linguistic analysis and language description familiarize yourself with linguistic concepts, theories, descriptive models and the associated research methods learn how language is related to cognition, speech... [-]

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