The Master's Degree Programme in

Environment and Natural Resources MENVI

Entry requirements

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The English-language Master's Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI) will admit a maximum of 11 new students who satisfy the admission criteria.

The application period has been closed on January 27, 2016. The University of Helsinki has one intake of students per year for the Master's (graduate) level. There will be no more intakes for MENVI programme as the degree programme structure at the UH will change for 2017.

The MENVI programme includes four major subjects, two of which offer only one specialist option. Applicants must choose the major subject for which they are applying from among the following: 1) Plant Production Biology, specialist option in Agroecology, 2 students can be selected 2) Agrotechnology, specialist option in Environmental Engineering in Agriculture, 3 students can be selected 3) Environmental Soil Science, 3 students can be selected and 4) Microbiology, 3 students can be selected.

The decision on student selection for the academic cycle 2016-2018 was done by the Faculty’s Admissions Board in April 2016. The right to pursue a degree at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry will be granted by the Admissions Board.

Please read the following information before applying.

Eligible applicants

The Master’s Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI) is open to applicants who have completed a suitable Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent degree, in fields relevant to the MENVI in Finland or abroad. See relevant fields for MENVI specialist options on General description page. Also eligible are applicants who will have completed a suitable Bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree, so that by the time they enrol (no later than on a date informed by the Faculty) at the University, they will be able to present their diploma.

Selection criteria

Student selection will primarily be based on previous study performance, the relevance of previously completed studies, the study plan and a motivation letter drafted by the applicant. In addition to good English skills, the applicants are required to have good performance level in their previously completed studies. Secondary consideration can be given to the applicant’s proficiency in other languages, professional experience relevant to the programme as well as letter of recommendation. 

Special consideration will be given to the fact that the applicant’s previous studies must provide a solid foundation for studies in the programme.  Admitted students may be required to complete a maximum of 30 credits worth of supplementary studies. These studies cannot be incorporated into the Master’s degree. If more than 30 credits of supplementary studies are considered necessary for the applicant to be able to study in the program, the applicant cannot be chosen.

Language requirements

In accordance with Rector’s Decision No. 91/2012, applicants are required to have academic level proficiency in English in order to be able to successfully complete their studies. Detailed information on language tests and other acceptable ways of indicating skills in English, see the following links:

Information on English language requirements

Application documents

The right to pursue a degree will be granted on the basis of application documents.

Applicants must enclose with their application form the following English-language documents:

  • Diploma and transcript of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent basic university degree. The documents submitted must be officially certified photocopies of both the documents in the original language as well as their translations. The transcript must indicate the grading scale used in the assessment of the degree.
  • Certificate of English language skills
  • A motivation letter as part of the online applicant e-registration. The applicants should describe their academic, professional and personal competencies and write a preliminary study plan, including a plan for the topic of the Master’s thesis
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

The application form may contain programme-specific questions. Applicants may also be required to provide identification documents.

Note! Needed country-specific documents listed here.

Register at for to apply to the programme

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The results of the student selection will be available in Aspring 2016. The results will be posted to all applicants.

A student admitted to a Master's degree programme may not apply at a later date to change his or herprogramme in another Master's programme in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

The students who have been accepted in the student selections of 2016 have to submit their Confirmation Form (notice on study place acceptance) at the appropriate Faculty’s Office by the deadline given by the Faculty.

Those who fail to confirm their acceptance of their student place and to submit the required documents by the deadline will lose their right to pursue studies at the Faculty.

General application information

General information for international students on applying to the Master's Degree Programmes at the University of Helsinki

General information for international students on applying to the Master's Degree Programmes at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry


Collect the required enclosures listed on the front page of the Application Form. Write your Application Form number on every document. Make sure that the requested educational documents are translated and officially certified either by the awarding institution or by a notary public.

Send the Application form with the application documents to the mailing address of University Admissions Finland well before the given application deadline.

You can send the required enclosures by mail or use an international courier service. The mailing address is:

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki

Alternatively, you can leave the documents in a mailbox that is located at Unioninkatu 40 C, on the corner of Unioninkatu and Yrjö-Koskisen katu. You can access the mailbox at all times, but do note that if you are cutting it close to the deadline, you need to leave your application documents in the mailbox by 15.00 (GMT+2). All application enclosures left in the mailbox after 15.00 (GMT+2) will be considered to have arrived the following business day.

University Admissions Finland does not accept documents submitted by email or fax.