What can you study with us?

In our Master’s Programmes and the Bachelor's Programme in Science, you gain skills and courage that can contribute to finding sustainable solutions for global challenges. But what kind of topics and themes can you study with us?

At the University of Helsinki, you get an education based on high-quality research from leading scholars. You can tailor your degree to your own interests with our multidisciplinary study options across 11 faculties, and develop expertise in your field with the capability of grasping interdisciplinary concepts and perceiving causalities.

Note that this page includes just some examples of topics, themes and fields of our Master's programmes. In reality, they offer study tracks and specialisation opportunities beyond these examples.

Degree programmes in English
Building a fair society

Do you care about social justice? What would a fair society look like, with equal opportunities for all? How can we address societal challenges like inequality, social division caused by polarisation and structural discrimination?

At the University of Helsinki, we look for answers by conducting multidisciplinary research on, e.g., equality in education, preventing health and social inequalities, cultural and religious diversity, and changes in democracy. Our students become experts in topics like social phenomena and structures, democracy and the rule of law, social diversity, and welfare discrepancies.

By studying in our master's programmes, you can make an impact through your studies and be a part of building a fair society for all.

Creating a healthier world

How can we build a healthier world? Is it possible to tackle cancer, global pandemics or diseases of the brain and mind? How should therapies for diseases be personalised to be effective?

At the University of Helsinki, we search for holistic solutions to global health-related challenges with our multidisciplinary approach. Health is studied from a range of perspectives, from conducting gene research with the help of genetic data and biobanks to utilising artificial intelligence and other digital solutions in precision medicine. 

Through research and education, we are developing experts who understand the connection between animal, human and environmental health.

By studying in our master's programmes, you can gain the knowledge needed to work towards solving the health-related challenges of the future.

Designing an ethical technological future

Does the future of the digital world inspire you? As technology becomes an increasing part of our daily lives and society, we need digital architects and leaders who understand and can navigate ethical challenges. Algorithms alone cannot solve the ethics of artificial intelligence, nor will the quantum revolution emerge from nothing.

At the University of Helsinki, we conduct multidisciplinary research and educate the (digital) architects of our future. Our research and innovation range from the datafication of society to ethical AI, and from quantum technology to space and energy.

By studying in our master's programmes, you can become an expert with the skills to build a more ethical digital world


Pioneering the future of education

Why is the education system of Finland so famous? The success of it lies in research-based policies and practice, long-term investment in equality as well as teachers – the backbone of Finland's education system.

The University of Helsinki played a central role in developing this international success story. We continue to pioneer the future of education by conducting research in topics like how to learn better and how digital solutions can promote learning. Our brain research shows phenomena related to learning in a new light. Also sustainable development and equality introduce pressing questions to the discussion on education, which can only be solved with research-based knowledge.

By studying in our master's programmes, you can gain the knowledge needed to work towards an education system that belongs to and works for everyone.

Securing our planet’s future

Are you concerned about our planet? To solve the climate crisis and reverse biodiversity loss, we need new ideas and fresh evidence of what is happening in the atmosphere, on the ground, and throughout our ecosystem.

At the University of Helsinki, our research ranges from ecology, air quality and food production to cultural, social and economic factors that have a role in climate change and biodiversity loss, and contribute to sustainability transformations of societies.

As the challenges that the climate and nature are facing are complex, the solutions require broad-based multidisciplinary expertise. To find solutions and achieve sustainability transformation, we need more experts from a variety of fields.

By studying in our master's programmes, you gain skills to protect the natural world and work towards a sustainable future.

How to apply

Are you interested in our degree programmes? Check out the application periods and processes to find out when and how to apply.