Applicable studies for the Master's programme

These instructions apply to you if you apply to Master's programmes at the University of Helsinki that begin in autumn 2020.

Applicable studies refer to studies that provide you with the competence to successfully study towards a Master’s degree in the programme you are applying to. Applicable studies can also refer to having an applicable degree.

The applicability and sufficiency of your studies will be assessed during the admissions procedure. The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies.

Please make sure to read the application instructions of the particular programme you are applying to, as there might be more detailed information about what can be considered applicable studies, and also whether you need to have a certain amount of applicable studies, or an applicable degree, or both.

Depending on the study programme, applicable studies can either be studies which are included in the degree that you use as a basis for eligibility, or these studies can be also studies that are not part of the degree. Especially if your previous degree (the one which you use as the basis of eligibility) is from a difference scientific discipline than the Master’s Programme that you are applying to, you must show that you have conducted studies that are applicable to the scientific discipline of the Master’s Programme. Therefore, the faculty, when considering your application, can also take into account (depending on their admission criteria) the studies that you have completed outside/apart of your degree, such as in an open university or as part of another degree.

A degree from a University of Applied Sciences makes you, generally, eligible to apply to the Master’s programmes, unless there are specific provisions in the application instructions of a particular programme. If you apply with a degree from a University of Applied Sciences to a Master’s Programme to which it is required to have certain basic studies (Finnish: perusopinnot; Swedish: grundstudier) or subject studies (Finnish: aineopinnot; Swedish: ämnesstudier), or your current/previous university does not teach the subjects applicable to the programme, you must have conducted the studies, for example, in an open university.

For some Master’s Programmes, the applicable studies are described in detail in the admission criteria.  This is the case if the Master’s Programme in question requires a certain study modules or study credits.

If the admission criteria of the programme you are applying to does not explicitly state which studies can be considered applicable or to give eligibility for the programme, you may try to assess the applicability of your studies yourself, for example:

  • by reading the degree structure of Bachelor’s Programmes in the similar field. These can be found in the course catalogue of the University of Helsinki, WebOodi. Browsing the WebOodi does not require a username or password.
  • familiarizing yourself with the website of the Master’s programme and the degree structure, and trying to assess whether you have completed such studies that provide you with a sufficient background knowledge to successfully study in the Master’s programme

The grades of the applicable studies are usually taken into account, but the extent depends on the admission criteria of each programme. In general, high grades (usually measured by a GPA) are required.  In each application round, however, applicants are compared to each other and only the best will be accepted. Because of this, the more detailed minimum grade levels differ per year and per study programme. For this reason, the University of Helsinki cannot assess the sufficiency of an applicant’s GPA or grade level beforehand.

In general, it is not required that the applicable studies have been completed at the University of Helsinki. As a rule, applicable studies can also have been completed in another university in Finland or abroad. Please check, however, where there are exceptions to this rule in the admission criteria of the programme that you are applying to.