The extent of the programme is 120 credits (ECTS), to be completed in two-years of full-time studies. The degree consists of

  • 80 credits of advanced studies in Integrative Plant Sciences, including Master’s thesis (30 credits)
  • 40 credits of other studies from this programme or other programmes

The 80 credits' advanced studies in Integrative Plant Sciences consists of 20 credits' joint courses + 2 x 15 credits' alternative modules + 30 credits' MSc thesis. By choosing the 2 alternative 15 credits' modules you find interesting you will be able to deepen your expertise in particular areas of plant biology. Your degree can thus be tailored depending on your aspirations, whether you want to be a university researcher, entrepreneur, or environmental/agricultural consultant. You will also be free to pick individual courses from any module to your optional studies, without having to take all courses in it. However, each module is a coherent entity so we recommend that you take all of the courses in it. See here the more detailed list of the programme's modules and study units.

The joint courses and the courses included in the seven alternative 15 credits' modules of the programme's five teaching/research fields are presented below:

Joint studies in the MSc programme in Integrative Plant Sciences, 50 cr       

  • PBIO-001 Personal Study Plan (PSP), 0 cr
  • PBIO-002 Plants in a Changing World, 5 cr                    
  • PBIO-003 Design and Planning of Biological Experiments, 5 cr
  • PBIO-004 Master’s Thesis Seminar, 5 cr
  • PBIO-005 Literature Examination, 5 cr
  • PBIO-006 Master’s Thesis, 30 cr
  • VIIKB-001 Maturity Essay, 0 cr

Plant Growth and Developmental Biology, 15 cr

  • PBIO-111 Plant Developmental Biology, 5 cr                                
  • PBIO-112 Wood Structure, Growth and Differentiation, 5 cr 
  • PBIO-113 Lectures in Plant Physiology, 5 cr

Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 15 cr

  • PBIO-121 Plant Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 5 cr
  • PBIO-122 Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 5 cr
  • PBIO-123 Laboratory Course in Plant Biotechnology, 5cr

Advanced Plant Molecular Biology, 15 cr

  • PBIO-131 Advanced Course in Plant Molecular Biology, 15 cr

Evolutionary Ecology of Plants, 15 cr

Elective, 15 cr

  • PBIO-141 Sensory and Physiological Ecology of Plants, 5 cr
  • PBIO-142 Plant Adaptation, 5 cr
  • PBIO-143 Ecosystem Ecology, 5 cr
  • PBIO-144 Winter Ecology, 5 cr

Subarctic Ecology and Flora, 15 cr

Elective, 15 cr

  • PBIO-151 Fjeld Flora and Vegetation, 5 cr
  • PBIO-144 Winter Ecology, 5 cr
  • EEB-106 Subarctic Ecology, 5 cr
  • PBIO-153 Flora of Subarctic Europe, 5 cr

Taxonomy and Systematics, 15 cr

  • PBIO-161 Biological Collections, 5 cr
  • PBIO-164 Introduction to Phylogenetics, 10 cr (first time in autumn 2020)

Diversity and Distribution of Plants and Fungi, 15 cr

Elective, 15 cr                                                                                                                          

  • PBIO-171 Boreal Lichens and Bryophytes, 5 cr
  • PBIO-172 Polypores as Tools in Forest Conservation, 5 cr           
  • PBIO-173 Mapping Plant Distributions, 5 cr           
  • PBIO-174 Tropical Flora of East Africa, 5 cr
  • PBIO-175 Flora and Vegetation of East Africa, 5 cr
  • EEB-301 Fundamentals of Conservation Biology, 5 cr       
  • PBIO-177 Flora of Southern Finland, 5 cr
  • PBIO-178 Threatened Vascular Plants of Finland, 5 cr

Career orientation and professional skills training (examples)

  • PBIO-008 Advanced Training in a Research Group, 5-10 cr       
  • PBIO-009 Practical Training, 5-10 cr       
  • PBIO-010 Learning by Doing in Scientific Natural History Collections, 5 cr            
  • PBIO-011 Project Work, 5 cr            
  • PBIO-012 Plant Biology Journal Club, 5 cr           
  • PBIO-013 Symposia and Seminars, 5 cr 
  • PBIO-014 Learning by Teaching, 5 cr         
  • Curriculum for Career courses                                                                                                              
  • VIIKB-002 Tutoring, 5 cr          
  • VIIKB-005 Participation in Organization and Administrative Activities, 2-5 cr        

Optional studies from student’s own programme or from other programmes


Orientation, language courses, courses from other universities

  • VIIKB-003 Orientation Course, 1 cr           
  • 993734 Academic Writing for Students in Master's Degree Programmes 1 (CEFR C1), 2 cr          
  • 993735 Academic Writing for Students in Master's Degree Programmes 2 (CEFR C1), 2 cr          
  • VIIKB-100 Studies Accomplished at Another University, 1-15 cr  
  • VIIKB-200 Study Module Accomplished at Another University, 15-45 cr                                                                                                           

Courses or modules from the MSc Programme in Forest Sciences: FOR-306 Forest Biotechnology, 30 cr                                            

  • FOR-231 Basic Biotechnology Applications in Forestry, 5 cr         
  • PBIO-112 Wood Structure, Growth and Differentiation,  5 cr          
  • FOR-232 Forest Microbiology, 10 cr       
  • FOR-233 Advanced Forest Mycology and Pathology, 10 cr                                                                                                                                                           

Courses or modules from the MSc Programme in Forest Sciences: FOR-307 Forest Production Ecology, 25 cr                                    

  • FOR-211 Tree Ecophysiology, 5 cr                             
  • FOR-212 Forest Production, Growth and Yield, 5 cr                             
  • FOR-213 Field Course in Production Ecology, 5 cr           
  • FOR-215 Mitigation of Climate Change in Forestry, 5 cr                             
  • FOR-216 Adaptation of Forestry to Climate Change, 5 cr                                                                                                                                                                        

Courses or modules from the MSc Programme in Agricultural Sciences: AGRI-230 Plant Breeding, 15 cr                                             

  • AGRI-231 Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources, 5 cr                              
  • AGRI-232 Breeding of Crop Plants, 5 cr                               
  • AGRI-233 Forest Tree Breeding, 5 cr