Master's Programmes

As one of the world's leading multidisciplinary research universities, the University of Helsinki follows the philosophy that all teachers are researchers and all researchers teach. When studying in one of our over 30 International Master's Programmes in English, you learn from world-class scientists and often get to participate in top-notch research already during your studies.

The scope of the Master's Programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of full-time study. They all comply with the national legislation governing university education and are, therefore, recognised globally. They also provide a solid foundation for doctoral studies.

The next application period for our International Master's Programmes is on December 3, 2018 - January 11, 2019, for studies starting in August 2019.

To check the exact programme-specific admission requirements, find your Master's Programme in the Degree finder and read the information under the section “How to apply”.

Master's Programmes at the University of Helsinki

This list includes all the International Master's Programmes that are taught in English at the University of Helsinki. For more information about the content, scope, and structure of each programme, go to the programme website.

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In the Master’s Programme in Agricultural Sciences, you can pursue studies in agrotechnology, animal science, environmental soil science or plant production sciences.
Do you want to solve issues related to agriculture, biodiversity, food and forests? This Master’s Programme combining economics and natural sciences will make you well versed in topics such as climate policy, sustainable agriculture and food security.
In this Master's Programme, you get a multidisciplinary education to work with environmental issues and deal with matters of global concern like air pollution, climate change, deforestation, extreme weather and issues related to water resources.
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In the Master's Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, you learn experimental research methods in many fields of chemistry, like analytical and synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry, molecular research, and spectroscopy.
Computer science has a bright future. In this Master's Programme, you get skills that can lead you to create new network solutions, build the future digital society, develop secure digital services, or be involved in a ground-breaking software project.
Societies are becoming increasingly diverse, change rapidly and are confronted with inequalities. In this Master's Programme, you become an expert in the analysis of these dynamics in contemporary societies.
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Data science combines computer science and statistics. In this interdisciplinary Master's Programme, you gain solid knowledge of the central concepts, theories, and research methods of data science as well as applied skills.
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This Master's Programme offers a variety of topics in three areas: ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology. It addresses global environmental challenges and you get a perspective on biology from the level of genes to communities of species.
This Master’s Programme provides demanding, high-quality education in the field of economics. Oriented towards social sciences, the programme prepares students for expert occupations or equips them with the capability to pursue a doctoral degree.
The Master’s Programme in English Studies at the University of Helsinki offers a wide variety of courses in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English, and the teaching of English.
This interdisciplinary Master’s Programme trains you to tackle global environmental and sustainability challenges integrating both natural and social sciences perspectives.
The Master's programme provides you with a rich and multidisciplinary understanding of European society, politics and culture today and in history. You learn to know the Nordic countries through a European perspective and Europe from a Nordic perspective.
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This Master's Programme covers the whole food production chain from primary production via food processing to consumers. You explore innovations in food and learn how to improve the healthiness, safety, ecology and ethics of food and food processing.
This Master's Programme offers a broad and versatile perspective on forests and their use. The studies focus on and apply knowledge in biology, biogeochemistry, business economics, environmental sciences, logistics, geoinformatics and IT.
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In the Master's programme in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences, you can specialise in Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics and Genomics or Molecular Analytical Health Biosciences.
This top-ranked Master's Programme in Geography is based on high quality research groups and divided into three study tracks: 1) physical geography, 2) urban and human geography & spatial planning, and 3) geoinformatics.
In the Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics, you are trained 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.
This interdisciplinary Master’s Programme addresses the key challenges of globalisation from the perspective of media and communication studies, organisation research, political science and global political economy.
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This Master's Programme is built around human nutrition, food behaviour and food consumption, as well as related research methods. You focus on these topics from the perspectives of public health nutrition, nutrition physiology and the social sciences.
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In this Master's Programme, you focus on questions of cultural diversity and mutual understanding, and learn to deal with issues of intercultural interaction, diversity, internationalisation, cultural management, the media and power.
The International Business Law (IBL) programme offers you the possibility to learn more about business related subjects such as contract and consumer law, commercial law and commercial dispute resolution from an international point of view.
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Advances in life sciences are hard to make without a multidisciplinary approach to handle the explosion of data. This Master's Programme offers great future opportunities by combining the world of biodata and the expertise to utilise it.
The Master's Programme in Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age provides you with an understanding of the nature and diversity of human language and with the theoretical tools for working with language material.
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In this Master's Programme, you focus on the fundamental physical and chemical problems in synthesising and characterising materials, developing new materials and improving existing ones.
The Master’s programme in mathematics and statistics is based on top research and consists of mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. The programme is part of the Analysis and dynamics and the Inverse problems centres of excellence.
In the Master's Programme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, you learn more about microbes and what type of research techniques are used to study viruses, bacteria and other microbes.
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Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that studies the brain and the entire nervous system at different levels of organisation, from genes and molecules to nerve cells and networks; and beyond.
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In this Master’s Programme, you gain an extensive understanding of particle physics and/or astrophysical sciences, expertise in basic research and proficiency in the use of mathematical methods, IT tools and experimental equipment.
In the Master’s Programme in Plant Biology, you 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.
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This Master's Programme at Europe's largest and best-known research institute of Russian studies is a two-year multi- and interdisciplinary programme for students who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of Russia.
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In this interdisciplinary Bachelor's Programme in Science, you get to work on the cutting edge of exciting basic research and application development in mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science.
Gender Studies Master's Degree Programme University of Helsinki Finland
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In the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, you get a strong basis in the theoretical methods, modelling, and mathematical and numerical analysis within physics, mathematics, chemistry and/or computer science.
Translational medicine aims to facilitate new therapies and medical procedures by implementing research findings in patient care, and by applying clinical data in research.
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In this Master’s Programme, you become a professional capable of understanding and addressing complex urban development challenges. You can specialise in Urban Planning and Design, Urban Ecologies and Systems or in Urban Life, Economy and Cultures.