Welcome to study Agricultural Sciences

The Master’s Programme in Agricultural Sciences (AGRI) invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2024 to take a moment to explore this page and get to know us better. Our staff, students and faculty welcome you!

The admission results (application round from 1 Dec 2023 to 3 Jan 2024) have been sent to the applicants to the e-mail address given on their application form. The results can also be found in the My Studyinfo -service.

Greetings from the programme

Dear students, welcome to Agricultural Sciences!

The world needs food, and food comes from agriculture. Moreover, there is a need in the world for its food to be produced in a sustainable way, and that’s where universities and research institutes are needed.

Much of our research focuses on improving the sustainability of crop and livestock production in various ways. Our teaching is based on the latest research, so you, our students, get to learn about the latest developments. This prepares you for leading roles in the agricultural world. Although Finland has the northernmost agriculture in the world, we have a truly global perspective, helped by our multinational community of academics and researchers.

We are looking forward to welcoming you when the semester starts.

On behalf of the AGRI programme,
Pauliina Palonen

Get to know our students

What is it like to study in the Mas­ter’s Pro­gramme in Ag­ri­cul­tural Sciences? What kind of career opportunities does the programme open? How is life in Helsinki?

Find out more by reading these articles:

  • Our student Kaiye Qin and associate professor Timo Hytönen answer questions about the programme and more. Read the article.
  • Our students Andrei and Nelli talk about their experiences in the programme and what is it like to study and live in Helsinki. Read the article.

You can also chat directly with our students:

It's also possible to chat with other University of Helsinki students to ask questions or read their blog posts to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

Orientation and tutoring

This year the teaching officially starts on 2 September 2024, but you should participate in the orientation activities for the new students already before classes begin (Orientation week 26 August – 1 September).

Starting at a new university is challenging and if you are also settling into a new country it is even more so. You will benefit greatly from all the hints and tips that you get in orientation week! You will join a tutor group led by an experienced student, learn more about studying in our programme, get support with administrative matters, and get introduced to the university campuses and facilities. All this will make it easier for you to start your studies and life in Helsinki.

The detailed information concerning the orientation and tutoring will be published in the Instructions for students in the summer. Make sure the correct programme is selected on the dropdown menu to access the relevant information.

Your campus

As a student in the Master's Programme in Agricultural Sciences, the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the Viikki campus will be your home base.

Viikki research farm is part of the campus and serves as a platform for research and education purposes of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The Faculty also has locations in Mikkeli and Seinäjoki, and manages the Hyytiälä research station located in North-Häme as well as the Muddusjärvi research station in Northern Lapland.

Helsinki Think Company brings together students, researchers and people interested in entrepreneurship. One of their workspaces is at the Viikki campus offering free co-working spaces, boot camps, idea accelerator programmes, hackathons, mentoring and a community of like-minded individuals.

UNITalent Programme

The international students in the Master's Programme in Agricultural Sciences can apply to the UNITalent Programme. It is designed to support international students in building professional networks in Finland and to gain insight into field specific working life. Students take part by attending monthly group meetings with hosting organisation for a period of three months. During the programme, the University Career Services also provides training in career management skills.

Contacts and useful links

If you have questions related to the admissions and accepting your student place, please contact the Admission Services.

If you have questions regarding the content of the AGRI programme, you can contact the Director of the Programme Pauliina Palonen or the Training Officer Viola Niklander-Teeri.