Are you interested in applying to the Master's Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology? Find out more about the programme to see if it is right for you, how to apply and other useful information for applicants.
Basic information
  • Degree level: Master of Science
  • Scope of studies and planned duration: 120 ECTS credits, 2 years
  • Language: All teaching is in English, but exams can be taken and work completed also in Finnish or Swedish. 
  • Tuition fee per year (only non-EU/EEA citizens): 15 000 EUR
Application date

The application for studies starting in autumn 2024 is closed. The admission results have been sent to the applicants by e-mail and can also be found by logging into your My Studyinfo –service.

The application period for studies starting in autumn 2025 is from 9 Dec 2024 to 2 Jan 2025. Please note that our International Master's Programmes only have one intake per academic year. You can only submit your application during the application period.

Who can apply

The Master’s Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is for students interested in how living nature adapts to the changing world and how the biodiversity around us has evolved.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  1. have completed a first-cycle (bachelor's or equivalentdegree, or will do so by the given deadline.
  2. meet the degree language requirements. Find out more about proving your English language proficiency.
  3. have completed a sufficient amount of applicable studies. See the admission criteria at for more details.

The full admission criteria can be found at the Finnish national education portal

Why apply

Ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology are fascinating topics for basic research and also have a key role in addressing global environmental challenges.

In the Master's Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), you will learn the following skills:

  • mastering the main theories and methods in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • planning and successfully carrying out scientific research projects
  • writing good scientific English
  • working in research projects and groups
  • applying your skills to solving practical problems
  • learning transferable skills

Upon completing the EEB programme, you can embark on a wide range of careers, e.g. research and teaching in higher education institutions or expert positions in a wide range of public, private and third-sector organisations. 

The degree provides scientific qualifications for doctoral education in many areas of biology.

How to apply

This video gives a general overview of the application process for the International Master's Programmes at the University of Helsinki.

Note that the video and instructions apply to the application round for the autumn 2024 intake that closed on 3 Jan 2024. However, they give you an idea of what to expect when the instructions are updated in autumn 2024 for the next intake.

Start preparing your application well in advance, make sure that you meet the admission criteria and language requirements, and always read the full instructions on our website.

Contact Admission Services

If you have any questions about admissions at the University of Helsinki, please contact our admission advisers for guidance.

Student testimonials

Who knows better than our students what it is like to study in the Master's Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology?

Meet EEB students and graduates to learn about their experiences with studies and life in Helsinki.

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences has a lot of top researchers from around the world.
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About the University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki, the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, has since 1640 played a major role in the development of the Finnish cultural life and welfare state. Today, we seek solutions to problems that affect everyone.

As one of the world's top 1% research universities, we believe that the power of knowledge can change attitudes, people and society – for a better world.

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