Welcome to study Economics
The Master’s Programme in Economics invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2023 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 2022 to 4 Jan 2023) 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

Welcome, new Economics student! We are excited for you to start your studies at the University of Helsinki, in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Our Master’s Programme in Economics is demanding, but you can rest assured that you will receive a high-quality education; graduates of the programme are hard currency in the labour market. This page provides you with important information to help prepare and get excited for your arrival. For example, you might be interested in taking part in Aalto University’s Math Camp before the courses start in September, or get to know our Economics building on Arkadiankatu, in the heart of Helsinki. You can also find the structure of your studies and an introduction to student life through this page.

We look forward to meeting you in August!

Studying in the programme

Preparing for Your Studies

Aalto University Math Camp 14–25 August

If you would like to prepare for your studies before the semester starts we highly recommend you to join the The Aalto University Math Camp that will take place 14–25 August, 2023. The camp is a brief review of basic mathematical concepts and an introduction to some more specialized tools that will be used throughout the first year of Master’s studies, and it is open to University of Helsinki students. More information about the Math Camp will be published on this page during the spring semester.

R Club

The R Club will meet twice a week at the Economicum building in the beginning of the first period: on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4 - 6 pm, from the 4th to 19th of September. This short course is designed to introduce you to the basics of R and its application in the field of economics. R is a powerful statistical software widely used by economists for data analysis, modeling, and visualization. In this course, you will learn how to use R to manipulate data, create graphs and plots, conduct basic statistical analyses, and develop econometric models. By participating in the R Club, you will have the opportunity to improve your practical skills in R that will be highly beneficial in the econometrics courses of our program.

Structure and Courses

The structure of the Master's Programme in Economics is highly systematic serving well students who wish to graduate in two years. In addition to core courses, the programme includes field courses in economics, as well as optional courses from different fields.

You can take economics courses from each of the three Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (Helsinki GSE) universities: University of Helsinki, Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics. The Helsinki GSE unit offers the most extensive selection of economics courses in Finland.

More detailed information can be found on the degree structure page.

More Information

In the Studies service, you will find practical information for the University of Helsinki students in one place, for example:

  • Instructions for students providing instructions and bulletins regarding your studies. Remember to always select your own programme in the dropdown menu at the top of the page.
  • A section for new degree students in the Instructions for students.
  • Information and tools in order to plan your studies in the Instructions for students.
  • Course search where you can filter and look for available courses.

If you have any questions regarding your studies, please contact the Student Services: kruununhaka-student@helsinki.fi


Meet our students

Do you wonder what it is like to study at the University of Helsinki? How is student life or housing in the City of Helsinki? You can chat directly with our student Anniina or other University of Helsinki students on our chat platform. The student blog posts on the chat platform are also a great way to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

Kindly note that for questions related to admissions you should contact the Admission Services.

The Student Association of Economics (Kansantaloustieteen opiskelijat ry - KTTO ry) at the University of Helsinki was founded in 1959. It is committed to safeguarding the interests and improving the general welfare of its members in the fields of leisure, study and work. More information on the KTTO website.

Economicum – the home base of Economics

The discipline of economics is housed in the Economicum building on Arkadiankatu street, which also accommodates the economics departments of Aalto University and the Hanken School of Economics, as well as the VATT Institute of Economic Research. The discipline of economics has a teaching and research staff of close to 40 people. In total, more than 100 economists work at Economicum. The building was designed by architect Einari Teräsvirta. The oldest parts of the building were completed in the 1960s and 1980s, and the latest addition in 2003. Economicum is also right next to the Finnish Museum of Natural History, which also functions under the University of Helsinki!

Orientation and tutoring

The teaching officially starts on 4 September 2023, but you should participate in the orientation activities for the new students already before the classes begin. You will be assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student, or student tutor. You will learn more about studying in our programme and get support with administrative matters. This will make it easier for you to start your studies and life in Helsinki.

The detailed information concerning the orientation and student tutors will be published in the Instructions for students. Remember to select your programme in the dropdown menu to access the information relevant to your degree programme.

You should also get in contact with your academic mentor and make the initial personal study plan during the orientation week.

UNITalent Programme

The international students in the Master's Programme in Economics 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 regarding the content of the programme, courses or studies, please contact us:

Anna-Liisa Auramo
Study Planning Officer

Marja-Liisa Halko
Programme Director

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