The programme structure is highly systematic, which well serves students wishing 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.
“One of the benefits of our programme is cooperation with two other Finnish universities with a strong Economics offering. Hanken School of Economics offers courses in finance and banking, and at Aalto University, students can take courses in micro-economics, for example. Students can freely choose specialised courses in economics from either of the universities, as well as focus on these areas and write a thesis on them if they so wish,” says Lanne.
The discipline of Economics is based in the Economicum building in the heart of Helsinki. Hanken School of Economics and the Aalto University School of Economics are also housed in the same building, as is the Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT). More than one hundred economists, with about 30 PhDs, work in Economicum.
“Our scientific community is both compact and international. The whole programme is taught entirely in English and approximately a quarter of all students on my courses are foreign students. Our international cooperation with exchange programmes is highly appreciated as well,” adds Lanne.
The University of Helsinki is internationally renowned for its high-quality teaching, research and innovation. Additionally, the discipline of economics has a very active student body (KTTO) safeguarding the interests and looking after the general welfare of its members in the activities of study, work and leisure. According to the Economist (8/2016), Helsinki ranks among the world’s top ten liveable cities.
“The University of Helsinki Master’s degree and the Doctoral Programme are highly valued and perceived as good investments. Our graduates consider the analytical and mathematical demands of the studies very useful in working life. Even though theory is not necessarily present in day-to-day work tasks, it has provided students with analytical skills and had a significant positive impact on employment,” Lanne summarises.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Economics opens up a variety of potential career opportunities. Graduates are employed in research institutions, various organisations, business enterprises, banks and government.