Are you interested in applying to the Master's Programme in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability? 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 Social Sciences, Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) or Master of Science
  • Scope of studies and planned duration: 120 ECTS credits, 2 years
  • Language: The teaching language is English. All assignments, exams and dissertations can be done in English, Finnish or Swedish.
  • Tuition fee per year (only non-EU/EEA citizens): 13 000 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 Environmental Change and Global Sustainability is for students interested in gaining expertise in environmental sciences, sustainability sciences and environmental policy. 

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

Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. 

The ECGS programme trains you in wide-ranging interdisciplinary thinking skills and provides you with the ability to:

  • study environmental and sustainability issues in your respective fields of expertise.
  • solve problems of socio-ecological sustainability in cooperation with various social actors.

The programme offers three different degrees – Master of Social Sciences, Master of Science or Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry). Your degree is determined by the choice of your study track. When applying, you choose one of the two study tracks: Environmental Change or Global Sustainability.

Upon graduating, you have sufficient expertise in environmental sciences, sustainability sciences and environmental policy to act as a specialist in the public, private and third sectors. You also have the essential skills to undertake a career in sustainable business and communication. 

In addition, you can advance to doctoral-level studies and thereafter positions in environment-related research.

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.

Alumni and student stories

Who knows better than our students, graduates and staff what it is like to study in the Master's Programme in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS)?

Meet ECGS students and staff to learn about their insight into the programme as well as experiences with studies and life in Helsinki.

It is crucial to train experts with competence and ability to apply what they have learnt. Merely reporting on the state of the world is not enough; we must also know how to correctly allocate our limited resources.
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Did you know that students in Finland are entitled to lots of benefits, discounts and services? For example, affordable student housing, low-cost sports services, and student-priced meals. You also get numerous discounts, for example on public transport fees across the country.

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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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