Welcome to study Food Sciences
The Master’s Programme in Food Sciences 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

Dear new students,

On behalf of all the staff at Food Sciences, welcome to our programme! We look forward to engaging with you over the coming years.

Our team is very happy to be approached and we encourage you to speak with us in the hope we can maximise your experience in Helsinki.

If you have any questions regarding studies, courses or you need support with planning for your studies, do not hesitate to ask. We are happy to help you. Personally, I look forward to meeting you all during the orientation week 29 August  - 1 September 2023!

Kirsi Jouppila
Food Sciences
Programme Director

Studying Food Sciences

The Master's Programme in Food Sciences is highly flexible. As our student, you have an option to select multiple modules to expand your education across multiple disciplines.

The main modules offered include:

  • Dairy Science and Technology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Technology
  • Grain Science and Technology

In addition, you are able to take a secondary module in which Master's thesis can be also done from the list above or from these:

  • Meat Science and Technology
  • Food Packaging (a new module from 1.8.2023 on)
  • Sensory Food Science (a new module from 1.8.2023 on)
  • Food Safety

Studies can be done also in more diverse topics including:

  • Food Science Basics
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Economics
  • Microbiology

The programme is very hands on and allows students to gain necessary practical experience across all the modules.

Find out more on our website about the structure and content as well as career prospects of the programme.

Meet our people

The Master’s Programme in Food Sciences provides high-quality teaching and helps students gain skills in scientific research and product development.

Check out the following articles where our students talk about their experiences in the programme:

You can also chat with our students:

And you can chat directly with other University of Helsinki students to ask about student life in Helsinki.

As a student, you benefit from the expertise of numerous inspiring scholars with solid teaching experience and broad researcher credentials. Meet the people in the programme.

Get involved

There are several active student organisations at the Faculty of Food Sciences. The subject-specific student organisations protect student's interests and organise events. Skills and networks acquired in a student organisation can prove useful in the professional world, and can provide students with credits.

  • Viri Lactis ry - An organisation for food science students founded in 1947. Initially, the organisation was aimed at dairy technology students, but today Viri can be joined by anyone interested in food. We operate on the Viikki campus in Helsinki and organize various events throughout the year. Our most important events are Wine and Cheese Evening in the autumn and an excursion abroad in the spring.
  • Lipidi ry
  • Oikos ry
  • Viikki Brewing Society

The Finnish Association of Academic Agronomists is a trade union consisting of members with an academic education, who form part of the food supply chain. Members are experts in their respective fields: food, animal husbandry, consumer issues, agriculture, human nutrition, biology and environmental sciences. The Association advocates the interests of its members, promotes their career advancement, fosters a sense of togetherness and provides a range of membership services. Master's students are warmly welcome to join. Some services are provided also in English. Read their blog (in Finnish) or follow them on Linkedin or Instagram.

Your campus

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

There are altogether four university faculties operating at the campus in the field of agriculture, forestry, bio- and veterinary sciences and pharmacy, as well as several independent research institutes. The campus has more than 6,000 students and employs nearly 1,900 people.

Studying Food Sciences include quite a lot of labwork, and you will get to know our laboratories when you arrive to study in Viikki. Watch this short video about one of our EIT Food Projects to get an idea of a few machines that are available for our students.

Viikki Food Innovations Hub, an innovation hub of research, education and business, is being established at the Viikki Campus area in close cooperation between the University of Helsinki and the City of Helsinki. It will be launched with a theme related to sustainable food under the direction of Professor of Practice Reetta Kivelä, who is known as one of the inventors of pulled oats. Find out more by reading this article.

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.

Orientation and tutoring

This year, teaching officially starts on 4 Sept 2023. However, you should already take part in the orientation activities for the new students that take place during the week before (week 35 as of Tuesday 29 Aug 2023).

You will be assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student, or student tutor. Your tutor will help with questions related to studying in our programme, give support with administrative matters and introduce you to the university campuses and facilities. 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 your programme is selected on the dropdown menu to access the correct information.

UNITalent Programme

The international students in the Master's Programme in Food Sciences can apply to 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.

Contact us and useful links

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

If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, courses or studies, please contact the Student Services at the Viikki Campus.