Are you interested in applying to the Master's Programme in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences (GMB)? 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
  • Language: All teaching and study materials are in English, but exams, reports and thesis can be completed also in Finnish or Swedish. 
  • Scope of studies and length: 120 ECTS credits, 2 years
  • Tuition fee per year (only non-EU/EEA citizens): 15 000 EURApplication period
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 2 to 16 January 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 Genetics and Molecular Biosciences (GMB) is for students who want an understanding and skills in modern biosciences at the level of genes and molecules to cells and organisms.

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.

Suitable background studies must include studies in the discipline of genetics and molecular biosciences. The applicability and sufficient scope of studies are assessed after applying. No preliminary assessments of the applicability of studies are made.

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

Why apply

Understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms is important because disruptions in these mechanisms can contribute to the onset and progression of various diseases.   

Upon completing the GMB programme, you will:

  • have in-depth knowledge of genetics and molecular biosciences and the experimental methods used in them.
  • understand the characteristics and functions of genes and biomolecules at the cellular, tissue and organism levels.
  • be able to analyse scientific knowledge critically and communicate it to different audiences.
  • have the ability to produce new scientific information about the properties of genes, biomolecules and cells using experimental studies.
  • be able to take advantage of existing research data and biological databases.
  • have mastered good scientific practice and know-how to act accordingly.
  • have the capacity for independent project management and problem-solving, as well as for maintaining and developing your expertise.
  • have the ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multicultural communities.

After graduating, you will be well-prepared to continue with postgraduate studies or move on to a career, for example as an expert in public administration or biotechnology companies.

I wanted the opportunity to work with leading scientists.
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

How is it to study in the Master's Programme in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences? Who would know better than our students?

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

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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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