Welcome to Study Genetics and Molecular Biosciences

The Master’s Degree Programme in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2024 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 2023 to 3 Jan 2024) 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

Congratulations on being accepted to the Master’s Programme in Genetics and Molecular biosciences a.k.a GMB! 

We are looking forward to welcoming an outstanding, diverse group of incoming students next autumn. 

Our educational programme is supported by dedicated staff, high-class research and excellent infrastructure. All students start their studies by taking an introductory course (Principles of Genetics and Molecular Biosciences), which, among other coursework, provides information to help the students in selecting their study track and in designing a smooth and productive study plan. The course includes lots of group work and familiarizes the students with each other, the staff, and the wide-range of top class research done in the groups associated with program. 

Welcome to GMB,

Kari Keinänen, professor
programme director


Studying in the programme

You can orientate to your studies and courses before the orientation studies in August and find the preliminary teaching programme of the GMB programme on the page Instructions for students: 

The preliminary teaching programme of GMB for the term 2024-25 will be published by the end of March. 

Remember to select your programme in the dropdown menu to access the information relevant to your degree programme.

Studies begin in September with the course GMB-001 Principles of Genetics and molecular Biosciences, 14 cr.

During that course, you will get to know the GMB programme, the teachers and other students in the programme and plan and schedule your own study plan together with your personal supervisor.

You can plan your studies at the Studies service, including information about the structure and scope of your degree, course selections and other information related to studies.

Ask our students

Do you wonder what it is like to study at the University of Helsinki or our programme? How is student life or housing in the City of Helsinki?

You can chat directly with our student Joana, Jone or other University of Helsinki students on our chat platform. The student blog on the chat platform is also a great way to get an overview of student life in Helsinki. However, note that for questions related to admissions you should contact the Admission Services.

Get to know also Biosfääri ry, the student organisation of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Orientation and tutoring

The teaching officially starts on 2 September 2024, but you should participate in the orientation activities for the new students already before classes begin (Orientation week 26 August – 1 September). 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.

Learning environments

Welcome to multidisciplinary Viikki campus. Viikki is located in the geographical centre of Helsinki. Characteristic to the area are broad fields and the bay of Vanhankaupunginlahti, which is a popular outdoor recreational area among the citizens. Please watch a video about the opportunities for study and research at the Viikki campus.

UNITalent Programme

The international students in the Master's Programme in Genetics and Molecular biosciences 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 at Viikki Student Service.

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