The Master’s degree in geography comprises 120 credits (ECTS) and you’ll be able to graduate as a Master of Science in two academic years.
The following are included in your degree:
Studying takes many forms. A large part of our instruction is contact teaching. Methods and specialization courses are usually implemented in groups of 10–20 students, where it is easy to discuss professional issues and gain deeper insights. Independent study is supported through workshops and reading circles, supervised by older students.
Joint studies (10 credits)
Joint studies provide an overview of the discipline, its traditions and pluralism, as well as the topical research in the full breadth of geography. Also includes the master’s thesis examination seminar.
Start modules (15 credits)
Start modules provide the key contents for physical geography, human geography, geoinformatics or geography education (subject teacher).
Thematic modules (minimum of 30 credits)
Thematic modules are based on the central themes of geographical research conducted at the University of Helsinki. The students may choose from 15 modules, depending on their interests, and build their personal study paths flexibly.Thematic modules (15 credits each) are:
Advanced seminar (5 credits) and MSc thesis (30 credits)
You’ll start your MSc seminar and thesis planning on the first study year. The three alternate seminars focus primarily on physical geography, human geography and geoinformatics and are designed to support you in your thesis writing process.