Career
With a Master’s degree in Integrative Plant Sciences, you have many potential career opportunities.

You can move directly into working life as an expert and innovator in your field, supported by your language, communication, lab and other transferable skills, or continue with postgraduate (doctoral) studies.

Career services

Studies are part of your career. At the University of Helsinki, all degrees include career planning. The Career Services at the University of Helsinki, in cooperation with degree programmes, supports the growth of your expert identity as part of your studies and with separate services.

From the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree, the Career Services supports your career path.

Career Services  

  • gives career counselling and job seeking support, 
  • arranges info sessions, workshops and events, 
  • provides suitable job and traineeship offers for students,
  • shares university’s subsidy for traineeships and  
  • facilitates group mentoring programmes.

Check out the Career Services on the Instructions for students “Work and Career” and “Traineeships”. 

Career prospects

With a Master’s degree in Integrative Plant Sciences, you will have many potential career opportunities in working life or in doctoral studies. You can work especially

  • As a doctoral student, researcher and/or part-time teacher at universities or other institutions of higher education
  • As a researcher in national and international institutions in the public and private sectors
  • As an expert, civil servant, authority or PR  officer in public administration
  • In various positions in international organisations or enterprises engaged in bioeconomy 
  • As an entrepreneur or consultant in the biological or environmental sectors of business
Improve your career options with Finnish

Although it is easy for international students to get by with English in the Helsinki region, learning Finnish will significantly improve your career options after graduation.

The University of Helsinki offers free Finnish language courses for enrolled international degree students. The beginners and intermediate level courses are not only a way to learn the language, but you also learn more about Finnish culture and get to network with other international students across the fields.

Information about the Finnish courses for international students in the Instructions for students.

Postgraduate study opportunities

After graduating from the Master’s Programme you can apply for doctoral programmes in Finland or elsewhere. In Finland the requirements for a doctoral degree are 40 credits plus a doctoral dissertation. Cooperation with Finnish and international institutions ensures excellent prospects for your successful doctoral studies.

The primary doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki in this area of research are:

  • DPPS, Doctoral Programme in Plant Sciences;
  • LUOVA, Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology Research;
  • AGFOREE, Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources;           

Other relevant doctoral programmes are:

  • DENVI, Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences;
  • ILS, Integrative Life Science Doctoral Programme

Further information about doctoral education at the University of Helsinki.

Alumni of the Uni­versity of Helsinki

After graduation, the world is wide open and full of possibilities. How can you venture forward to make the career path you want? What kind of work would you like to do? What kind of life should you lead? The Helsinki alumni community is there to support you as you transition from the University to the world of work.

All previous University of Helsinki degree and exchange students, as well as staff, are our alumni. As a member of the University of Helsinki alumni network, Finland’s largest network of experts, you get valuable support, knowledge and contacts for your working life.

More information about the Helsinki alumni community and its activities.

Find alumni of the University of Helsinki on Linkedin.