Welcome to study Integrative Plant Sciences
The Master’s Programme in Integrative Plant Sciences (IPS) invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2021 to take a moment to explore this page and get to know us better.

Our staff, students and faculty welcome you!

The admission results for the application round that took place between 1 Dec 2020 and 15 Jan 2021 have been sent to the applicants to the e-mail address given on their application form. The results can also be found by logging into your My Studyinfo –service.

Welcome to the programme

Dear Students of Integrative Plant Sciences,

Congratulations and warmly welcome to study plant sciences in Helsinki! As a young scientist, you will join the scientific community at Viikki Campus and learn about plants from molecular to ecosystem levels. In scientific research, the Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS) forms a virtual research environment that integrates basic and applied plant researchers and forms an internationally recognized research environment. Together, we will do our best in training our future experts in plant sciences, no matter what the global Covid-19 situation may be.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

On behalf of the programme,
Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi

Meet our students

Do you want to know more about studying in the programme, student life or living in Helsinki? Chat with our student Zuzana and ask your questions.

The student blog posts on the chat platform are also a great way to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

You can also find out more about studying in the Mas­ter’s Pro­gramme in In­teg­rat­ive Plant Sciences in this article where our students Quan Zhou and Skylar Burg share their experiences.

Get to know us and our research

You can find the contact information for the steering board and teachers of the Master's Programme in Integrative Plant Sciences on the Meet our people page on our website.

For more information about our plant science research, visit the Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS) website. You can also see who we are on the list of Principal Investigators (Group Leaders).

Do not hesitate to be in contact with us if you find a topic of interest!

Your campus

As a student in the Master's Programme in Integrative Plant Sciences, the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the Viikki campus will be your home base.

There are 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.

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.

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences also has biological stations at Kilpisjärvi in Lapland and Lammi in the lake district of Southern Finland, as well as the Zoological station at Tvärminne on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

Orientation and tutoring

The teaching officially starts on 6 Sept 2021, but you should take part in the orientation activities for the new students that take place during the week before  (during week 35 that starts on 30 Aug).

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. Each student will also be assigned a teacher tutor with whom you can discuss your personal study plan and goals.

The detailed information concerning the orientation and tutoring will be published in the Instructions for students in the summer. Make sure the IPS programme is selected on the dropdown menu to access the relevant information.

Please note that depending on the coronavirus situation, the orientation activities might be organised partly or entirely online.

Contacts and useful links

If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, courses or studies, please contact the Programme Director Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi.

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

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