Welcome new Life Science Informatics students

The Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics 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.

Welcome to LSI programme,

On behalf of the Board of the Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics, I am happy to welcome you to our programme. This is an excellent place for a curious mind to learn.

Our programme offers an opportunity to study in English with the high standards of Finnish education. Our courses are highly research-oriented with enthusiastic teachers from all around the world.

As you already may have noticed, Master’s programme in Life Science Informatics goes more commonly with a name “LSI programme”. LSI programme board includes students’ voice to the work and decision making. We have two spots in our programme board for students and we also inform students about the main topics that are discussed in the board meetings.

It is important for us that you develop a feeling of belonging of the strong academic community at the Kumpula Campus of the University of Helsinki. Additionally, depending on your specialization you will get familiar with either the Meilahti Campus or Viikki Campus, where the faculties of Medicine and Biological and Environmental Sciences are located. You will be assigned an Academic Mentor, who will assist you throughout your academic journey. University of Helsinki also offers other support services, like Student ServicesStudy Psychologists and University Chaplains.

Jarno Vanhatalo
Programme Director

Studying in the programme

Visit the Studying -page to find out more about the structure and content of the programme. On the page, you will find:

  • Information about the structure of the programme and the four study tracks: Biomathematics, Biostatistics, Ecological Informatics and Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine.
  • Student’s stories about studying in LSI programme.
  • Information about doctoral education at the University of Helsinki.

In the Studies service, you will find practical information for the University of Helsinki students in one place, for example:

Do you wonder what it is like to study at the University of Helsinki? How is student life or housing in the City of Helsinki? Chat directly with our students on our chat platform. However, note that for questions related to admissions you should contact the Admission Services.

Student activities

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) advocates students’ interests both at the university and in society. They organise services, benefits and events so that you as a student can focus on the most important part: studying and student life.

Extracurricular opportunities are an important part of your study experience. There are over 200 student organisations operating within the Student Union (HYY) opening up a field of opportunities for you.

Student life is quite colorful in Finland. If you want to participate in some student organisation activities, you could also check out Matrix ry.


Orientation and tutoring

The teaching officially starts on 2 September 2024, but you should participate in the orientation activities (Orientation Week 26–30 August 2024) for the new students. You will be assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student, or student tutor. During the orientation week, 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

According to our students, professors and teachers are easily approachable when you need help or consultation! Hence, don’t hesitate to be in contact with them if needed.

Kumpula campus

As a student of LSI programme, the Kumpula campus will be your home base. It is dedicated to research and teaching in the exact natural sciences and one of the largest clusters of scientific competence in the Nordic countries. However, LSI is multidisciplinary program that operates also in the Meilahti Campus (Faculty of Medicine) and Viikki Campus (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences). Depending on your study track you will get familiar with these campuses and their activities as well.

You can visit the Kumpula Campus comfortably from your own sofa. The virtual campus tours take you through the campus facilities and some laboratories.

Find out how the staff and students describe the collaborative nature of degree programmes and the atmosphere at the campus:

There are many services and organisations operating at the Kumpula Campus.

One is Helsinki Think Company bringing together students, researchers and people interested in entrepreneurship. They have a workspace at the Kumpula campus and offer free co-working spaces, boot camps, idea accelerator programmes, hackathons, mentoring and a community of like-minded individuals.

Check out other services and organisations that can be found on the Kumpula Campus.

UNITalent Programme

The international students in the Master's Programme in Life Science Informatics 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:

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