Welcome to study Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology
The Master’s Programme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology (MMB) invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2023 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 2022 to 4 Jan 2023) 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

The staff and students of the programme want to warmly congratulate you and welcome you to our community. We all look forward to meeting you during the orientation week at the beginning of the autumn semester.

During the orientation week you will start your studies together with your fellow students and you will meet the teachers of the programme. You have been selected to the programme based on your previous achievements so come as you are!

On behalf of the programme,
Sari Timonen

Studying in the programme

What is it like to study in the Mas­ter’s Pro­gramme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology? What kind of career opportunities does the programme open? How is life in Helsinki?

Find out what our students think by checking out the following stories:

For questions about studying in the programme and student life in Helsinki, you can chat directly with our student Debby. You can also chat directly with other University of Helsinki students to ask questions or read their blogs to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

From the autumn 2023 on will be offered a new module on microbial bioinformatics.

Orientation and tutoring

The teaching officially starts on 4 Sep 2023, but we highly recommend you to take part in the orientation activities for the new students that take place the week before, starting as of 29 Aug 2023.

You will be assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student who will be your student tutor. She or he 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 and schedule concerning your orientation and tutoring will be published in the Instructions for students in the summer.

Your campus

As a student in the Master's Programme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the Viikki campus will be your home base. Verdant Viikki Campus is surrounded by numerous research fields and has operated in front lines of the life sciences since 1946. The campus employs nearly 1,900 people and has more than 6,000 students. 

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.

UNITalent Pro­gramme

The international students in the Master's Programme in MMB 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 related to the admissions and accepting your study place, please contact the Admission Services.

If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, courses or studies, please contact Sari Timonen, Pauliina Lankinen, Sarah Butcher or Minna Poranen.