Are you interested in applying to the Master's Programme in Neuroscience? Find out more about the programme to see if it is right for you, how to apply and other useful information for applicants.
Basic information
  • Degree level: Master of Science
  • Scope of studies and length: 120 ECTS credits, 2 years
  • Language: All teaching is in English, but exams, reports and the thesis can also be written in Finnish or Swedish.
  • Tuition fee per year (only non-EU/EEA citizens): 18 000 EUR
Application date

The application for studies starting in autumn 2024 is closed. The admission results have been sent to the applicants by e-mail and can also be found by logging into your My Studyinfo –service.

The application period for studies starting in autumn 2025 is from 2 to 16 January 2025. Please note that our International Master's Programmes only have one intake per academic year. You can only submit your application during the application period.

Who can apply

The Master’s Programme in Neuroscience is for students who are interested in understanding how the nervous system, brain, and the complex regulatory networks of organisms work.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  1. have completed a first-cycle (bachelor's or equivalentdegree, or will do so by the given deadline.
  2. meet the degree language requirements. Find out more about proving your English language proficiency.
  3. have completed a sufficient amount of applicable studies. See the admission criteria at for more details.

Applicable studies include many fields in the life sciences, e.g. biology, cell and molecular biosciences, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology or biomedicine, or psychology provided that your previous training included sufficient molecular and cell biological content. The applicability and sufficient scope of studies are assessed after applying. No preliminary assessments are made.

The full admission criteria can be found at the Finnish national education portal

Why apply

Understanding the emergence of life from complexity is key to making the right choices. To take care of life, we need to understand how it works. Also understanding the brain is key as it is the most central player in the physiology of the whole body.

In the interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in Neuroscience, you will: 

  • choose from two complementary study tracks: Cell and Systems Physiology or Neuroscience.
  • be able to direct your studies into areas that fascinate you.
  • learn to master the essentials of neuroscience and physiology, complementing each other, and gain deeper knowledge and skills in the subfields of your choice. 
  • get an understanding of the basic functions of the nervous system and the complex regulatory networks of organism, from genes and molecules to nerve cells, networks and systems level.
  • pursue studies in state-of-the-art facilities and in an inspiring research-oriented atmosphere.
  • be taught by scientists who will provide you with opportunities for practical training as well as integration into the stimulating neuroscience and cell and systems physiology community.

When graduating, you are prepared for PhD studies and a research career, or a career in the private or public sector, e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, education or public policy.

How to apply

This video gives a general overview of the application process for the International Master's Programmes at the University of Helsinki.

Note that the video and instructions apply to the application round for the autumn 2024 intake that closed on 3 Jan 2024. However, they give you an idea of what to expect when the instructions are updated in autumn 2024 for the next intake.

Start preparing your application well in advance, make sure that you meet the admission criteria and language requirements, and always read the full instructions on our website.

Contact Admission Services

If you have any questions about admissions at the University of Helsinki, please contact our admission advisers for guidance.

Alumni and student testimonials

Who knows better than our own students what it is like to study in the Master's Programme in Neuroscience?

Meet some of our students and graduates to learn about their experiences with studies, life in Helsinki, career prospects and working life after graduation.

The programme is very flexible and extensive, offering courses in various fields of specialisation. It is made up of a warm and supportive group of people creating a non-stressful environment that still produces the highest quality of research.
Practicalities of student life in Helsinki

When choosing a university, it is important to get the location right too. What has Helsinki and Finland to offer when it comes to education and a way of life? What's the cost of living? Is it easy to find housing?

Did you know that students in Finland are entitled to lots of benefits, discounts and services? For example, affordable student housing, low-cost sports services, and student-priced meals. You also get numerous discounts, for example on public transport fees across the country.

There is an openness to new ideas and innovation in Helsinki.
About the University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki, the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, has since 1640 played a major role in the development of the Finnish cultural life and welfare state. Today, we seek solutions to problems that affect everyone.

As one of the world's top 1% research universities, we believe that the power of knowledge can change attitudes, people and society – for a better world.

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