After graduating from the Master's Programme in Neuroscience, basic research and biomedical research are major career paths.

Although many of our students continue to doctoral training (PhD), the programme will also give you qualifications for specialist jobs outside Academia, for example in the pharmaceutical industry or companies.

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

Although many of the graduates from the programme continue to doctoral training (PhD), you will also get qualifications for specialist jobs outside Academia. Neuroscientists work as specialists in diverse fields, for example in:

  • pharmaceutical industry
  • education
  • biotechnology
  • public policy
  • science writing
  • publishing

A Master’s degree in Neuroscience / Cell and Systems Physiology is a popular choice among students studying towards biology teacher qualification (Finnish and Swedish speaking students).

To better identify your career skills and career options, you can take the Career development course during your Master's studies.

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

Basic research and biomedical research are major career paths. After completing your Master’s degree in neuroscience, you can apply for a Doctoral Programme at the University of Helsinki or any other relevant PhD programme within or outside Europe.

At the University of Helsinki, doctoral studies consist of 40 ECTS studies and a doctoral dissertation. Doctoral candidates often do their dissertation work in the same research group in which they completed their Master’s thesis.

Some suitable doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki are:

More 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.