Bachelor's Programme in Science gives an excellent foundation for a career in science.

Graduating from the Bachelor's Programme in Science provides eligibility to apply for positions that require a first-cycle academic degree. Additionally, after graduation, you can pursue a Master's programme, which opens plenty of new opportunities in science-related positions both in Finland and internationally. In the private sector, such opportunities can be found in areas such as IT companies, nanoscience, consulting firms, and chemical industries. MSc graduates also have very good chances to continue in basic research in university or research institute PhD programmes.

Students admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science have the right, without a separate application, to continue in several MSc programmes after completion of the BSc degree.

Master's degree

Students admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science have the right, without a separate application, to continue in one of the nine MSc programmes of the Faculty after completion of the BSc degree. These programmes cover the full range of modern natural sciences from pure math to chemistry and are, with the exception of the specialisation lines, taught in English.

Each MSc programme has its prerequisite requirements for entrance, and the choice of the BSc study track determines which MSc programme the student will be able to continue in.

After completing an MSc degree, you can apply for a doctoral programme at the University of Helsinki and at other universities in Finland or abroad. For more information, please see the Doctoral Education at the University of Helsinki website.

Alumni story: Wei-Min Li understood the importance of friendship in his studies

Leadmicro, a Chinese company established in 2015, has swiftly emerged as a leading manufacturer of atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment and a significant player in the solar power industry. The devices produced by the company can be used to manufacture increasingly efficient solar cells.

The story of the company has strong links to Finland and the University of Helsinki. Leadmicro’s founder Wei-Min Li, 55, acquired his learning precisely from the University of Helsinki, and the ALD technique used in the company’s products is a Finnish invention from the 1970s.

“In my studies, I understood the importance of not only hard work, but also kindness and friendship. This is what I learned from the University community – from my fellow students and staff.”

Improve your career options with Finnish and Swedish

Although it is easy for international students to get by with English in the Helsinki region, learning Finnish and/or Swedish will significantly improve your career options after graduation.

The University of Helsinki offers free Finnish and Swedish 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 and Swedish courses for international students in the Instructions for Students.

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”. 

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.