MSc graduates also have very good chances to continue in basic research in university or research institute PhD programmes.
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.
A BSc degree provides the eligibility to apply for positions that require a first-cycle academic degree.
Students admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science have the right, after completion of the BSc degree, to continue in one of the nine MSc programmes of the Faculty. 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.
The MSc programmes in which a continuation from the science BSc degree is possible within the same faculty are:
Graduates of the Bachelor’s Programme in Science can also continue to Master’s Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities (LingDig) at the Faculty of Arts.
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.
The study counsellors will aid the student during the first and second years of studies in setting up a personal curriculum that ensures entrance to the desired MSc programme. In most cases, several options can be kept open until the third year. For instance, a student choosing the physics study track will be able to continue in at least the Atmospheric Sciences, Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences and Materials Research programmes. Courses offered in the third year of the BSc programme serve as an introduction to these MSc programmes, and the student can make his/her choice after taking these courses.
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.
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.
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.