Welcome to study Theoretical and computational methods

The Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2024 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 2023 to 3 Jan 2024) 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

Dear new student!

You are about to join to a unique degree programme where many specific topics and phenomena intertwine. To address their modelling the emphasis of the programme is on developing suitable analytical and numerical tools. Such methods are the gateway to qualitative understanding of phenomena ranging from the smallest scales of elementary particles to the multitude of complex macroscopic systems and to the vast dimensions of the observable universe.    

The Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki has a tradition of strong and innovative teaching. The Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods combines these with the most flexible and broadly applicable selection of courses. Based on your personal study plan, you will learn to develop methods of modelling by abstracting and searching for common universal characteristics and apply these for quantitative understanding of different phenomena.  

The interdisciplinarity of the programme is also a major asset after obtaining your degree: the doors will be open to different research groups, where doctoral degree can be pursued, as well as to careers in private sector companies.   

Welcome to the programme! We're looking forward to meeting you soon!

Studying in the programme

The degree structure is very flexible allowing you to tailor a suitable combination of studies. This also means that studying in this programme requires a strong commitment from you to develop your skills and reflect on your progress in line with your personal study plan.

To help focus your goals and steer your studies, you will be assigned an academic mentor in the beginning of your studies. The academic mentor is a senior member of the programme staff and together you will finalise your initial study plan and monitor progress during your studies. 

Check out the degree structure and example study paths. Note that the examples are intended to only provide guidance when discovering your own unique path! You can already start to plan your studies. The contact information of the programme personnel relevant for different study topics can be found on our Wiki-pages. Please read also how to plan your studies in Instructions for students.

Ask our students

Do you wonder what it is like to study at the University of Helsinki? How is student life or housing in the City of Helsinki?

You can chat directly with University of Helsinki students on our chat platform. However, note that for questions related to admissions you should contact the Admission Services.

Check out our student testimonials to find out why some of our students chose the Theoretical and Computational Methods programme, and their experiences while studying.

The student blog posts on the chat platform are also a great way to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

Orientation and tutoring

The teaching officially starts on 2 September 2024, but you should participate in the orientation activities for the new students already before classes begin (Orientation week 26 August – 1 September). You will be assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student, or student tutor. You will learn more about studying in our programme and get support with administrative matters. This will make it easier for you to start your studies and life in Helsinki.

The detailed information concerning the orientation and student tutors will be published in the Instructions for students. Remember to select your programme in the dropdown menu to access the information relevant to your degree programme.

You should also get in contact with your academic mentor and make the initial personal study plan during the orientation week.

Your campus

As a student in this programme, the Kumpula campus will be your home base. It is dedicated to research and teaching in the exact natural sciences and one of the largest clusters of scientific competence in the Nordic countries.

You can visit the Kumpula Campus comfortably from your own sofa. The virtual campus tours take you through the campus facilities and some laboratories.

Find out how the staff and students describe the collaborative nature of degree programmes and the atmosphere at the campus.

Helsinki Think Company brings together students, researchers and people interested in entrepreneurship. They also have a workspace at the Kumpula campus and offer 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 Theoretical and computational methods 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 regarding the content of the programme, courses or studies, please contact us at Theoretical and computational methods.

If you have questions related to the admissions and accepting your study place, please contact the Admission Services.