Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine

The University of Helsinki has been ranked at number five in an assessment of medical research at European universities based on the citation numbers of medical publications in the 2000s. While still an undergraduate here, you can embark on a research career, for example by applying for the MD/PhD Programme in medicine or dentistry. If admitted, you can carry out research for a doctoral degree alongside your studies in medicine or dentistry, and receive doctoral education in an internationally respected environment. The programme admits approximately ten students each year. For more information in Finnish, click here.

The Faculty of Medicine conducts research and provides research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry and translational medicine. In addition the Faculty serves as an important authority in the field of health care and participates in ethical debate. The Faculty of Medicine cooperates with its most important partner, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS). This cooperation covers the University’s three core duties: research, teaching and community relations. The Faculty is the most important provider of specialist education in medicine and dentistry in Finland, and is supported in this task by the country’s largest university hospital.

You can conduct your studies in medicine and dentistry not only in Finnish, but also partly in Swedish, because the Faculty is responsible for ensuring that a sufficient number of Swedish-speaking physicians and dentists are educated in Finland. The two-year Master's Degree Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) is taught entirely in English. These degrees meet the needs of employers as well as the requirements of research and postgraduate education.

Employment prospects for physicians and dentists have been excellent in recent years. Graduates from the English-language Master’s degree programme have also been successful in finding employment. For more information about the Faculty’s extensive activities, including teaching and research, click here.

The Faculty of Medicine is located on the Meilahti Campus and in the Ruskeasuo district of Helsinki. The Institute of Dentistry, currently located in Ruskeasuo, as well as the Meilahti-based Biomedicum and Haartman Institute, feature a wide range of premises suitable for learning and research, including lecture rooms, small group facilities, laboratories, workshop spaces, learning centres and student facilities. Teaching takes place in the facilities of the University, the University Hospital and the City of Helsinki. Independent and supervised learning also takes place in various workshops. The workshops in the degree programme in medicine enable you to practise a wide range of skills, such as inserting an IV cannula, suturing a wound, listening to heart and lung sounds, performing an ultrasound examination, taking a patient’s blood pressure, examining a patient’s eyes and ears, as well as resuscitation and related skills. An equivalent facility in the degree programme in dentistry is the simulation room, where you can practise various procedures before beginning to work with patients. Current plans entail transferring teaching from Ruskeasuo to Meilahti in 2017, by which time the majority of dental studies will also take place there in new, refurbished facilities. Meilahti is also home to the National Library of Health Sciences (Terkko).


As a University of Helsinki degree student, you can participate in a student exchange or traineeship outside Finland. The University has approximately 500 high-quality partner universities throughout the world, and each year some 1,000 University students embark on a student exchange or traineeship. A stay abroad gives valuable skills and experiences:

  • You can incorporate an international dimension into your degree and obtain international expertise in your field. A well-planned student exchange provides you with diverse, unique skills!
  • You will gain a new perspective on the world, learn more about yourself and enhance your language proficiency.
  • You will get better acquainted with the culture of the target country, meet new people and be able to establish international networks in your field.

More information about studying abroad: guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/study-abroad

At the University of Helsinki we provide an accessible learning environment for all students.

If you have a disability, an illness or a learning disability, and might need some special arrangements to be able to complete your studies, please contact the faculty at the beginning of your studies or when the need arises.

You will usually agree upon the practical arrangements with your professor before the course or seminar begins. If needed, you can also consult the Head of Academic Affairs at the faculty.

Special arrangements for your studies, such as individual support for learning, might include extra time to complete assignments and exams, teaching materials given in advance or in electronic form, accessibility to classrooms and alternative ways to complete assignments and coursework.

If you would like more information about special arrangements, please contact the Student Services in the City Centre at specialneeds@helsinki.fi.

As a student at the University of Helsinki, you will have access to a wide range of services and benefits; such as housing, meals, health care, wellbeing and sports. On the New Student web pages, you will find information on necessary insurance, permits, and fees. As a member of the University of Helsinki Student union (HYY) you will have a great variety of services at your disposal and will be able to participate in various events and activities. Discounts are available for students, for example for travelling, cultural events, and several stores. Sub-organisations of HYY also organise a wide variety of social events. You will find more information on Instructions for students.