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When you study mathematics and statistics at the University of Helsinki, some of the best mathematicians and statisticians in the world will be your instructors. Studies in this Master’s programme will give you a solid basis for maths and statistics applications. Graduates of this Master’s programme find employment as researchers, teachers, and in demanding expert posts in the public and private sectors in Finland and abroad.

The Master’s programme in mathematics and statistics is based on top research. The teaching within the stydy track at the University of Helsinki follows a high standard and is highly valued, not just within Finnish academia but in global university rankings. Upon graduating from this Master’s programme, you will:

  • Be an expert in the methods of mathematics or statistics
  • Have mastered the basics of another scientific discipline
  • Be able to apply scientific knowledge and methods
  • Be able to follow developments in mathematics and statistics
  • Know how to think critically, argue a point, and solve problems
  • Have excellent interaction skills and be assertive and creative
  • Understand the principles of ethical and sustainable development
  • Be well prepared to work as an expert and developer in your field
  • Be prepared for scientific postgraduate studies

The Master's Programme in Mathematics and Statistics is offered by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website:

The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 15 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

All teaching is given in English. Exams can also be taken in Finnish or Swedish, and the Master’s thesis can be written in Finnish or Swedish.

The Master’s programme consists of courses in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. The courses include group and lecture instruction, exercises, literature, and workshops. Most courses also include exams or project assignments. In addition, you can complete some courses independently, by taking literature-based exams. The instructors in this programme have received prizes for their high standard of teaching. The teaching methods used in the subjects in this Master's programme have been widely recognised in the media.

The specialisation subjects within the programme are:

  • Analysis
  • Mathematical physics and stocastics
  • Applied analysis
  • Computational science
  • Mathematical logic
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Insurance and financial mathematics
  • Algebra and topology
  • Statistics
  • European Master in Official Statistics, EMOS (based on the statistics education in the Faculty of Social Sciences).

You will select your specialisation subject during your first year.

The Master’s programme comprises 120 credits, which you can complete in two years. The degree in mathematics includes:

  • 85 credits of advanced courses, including the Master’s thesis (Pro gradu, 30 credits)
  • 35 credits of other courses from your own or other programmes
  • Working-life orientation and career planning
  • Personal study plan

The degree in statistics includes:

  • 25 credits of advanced mathematics courses
  • 60 credits of advanced statistics courses, including the Master’s thesis (Pro gradu, 30 credits)
  • 35 credits of other courses
    • e.g. more advanced courses in statistics, or
    • e.g. intermediate courses in some other subject, in which you included basic courses in your BSc degree, or
    • module/s from other university programmes
  • Working-life orientation and career planning
  • Personal study plan

The European Master in Official Statistics study track includes:

  • 85 credits of advanced courses in statistics or mathematics, including the Master’s thesis (Pro gradu, 30 credits) and a traineeship
  • 35 credits of other courses from your own or other programmes
  • Working-life orientation and career planning
  • Personal study plan

The Master’s thesis (30 credits) is based on a topic selected from your own subject. The purpose of the thesis is to advance your knowledge of your chosen topic. Further, it develops your aptitude for working independently and requires you to understand the scientific literature in your field. The topics will often be related to on-going research projects. If you are interested in research, your thesis work can often be the first stage towards your doctoral dissertation.

In mathematics, the MSc thesis is usually written under the supervision of a professor or instructor of the department, but sometimes it can be written outside the department. In statistics, the MSc thesis is usually written outside the department, for example in a government research institute or within research groups on the university campuses. You can acquaint yourself with the range of thesis topics through the thesis database. The supervision of a thesis written outside the department is usually done in cooperation between experts in the research group and a professor or teacher from the department.

Graduates of the Master’s programme can find employment outside the university or continue with one of the doctoral programmes in mathematics and statistics. The Master’s programme will give you excellent capabilities for work in the public or private sector as an expert in mathematics and statistics, skills that are very sought after in the job market both in Finland and abroad. The banking, investment, and insurance fields, for instance, value mathematicians and statisticians very highly internationally. Many of our graduates work in research and development or as teachers in various educational institutions. Graduates from this programme have excellent chances to find employment corresponding to their education.

The programme does not give formal qualifications. In actuarial mathematics you can take additional courses elsewhere to gain an SHV degree (an actuary degree approved by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health). By combining the Master’s programme with courses in pedagogy, you can gain competence to work as a teacher.

The international nature of the programme is implemented in many ways:

  • Research within the disciplines of the degree programme is of high international standard and is highly regarded
  • Teaching staff and research collaboration within the programme are international
  • The atmosphere of the programme is international, several international students are admitted each year
  • Theses and projects may be completed within international projects
  • There are opportunities for a student exchange period in many foreign universities

The programme works in close collaboration with other programmes at the University of Helsinki relating to mathematics and statistics, such as:

  • The Bachelors programme in mathematical sciences
  • The Life Science Informatics Master’s programme
  • The Master’s programme in theoretical and computational methods
  • The Master’s programme in economics
  • The Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes for teachers in mathematics, physics and chemistry
  • Tor the EMOS programme, collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Statistics Finland

Within the JOO programme, it is possible to take courses at e.g. Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics, as well as other Finnish universities. There is also collaboration with many corporate partners for various projects.

The research focus within the disciplines in the degree programme are e.g.

  • Geometric analysis and measurement theory
  • Analysis in metric spaces
  • Partial differential equations
  • Functional analysis
  • Harmonic analysis
  • Mathematical physics
  • Stochastics
  • Inversion problems
  • Mathematical logic and set theory
  • Biomathematics
  • Time series analysis
  • Biometry
  • Econometry
  • Psychometrics
  • Social statistics

The programme is part of the Analyysin ja dynamiikan (Analysis and dynamics) and the Inversio-ongelmien (Inversion problems) centres of excellence.

After graduating from the Master’s programme, you can apply for a doctoral programme, either at the University of Helsinki or other international universities. Suitable doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki are, for example:

  • Doctoral programme in mathematics and statistics
  • Other doctoral programmes where mathematics and statistics are used, such as:
    • Doctoral programme in computer science
    • Doctoral programme in biomedicine
    • Doctoral programme in population health
How to apply

Closed applications

Application for Master's Programmes in English, spring 2017 (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science)
Application period
1.12.2016, 08:0012.1.2017, 15:00
Study places
Of which for first-time applicants
Haku maisterikoulutukseen, monikieliset maisteriohjelmat, kevät 2017 (Helsingin yliopisto)
Application period
1.12.2016, 08:0012.1.2017, 15:00
Study places
Of which for first-time applicants
Faculty of Science

Teaching and research in the natural sciences in Finland are highly regarded at the international level. The Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki is centred on the Kumpula Science Campus, which is the biggest and most versatile cluster of scientific competence in the Nordic countries.

The Faculty has five departments:

  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Geosciences and geography
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Computer Science.

Your education in the Faculty of Science is based on basic research by recognised and internationally distinguished scientists. There are many interdisciplinary and international research networks operating on campus. The theoretical and empirical research conducted within them forms a solid foundation for teaching focusing on meeting challenges related to global sustainable development and information technology, for example.

When designing the degree programmes, we have focused on addressing the requirements of working life, research and further education. You can complement your degree by choosing from a vast variety of minor subjects. You can also complete parts of your studies abroad.

In addition to Finnish, the languages of instruction are Swedish and English.

The aim of the Faculty of Science is to provide you with wide-ranging knowledge and skills in different research methods, enabling you to begin a career in many different fields. The Faculty of Science is a multidisciplinary research and learning environment. The modern facilities and high-tech teaching laboratories provide you with a dynamic environment where you can study many fields of natural sciences. The teaching employs the latest technology and principles of the Extreme Apprenticeship method. You will also have the opportunity to take part in field courses and research projects in the University of Helsinki’s research stations around the world.

You will have easy access to course textbooks, databases and scientific publications at the Kumpula Campus Library on campus as well as through the electronic services of the Helsinki University Library.

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.

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