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Geography, University of Helsinki, holds place 42 in 2018 Shanghai ranking and is also ranked among the top 50 in the world in 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Nearly 60 Master's students begin their studies every autumn. Our programme is based on high-quality research groups operating in some of the major fields of geography. The programme is divided into three study tracks: 1) physical geography, 2) urban and human geography & spatial planning, and 3) geoinformatics. It provides the students with a set of skills that are essential in the contemporary labour market. The discipline of geography is an internationally recognized and vibrant scientific community which welcomes you to study at the University of Helsinki.
NB! The transition period of the old degree structures ends July 31st, 2020. See instructions how to finish your studies!

Studying geography

Huom! Vanhan tutkintorakenteen mukaan opiskelevien siirtymäaika loppuu 31.7.2020. Jos olet aloittanut ennen syksyä 2017 ja vanhan rakenteen mukaiset opintosi ovat vielä kesken, lue Opiskelijan ohjeista, miten saat opintosi valmiiksi ajoissa. Obs! Övergångsperioden av utbildningsreform tar slut 31.7.2020. Om du har börjat studera före hösten 2017 och avlägger din examen enligt den gamla examensstruktur, läs instruktioner om att slutföra examen i tid. NB! The transition period of the degree reform ends 31 July 2020. If you have started studying before fall 2017 and are going to graduate in accordance with the old structure, please see instructions how to finish your studies in time.

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