The University of Helsinki has an organisational structure consisting of three levels. The highest – the University level – includes the University Collegium, the Board, the Rector, the Chancellor and University Services. The second level encompasses the faculties and independent institutes, while the third comprises the faculty departments and institutes.

The Board, consisting of 13 members, is the highest decision-making body at the University and is led by the chair.

The Rector directs the University’s operations with the support of three vice-rectors and the Director of administration, who manages University Services.

The Chancellor promotes science and scholarship, looks after the University’s general interests and supervises its activities.

The University Collegium with its 50 members decides on the number of Board members and determines the duration of the terms of office of the Board and its members, as well as approves the University’s financial statements and the annual report.

For the purposes of research and teaching, the University is organised into 11 faculties, five of which have no departments. The total number of departments at the University is 17. The Swedish School of Social Science is a special unit of the University of Helsinki.

The faculties are led by the dean, and the departments by the head of department. Both are selected for a term of four years. The dean is responsible for general faculty operations, personnel administration and the financial affairs of the faculty. The head of department has the same responsibilities at the departmental level.

Faculties have faculty councils that operate under the direction of the dean with the aim of enhancing the faculties’ operations as a whole. Departments have department councils for the same purpose.

The University accommodates 10 independent institutes that focus on research, teaching or the provision of services. Independent institutes are led by a director and a board.

The University hosts various multidisciplinary research networks as well as units that have been assigned with the duties of a national authority. The University of Helsinki participates in the operations of university consortia in various parts of the country together with other Finnish universities.