Master in Biology

University of Helsinki

Program Description

Master in Biology

University of Helsinki


The Master´s degree in the Biology program is obtained in one of the four major subjects: General Microbiology, Genetics, Physiology and Neurobiology or Plant Biology. The program provides the students with a deep understanding, expertise and practical skills in the selected major subject. Education is provided by the Department of Biosciences located on the Viikki campus that is one of the largest centres of bioscience research and education in Europe.

The duration of the studies is two years and the curriculum includes lectures, seminars, research-based practical courses, book exams, and field courses in some major subjects. A central part of the studies is the Master´s Thesis, based on the student’s own research project conducted in a research group.

The programme gives the students competence for doctoral studies and skills and knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of future careers within and outside of academic research.


The Master´s degree studies in genetics provide a profound knowledge and understanding of genetic phenomena and highly developed practical skills to design and conduct genetic and genomic research. The studies offer possibilities to specialize in human genetics, genomics, developmental genetics, genetic bioinformatics or microbial genetics.


During the Master’s degree studies our students specialize in medical microbiology, virology or general microbiology according to their own interests. The studies are performed mostly as practical training in research groups in the field of cell and molecular biology of microbes.


The Master’s degree studies in Plant Biology offer the students the possibility to focus on Plant Ecology, Plant Physiology and Developmental Biology, Plant and Fungal Systematics, or General Plant Biology. The several research groups in the Division of Plant Biology conduct cutting-edge, internationally recognized research in all of those areas. The research and teaching are not geographically restricted, ranging from the Arctic to the Tropics.


The Master´s degree studies in genetics provide students with the knowledge and skills they need for advanced and applied physiology and neuroscience. The students can specialize in neurobiology, general and ecological physiology or developmental biology.



The application period for International Master´s Programmes beginning the autumn of 2016 (2016 admissions) opens in early December 2015 and closes on January 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm (GMT +2). For more information on the International Master´s Programmes (IMP), see Studying/How to apply/Master's studies.

The University of Helsinki has only one application and starting period for international students.


The electronic application form will be available during the application period only at Applicants who have completed their qualification degree outside of EU (European Union), EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland will be charged a non-refundable application fee of 100 euro.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Helsinki
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price Free