Master in Food Sciences

University of Helsinki

Program Description

Master in Food Sciences

University of Helsinki

Food Science

The objective of the Master’s Programme in Food Sciences is to educate international experts with outstanding scientific skills for research and development in the area of food sciences. The Department of Food and Environmental Sciences organizes the programme. The programme is located on the Viikki Campus, one of the largest concentrations of biosciences in the world. Finnish food research benefits from a long tradition of food development having resulted, for example, in production of functional food ingredients such as stanol esters and probiotics. The food research at the University of Helsinki has been rated to the very top of its field.

The major subject studies include core studies in Food Science (Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Technology and Nutritional Science) and a choice of elective specialization option: Food Safety or Food Bioprocessing. Teaching is carried out in collaboration with other national higher education institutions and food industry. The programme provides the student with an excellent basis for a career in food industry and trade as well as food safety authorities. Needless to say, MScFood is also a fine launching pad for a research career.

Food safety

The research in Food Safety, with regard to chemical aspects, has been on various aspects regarding fat and water soluble vitamins, lipids and plant flavonoids and phenolic acids. Developing and optimizing analytical methods for accurate analysis for both beneficial and possibly harmful compounds in foods is enabled with the use of modern instrumentation of the food chemistry laboratory. The research concerning the microbiological Food Safety is focused on lactic acid bacteria as well as microbial contaminants regarding food and packaging materials.

Food bioprocessing

Food Bioprocessing develops and improves the processing methods of raw materials, with an overall goal of providing consumers with safe and healthy products. The studies not only explain the physical, chemical and biological changes occurring in food materials during processing and storage but also focus on the sensory properties and the effect of manufacturing and processing equipment on the end products.



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 June 2, 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