Master in Geography and Geology

University of Helsinki

Program Description

Master in Geography and Geology

University of Helsinki

GeosciencesAt the Department of Geosciences and Geography, you will learn a multidisciplinary approach to research, honoring both natural and social sciences. Because the lecturers are active researchers, teaching is based on the latest research findings.

As a geosciences and geography student, you will benefit from the departments excellent research facilities, since the department maintains up-to-date laboratories, a monitoring station network, and a research station. In addition to these facilities, the research activities are based on broad cooperation within national and international research and monitoring networks.


The programme offers studies seeking to provide you with the knowledge and skills to engage with many defining social and environmental issues of our time ─ from global issues such as climate change , migration, and population increase to the local challenges of regional conflicts, forest degradation, and exclusion within Finnish cities.

In Development geography, it is the main issue focus on the poorest countries of the world, most of which are situated in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The aim of research is to produce new scientific knowledge on developing countries, their development problems and solving, modes of livelihoods and survival strategies, the sustainability of environment as well as culture with the emphasis of socio-economic development in a regional context. Development geography makes good use of the problem-oriented, interdisciplinary and multicultural fields of science, with its regional approach.

Globalization can be perceived as the mutual interplay of global and local approaches within the methodology of Participatory Learning Approach and Geographic Information System GIS.


Studies focus on understanding the nature and interplay of the evolutionary, ecological, and physical environmental forces that have shaped the history of life on geological timescales. Within the division of geology, researchers address many aspects of paleobiology and paleoecology, specializing in the continental plants and animals of especially the last 25 million years and the environmental changes of the last millennia. In the field of palaeontology, research is focused on fossil mammals and their environments, and is done with international collaboration. An international database on of fossil mammals is being coordinated by the Division.

Teaching is largely formed by seminars with various subjects that range from central questions in palaeobiology and palaeoecology to current topics as well as courses and lectures by visiting scientists. Field work in China, Turkey, and Iran plays a large part in the programme, allowing students to participate in international multidisciplinary research at an early stage. Studies seek to introduce students to the scientific basics of the field and train them in elementary methods, e.g. sampling in the field, working in the laboratory, and the stages in analysis. The teaching and research are very closely knit in palaeobiology and palaeontology.



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
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price Free