Theoretical and Computational Methods
The basis of natural sciences is the modelling of phenomena and solving these models. The Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods will give you a strong basis in the theoretical methods, modelling, and mathematical and numerical analysis within physics, mathematics, chemistry and/or computer science. The special feature of this programme is that you can combine the above disciplines into a comprehensive programme. It is well suited for the needs of basic research and for many fields of application.
The Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational methods will give you a strong basis in the theoretical methods, modelling, and mathematical and numerical analysis within physics, mathematics, chemistry and/or computer science.
The special feature is that you combine the above disciplines into a comprehensive programme by tailoring a suitable combination according to your plans and existing knowledge in cooperation with the programme professors. However, this requires also a strong commitment from you to develop your own skills and plan your degree.
The strong scientific emphasis of the programme makes it a natural gateway to further studies in physics, mathematics, chemistry and computer science.
Why The­or­et­ical and Com­pu­ta­tional Meth­ods?
The Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods has an exceptionally great scope. The programme consists of several modules in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer science.
Upon completing the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, you will:
Have a solid basis of skills in your chosen scientific field
Have good skills in analytical and computational thinking and deduction
Be able to apply theoretical and computational methods to the analysis and understanding of problems in various fields
Be able to generalise information on scientific phenomena, and identify the inner relationships
Be able to create mathematical models of natural phenomena
Be able to solve the models, both analytically and numerically
As a graduate of this Master’s programme, you can work as an expert in many kinds of scientific jobs in the private and the public sectors. The employment rate in this field is good.
The programme’s strong scientific emphasis makes it a natural gateway to further studies in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer science. This will usually take place within one of the research groups working on the Kumpula campus.
Struc­ture and con­tent
The Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods will give you a strong basis in the theoretical methods, modelling, and mathematical and numerical analysis within physics, mathematics, chemistry and/or computer science.
The scope of the programme is 120 ECTS credits. It is possible to complete the degree in two academic years. The degree includes:
90 credits of courses in the Master’s programme, including the Master’s thesis (Pro gradu) of 30 credits (Advanced studies)
30 credits of other courses from your Master’s programme or other programmes (Other studies)
The programme consists of several modules in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer science. Your studies also include a personal study plan, working-life orientation, and career planning. In addition, the other studies could include a traineeship, complementary courses in your major or minor subject, or a completely new minor subject.
Studying in this programme requires a strong commitment from you to develop your own skills and plan your degree. You tailor a suitable combination according to your plans and existing knowledge in cooperation with the programme professors. Your personal study plan will ensure that your courses form a sensible functional combination.
Courses and teach­ing
The special feature of this programme is its great scope: it consists of several course packages in physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and/or data science, for example:
Cosmology and particle physics
Mathematical physics and stochastics
Theoretical computer science
The courses include group and lecture instruction, exercises, literature, and workshops. Most courses also include exams or project assignments. In addition, you can complete some courses independently, by taking exams.
Instruction is given in English, but the courses and assignments can also be done in Finnish or Swedish.
The advanced module of your major subject includes a Master’s thesis that will demonstrate your:
ability for scientific thinking
command of scientific methods
mastery of the topic of your thesis
aptitude for scientific communication
The extent of the Master’s thesis is 30 credits. It is often written under the supervision of one of the research groups in the departments belonging to this programme, so you will become familiar with top research during your Master's programme. These projects are a natural gateway to postgraduate studies.
International scope and cooperation with other parties
The Master’s programme works in a very international atmosphere, with many top researchers from Finland and abroad teaching in it. In addition, the University of Helsinki and the Faculty of Science offer you many opportunities for international activities:
Student exchange in one of the exchange locations of the faculty or university
Courses given in English within the faculty
Cooperation with students in the international programme
International tasks within the students’ organisations or union
Language courses at the Language Centre of the University of Helsinki
The collaboration partners include several top international research centres, such as CERN, ESA, ESRF, and ITER.R. So as a graduate student at the Faculty of Science, you will be able to apply for research training at places such as CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, or the ESRF centre in Grenoble, France. A traineeship in one of the internationally active research groups on campus will enable you to acquaint yourself and form contacts with the international research community during your studies. In addition, the international exchange programmes offer many opportunities for you to complete part of your degree at a foreign university.
As a Master’s degree student, you can select your minor subject both from your own faculty and from the other faculties at the university. Thanks to the contract for flexible study access (JOO), you can also study at another university in Finland, so it will be easy to tailor your degree to your own interests and career goals. Some of the courses are organised in cooperation with Aalto University.
You can also participate in research projects in your field while you are studying. Writing your Master’s thesis in cooperation with a corporation or research organisation is also a good way to improve your working-life skills or get first-hand experience of working in an international research project. The programme has close collaboration with the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT).
The programme maintains contacts with its alumni within the corporate sector. You can develop your own business concepts at the university’s entrepreneurship courses and at Think Company, which is a community of students and researchers interested in starting their own business, as well as for entrepreneurs in different fields.
Stu­dents and stu­dent life
Student life and especially the student organisation culture is exceptionally rich and diverse in Finland. Also at the University of Helsinki, the student community is very active. More than 250 student organisations operate within the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY), ranging from faculty and subject organisations to political and societal organisations, and from choirs and orchestras to sports and game clubs. Their activities include anniversary celebrations, academic dinner parties, cultural events, get-togethers and excursions.
As a student and member of the Student Union (HYY), you are entitled to many benefits and services. For example, affordable student housing, basic healthcare services, sports facilities and student-priced meals. You also get numerous discounts, for example on public transport fees across the country.
The Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods gives you an excellent basis for postgraduate studies or for a career outside the Academia in Finland or internationally. Usually, Masters of Science employed within research and R&D in industries are well paid. On the other hand, a career at the university or a research institute, for its part, lets you carry out free academic research on a topic of your own choosing.
The following application period is 1.12.2021-5.1.2022