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Goal of the pro­gramme. Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. Read more

Goal of the pro­gramme

Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. The Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS) Master’s programme trains you in wide-ranging interdisciplinary thinking skills and provides you with the ability to:

  • Study environmental and sustainability issues in your respective fields of expertise and
  • Solve problems of socio-ecological sustainability in cooperation with various social actors.

Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.

Pro­gramme con­tents

ECGS is a truly multidisciplinary Master’s programme. It covers an introductory Core Module common to all students, followed by two distinct study tracks.

The introductory Core Module focuses on the methodologies of environmental and sustainability science as well as the interactions between science and society. The Core Module also offers a pool of optional methodological studies, providing you with the necessary research tools to tackle socio-ecological challenges.

If your orientation is in natural sciences, the Environmental Change study line can provide you with an understanding of the functioning of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and can give guidance toward their sustainable use.

If your interests are more in the social sciences and humanities, on the other hand, the Global Sustainability study line provides an understanding of the socio-cultural underpinnings of global sustainability challenges so that you can help to develop solutions that take social and environmental justice into consideration.

Se­lec­tion of the study track

You can apply for one of the two studytracks in the ECGS Master’s programme: the Environmental Change study line or the Global Sustainability study line. You can refine your expertise in your chosen study line by choosing from study modules related to your specialised field of science or from interdisciplinary phenomenon-based modules.

Environmental Change modules are offered in, for example, the following research fields: aquatic sciences, soil and earth sciences, environmental ecology, environmental biotechnology and agroecology. Global Sustainability modules include themes such as environmental and natural resource economics, environmental policy, development studies, public and social policy, consumer research, forest policy and economics, and development geography. ECGS also offers a variety of modules integrating both natural and social scientific perspectives including phenomenon-based modules on the Baltic Sea and the Arctic as well as a variety of interdisciplinary fields such as climate change, food and consumption systems, urban studies and socio-ecological systems studies.

As an international applicant, you will be assessed and accepted for the Master’s program based on the scientific relevance of your bachelor’s degree and your success in previous studies.



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Goal of the pro­gramme

Do you want to affect the future of forests, a key natural resource and the wellspring of biodiversity? Have you ever wondered why forests are called the lungs of the Earth and how climate change relates to forests? Or how trees are grown and processed into products in a sustainable and efficient manner? And how are the economy and forests interrelated?

You can find answers to these questions when you study forest sciences. You will come to view forests not only as a setting for jogging trails or as a source of wood, but rather as a source of versatile renewable resources and as complex ecological systems that are closely connected to their environment. The relationship between humans and nature and between society and natural resources is a strong feature of these studies.

The Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences offers a broad and versatile perspective on forests and their use. The studies focus on and apply knowledge in biology, business economics, environmental sciences, logistics, geoinformatics and information technology. As a graduate in forest sciences you will be a professional in forest ecology, the management and use of forest resources, forest bioeconomy business and policy, with ample career opportunities in Finland and abroad.

Come and study forest sciences at the University of Helsinki, in one of the world’s foremost degree programmes in the field. For more information in Finnish about studies in forest sciences, the field of forestry and its opportunities, see http://www.metsatieteet.fi.

Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.

Pro­gramme con­tents

General studies in the Master’s programme provide you with skills needed for the academic world and the labour market. In advanced studies, you focus on field-specific issues and develop your professional knowledge when writing your Master’s thesis and completing courses in your field of specialisation. In addition, the studies include elective courses that allow you to diversify and deepen your knowledge.

The Master's Programme in Forest Sciences comprises two study tracks: forest ecology and management and forest bioeconomy business and policy. These study tracks include a total of 10 fields of specialisation.

The specialisations in forest ecology and management focus on various types of forest and peatland ecosystems and their exploitation, examine the planning of forest use and the relevant collection of information, examine forest inventory models, wood harvesting and logistics as well as the processing of wood into bioeconomy products.

Topical issues include

  • climate change
  • the prevention of damage to forests caused by insects and fungi
  • the control of game populations
  • problems related to the exploitation of tropical forests
  • the application of new remote sensing methods in the planning of forest resource management
  • the combination of different values and targets in forestry and bioeconomy
  • various models of silviculture
  • increased efficiency in logging and transportation
  • generating added value in all areas of biorefining.

Studies in the forest bioeconomy business and policy are based on the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource and on the development of responsible business activities in a global environment. The focus of studies is on the globalisation of forest-based industry and business and its structural redevelopment into the bioeconomy. You will become familiar with forest-based issues of the bioeconomy in production, marketing and policy as part of the global operating environment.



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Goal of the pro­gramme

Are you looking forward to a future as an expert in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics? As a graduate of our Master’s Programme in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics, you can find employment in the national or international market, for example at universities, research institutes, the public sector or in business, or you can become a self-employed entrepreneur.

The Viikki Campus offers optimal resources for studying the unique range of subjects offered by our programme. Upon graduating you will be a professional in applied economics in agricultural, environmental and resource-focused fields. You will be well versed in topics such as climate policy, sustainable agriculture and food security.

The Master's programme comprises two study tracks:

1. Agricultural economics

  • Languages of instruction: Finnish, Swedish, English

2. Environmental and resource economics

  • Language of instruction: English

As a graduate you will be able to:

  • Support decision-making in the public and private sectors in various roles as a consultant, researcher or public servant 
  • Analyse and communicate the impact of policies on fields relating to agriculture, the environment and natural resources
  • Apply economic theories and quantitative methodologies, such as econometrics and numerical modelling, to issues in the field

As a graduate of the studytrack in Environmental and Resource economics you will have the ability to

  • Identify the socio-economic drivers of natural resource use and environmental degradation
  • Analyse the effects of policies on the environment and on natural resource usage
  • Formulate recommendations to support decision-making in both the public and private sectors 
  • Apply microeconomic theory and quantitative methods (econometrics, analytical and numerical dynamic modelling, game theory)

Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.

Pro­gramme con­tents

Studytrack: Agricultural economics

After completing the study track in agricultural economics you will be able:

  • To apply the concepts and central theories of agricultural economics.
  • To apply perspectives of economic, ecological and social sustainability.
  • To analyse and develop the business operations of agricultural and rural enterprises as well as intensify production in a sustainable manner.
  • To analyse the operation of agricultural and food markets.
  • To analyse the international political steering of agriculture.

The study track of agricultural economics combines expertise in business administration and economics with knowledge of the special features of agriculture, rural enterprises, the food market and related policies.

Through studies in agricultural economics, you will learn to apply theories and models used to define the profitability and competiveness of agricultural and rural enterprises and the farm-level factors contributing to profitability and competiveness. You will examine the operation of the market and assess various policy options. The studies include practice-oriented assignments that build your decision-making and career skills, and your self-confidence to apply theoretical knowledge in practice.

Studytrack: Environmental and Resource Economics

In this studytrack you will receive a state-of-the-art economic education in environmental and natural resources policy. The courses are divided into three groups:

1. Theoretically focused courses in which you will gain a deep understanding of static and dynamic models and applications of game theory

2. Courses focusing on quantitative methods in which you will gain the ability to run numerical simulations and apply econometric methods

3. Thematic courses focusing on relevant challenges in environmental and resource policy.



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Application period/deadline. November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018. Solid foundation of software engineering and information systems methods and technologies. Read more

Application period/deadline: November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018

• Solid foundation of software engineering and information systems methods and technologies

• Understanding of software ecosystems

• Understanding of user-oriented products and services

The international master’s degree programme in Software, Systems and Services Development in the Global Environment (GS3D) is a two-year programme. The programme will give you relevant skills and core knowledge of the latest methods, tools and technologies to be an expert or manager in a global ICT company. You will also get skills to lead multicultural teams, projects and units. Other topics include:

• System design methods for information systems

• Open source software development

• Service design

• Organisational change

• Software engineering management, measurement, and improvement

• Information security policy management

• Software business issues

• Research methods

• Project management

• Optional studies based on personal interests

Optional modules makes it possible to widen your expertise based on personal interests, focusing for example on:

• Business

• Computer science

• Wireless communications engineering

• Electrical engineering

• Software engineering

• Information systems

• Human-computer interaction issues

ICT is highly international field. Students gain experience on multi-cultural working during their studies. The degree programme has strong traditions and good experiences in collaboration with companies in information industry. Working life oriented way of completing studies means that practical exercises and projects are conducted in collaboration with companies.

The project work at the end of Master's level studies integrates studies and is ordered and steered by a company or a research unit. Also the master's thesis is typically made for a company. With close cooperation with industry, the education is kept relevant and up-to-date, and visiting lecturers from industry are invited to courses.

The graduates will acquire solid academic training and essential knowledge and skills to analyse and evaluate different situations, such as:

• Dynamics of the software business environment

• Human activities in IT use situations

• Software solutions and processes from the perspective of software architecture

• Design patterns

• Established capability and maturity models

Graduates have the capability to act as independent experts in goal-oriented projects and manage professionally projects in global ICT companies.

Possible titles include:

• Project Manager

• Chief Information Officer

• Software Designer

• User Experience Designer

• Information Security Specialist

Students applying for the programme must possess an applicable B.Sc. degree in one of the following fields of study: Software Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, or nearby studies.

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Application period/deadline. November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018. Multidisciplinary studies combine process engineering to environmental engineering. Read more

Application period/deadline: November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018

• Multidisciplinary studies combine process engineering to environmental engineering

• The programme provides skills to solve environmental problems and challenges

• Programme’s industry-branch-independent, phenomena-based approach provides excellent skills in different areas of environmental engineering

This international 2-year master’s programme concentrates on energy production systems and cleaner production methods and on sustainable technologies. The programme will give you relevant skills and core knowledge of the latest technologies, tools, and methods of the field, such as:

• Sustainable technologies related to energy systems and cleaner production methods

• Abilities to control, optimize, design and develop industrial environmental processes

• Tools in controlling and reducing harmful environmental effects

• Methods for water and waste water treatment, water resources and water engineering

The programme has two options for specialization fully available in English:

• Energy Systems and Cleaner Production, and

• Water Engineering.

These study options provide knowledge on how to manage environmental issues with an industry-branch-independent, phenomena-based approach in energy production and water engineering, protection and restoration of natural environments, and in water and waste water processes by application of proper production methods, tools, and technologies.

The programme educates environmental engineers with skills to solve environmental problems and challenges, both locally and globally, in areas rich in natural resources of high economic value contained in an ecologically sensitive nature.

The graduates will have knowhow for scientific and applied work both in industry and academia. The graduates are able to work in different environment related business sectors, in local and regional public administration, as well as environmental authorities or research institutes.

Possible job titles include:

• Researcher

• Specialist

• Chemical process designer

• Environmental engineer

• Plant engineer

• Development manager

• Production manager

Students applying for the programme must possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a suitable field of engineering, e.g. in environmental, process, chemical, or civil engineering.

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