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Mathematics and Statistics - MSc

Course Description

When you study mathematics and statistics at the University of Helsinki, some of the best mathematicians and statisticians in the world will be your instructors. Studies in this Master’s programme will give you a solid basis for maths and statistics applications. Graduates of this Master’s programme find employment as researchers, teachers, and in demanding expert posts in the public and private sectors in Finland and abroad.

The Master’s programme in mathematics and statistics is based on top research. The teaching within the sub-programmes at the University of Helsinki follows a high standard and is highly valued, not just within Finnish academia but in global university rankings. Upon graduating from this Master’s programme, you will:
-Be an expert in the methods of mathematics or statistics.
-Have mastered the basics of another scientific discipline.
-Be able to apply scientific knowledge and methods.
-Be able to follow developments in mathematics and statistics.
-Know how to think critically, argue a point, and solve problems.
-Have excellent interaction skills and be assertive and creative.
-Understand the principles of ethical and sustainable development.
-Be well prepared to work as an expert and developer in your field.
-Be prepared for scientific postgraduate studies.

The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee ranges from 13 000-18 000 euros. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

Programme Contents

The Master’s programme consists of courses in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. 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 literature-based exams. The instructors in this programme have received prizes for their high standard of teaching. The teaching methods used in the subjects in this Master's programme have been widely recognised in the media.

Selection of the Major

The specialisation subjects within the programme are:
-Mathematical physics and stocastics
-Applied analysis
-Computational science
-Mathematical logic
-Mathematical modelling
-Insurance and financial mathematics
-Algebra and topology
-European Master in Official Statistics, EMOS (based on the statistics education in the Faculty of Social Sciences).

You will select your specialisation subject during your first year.

Programme Structure

The Master’s programme comprises 120 credits, which you can complete in two years. The degree in mathematics includes:
-85 credits of advanced courses, including the Master’s thesis (Pro gradu, 30 credits).
-35 credits of other courses from your own or other programmes.
-Working-life orientation and career planning.
-Personal study plan.

The degree in statistics includes:
-25 credits of advanced mathematics courses.
-60 credits of advanced statistics courses, including the Master’s thesis (Pro gradu, 30 credits).
-35 credits of other courses e.g. more advanced courses in statistics, or intermediate courses in some other subject, in which you included basic courses in your BSc degree, or, module/s from other university programmes.
-Working-life orientation and career planning.
-Personal study plan.

The European Master in Official Statistics sub-programme includes:
-85 credits of advanced courses in statistics or mathematics, including the Master’s thesis (Pro gradu, 30 credits) and a traineeship.
-35 credits of other courses from your own or other programmes.
-Working-life orientation and career planning.
-Personal study plan.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Master’s programme can find employment outside the university or continue with one of the doctoral programmes in mathematics and statistics. The Master’s programme will give you excellent capabilities for work in the public or private sector as an expert in mathematics and statistics, skills that are very sought after in the job market both in Finland and abroad. The banking, investment, and insurance fields, for instance, value mathematicians and statisticians very highly internationally. Many of our graduates work in research and development or as teachers in various educational institutions. Graduates from this programme have excellent chances to find employment corresponding to their education.


The international nature of the programme is implemented in many ways:
-Research within the disciplines of the degree programme is of high international standard and is highly regarded.
-Teaching staff and research collaboration within the programme are international.
-The atmosphere of the programme is international, several international students are admitted each year.
-Theses and projects may be completed within international projects.
-There are opportunities for a student exchange period in many foreign universities.

Research Focus

The research focus within the disciplines in the degree programme are e.g.
-Geometric analysis and measurement theory
-Analysis in metric spaces
-Partial differential equations
-Functional analysis
-Harmonic analysis
-Mathematical physics
-Inversion problems
-Mathematical logic and set theory
-Time series analysis
-Social statistics

The programme is part of the Analyysin ja dynamiikan (Analysis and dynamics) and the Inversio-ongelmien (Inversion problems) centres of excellence.

Visit the Mathematics and Statistics - MSc page on the University of Helsinki website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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