M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI)

University of Helsinki

Application deadline: 31.1.2014
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The state of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources are the base for human wellbeing now and in the future. Therefore, environmental experts are increasingly needed to meet the challenges related to the environmental impacts of agriculture and food production, polluted soils, water quality, biodiversity decline, and other environmental issues.

The international and interdisciplinary Master´s Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI) aims to educate environmental experts with outstanding scientific skills. The research and problem based education provides the student with an excellent basis for a career in environmental authorities, industries, as well as in research.

The programme consists of four specialist options: Agroecology, Environmental Engineering in Agriculture, Environmental Soil Science and Microbiology.

The English-language Masters Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources will admit a maximum of 16 students who satisfy the admission criteria. Applicants must choose their prospective major subject from among the following:

1) Plant Production Sciences, specialist option in Agroecology (three students can be admitted),
2) Agrotechnology, specialist option in Environmental Engineering in Agriculture (five students can be admitted),
3) Environmental Soil Science (three students can be admitted) and
4) Microbiology (five students can be admitted).

The programme is organised jointly by the departments of Agricultural Sciences and Food and Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki.


The Master´s Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI, 120 ECTS) consists of general studies, major subject studies, and multidiciplinary environmental studies.

The major subject studies include core studies in the study line selected by the student. The students choose the study line when they apply to the MENVI.

Read more about the degree requirements in the Content page and about the study lines in their own pages: Agroecology, Environmental Engineering in Agriculture, Environmental Soil Science or Microbiology.

See the following table for the preliminary structural breakdown of the programme:

Master's Degree 120 ECTS General Studies Personal Study Plan, Academic Writing, Statistics, Bioethics, Work Life Orientation etc. 16 ECTS Major Subject StudiesStudy line options:

Environmental Engineering in Agriculture
Environmental Soil Science

70 - 79 ECTS Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies Courses in other majors or study lines related to environmental issues. 25 - 34 ECTS Study lines
Agroecology advances sustainable development in agriculture and food systems, with focus on ecological sustainability. The courses focus on agroecosystems, agrobiodiversity, and production systems

Environmental Engineering in Agriculture
Environmental engineering studies interactions between agricultural production and the environment and the methods for measuring and modelling them. Environmental engineering develops production methods and production systems which are both ecological and economical.

Environmental Soil Science
Environmental soil science focuses on processes and phenomena occurring in soil. The interactions of soil with plants, watercourses and air are studied using chemistry, physics and biology.

Microbiology is a multidisciplinary science on the biology of microbial organisms, which are too small in size to be seen at cellular level without magnification by a microscope. Bacteria, archaea, yeasts and other fungi, and microscopic unicellular animals (protists) and plants (algae) are traditionally studied by microbiologists.


The right to pursue a degree will be granted on the basis of application documents.

Applicants must enclose with their application form the following English-language documents:

* Diploma and transcript of a Bachelors degree or equivalent basic university degree. The documents submitted must be officially certified photocopies of both the documents in the original language as well as their translations. The transcript must indicate the grading scale used in the assessment of the degree.
* Certificate of English language skills
* Amotivation letter as part of the online applicant e-registration. The applicants should describe their academic, professional and personal competencies and write a preliminary study plan, including a plan for the topic of the Masters thesis
* Applicants CV (optional)
* Letter of recommendation (optional)

The application form may contain programme-specific questions. Applicants may also be required to provide identification documents.

At its discretion, the Faculty may ask for further clarification of the documents submitted by the applicant. Applicants may be asked to provide further information.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: 60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


The University of Helsinki is giving about 50 start-up grants to qualified students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but we hope that the little extra money helps our new students to settle in Helsinki.

The International Student Grant is available for students who are admitted in 2013 into the programmes below:

* Algorithms and Machine Learning
* Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies
* Bayesian Statistics and Decision Analysis
* Bioinformatics
* Biomathematics
* Biotechnology
* Democracy and Global Transformations
* Economics
* Environment and Natural Resources
* Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration
* European Studies
* Food Sciences
* Forest Sciences and Business
* Intercultural Encounters
* Media and Global Communication
* Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems
* Networking and Services
* Neuroscience
* International Business Law and Public International Law
* Plant Production Science
* Religious Roots of Europe
* Social Sciences
* Space Sciences
* Theological Work in Church and Society
* Translational Medicine

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