University of Jyväskylä

Biological and Environmental Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Biological and Environmental Science programme offered by University of Jyväskylä contains two specialization areas (majors):
  • sustainable management of inland aquatic resources
  • ecology and evolutionary biology
Students are assigned to one of these majors based on their application letter and academic background.The aquatic major focusses on environmental and biological processes that determine the characteristics and ecosystem services of inland waters and ecologically, economically and socially sustainable use of natural resources. The ecology major focusses on fundamental concepts and theories of ecology, genetics, and evolutionary biology and the ability to use these at the individual, population, community and ecosystem level.
Graduates will be able to:
  • apply theories and use the primary literature and empirical observations to answer scientific questions.
  • use their knowledge to develop solutions to practical questions.
  • obtain, evaluate and incorporate the latest knowledge of scientific problems using appropriate scientific practices and following ethical principles.
Globally, there is a growing need for experts in the field of biological and environmental science. This global demand is expected to continue or even increase due to global environmental problems caused by human population growth and decrease in natural resources.

Programme Structure

The programme requires completion of 120 ETCS credits within 2 years, with compulsory and optional components. This includes lectures, practicals (in the laboratory, computer class and in the field), book examinations, independent seminar work and individual training in a research group. Specialisation is possible through the selection of the optional courses and choice of topic for the individual thesis. This individual research project with associated courses and seminars, in which independent research skills are developed, is a core part of the programme. Students must also complete 6 ECTS credits of language and communication studies, including at least 2 ECTS in Finnish language studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

  • Eligible applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme must have completed a bachelor’s degree by the end of the application period. Conditional admission is possible, if the degree is expected to be completed by the end of June 2016. The selection will be based on the level of grades on the completed degree.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science) from a university with an internationally recognised academic standing, or equivalent qualifications, and proven interest in science.
English language profiency
English language proficiency demonstrated in only one of the following ways:
  • Upper secondary school degree, English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: EU/EEA country, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The degree must be fully completed in English and the thesis must be written in English. The language of instruction must be clearly marked in the degree certificate or transcript of records, or other official document provided by the higher education institution in question.
  • a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (internet-based)
  • an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5
  • a Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade C or above
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) 59
  • National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) for English with skill level 4 or higher (in every section; reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking, and writing)
No entrance examination is conducted. In some instances applicants may be asked to attend an interview (Skype/video/telephone).

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 12000 International

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.


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