University of Helsinki

Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13000
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, Finnish, Swedish
    Language
Students who graduate from the Master’s programme in Geography at University of Helsinki have strong theoretical and practical skills. The education in geography offers a broad understanding in current social and environmental issues. Our students can work as experts in their field, both independently and as members of multi-professional teams.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The teaching within the programme is connected with the work of the geography research groups. It is often possible to write the final thesis as part of work in a research group or a research institute in a related field. The Master’s programme in geography from University of Helsinki is divided into three sub-programmes (described in section 4). Our students have been very successful in the job market after completing our programme.

The strengths of students who have completed our Geography Master’s programme when it comes to research and expertise are:
  • their ability to apply theoretical knowledge
  • a broad understanding of multi-layered regional issues
  • strong interaction skills within multi-disciplinary groups of specialists
  • their ability to communicate in writing, orally, and graphically about geographical phenomena and research findings
  • their ability to utilise and interpret various kinds of research data
  • their versatile knowledge of methodology in geography
  • their ability to apply the newest methods in geoinformatics and cartography
  • their embracing of responsible and ethical scientifc practices
Career
The Master’s programme in geography provides you with excellent abilities to work in research or as specialists. Our graduates have found good employment in the public and private sectors, in Finland and abroad. Their postings include:
  • Evaluation of environmental effects and environment consultation
  • Positioning and remote-sensing work
  • Regional and urban planning
  • Governmental community and regional administration
  • Governmental posts in ministries
  • Organisational posts
  • Development cooperation projects
  • Communication and publishing work
  • Teaching

Programme Structure

The first year of the advanced module of the Master’s programme contains the method courses of your chosen sub-programme, elective courses, and advanced literature. During this year you will start planning your Master’s thesis.

In the autumn of the second year, you will join a Master’s seminar and take exams on literature related to the MSc thesis. In the spring, you should be ready to present your finished MSc thesis (Pro gradu). In addition, you can take optional courses in both years that support your sub-programme. If you are studying to be a teacher, you will take courses in pedagogy during your second year.

Studying takes many forms. A large part of the instruction is contact teaching. Method and specialisation courses are usually implemented in groups of 10-20 students, where it is easy to discuss professional issues and gain deeper insights. Independent study is supported through workshops supervised by older students, and reading circles. The Master’s programme also includes extensive exams on literature in the field.

Detailed Programme Facts

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Academic Requirements

You may be admitted if you meet the specified eligibility requirements:
  • You demonstrate by 31 July that you have completed a first- or second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have performed well in the studies required for the programme
  • You submit the application and the required attachments within the specified deadline
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English.
  • If needed, you will participate in an interview upon request

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Photocopy of the degree diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations into Finnish, Swedish or English
  • A motivation letter as part of online application form.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13000 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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