University of Helsinki

Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 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.

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. 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:
  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July first-cycle or a second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have completed the studies required for the Master’s programme by 12 January.
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision.
  • The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
    • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma.
    • Official transcript of studies.
    • Authorised translations.
    • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card.
    • Motivation letter and study plan.
    • A diploma supplement (if available).

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      13000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      Free
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Helsinki

    • 910 - 1400 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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