• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English, Finnish, Swedish
    Language
The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food Behaviour offered by University of Helsinki focuses on human nutrition and related behaviour and consumption from the perspectives of public health nutrition, nutrition physiology and the social sciences. The programme is built around human nutrition, food behaviour and consumership, as well as related research methods.

About

Why do we eat the way we do? What happens to the components of food in our body? How does nutrition maintain our health? How do food choices affect the quality of our diet? How do we study the way people use food? How does culture influence our food choices? How is food discussed in the media? How does food behaviour change, and how can it be changed?

The goal of the Master’s programme in Human Nutrition and Food Related Behavior from the University of Helsinki is to enable you to:
  • Understand the significance of nutrition to bodily functions and health
  • Understand the social and cultural aspects that affect the food choices of individuals and communities and know how to influence them
  • Form an opinion about the multifarious issues regarding nutrition and consumption
  • Be able to analyse and solve nutritional issues and related cultural questions in an ecological and socially sustainable manner

In the Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour, you can choose between three focal areas:

  • Nutritional physiology: The impact of nutrition and other lifestyle factors on bodily functions and health, as well as the underlying mechanisms at the level of molecular biology
  • Public health nutrition and food services: Insight into the nutritional factors affecting the health of the country’s population and population groups and the use of this insight to promote health, as well as nutritional questions related to food services and the food industry
  • Food behaviour in a changing society: The ways in which food choices are linked to individual, cultural and social factors, the construction of identity, the consumption society, as well as food and health policies
Career

The Master’s programme qualifies you for work in expert, teaching, research and managerial positions in the public sector, NGOs and companies, and as an independent entrepreneur. The education provides you with profound field-specific competence and skills in knowledge work, as well as a solid professional identity.

Examples of duties available to graduates include:
  • Expert in nutrition and food
  • Product manager
  • Product development manager, development manager
  • Director of food services
  • Researcher, special researcher
  • Planning officer
  • Senior inspector
  • Senior teacher or lecturer at a university of applied sciences
  • Growth entrepreneur
  • Journalist, press officer, content provider

Programme Structure

The courses incorporate different methods of study, such as
  • Contact teaching, lectures
  • Group work
  • Oral presentations
  • Written reports (individual, pair, group)
  • Independent study
  • Laboratory work and other assignments and related reports
  • Learning journals, oral group examinations, written examinations, take-home essays
  • Seminars

The diversity of learning methods enhances the development and application of critical thinking, argumentation and problem-solving skills.

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 a 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.
  • Re­quired documents
    • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma.
    • Official transcript of studies.
    • Certificate of language proficiency.
    • Authorised translations.
    • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card.
    • Motivation letter to be included in the application form.
    • A diploma supplement (if available).

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      15000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15000 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.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    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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