Welcome to study in AGERE

The Master’s Programme in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics (AGERE)  invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2021 to take a moment to explore this page and get to know us better. Our staff, students and faculty welcome you!

The admission results for the application round that took place between 1 Dec 2020 and 15 Jan 2021 have been sent to the applicants to the e-mail address given on their application form. The results can also be found by logging into your My Studyinfo –service.

Congratulations on being selected as one of our new students for the Master’s Programme in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics (AGERE). We look forward to engaging with you no matter what the future coronavirus situation may be.

When starting your studies, a personal study plan is made together with you. It will be followed up during your studies with casual student-teacher meetings a few times a year.

You will receive more practical information about the University of Helsinki from the Admission Services throughout the months before the semester starts, but if you have any questions regarding studies, courses or need support with planning for your studies, do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you.

Although the COvid-19 pandemic keep on causing exceptional circumstances around the world, we hope that the situation will get better in the course of the next academic year and look forward to meeting you in person as soon as possible.

Welcome to our programme and the University of Helsinki!

On bahalf of the programme,
Leena Rantamäki-Lahtinen, Director

If you would like to prepare for your studies before the semester starts, there are a couple things you could do.

R (and R studio) statistical programme is used in several courses, e.g. AGERE-A01. R  is a free open source programme. If you are not familiar with the programme yet, it would be beneficial to download it to your computer and look at basic things prior to the courses. Get started with R programme here.  You can find several free tutorials and videos by using Google or other search engines.

All our students have one or two mandatory mathematics courses during the first year of their master studies. These courses are needed in order to study substance courses smoothly. In the math courses, students should know the basics of matrix operations, solving equations and equation systems, differentiation, partial differentiation and optimisation with and without constraints. If there has been a while since you have used or studied these items, it would be good to recall them from your previous studies or senior high school math.

You can also visit our Cost-benefit analysis online course. If you register for the course, it is possible to take it already during this spring/summer and earn credits! Or you can just visit the course and see what it is like. In order to enter the course, press login and follow the instructions.

What is it like to study in the AGERE programme? What kind of career opportunities does the programme lead to? How is it to live in the city of Helsinki?

In this article, Jamie Jenkins - now a graduate from the programme -  answers these questions together with Timo Sipiläinen, Professor of Agricultural Economics.

You can also chat directly with University of Helsinki students to ask questions or read their blogs to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

As a student, you benefit from the expertise of numerous inspiring scholars with solid teaching experience and broad researcher credentials. Meet the people in the programme.

Vuorovaikeutus ry (VV for short) is a student organisation for those studying environmental and resource economics. Visit the Vuorovaikeutus ry website.

Markkina-Agraarit is a student organisation for agricultural economics students. You can follow them on social media on Facebook and Instagram (mainly in Finnish). You can also get in touch by sending an email.

If you have any questions about the activities all you need to do is ask!

    The teaching of the academic year 2021-22 officially starts on 6 Sept 2021, but you should take part in the orientation activities for the new students that take place the week before (during week 35 starting as of 31 Aug).

    During these days, you will learn more about the University of Helsinki and the opportunities it offers to you, as well as the practices related to the programme. You will also be assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student, or student tutor. Your tutor will help with questions related to studying, give support with administrative matters and introduce you to the university campuses and facilities.

    The detailed schedule and information concerning your orientation and tutoring will be published in the Instructions for students in the summer. Make sure the AGERE programme is selected on the dropdown menu to access the correct information.

    Please note that due to the coronavirus situation, the University is preparing to organise the orientation activities partly or entirely remotely.

      If you have questions related to the admissions and accepting your stdy place offer, please contact the Admission Services.

      If you have questions about the content of the AGERE programme, please contact the Programme Director Leena Rantamäki-Lahtinen or the Programme Coordinator Simo Riikonen.

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