Welcome to study Food Sciences

The Master’s Programme in Food Sciences 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.

Dear new students,

On behalf of all the staff at Food Sciences, welcome to our programme! We look forward to engaging with you over the coming years no matter what the global Covid-19 situation may be.

Currently (March 2021), our practical laboratory courses remain available in-person and we have successfully implemented a new remote working and teaching system to ensure the standard of our Master’s programme through the challenges of Covid-19. Our team is very happy to be approached online or when possible in person, and we encourage you to speak with us in the hope we can maximise your experience in Helsinki.

Hopefully, the situation will get better in the course of the next academic year and we can meet face-to-face as soon as possible.

Kirsi Jouppila
Food Sciences
Programme Director

The Master's Programme in Food Sciences is highly flexible. As our students, you have an option to select multiple modules to expand your education across multiple disciplines.

The primary modules offered include:

  • Dairy Science and Technology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Technology
  • Grain Science and Technology
  • Meat Science and Technology

In addition, you are able to take a secondary module from the list above or from more diverse topics including:

  • Food Science Basics
  • Food Safety
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Economics
  • Microbiology

The programme is very hands on and allows students to gain necessary practical experience across all the modules.

Find out more on our website about the structure and content as well as career prospects of the programme.

The Master’s Programme in Food Sciences provides high-quality teaching and helps students gain skills in scientific research and product development. Find out what our students Ana Debel and Marianna Koivisto say about their experiences.

In this article, Afsane Kazerani talks about her studies in the programme together with university lecturer Hanna Koivula .

You can also chat directly with University of Helsinki students to ask about 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.

There are several active student organisations at the Faculty of Food Sciences. The subject-specific student organisations protect student's interests and organise events. Skills and networks acquired in a student organisation can prove useful in the professional world, and can provide students with credits.

  • Viri Lactis ry - An organisation for food science students founded in 1947. Initially, the organisation was aimed at dairy technology students, but today Viri can be joined by anyone interested in food. We operate on the Viikki campus in Helsinki and organize various events throughout the year. Our most important events are Wine and Cheese Evening in the autumn and an excursion abroad in the spring.
  • Lipidi ry
  • Oikos ry
  • Viikki Brewing Society

The Finnish Association of Academic Agronomists is a trade union consisting of members with an academic education, who form part of the food supply chain. Members are experts in their respective fields: food, animal husbandry, consumer issues, agriculture, human nutrition, biology and environmental sciences. The Association advocates the interests of its members, promotes their career advancement, fosters a sense of togetherness and provides a range of membership services. Master's students are warmly welcome to join. Some services are provided also in English. Read their blog (in Finnish) or follow them on Linkedin or Instagram.

As a student in the Master's Programme in Food Sciences, the Department of Food and Nutrition in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the multidisciplinary Viikki campus will be your home base.

There are altogether four university faculties operating at the campus in the field of agriculture, forestry, bio- and veterinary sciences and pharmacy, as well as several independent research institutes. The campus has more than 6,000 students and employs nearly 1,900 people.

Studying Food Sciences include quite a lot of labwork, and you will get to know our laboratories when you arrive to study in Viikki. Watch this short video about one of our EIT Food Projects to get an idea of a few machines that are available for our students.

Viikki Food Innovations Hub, an innovation hub of research, education and business, is being established at the Viikki Campus area in close cooperation between the University of Helsinki and the City of Helsinki. It will be launched with a theme related to sustainable food under the direction of Professor of Practice Reetta Kivelä, who is known as one of the inventors of pulled oats. Find out more by reading this article.

Helsinki Think Company brings together students, researchers and people interested in entrepreneurship. One of their workspaces is at the Viikki campus offering free co-working spaces, boot camps, idea accelerator programmes, hackathons, mentoring and a community of like-minded individuals.

This year, teaching officially starts on 6 Sept 2021. However, you should already take part in the orientation activities for the new students that take place during the week before (week 35 as of 31 Aug 2021).

You will be assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student, or student tutor. Your tutor will help with questions related to studying in our programme, give support with administrative matters and introduce you to the university campuses and facilities. This will make it easier for you to start your studies and life in Helsinki.

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

Please note that depending on the coronavirus situation, the orientation activities might be organised partly or entirely online.

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

If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, courses or studies, please contact Training Officer Hanna Happonen or the Student Services at the Viikki Campus.

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