Studying sustainability

Sustainability is one of the crucial goals of universities being put into practice in education, research, societal interaction and knowledge transfer and also in own campus operations. Sustainability and the issue of global change are increasingly integrated in the education of professionals in their respective disciplines. In addition, there is a growing demand of sustainability professionals whose focus and knowledge basis is in sustainability science, the merging novel discipline. Sustainability professionals have strong systems-thinking, anticipatory, normative, strategic and interpersonal competences.

At the University of Helsinki, sustainability science can be studied on both Bachelor's and Master's level. The Multidisciplinary Environmental Module welcomes all university students (majority of teaching in Finnish). Sustainability studies on the Master's level at the University of Helsinki include the Master’s Programme in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS) as well as the programme in Urban Studies and Planning. Both programmes welcome international students annually. Doctoral studies can be pursued in several doctoral programmes with research scopes in natural resources, the environment and the society.


The goal of HELSUS Youth is to increase the accessibility and attractiveness of HELSUS sustainability research to school students or any youth in the language of their interest.

HELSUS community is doing cutting edge research, and at the same time it is a group of people with a rich variety of different cultural and language backgrounds.

HELSUS Youth is about creating interactions on sustainability topics between HELSUS researchers and school students, in different languages. Today digital tools allow bringing science to any location and to any audience. HELSUS Youth helps to share the results of ongoing sustainability research through workshops or online workshops to school students.

Sustainability is a relevant topic for any lesson, whether it is biology, geography, math, physics, social sciences or a language class. We want to make it normal to discuss sustainability as part of any class.  If you get interested in a topic, a researcher, or having a lesson in a particular language – get in touch with HELSUS Youth by contacting

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