Goal of the programme
Do you want to have an impact on what people will eat in the future? Would you like to know what makes food taste good, due to the raw materials and processing technologies? Do you want to know how we could improve the healthiness, safety, ecology and ethics of food and food processing? Are you interested in exploring innovations in food, such as “pulled oats” or using insects as food? If you answered yes, enrol in Food Sciences master’s programme.
The food industry is the 4th most important employer both in Finland and internationally. This industry is constantly looking for experts to solve new problems. With a Master’s degree in Food Sciences you could embark on a career in the food industry; in a food, agricultural or environmental control laboratory; as a teacher, researcher, or self-employed entrepreneur; or as an expert in government ministries or other expert organisations.
As a master in Food Sciences you will be able to help the food industry develop and renew itself, since you will possess know-how on:
- Raw materials and processes, including their theoretical basics
- Different food constituents and their impact on food quality
- Factors that ensure good quality and food safety
You can enrol in the Food Sciences masters’ programme if you hold a bachelors’ degree in Food Sciences or in Molecular Biosciences. You can also apply to the programme if you have a bachelors’ degree in a related area of the natural sciences from a Finnish or foreign university, or if you have a degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences within food sciences or other related areas of the natural sciences.
Your studies in the Food Sciences masters’ programme will offer you a broad education covering courses in the composition and processing of food, in the structures and chemical reactions of food proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, and in food legislation and the safety of food additives.
Further information about the studies on the Master’s programme website.
Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.
Find out more about the Be 1* of the Best Scholarship Programme.
Information on the languages of instruction
Teaching is in English, but you can also complete the programme in Finnish or Swedish.
Food Sciences on the Viikki campus is a nationally unique programme that covers the whole food production chain from primary production via food processing to consumers. Food Sciences is an internationally appreciated field of education: food research at the University of Helsinki has been highly ranked.
Your masters’ studies in food sciences will enable you to make an impact on the the creation of innovative solutions for the whole chain of food production. You will:
- Study the theory and applications of the broad area of food sciences in lecture courses and in group work
- Increase your knowledge of food composition, processing, structure, and legislation
- Deepen your knowledge of how the reactions of different food components, production processes and packaging affect the structure, sensory quality, healthiness and safety of animal and plant based foods
- Learn laboratory working skills
- Acquire employment skills for example by training in the food industry
Selection of the study track
You can affect the sort of expertise you would like to gain. You can tailor your Master’s degree by choosing special studies in food chemistry, food technology, and in the science and technology relating to meat, dairy and cereals.
You can also complement your expertise in food sciences with, for example, studies in food development, food safety, food research and analysis, economics, marketing, sustainable food production, microbiology, biotechnology or nutrition.
You will need 120 credits (ECTS) for the Master’s degree. Together with your faculty adviser, you will make a personal study plan consisting of:
- 60 credits of advanced studies in food sciences including a Master’s thesis
- Studies of your choice in special areas of food sciences
- Complementary studies of your choice
- Studies of your free choice
You can also include career planning, an internship and studies abroad in your Master’s degree.
A Master’s thesis (30 credits) is included in the Master’s degree programme. Your thesis should consist of a review of the existing literature and an experimental section. In the Food Sciences Masters’ programme, you can often complete your thesis within a research group or in collaboration with the food industry.
When you pose the question addressed in your thesis, your goal should be to acquire new understanding of an issue and to develop your own problem-solving skills. The topic of your thesis might also be the development of a new technology or product. In terms of methodology, your thesis can be based on chemistry, physics, technology, biochemistry, microbiology or sensory science. Doing your Master’s thesis will train you in scientific thinking, analysis of problems, development of explanatory models and hypotheses, planning experiments and working in the laboratory and/or making pilot-plant experiments, and presenting your research results and your critical discussion.
With a Master’s degree in Food Sciences, you can find work as a product quality manager in the food industry; as an inspector in a food, agricultural or environmental control laboratory; as a teacher or researcher at a university; as self-employed entrepreneur; or as an expert in a government ministry or other expert organisation.
You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:
- You have completed by 31 July 2019 a first-cycle degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or second-cycle degree (e.g., master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
- You have completed or will complete studies required for the master’s programme by 11 January 2019. Below are more details concerning applicable studies.
- You are able to demonstrate your proficiency in English. For further instructions on demonstrating your proficiency in English, see the section “Required attachments”.
If you are currently or have previously been a student at the University of Helsinki, please note the following rules.
If you have refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, and you do not have the official documents to prove your eligibility to apply for higher education, you can still apply to the University of Helsinki.
You may be admitted if
- You prove your eligibility (see above) by the deadline
- You submit the application in Studyinfo.fi and the required attachments within the specified deadline. The application form is open from 3 December 2018 (8:00h Finnish time) to 11 January 2019 (15:00h Finnish time). Read more about what will happen after the application period.
- You have completed a sufficient amount of academic studies suitable to the field of the Master’s Programme in Food Sciences.
Please note: even if the degree you are using as grounds for application is not completed during the application round, you must have a sufficient amount of applicable studies completed by 11 January 2019.
The applicability of the field and the sufficiency of the completed studies will be evaluated in conjunction with admission. The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies.
Choosing the language of your Master’s degree
In the Master’s Programme in Food Sciences, you can choose the language of your degree to be Finnish, Swedish or English. This means that even though most of the teaching will be offered in English, you can answer examination questions and write course assignments and your Master’s thesis in the language that you select as the language of the degree. Please note that you can apply to pursue this Master’s programme in one language only and you must demonstrate your language skills accordingly. You must select the language of your degree when submitting your application.
The Master’s Programme in Food Sciences admits no more than 20 students; maximum of 10 students to complete the degree in English and maximum of 10 students to complete the degree in Finnish or Swedish.
Factors affecting admissions
Applicants to the Master’s Programme in Food Sciences must have completed a sufficient amount of studies applicable to the discipline of the Master’s programme. The studies included in the degree serving as grounds for application to the programme, or the studies completed in addition to that degree, must be applicable and appropriate to the master’s programme and its disciplines in terms of both content and the applicant’s performance so as to provide sufficient knowledge and skills for master’s studies.
The following factors will be taken into consideration in admission decisions: the suitability of applicants’ previous studies for the Master’s programme, success in previous studies suitable for the Master’s programme, and motivation.
Applications are academically assessed and scored, with emphasis on the above factors in the following order:
- Suitability of previous studies for the prospective master’s programme
- Success in previous studies suitable for the prospective master’s programme
You must receive at least the minimum score required for each area of assessment. If you do not receive the minimum score required for a specific area, the subsequent area(s) will not be scored.
If you apply for more than one Master’s programme at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry in this master’s application process, you must rank them in order of preference on the application form. If you meet the criteria for admission to more than one Master’s programme at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, you can only be admitted to the programme ranked the highest on your application.
Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by email by 12 April 2019 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programme in spring 2019.
Study right to be awarded
If granted admission, you will receive the right to pursue the degree of Master of Food Sciences in the Master’s Programme in Food Sciences.
Statistics on applicants can be found on the University’s webpage.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents, and the documents must be submitted as instructed below:
- Official photocopy of the degree certificate/diploma
- Official transcript
- Certificate of language proficiency
- Authorised translations into English, Finnish or Swedish
- A photocopy of your passport, your official identity card or your Finnish residence permit card
- Motivation letter, which you will write on the application form
- Diploma supplement (if available)
1) Read carefully the instructions on application enclosures and their submission.
2) You must demonstrate your proficiency in English. Read the instructions on proving your language skills.
3) If the degree serving as grounds for application to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate/diploma with the application documents. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree certificate/diploma. NB! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2019 at the latest.
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