Goal of the programme
Why do we eat the way we do? What happens to food in our body? How does nutrition maintain our health? How do we study the way people use food? How does culture influence our food choices? How is food discussed in the media? How can we change food behaviour?
The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour focuses on human nutrition and related behaviour from the perspective of public health nutrition, nutrition physiology and social sciences. The innovative, thought-inspiring programme is built around human nutrition, food behaviour and food consumption.
The goal of the Master’s programme is to enable you to
- Understand the significance of nutrition to bodily functions and health
- Learn to analyse the physiological, psychological, social and cultural aspects that determine food choices of individuals and communities
- Recognise the diversity of food and nutritional issues and ways to influence them
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.
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Information on the languages of instruction
The Master’s programme is multilingual, with teaching provided in both Finnish and English. You can complete the degree in English, Finnish or Swedish.
The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour focuses on
- The role of nutrition and other lifestyle factors in promoting health and preventing illness
- The mechanisms through which food impacts our body at the molecular biology level
- Food choices and consumption behaviour, and means of influencing them through policies, interventions and communication
- Food services and their management
- Food culture and social movements
- Research methods in the fields of nutrition and food-related behaviour
- The Master’s thesis
- Other studies, which you can choose according to your interests
The multidisciplinary University of Helsinki provides numerous options for other studies.
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
The diversity of learning methods enhances the development and application of critical thinking, argumentation and problem-solving skills.
Selection of the study track
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
With a scope of 120 credits (ECTS), the Master’s programme can be completed in two academic years. The programme includes two study lines – human nutrition, and food-related behaviour – one of which you choose during the application process. The degree comprises
- 60 credits of advanced studies, including the Master’s thesis (30 cr)
- 60 credits of other studies, which can include studies from your own degree programme or other degree programmes, a practical training period or international studies
- Career orientation and career planning
- A personal study plan
The theses completed in the Master’s programme differ widely. You can choose your approach from epidemiology, physiology, molecular biology, the behavioural sciences or the social sciences. Irrespective of your discipline, you will focus on a question or phenomenon related to food, nutrition, health, food services, food behaviour or food culture.
The thesis has a scope of 30 credits. The thesis project improves your skills in academic thinking; problem detection; hypothesis formulation; material collection; laboratory work (if involved in the thesis); the analysis, interpretation and logical presentation of results; and the ability to evaluate the results in terms of prevailing scientific theories and prior research. The research approach can be either qualitative or quantitative. You are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary approach.
The Master’s programme qualifies you for work in expert, teaching, research and managerial posts 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 positions 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
- Teacher or lecturer at a university of applied sciences
- Growth entrepreneur
- Journalist, press officer, content provider
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 Human Nutrition and Food-related Behaviour.
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 Human Nutrition and Food-related Behaviour, 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.
Choosing a study track
The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-related Behaviourhas two study tracks and can admit no more than 10 students. You can apply for only one of the study tracks offered in the Master’s programme. You must select the study track you are applying for on the application form. This selection is binding.
Study tracks in the Master’s programme in Human Nutrition and Food-related Behaviour:
- Human Nutrition (maximum intake: 7 new students)
- Food-related Behaviour (maximum intake: 7 new students)
Factors affecting admissions
Applicants to the Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-related Behaviour must have completed a sufficient amount of studies applicable to the discipline of the Master’s programme and the selected study track. 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 Science in the Master’s Programme inHuman Nutrition and Food-related Behaviour.
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.
Due date 11.1.2019, 15:00 Delivery addressAdmission Services, University of HelsinkiUnioninkatu 40 C00170 HELSINKI
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