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Master's Program in Food Sciences

University of Helsinki
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30,000 EUR
University of Helsinki

Program description

Master's Program in Food Sciences

Food Sciences is an internationally appreciated field of education and food research at the University of Helsinki has been highly ranked. The Master's Program in Food Sciences will enable you to make an impact on the creation of innovative solutions for the whole chain of food production. It offers 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.

This program is also available in Finnish and Swedish.  

Admission requirements

Eligibility to apply for a master's Program requires an applicable bachelor's degree or other equivalent qualification.

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Program content

The scope of the Master's degree is 120 credits (ECTS). Together with your faculty adviser, you will make a personal study plan consisting of advanced studies in food sciences (60 ECTS) including a Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) and studies of your choice in special areas of food sciences and other complementary or free studies. You can also include career planning, an internship and studies abroad in your Master’s degree.

The Master's Programme in Food Sciences covers the whole food production chain from primary production via food processing to consumers. You explore innovations in food and how to improve the healthiness, safety, ecology and ethics of food and food processing. You also learn laboratory working skills and increase your knowledge of food composition, processing, structure and legislation.

Teaching is in English, but you can also complete the programme in Finnish or Swedish.

Tuition fees

The yearly tuition fee (for non-EU/EEA citizens only) is 15000€

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are intended for excellent students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland who want to complete a Master's program at the University of Helsinki.

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Career opportunities

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

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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.

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University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki

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University of Helsinki

Fabianinkatu 33
00170 Helsinki

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