Why Neuroscience or Cell and Systems Physiology?
The Master’s Programme in Neuroscience provides you with the opportunity to gain multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in a scientifically vibrant international environment. You will be taught by scientists who will provide you with a wide spectrum of opportunities for practical training and for becoming integrated into the stimulating neuroscience and cell and systems physiology community.
When you graduate, you will have mastered the essentials of neuroscience and physiology, complementing each other, and have gained deeper knowledge and skills in the subfields of your choice. The Programme prepares you for PhD studies and a research career, or for a career in the private or public sector.
Academic science and medicine are major career paths. After completing a Master´s in neuroscience, successful students will have the possibility of entering doctoral programs at the University of Helsinki. Beyond academic science, neuroscientists work as specialists in diverse areas, such as pharmaceutical industry, education, biotechnology, public policy, science writing and publishing.
Structure, content and study tracks
In the Master's Programme in Neuroscience, the students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits (cr; ECTS) according to their personal study plan. The Master’s Degree consists of:
- 60-65 cr of advanced studies, including a research project (Master’s Thesis, 30 cr)
- 55-60 cr of other studies chosen from the Programme (courses from both topical study tracks are available) or from other Programmes (e.g. Genetics and Molecular Biosciences, Translational Medicine, or Psychology)
The curriculum of the programme enables you to complete 90 credits in 12 months of full-time studying and utilising study opportunities during the summer months, but not including your Master’s thesis research project. However, we recommend that you complete the programme in two years as this will give you more flexibility for your optional studies. You can include career planning or extracurricular activities in your personal study plan.
You choose from two study tracks when applying. However, your selection is not binding.
- Cell and Systems Physiology track provides you with a holistic view of the integrated mechanisms that govern the functions of organisms, from cells to functional systems.
- Neuroscience study track provides you with an understanding of both fundamental and cutting-edge neuroscience, studying the brain and the entire nervous system at different levels of organization, from genes and molecules to nerve cells and networks; and beyond.
Students studying for qualification as biology teachers can specialise in either Neuroscience or Cell and Systems Physiology. They have 60 cr of pedagogical studies in their degree. Please note that this applies only to Finnish or Swedish speaking students who have been accepted to the biology teacher study track during their bachelor studies.