Geology and Geophysics, M.Sc.

Geology and Geophysics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English, Finnish, Swedish (schedule IELTS)
    Language
The Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics delivered at University of Helsinki trains you to address pressing questions concerning our home planet's evolution, its role as the source of raw materials needed by modern civilisation, and environmental issues.

About

Key questions include:
  • How can we decode Earth’s rock record to reveal the evolution of Earth’s crust and mantle over billions of years?
  • How do we make natural resource exploration and extraction more sustainable and environmentally friendly?
  • What can the Earth’s history tell us to help us forecast the impacts of climate change?
  • Where can we safely construct power plants or store nuclear waste?

The programme includes four specialist options: Petrology and Economic Geology; Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology; Palaeontology and Global Change; and Solid Earth Geophysics.

Upon completion of the Geology and Geophysics programme from University of Helsinki, you will have gained expertise in a number of scientific and professional skills, including, depending on your specialist option:
  • Assessment of geological materials (minerals, rock types, bedrock, groundwater)
  • Understanding the genesis and sustainable use of mineral commodities
  • Sustainable use of the environment from the Earth Science perspective
  • Palaeontology and modelling global change using the geological record
  • The physical evolution of the Earth (plate tectonics, interplay of the mantle and crust)
  • Independent and team-driven project research
  • High-level scientific writing (M.Sc. thesis and related work)
  • Presentation of scientific results to scientists, students, and the general public
Career

Expert geoscientists are in demand and employed in a range of fields nationally and internationally. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue:

  • Employment in the mining and mineral resource exploration industry
  • Work as environmental and groundwater scientists in private companies and in the public sector
  • Doctoral studies in geoscience or geophysics both in Finland and abroad
  • Research work on the geology of Finland at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
  • Work as experts in the field of engineering geology and applied mineralogy

Programme Structure

At the beginning of the advanced studies, you will familiarise yourself with the central research methods in the field. The studies consist of intensive learning in small groups on practical work courses, guided laboratory work on specialised courses, and tailored short-term courses led by international and Finnish experts. In addition, you will be able to take part are a variety of field courses and excursions (in Finland and beyond) to familiarise yourself with research topics in their natural surroundings.

As a student in the Master’s Programme in Geology and Geophysics, you are free to choose among the four specialist options offered:

  • In Petrology and Economic Geology 
  • Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology 
  • Palaeontology and Global Change 
  • Solid Earth Geophysics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Application Period: December 3rd - January 11th  
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Finnish
    • Swedish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Eligibility
  • You demonstrate by 31 July that you have completed a first- or second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You demonstrate by 12 January that you have completed the studies required for the programme.
  • You demonstrate by 12 January that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision
Application Documents:
  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma.
  • Official transcript of studies.
  • Certificate of language proficiency.
  • Authorised translations.
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card.
  • Motivation letter and study plan (to be filled in on the application form).
  • A diploma supplement (if available).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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