Human Nutrition and Food Related Behaviour, M.Sc.

Human Nutrition and Food Related Behaviour, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food Behaviour offered by the University of Helsinki focuses on human nutrition and related behaviour and consumption from the perspectives of public health nutrition, nutrition physiology and the social sciences. The programme is built around human nutrition, food behaviour and consumership, as well as related research methods.

About

Why do we eat the way we do? What happens to the components of food in our body? How does nutrition maintain our health? How do food choices affect the quality of our diet? How do we study the way people use food? How does culture influence our food choices? How is food discussed in the media? How does food behaviour change, and how can it be changed?

The goal of the Master’s programme in Human Nutrition and Food Related Behavior taught at University of Helsinki University of Helsinki is to enable you to:

  • Understand the significance of nutrition to bodily functions and health
  • Understand the social and cultural aspects that affect the food choices of individuals and communities and know how to influence them
  • Form an opinion about the multifarious issues regarding nutrition and consumption
  • Be able to analyse and solve nutritional issues and related cultural questions in an ecological and socially sustainable manner

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
Career

The Master’s programme qualifies you for work in expert, teaching, research and managerial positions 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 duties 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
  • Senior teacher or lecturer at a university of applied sciences
  • Growth entrepreneur
  • Journalist, press officer, content provider

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Public Health Nutrition and Food Services
  • Food Behaviour in a Changing Society

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
  • More information Go to the programme website

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

You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July a first-cycle or a second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad
  • You have completed the studies required for the Master’s programme by 12 January
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English, Finnish or Swedish in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision
Re­quired 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 to be included in 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.
  • EU/EEA 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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  • 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.

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.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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