Postgrad study in Finland

Find a masters programme in Finland

Universities in Finland

There are ten universities and 14 universities of applied sciences in Finland. There are also seven Finnish specialised universities in the fields of technology, design, music etc. However, all institutions are typically referred to as universities.

The Government puts high priority in education in Finland. Master's degrees taught in English are free of charge for European citizens, and many Finnish universities rank high in  top league tables, such as the University of Helsinki, University of Oulu and University of Tampere.  Therefore, study in Finland has become a more popular option among British graduates in the past few years.

Postgraduate students can choose from 180 English-taught Master’s programmes at Finnish universities. There are also around 20 English-taught postgraduate courses on offer at universities of applied sciences. You find a Master's programme taught in English in Finland, as well as checking information about application process and postgrad funding available for British students on our website.

There are two distinct types of Master’s degrees on offer at Finnish higher educaton institutions.

  • Research universities usually offer two-year postgraduate courses worth 120 ECTS.
  • Universities of applied sciences offer Master’s degrees that are more vocational in purpose. They typically take 1 to 1.5 years to complete.

These are very different qualifications, and it is unlikely that both types will suit the same student equally well. They definitely will not enable the same student to meet the same career objectives.

In Finland, Master’s degrees offered by universities of applied sciences are geared towards those who are already active in a particular profession. Postgraduate study at Finnish universities are more theoretically oriented and suit those who are considering an academic researcher's career (PhD-level studies and research).

Accreditation and Recognition in Finland

All Finnish higher education institutions are regulated by the Ministry of Education although they do have a fair amount of autonomy. There are no private universities in Finland at this time.

Accreditation and recognition of Finnish qualifications is not a problem.