Where can I find courses?

The instruction belongs to the following themes

By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

This page provides information on where you should search for courses at different stages of your studies. If you are not yet familiar with the terminology of university studies, please see the vocabulary for new students.

I wish to browse the courses now available

If you wish to explore the courses currently available, begin with the following websites: 

Courses – If you wish to search for interesting courses from the studies offered by the University as a whole 

You can search for courses with specific terms or refine the search results, for example, by date or form of teaching. You can access course pages by clicking on the course title in the search results. Course pages provide further information, such as course material and a link to the relevant Moodle area. 

Courses offered by degree programme – If you wish to explore the courses offered by a specific degree programme or study track 

Optional studies – If you wish to know what optional studies are offered by, for example, other degree programmes 

Open University studies – If you wish to explore the studies offered by the Open University 

Language Centre studies – If you wish to explore the studies offered by the Language Centre

Course selection in Swedish - if you have knowledge in a Nordic language, you can complete your degree with Swedish-speaking courses in addition to the English ones. 

I already know what studies I will complete, and I wish to view course information and register

For basic information on each course as well as the content added by the teacher, please see the Courses website. You can view the information on this site without logging in or registering, but some of the content added by teachers to course pages may be available to course participants only. Course pages also give you access to information on the degree requirements the courses meet. 

When you know which course you wish to complete, add it to your study plan and register for it in Sisu (requires login). 

You can add a course to your study plan in Sisu by searching for it, for example, with the course code. You should then select the course completion method, after which you can register for the course. If necessary, you can find out more in the Sisu study plan instructions. You can also access basic information on courses and teaching in Sisu. 

After registration, you can find the link to the course page on the My Studies website (requires login).

I wish to find out more about the courses offered by my degree programme in the next academic year

Bachelor’s and master’s programmes publish their preliminary teaching programme on this page by the end of March to support the planning of studies in the next academic year. The preliminary programmes contain information on the courses that can be completed in the next academic year, the teaching period and language in which they can be completed, and the completion methods offered. In addition, it contains information on whether the course is open for exchange students. 

You can access the preliminary teaching programme of your degree programme for the next academic year by selecting the programme from the menu at the top. The Language Centre’s preliminary teaching programme is published on the Language Centre’s website.

The final teaching programmes are published in Sisu and Courses as a rule by the end of June. The final teaching programmes contain information on the dates and times, teaching facilities, teachers and registration practices, as well as, if necessary, information specifying the curriculum.

Information for exchange students

Here is a guide for incoming exchange students for finding courses for Learning Agreement. Below you find information about preliminary teaching programmes, restrictions for attending courses and instructions about course levels. Please read the whole instruction carefully

Your Learning Agreement

When planning your Learning Agreement, start by looking at the syllabuses by clicking on the Faculty links below at subsection “Links to course information”. Please use the links below instead of the Course search when looking for courses for your Learning Agreement. Course lists for the next academic year are published in the end of March/beginning of April. 

When you choose courses, please pay attention to:

  • language of teaching
  • availability for exchange students
  • teaching period: please select your courses so that they are not all organized during the same teaching period. An academic year is divided into four periods. Autumn semester consists of periods I & II, spring semester consists of periods III & IV. Please note that exchange students do not take part in the intensive period before arrival. 
  • restrictions: please see more from the subsection “Restriction in attending courses” 

Links to course information

You can find lists of courses and preliminary teaching programmes offered by different faculties and fields of study by clicking on the links below. If you have questions regarding the course content, please contact responsible teacher for course unit or student services. More information on course content and contacting, go to subsection “Course descriptions”.  

Language courses for all exchange students

Course descriptions

You do not have to write course content in your Learning Agreement. However, if you would like to know more about the course content you can find course descriptions via the Courses search by typing the name of the course in the search. Please note that course descriptions may be published about a month before the course begins, which means that during the application process for the next autumn semester / academic year, you may need to use course descriptions from the ongoing study year. When applying for the spring semester studies, search the course descriptions by selecting the previous study year in the "Choose academic year" field. In addition, if the course is taught for the first time, you can’t find the course description from the Course search. Which means that you have to proceed with the name of the course. In the Course search you can also find the responsible teacher for the course, whom you may ask more information on the content if needed. 

Re­stric­tions in at­tend­ing courses

In the majority of cases non-degree students (scholarship holders and exchange students) have non-restricted access to courses within their own subject and most of the other courses given in English, but some restrictions may apply. Restrictions marked below are non-negotiable. 

If you are an exchange student coming under the Erasmus, Nordplus, SEMP or Faculty and unit bilateral agreement programme: 

  • You should choose the majority of your courses from the faculty/degree programme (or study track) that has the exchange agreement with your home institution. 

If you are an exchange student coming under University bilateral agreement, Nordlys, ISEP, Erasmus University Wide, Erasmus global or North2North 

  • You are required to choose the majority of your courses from one faculty and you can be only accepted by the Faculty closest to your educational background. Also note that you need to have sufficient prior academic background in the disciplines taught.  

Please note that you may not be able to take all the courses you want. If there are mandatory courses which you need to take in order to graduate, we recommend that you would take them at your home university. It is strongly recommended to be flexible with your course selection because you may have to adjust your plans. 

Courses from the following degree programmes are only available to that faculty's/degree programme's own exchange students:

  • Faculty of Medicine 
    • Courses which have a code beginning with MED-
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 
    • Courses which have a code beginning with ELK-, ELL- and clinical work 
  • Faculty of Law 
    • Courses which have a code beginning with ON-, OIK-, IBL- or GGL- 
  • Bachelor's Programme in Languages (study track: English) and Master's Programme in English Studies 
    • Courses which have a code beginning with KIK-EN or ENG- 
  • Politics, Media and Communication, Global Politics and Communication
    • Courses which have a code beginning with PVK-, PVM- or GPC 
  • Geography (Faculty of Science) 
    • Courses which have a code beginning with GEOG- 

Language centre's English courses are not open to exchange students, with the exception of Academic writing in English for exchange students (if course is offered).

We are experiencing a high demand for some courses, especially at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and at the Faculty of Social Sciences. This means you must be aware that it may be difficult to fit on these courses.  

Please note that the Degree programme in Medicine requires three years of prior studies in medicine, two years of pre-clinical and one year of clinical studies, before the exchange. Medicine is also highly restricted and access to courses is only for those accepted to the degree programme as exchange students.

Priority is usually given to those exchange students that are enrolled at the University of Helsinki in the degree programme offering the course. 

Detailed information concerning the rights of exchange students and other non-degree students to participate in courses is best obtained from the degree programme's staff.  

Course levels

The courses at the University of Helsinki are offered on different levels. You can usually find out the level used (Bachelor/Master) by the faculty on the Courses site. In case you need more information, here are a few examples of how you can find out the course level: 

  • From the numeric course code by looking for the first number in the number line, ex. TTK-EL110, where the first number 1 indicates that the course is basic level (2 is often intermediate and 3 advanced). However, please note that not all faculties use this numbering. In those cases, the first letters of the course code will be different between Bachelor and Master level.
  • Some faculties also name their study levels using concepts Basic, Intermediate or Subject and Advanced studies  
  • In some faculties, K stands for bachelor and M for master in the course codes, so you can tell that for example "EDUK" is a Bachelor course and "EDUM" a Master course.
  • Faculties or degree programmes might also divide their syllabus to bachelor and master’s level courses.  

The following terminology will help you to find out if the course is suitable for you: 

  • Basic studies are Bachelor’s level courses and do not usually require previous studies in the subject. 
  • Subject studies or Intermediate studies are Bachelor’s level courses, which require some previous studies. Courses are mainly for 2nd or 3rd year students of the subject. 
  • Advanced studies are Master’s level courses. Courses are mainly for students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have the same level of knowledge. However, advanced Bachelor's level students are usually allowed to take Master's level courses in their own study field. Exceptions are listed in the course information. 

Please note that depending on the course level, the programmes have the right to decide whether the student has enough previous studies to participate. 

Preliminary teaching programme for academic year 2022–2023 

Master's Programme in Economics

Please find below your degree programme's preliminary teaching programme for the coming academic year. The preliminary programme has been decided by the degree programme's steering group. Please note that changes may occur. The final teaching programme will be published in Sisu and Courses. This table will no longer be updated after the publication of the final teaching programme. 

preliminary teaching programme
Opintojakson tunniste
Studieavsnittets kod
Study unit code
Opintojakson nimi
Studieavsnittets namn
Study unit name
Language(s) of instruction
Avoinna vaihto-opiskelijoille
Valbar för utbytesstudenter
Open for exchange students
Teaching period
Method of completion
ECOM-G310 Microeconomics 1 5 English YES 1 Contact teaching
ECOM-G311 Microeconomics 2 5 English YES 2 Contact teaching
ECOM-G312 Macroeconomics 1 5 English YES 1 Contact teaching
ECOM-G313 Macroeconomics 2 5 English YES 2 Contact teaching
ECOM-G314 Econometrics 1 5 English YES 2 Contact teaching
ECOM-R310 Advanced Microeconomics 1 5 English NO 1 Contact teaching, Hanken
ECOM-R311 Advanced Microeconomics 2 5 English NO 2 Contact teaching, Aalto
ECOM-R312 Advanced Macroeconomics 1 5 English NO 1 Contact teaching
ECOM-R313 Advanced Macroeconomics 2 5 English NO 2 Contact teaching
ECOM-R314 Advanced Econometrics 1 5 English NO 1 Distance teaching
ECOM-R315 Advanced Econometrics 2 5 English NO 2 Distance teaching
ECOM-R316 Advanced Microeconomics 3: Game Theory 5 English NO 3 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-R317 Advanced Microeconomics 4: Information Economics 5 English NO 4 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-R319 Advanced Macroeconomics 3: Monetary Policy Models 5 English NO 3 Contact teaching
ECOM-R318 Advanced Macroeconomics 4: Real Business Cycles 5 English NO 4 Contact teaching
ECOM-R321 Advanced Econometrics 3: Macroeconomics 5 English NO 3 Distance teaching
ECOM-R320 Advanced Econometrics 4: Microeconomics 5 English NO 4 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-360 Research in Economics 5 English NO 1 Contact teaching
ECOM-361 Thesis proposal seminar 5 English NO 2 Contact teaching
ECOM-410 Applied Macroeconomics 5 English YES 1 Contact teaching
ECOM-411 Applied Macroeconometrics 1 5 English YES 4 Distance teaching
ECOM-412 Applied Macroeconometrics 2 5 English YES 1 Contact teaching
ECOM-419 Contract Theory 5 English YES 3 Contact teaching
ECOM-434 Money and monetary policy 5 English YES 3 Contact teaching
ECOM-438 Search Theory 5 English YES 4 Contact teaching            
ECOM-440 Public Economics 1: Taxation Policy 5 English YES 3 Contact teaching
ECOM-447  Health Economics 5 English YES 1 Contact teaching
ECOM-449 Political Economy of Development   5 English YES 4 Contact teaching
ECOM-G416 Behavioural Economics 5 English YES 2 Contact teaching, Hanken
ECOM-G415 Money and Banking 5 English YES 3 Contact teaching, Hanken
ECOM-G418 Competition Economics 5 English YES 4 Contact teaching, Hanken
ECOM-442 Economics of new ventures and innovations 5 English YES 1 Contact teaching, Hanken
ECOM-443 Empirical Industrial Economics 5 English YES 4 Contact teaching, Hanken
ECOM-444 Markets and industrial organization 5 English YES 2 Contact teaching, Hanken
ECOM-441 Public Economics 2: Expenditure Policies 6 English YES 4 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-414 Applied Microeconometrics II 6 English YES 2 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-432 Labor Economics I 6 English YES 4 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-430 International Trade 6 English YES 2 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-420 Development Economics I 6 English YES 4 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-421 Development Economics II 6 English YES 4 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-428 History of Economic Growth and Crises 6 English YES 3 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-431 Investment Decisions in Emerging Markets 6 English YES 3 Contact teaching, Aalto University
ECOM-445 Microeconomics: Pricing 6 English YES 1 Contact teaching, Aalto University

HGSE study right application instructions for cooperative MSc./PhD. courses in economics

Master's Programme in Economics

Master’s and PhD degree students in Economics at Aalto University School of Business, University of Helsinki and Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki Graduate School of Economics member universities) are allowed to take master- and doctoral-level courses in economics at the three universities mentioned before.

Find all the offered courses here: https://www.helsinkigse.fi/courses/

Read the whole instructions at the Helsinki GSE website here: https://www.helsinkigse.fi/desc/how-to-enroll/


• In SISU (when the course(s) are organized by the University of Helsinki). Check the listing of the Helsinki GSE -courses under the tab Study blocks.

• In addition, to take courses at Aalto University and/or Hanken School of Economics, you must fill in a study right application form at: https://link.webropol.com/s/hgse-study-right-application-form-gse-and-fdpe-students

  • You will get a study right for all the courses included in the Helsinki GSE cooperation at once (the list of the courses is published on the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics web page: https://www.helsinkigse.fi/courses/)
  • After you have been given the study rights and instructions for activating IT-access, you must register for the courses in the host university’s (Aalto’s/Hanken’s) WebOodi.
  • With the host university’s username and password (IT-access) you can also access host university’s teaching platforms (Mycourses, Moodle etc.) and other IT environment.
  • The right to take courses is granted for two years (or the duration of the exchange period).
  • More information and further instructions can be found on the Helsinki GSE home page: https://www.helsinkigse.fi


• When the examiner has evaluated the students’s course performance, the grades are registered in the study register of the course’s host university.

• If the course is arranged by Aalto or Hanken, instuctions on how to get the credits transferred on the Frequently asked questions about Sisu page