Faculty

Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET) is dedicated to pursuing world-class research and delivering high-quality education in the fields of biomedical engineering, biotechnology, medicine and health technology. We conduct internationally acclaimed basic and applied research. 

Photo: Jonne Renvall / Tampereen yliopisto

The Tampere university community’s areas of priority are technology, health and society. Our Faculty brings together research expertise in medicine, biosciences and technology and is committed to generating new knowledge and solutions that promote health and wellbeing and benefit both individuals and the broader society. Our research interests focus on biomaterials, biosensors, immunology, clinical medicine, tissue engineering, computational systems, imaging, and cell and molecular biology. 

Our Faculty is home to three Centres of Excellence selected by the Academy of Finland:

The Centre of Excellence in Research on Mitochondria, Metabolism and Disease (FinMIT)
Home page: https://research.uta.fi/mitochondrial-genetics/

The Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research
Home page: CoEBoC

The Centre of Excellence in Tumour Genetics Research
Computational Biology

Our Faculty houses five research centres:

In addition, Regea Cell and Tissue Center and the Finnish Centre for Alternative Methods (FICAM) are located in our Faculty.

Our multidisciplinary Faculty provides a state-of-the-art environment for research that encompasses biotechnology, medicine and technology. Our high-quality basic research paves the way for applied research with commercial potential. 

Our close collaboration with the healthcare sector enables us to utilise our research findings, such as new diagnostic methods and treatment options, in clinical practice. Our Faculty is also a member of SPARK Finland, a programme that offers commercialisation support for academic researchers and research-based startups and promotes the growth of internationally competitive healthtech business in Finland.

Research groups

Biomedical measurements, regulations and systems

Biotechnology

Immunology and Virology

Surgery

Visualization and Computational Biology

Child Health Research

Other Fields of Medicine

Mitochondrial research

Neurology

Psychiatry

Cell and tissue technology, and biomaterials

Cardiovascular Diseases

Cancer Research

Ideal learning environment

Our Faculty produces graduates with broad-based knowledge and skills to meet the future demand for both medical and health technology professionals. Our teaching draws on the latest research conducted worldwide, and we work to ensure that our students are closely integrated into our research community. We maintain diverse learning environments, such as modern simulation and laboratory facilities, and invest in their continuous development. We are committed to creating a positive and supportive atmosphere for our students. Our degree programmes are described below.

Licentiate Degree Programme in Medicine

The Licentiate Degree Programme in Medicine aims to train students to become medical doctors with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to acquire, evaluate and use new knowledge. We place a high priority on the ability to build close and harmonious relationships with patients and having strong team working skills. Our state-of-the-art Tampere Centre for Skills Training and Simulation enables students to practice their clinical skills in a safe environment through simulations. The programme prepares graduates for a broad range of careers not only in primary health care but also in hospitals. The teaching language is Finnish.

Medical and dental specialty training

Our Faculty is the second largest provider of medical specialist training in Finland. We offer extensive training in 50 medical specialties and 5 dental specialties. We also offer specialist training in general practice, which confers the right to practice medicine in EU Member States to graduates who have completed a licentiate degree in medicine in Finland. In addition, we provide continuing medical education in 30 medical specialties. The teaching language is Finnish.

Degree Programme in Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering

Our future society will have a growing demand for professionals who are capable of addressing challenges relating to the health and well-being of people and our living environments. The Degree Programme in Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering aims to respond to this demand. We provide students with a unique, cross-disciplinary environment for learning that brings together biosciences, biomedicine and biomedical engineering to improve people’s well-being and promote the adoption of new health technology applications. Our teaching is based on the most recent research evidence, and our students become part of our research community. The programme provides students with broad knowledge and skills for a variety of careers that require the ability to collaborate effectively with professionals from different fields. The teaching is provided in Finnish at bachelor level and in English at master level.

Students who complete the programme are awarded the degree of Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Science in Technology (MSc Tech). Our students can choose their specialisation from a range of options based on their personal interests and career goals.

International master's degree programmes

We offer international students two English-taught master’s programmes: the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering and the Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology. These programmes offer students the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the high-quality international research conducted in our Faculty. Although the language of instruction in these programmes is English, most of the courses bring together international and Finnish students, which will help our international students integrate into the campus community and adjust to life in Finland. Both programmes offers students multiple specialisation options.

Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering

Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology

Doctoral programmes

We offer two doctoral programmes that aim to provide innovative and internationally recognised doctoral education and generate research evidence that improves human well-being and delivers wider benefits to society. Graduates from the Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering receive either the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology (DTech) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Graduates from the Doctoral Programme in Medicine and Life Sciences receive either the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Medical Science (MD) or Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc). The studies towards a doctoral degree consist of theoretical courses and a research project that students typically conduct as part of one of our research groups. We place great emphasis on the quality of academic mentoring; all our doctoral students are assigned to a personal follow-up group that supports and monitors their progress towards the degree.

Other training

We arrange licensing examinations for foreign-trained doctors who have graduated outside the EU/EEA and are looking to obtain a license to practice medicine in Finland.

We also provide theoretical education in radiation safety for hospital physicists.

MET International Seminar Serie

Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology & Doctoral Programme in Medicine and Life Sciences

High-grade international and national speakers give presentations of their own research field. This seminar series brings together the scientific community of the Kauppi Campus and aims to provide the current state of research in the fields of medicine, molecular biology, biomedicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, cell biology and systems biology.

https://events.tuni.fi/met-seminar-series/programme/

 

We work in close collaboration with research institutions and industrial partners in Finland and abroad. In the field of medicine, we have active teaching and research partnerships with Tampere University Hospital and other hospitals included in our region’s specific catchment area (Seinäjoki Central Hospital and Kanta-Häme Central Hospital). We actively participate in Tays Cancer Center and FICAN Mid as well as in Tampere Biobank and FinBioBank.

 

Our Faculty is one of the biocenters that make up Biocenter Finland, which is a national research infrastructure in life sciences. We maintain close ties with companies to ensure that our education and research activities respond to their rapidly changing needs. We are committed to developing solutions that benefit society and stimulate economic growth. 

Faculty contacts

Dean
Tapio Visakorpi
p. +358 50 318 5829
tapio.visakorpi [at] tuni.fi

Vice Dean for Education
Anne Kallioniemi
p. +358 50 437 2645
anne.kallioniemi [at] tuni.fi

Vice Dean for Research
Pasi Kallio
p. +358 500 525546
pasi.kallio [at] tuni.fi

Management

Head of Administration
Niina Puronurmi
p. +358 50 349 7036
niina.puronurmi [at] tuni.fi

Faculty Assistant
Sanni Irjala (Kauppi campus)
p. +358 50 447 8351
sanni.irjala [at] tuni.fi

Faculty Assistant
Heli Jokiaho (Hervanta campus)
p. +358 40 190 9840
heli.jokiaho [at] tuni.fi

People and Culture

HR Partner
Päivi Peltonen
p. +358 40 563 9729
paivi.peltonen [at] tuni.fi

Finance

Financial Specialist
Merja Talvitie (Kauppi campus)
merja.talvitie [at] tuni.fi

Controller
Heli Ahlfors (Hervanta campus)
p. +358 50 301 0023
heli.ahlfors [at] tuni.fi

Education

Head of Study Affairs
Nina Pietilä
p. +358 50 303 4276
nina.pietila [at] tuni.fi

Coordinator
Henna Mattila
p. +358 40 190 9756
henna.mattila [at] tuni.fi

Head of Educational Affairs
Sari Orhanen
p. +358 50 437 2657
sari.orhanen [at] tuni.fi

 

Composition of the Faculty Council (MET)

Members and deputy member between 1.1.2019-31.12.2022

Professors:

  • Kaukinen Katri    (Aalto-Setälä Katriina)
  • Parkkila Seppo    (Greco Dario)
  • Skottman Heli    (Nykter Matti)
  • Tammela Teuvo    (Lindfors Katri)
  • Ukkonen Leena    (Tuukkanen Sampo)

Reachers, researchers and other staff:

  • Juuti-Uusitalo Kati    (Granberg Kirsi)
  • Kesseli Juha    (Ryynänen Tomi)
  • Lemivaara Marjut    (Jääskeläinen Juhani)
  • Nymark Soile    (Virkki Johanna)
  • Vehkaoja Antti    (Kunnas Tarja)

Students:
(term 1.1.2019-31.12.2020)

  • Hintsala Marjo    (Hautamäki Markus)
  • Kallio Sanna    (Haapakoski Julius)
  • Kontiainen Joel    (Henttunen Riikka)
  • Metsälä Riku    (Jääskeläinen Elisa)
  • Sajaniemi Paula    (Sipilä Vili)