Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
Biomedical Sciences and Engineering combines engineering with life sciences
The biomedical engineering industry is an increasingly important, global high-tech sector. In Finland, the HealthTech industry is especially strong. With the emergence of numerous small enterprises, the fields of biomedical sciences and engineering are rapidly expanding and offer diverse career options. This programme provides you with a solid understanding of the challenges related to biomedical and health sciences. You will become familar with advanced technologies at the interface between engineering and health sciences and have the ability to develop innovative solutions to solve these challenges. You will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and professionalism and pursue a career in industry, a hospital or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree. You may also be a natural-born entrepreneur and launch your own start-up.
We maintain close ties with engineering professionals, life scientists and clinicians, and therefore provide optimal exposure for our students. We enjoy an international reputation for our excellent fundamental and translational (from laboratory to clinic) research. When applying to the programme, you may choose from the following options: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Health Technology and Informatics, or Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices.
I have gained a lot of hands-on lab experience in both organic synthesis of soft biomaterials but also stem cell work and nanoparticle drug delivery projects. I hope to be a coauthor of two journal articles from my work. I have also been given a lot of independence in lab and have been able to run my own projects related to my master's thesis topic
Tampere is definitely a student-friendly city! Everybody speaks English so the language barrier is not a problem and more importantly, people are very pleasant. Finnish people are very discrete but in heart, they are always here for you, and that's very surprising and awesome at the same time.
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The Master’s Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering offers you an international and multidisciplinary environment where you are taught by our faculty's internationally recognised scientists. This ensure you access to the latest knowledge – from fundamental to applied and from core biomedical engineering to modern biology – on a broad range of topics pertaining to the health and wellbeing applications of engineering.
The Master’s Programme is implemented in collaboration with BioMediTech. BioMediTech is an institute that combines a unique set of engineering skills with strong expertise in life sciences. The aim of the institute is to create new platforms for discovery and innovations. Our connection with BioMediTech also means close collaboration with Tampere University Hospital. This ensures active interaction between engineers, life scientists and clinicians, and thus provides optimal exposure for students enrolled in the programme. The excellent fundamental and translational (from laboratory to clinic) research performed at Tampere University is recognised worldwide. This reputation has been further strengthened by the Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research appointed by the Academy of Finland.
The need for more efficient and cost-effective implants, devices and health informatics solutions is growing. The biomedical engineering industry is an increasingly important high-tech sector worldwide. In Finland, the health tech sector of the industry is especially strong (see Healthtech Finland). With the emergence of numerous small enterprises, the fields of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering are rapidly expanding. This ensures broad career options for our graduates and excellent opportunities for those who are keen to pursue entrepreneurship. In addition, our research is closely integrated with teaching, which provides an excellent foundation for our graduates who continue towards a PhD.
Students who select Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering as a major acquire broad knowledge of biomaterials and tissue engineering and related fields, such as cell technologies, biophysics and regenerative medicine. This expertise is essential for the development of several medical applications, such as implant design, disease modeling and novel transplantation therapies aiming for tissue replacement or repair. The major explores different aspects of stem cell technology, scaffold design and tissue functionality as well as clinical outcomes and regulations. Our students develop the expertise to become independent experts in industry or academia.
The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. Students are also required to complete a course in the Finnish language. The course provides them with an introduction to everyday Finnish and Finnish culture.
The Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering is based on freedom coupled with personal responsibility. The programme is organised into modules, which also include optional components that allow you to customise your degree to suit your needs. This is to bring out the best in each student. The studies include, for example, conventional lectures, group work, presentations, laboratory assignments, and a small research project.
Students who join the programme will first undertake common basic studies to ensure that they possess adequate basic knowledge of biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering before starting their major studies. The basic studies also include an introduction to graduate studies in Finland and the Finnish language.
When applying for admission to the programme, you need to choose a major and apply directly to the study option corresponding to your chosen major. You can choose one of the following majors:
- Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
- Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices
- Health Technology and Informatics
If you choose Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, the study option to be chosen is called: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Master of Science (Technology).
The courses available in the major Biomaterials and Tissue Engineeringshed light on the roles of cells, biomaterials, biophysical and chemical signals and growth factors in tissue engineering. You will also develop an understanding of the ethical and legal considerations of tissue-engineered products in clinical use.
No minor subject studies are required, as the major subject studies carry at least 50 credits. Instead, you have the freedom to either choose elective courses or any of the available minors. You can freely choose your elective studies or minor from the options offered by Tampere University or other universities. The master's thesis carries 30 credits. Your master’s thesis project is tailored according to your career plan. It can either pave your way to an academic career or prepare you to work in industry or a hospital.
Students who enrol in the Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering may be required to take complementary studies depending on their BSc degree. With the complementary studies, students deepen their knowledge of mathematics, physics, economics, computer science and languages, so that their knowledge is at the level of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. In addition, prerequisite courses may be required before starting your major studies. In general, the complementary studies are counted towards your master's degree.
The Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering may be completed in two years of full-time study. For more information, please see the Curriculum.
Students graduating from the Master’s Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering have versatile and multidisciplinary career opportunities. The programme educate experts for the future with the ability to pursue lifelong learning.
Our graduates have employment opportunities in Finnish, European and global health tech companies (Finnish health tech: http://healthtech.teknologiateollisuus.fi/en/members). The health tech industry is one of the most export-driven industries and therefore needs international graduates. Alternatively, graduates can also embark on a career in academia and continue towards a PhD. Opportunities to pursue a PhD are not only available in Finland but also worldwide, thanks to our faculty's extensive network of international collaborators. The health care service industry ranging from university hospitals to private clinics is one significant employer. There is also a growing need for new talented engineers and researchers to work in the public sector or governmental institutions (patent office, regulations of medical devices, for example). Lastly, in the past decade a growing number of small companies and spin-offs have emerged, opening up ample opportunities to those interested in entrepreneurship.
Our students who major in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering go on to find employment in companies and research institutions or launch startups that produce biomaterials, for example, for orthopedic and dental use or develop solutions for regenerative medicine with the help of stem cell technology.
In addition to studies in one’s own Master’s Programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.
Carefully read through the general eligibility criteria and the programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please contact our Admissions office. For questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Eligibility criteria in the master's programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Applicant must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students in Tampere University.
To be eligible to apply to a master’s programme at Tampere University, you must have:
1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
- an applicable bachelor’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland
- a bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland which provides eligibility for equivalent University master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
- with a minimum scope of 180 ECTS credits, three to four years of full-time study
- from a relevant field for the master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
- from a recognised institution of higher education
2. A good command of the English language for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
Applicants in their final year of the bachelor’s degree, who are due to graduate in the spring of 2022, are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2022, provided that you fulfil all other requirements and deliver officially certified copies of educational documents by 22 August 2022. In this case, they would be accepted conditionally. Their applications will be assessed based on the officially certified transcript of records which they submit at the time of applying. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor's degree.
Admission to studies leading directly to a master's degree will be based on the applicant’s bachelor's degree conferred by a university or a university of applied sciences. Depending on programme-specific admission requirements, the programme may take into account skills previously acquired by applicants when considering applications.
Please see detailed information on the General eligibility criteria web page.
Programme specific eligibility criteria
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's Programme you are applying to. In the specialisation of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering in the Master’s Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:
- Engineering/technology degree in biomaterials, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, chemistry, physics, materials science or other discipline related to the major. It would be beneficial (but not mandatory) for students with chemistry, physics, engineering or material sciences background to have undertaken some studies in biological sciences during their bachelor's study. All students must have proficiency in mathematics and physics.
For applicants who have completed their degree in a University of Applied Sciences (AMK) or a University in Finland the required minimum GPA is the same as in the admission to the Master’s degree programmes offered in Finnish.
Minimum GPA for Bachelor of Engineering degrees completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK):
Minimum GPA for Bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto):
An admission score will be calculated for all applicants who meet the minimum requirements.
When counting the unrounded GPA weighted by ECTS only the courses (incl. thesis) with numeric grade value are taken into account. Applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s degree must meet the minimum cumulative GPA when applying and after graduation.
If you have not yet graduated from your current institution, you may receive a conditional offer of admission. The offer will be withdrawn if your final GPA falls below the minimum requirements.
When applying to a master’s programme at Tampere University, you must submit evidence of your good command of the English language for academic purposes. You have two options of demonstrating your English language proficiency: language tests or previous studies.
In both cases you must submit a document as a proof of language skills. Please see detailed instructions and additional information on the language requirements web page.
Tests and the required minimum results
TOEFL iBT/ TOEFL iBT Home Edition/ TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
92 overall with no section below 20
IELTS Academic/ IELTS Indicator
6.5 overall with no section below 5.5
62 overall with no section in Communicative Skills below 42
C1 Advanced, previous as CAE
C2 Proficiency, previous as CPE
National Certificate of Language, Proficiency (English)
Proficiency level 5 on all the subtests (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
Please see detailed instructions and additional information on the language tests accepted on the language requirements web page.
It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University that demonstrate your good command of English for academic purposes. Only studies that fulfill the criteria will be accepted, so if you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions listed by Tampere University and how to submit documents.
30 students for the programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.
The Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering includes the following specialisations: 1)Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, 2)Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices and 3)Health Technology and Informatics.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and sufficient application documents) by the deadline and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Students admitted to a Master’s programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. The complementary studies will be decided at the faculty case by case (maximum 60 ECTS credits).
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Student admission will be based on the faculty’s academic assessment of applicants’ prior degree and the merits presented in their application documents. Applicants will be ranked according to an admission score that is calculated based on their existing degree, proficiency in the English language and other supporting factors.
Admission points (maximum 100 points) are given in the following categories:
- Previous qualifications maximum 60 points
- English language skills maximum 10 points:
- Other relevant factors that support the application maximum 30 points
The main supporting documents attached to the application, which are considered when calculating the admission score, are a CV and a letter of motivation.
An admission score will be calculated for all applicants who meet the minimum requirements. Applicants will be divided into three groups based on their preferred study option and their existing qualifications (degrees completed in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences / in Finnish universities / foreign degrees). Please see the section on Eligibility for the required minimum GPA for applicants who have completed their degree in a University of Applied Sciences (AMK) or a University in Finland.
Admissions step-by-step checklist
- Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply to three programmes at the same time.
- Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
- When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures to the application. The application period is 8 December 2021 at 8.00 (UTC+2) - 12 January 2022 at 15.00 (UTC+2).
- Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office within two weeks, by 26 January 2022 at 15.00 (UTC+2). The documents must reach the University by the given deadline and they must be delivered according to the country-specific requirements, if applicable.
- You can apply for a scholarship on the application form, if applicable.
- Wait for the admission results to be announced at early April 2022 (Originally end of March. Information updated on 23.2.2022).
- If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline. Pay the tuition fee, if required.
- Start preparing for your arrival in Finland well in advance.
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community when the studies start in August 2022!
Online application form
The online application form will be available only during the application period at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 8 December 2021 at 8.00 (UTC+2) and ends on 12 January 2022 at 15.00 (UTC+2).
You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these specific programmes.
In addition to uploading the application documents as enclosures to your application form in Studyinfo.fi, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post according to the Tampere University instructions. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.
Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 26 January 2022 at 15.00 (UTC+2). Please see the list of the required general application enclosures and detailed instructions on the Application documents webpage.
There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.
There is a small delay in the admissions process and the admission results will be published in early April 2022 (Originally end of March. Information updated on 23.2.2022). All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.
Please see additional information regarding the publication of student selection results and Tampere University rectification procedure.