Hands-on skills in the crossroads of molecular biology, cell technology and bioinformatics
Our target group are students with a Bachelor’s degree in biological, computational or mathematical sciences who want to attain in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills in the crossroads of molecular biology, cell technology and bioinformatics, with a special emphasis on areas that have the potential to enhance human health. The courses are firmly grounded on international research and focus on transferring this knowledge into practice.
Biomedical technology is a multidisciplinary field that builds on understanding biological systems on the molecular level and develops new approaches to advance medical and biotechnological applications. The programme brings together expertise and methods in a large number of natural, medical, and engineering sciences: biology, chemistry, medicine, genetics, statistics, and computational and data sciences. There are three specialisation options:
- Molecular biology
- Cell technology
The programme offers you a unique learning environment that combines biosciences and technology with a specific focus on health. The study options are flexible and the teaching groups small. During the studies, you will build networks and interact with our world-class research teams that provide many practical training opportunities. As our graduate, you may work as an academic specialist within research or teaching, or in product development. Welcome to join our multidisciplinary, multinational expert community of biomedical sciences!
Extent of studies
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens
The aim of the programme is to equip students with capabilities for expert tasks in the various fields of application of biotechnology (research, teaching, administration, product development, marketing) in both the public and private sectors, in Finland and abroad. The education implements a multidisciplinary approach. Multi-modal teaching methods support the achievement of the content objectives of the degree. Students also have the opportunity to pursue a part of their studies abroad at partner universities.
On completion of the Master’s degree, students will have
- a profound understanding of the field of biomedical technology
- expertise in the scientific methods and their application in their field of specialisation
- the capability to apply scientific knowledge in the field of biosciences
- good written and oral communication skills and an ability for multidisciplinary scientific interaction
- the ability to work as an academic expert in one’s own field of expertise
- the capability to undertake scientific postgraduate and research training
More about the language of instruction
The Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology is taught entirely in English.
The Master’s Degree Programme (MDP) in Biomedical Technology is intended for students with a Bachelor’s degree in biological, computational or mathematical sciences who want to attain in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills in the crossroads of molecular biology, cell technology and bioinformatics with a focus on human health. The programme is open for applications from both Finnish and international applicants.
Biomedical technology is a multidisciplinary field that builds on molecule-level understanding of biological systems with a goal to develop new approaches to advance medical and biotechnological applications. The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology at Tampere University provides multi-disciplinary education that combines natural sciences with technology, with a specific focus on methods that have potential to enhance human health. The programme brings together the expertise and methods of a wide range of natural, medical, and engineering sciences, including biology, chemistry, medicine, genetics, as well as statistics, computational, and data sciences. There are three options for specialisation:
- molecular biology
- cell technology
The programme uses several means of ensuring high quality. The head of the programme is in charge of ensuring the quality of education. The main elements used to ensure the quality of studies are the well-organised curriculum and teaching plan. The students are involved in quality assurance through active participation in the planning of the curriculum. Feedback from students is systematically and regularly collected for both individual courses and larger study units and is used in curriculum development work.
The degree provides the student with skills that can be utilised in various positions as an academic expert, for example in research and development either in Finland or abroad. You may also choose to continue your studies towards a doctoral degree.
Choosing a field of specialisation
In the MDP in Biomedical Technology, students choose one of three specialisation options: bioinformatics, molecular biology and cell technology. The student's educational background may limit the available options. At the beginning of the studies, each student makes an individual study plan and the specialisation option is chosen as part of this personal study planning (PSP) process. The teaching staff and the administrative personnel assist in the PSP process.
Structure of studies
The two-year MDP in Biomedical Technology is taught entirely in English and comprises 120 ECTS credits. The curriculum consists of general studies, advanced studies and elective studies. All three specialisation options include a module of methodological studies focusing on the specific methods and applications of the field. For the master’s thesis, every student completes an individual research project of 40 ECTS credits.
For more information, please see the Curriculum.
Every student completes a master's thesis of 40 ECTS credits. The thesis is based on individual experimental or computational research that is completed under the guidance of an appointed supervisor. The thesis seminar of 2 ECTS credits supports the thesis work process.
The programme equips students with the essential skills needed for working in the field of biomedical technology, such as project work, management skills and the ability to work in a laboratory. Our graduates have found work as academic specialists working in research or teaching, or in the field of product development, both in Finland and abroad. Some also work in sales and marketing in biomedical companies or are employed by research institutes or research funding organisations.
Co-operation with other parties
The teaching staff of the programme consists of professors, university lecturers and laboratory specialists at TUNI. In addition, other staff members of the Faculty (teachers, researchers and doctoral students) participate in the teaching to ensure that the teaching is firmly grounded in the latest knowledge. The administrative staff of the programme includes the Head of Study Affairs, a study coordinator and a coordinator of international education. The administrative personnel provide students with study guidance and collaborate with the teaching staff and the head of academic counselling in coordinating the teaching and other study-related matters.
The teaching staff is actively involved in research and thereby able to introduce the latest scientific achievements to the students.
Practical research training is a vital part of the studies and is typically carried out in one of the research groups at the Faculty or in companies. Based on academic performance, the Faculty provides financial support for the training. During the MSc thesis work, at the latest, each student will undertake original research.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The MSc degree completed at the end of the programme qualifies for doctoral studies in the field of the specialisation both in Finland and abroad. Upon graduation research-oriented students are able to apply for a PhD position in one of the many research groups at the Faculty.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree 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. You 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.
General eligibility criteria:
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
- a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master's degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
- a good command of English for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility to university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
Programme-specific eligibility criteria:
Each Master's degree programme can define more detailed eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements of the applicant's previous education. These criteria will be decided and published yearly for the following application round.
To be eligible to apply to the Master’s degree programme in Biomedical Technology, you must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in biosciences or information technology, or in a closely related field. If the degree is from a different field, it must include a sufficient amount of studies in biosciences or information technology.
Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all eligible applicants can be admitted.
Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree
You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree if the degree will be completed and you are able to send an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and final transcript of records by post by the given deadline (around end of July, exact date to be given later). In this case, you can be admitted to a Master's programme conditionally. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.
Language skill requirements
You must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.
English language tests
The minimum English language test result requirements:
C1 Advanced/CAE: C
In all Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed certain studies.
In the Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you completed your secondary education and/or have taken a higher education degree in English in Finland or other EU/EEA country, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States. You must have resided in the country while studying.
In the Master's degree programme in Biomedical Technology, also the following studies exempt you from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories. Please choose the one you feel is most appropriate.
- A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
- Applicants who have taken their pre-university education (yläaste/lukio) in the Finnish language are not required to submit an international language test score but they must submit a copy of their yläaste/lukio certificate and provide evidence of their English language proficiency in their CV (for example information on studies conducted in English or work experience with English as the working language).
Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend that you take a language test to indicate your proficiency in English.
A maximum of 20 students are admitted into the programme.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology provides interdisciplinary education that combines natural sciences and technology with a specific focus on subject areas that have potential to advance human health. There are three options for specialization: molecular biology, cell technology, and bioinformatics. The applicant’s educational background may restrict the choice of specialization.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of 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 degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. For more information on the complementary studies, please contact the programme coordinator of the degree programme.
How to apply
- Check the admission criteria
- Start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- If required book a time for the language test
- Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application
- Send the officially certified copies of your educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office by 30 January 2019. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results
- Accept the offer of admission by the given deadline
- Pay the tuition fee, if required
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Application process in detail
Select the Master's degree programme you wish to apply to. Carefully read through the general eligibility criteria and programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. Applicants who do not meet the general and programme-specific eligiblity criteria will not be selected.
Check which application documents you are required to submit and make sure to obtain them in time. Remember to check if there are any country-specific requirements for your documents. Please note that some documents may be required to be sent separately by a third party. Make sure also these documents are delivered in time.
When applying to the Master’s programmes you usually must demonstrate your proficiency in English with an internationally recognised academic language test report. We advise all 2019 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach Tampere University.
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts 4 December 2018 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends 23 January 2019 at 3 pm (GMT+2).
Some application enclosures are the same in all Tampere University Master’s programmes while some are programme-specific. There are seven Tampere University general application enclosures.
You will need to upload all application documents online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading the application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. You must send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 30 January 2019.
You can find the list of the required enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
Please give the name, organisation, position and contact information including e-mail address for two academic/professional persons who can provide recommendations. If needed, we may contact them.
In addition to the seven Tampere University general application enclosures in the Master's programme in Biomedical Technology you also need to submit:
8. Regular photocopy of your yläaste or lukio education degree certificate (only from those applicants who wish to indicate their English language proficiency using the yläaste/lukio certificate).
Country-specific requirements for application documents
Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Note that the degree awarding country may be a different one from the country where the studies are taken. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for attesting documents.
More information on the country-specific requirements for educational documents.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced by early April 2019. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.
Please see Tampere University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure.