The Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences offers extensive training ranging from molecular level interactions to individuals and society. Bioinformatics is one of the four tracks offered by the programme. Other tracks in the programme are Health Technology, Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things, and Molecular Systems Biology.
The students graduating from this cross-disciplinary programme will have acquired scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies, as well as practical skills including teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills in an international environment. The acquired methodological skills and advanced knowledge allow the students to continue their career paths in academia or industry.
"The track of Bioinformatics provides a chance of building academic future in a truly international and appreciated high-quality university."
The Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS credits. The degree is comprised of
The Programme offers four tracks with specific focus on digital health and life sciences:
With Bioinformatics as your major subject, you will focus on analyses of many kinds of biomedical data, such as DNA sequences, protein structures, and gene expression levels. As a bioinformatician, you can become a valuable member of a laboratory research group for running analyses or you can specialize in developing new analysis methods. Among others, personalized medicine with human genome sequence and its variations in its core is a growing industry that constantly needs new professionals for such tasks. As a student, you will be participating in actual, new research during your studies and will get experience in working in a multidisciplinary team of experts.
The Master’s thesis studies consist of an independent, experimental research project, a research seminar and a written Master’s thesis. The research project focuses on data analysis or other computational aspects of biological data and is carried out under supervision.
The results obtained in the research project will be presented in a Master’s seminar using common procedures known from scientific meetings.
The written Master’s thesis will report and discuss the findings of the experimental work and include a literature review of the relevant background.
Examples of thesis topics:
In the Bioinformatics track of Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences, you will:
The Master´s Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences educates future experts for positions in academia, industry and public sector. Students graduating from the programme may work, among others, as:
A Master of Science degree provides you with an eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral or licentiate degrees.
Graduates from the programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
A BSc degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study.
A polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu). Students with such degree might however be required to complete additional studies while studying for the Master’s degree to qualify for Master’s degree studies (see Additional studies).
The degree on basis of which you are applying to the MDP in Digital Health and Life Sciences, Bioinformatics track must be in a relevant field of study. For the Bioinformatics track such fields are biosciences and information technology, or other relevant fields of studies where sufficient knowledge of information technology and/or biosciences is achieved.
You may choose only one of the four available tracks upon application. Therefore, it is very important to choose a track that is close enough to your previous degree.
The decision of admission will be based on
A previously earned Master’s degree does not automatically place the applicant ahead of other applicants.
If need be, the most promising applicants will be invited to an online interview.
The contents of formally eligible applicants’ previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the Programme. Therefore admitted students can be advised or required to complete additional, Bachelor level studies. These can be done while studying for the Master’s Degree, but they are not part of the degree and may extend the targeted study time. The amount of required additional studies cannot exceed 60 ECTS.
All applicants must prove their knowledge of English in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty.
Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu) may be asked to prove their proficiency in Finnish language also if they are required to complete such additional Bachelor’s level studies that are available only in Finnish.
The application form for the studies starting in autumn 2018 is available online during the application period on 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). On the same form you can apply for any of the four tracks in the Digital Health and Life Sciences programme. Enclosures are attached to the application in digital form (pdf).
If you are graduating only after the deadline, you may apply on the condition that the required application documents are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by 10 July 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).
The following documents must be scanned and attached to the electronic application (in pdf format, in color) at the Studyinfo portal:
All translations must be made either by an authorized translator or by the degree awarding institution. Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted.
Prepare a motivation letter to be copy-pasted on the application form. The letter of motivation is an important factor in considering the applicant’s suitability to the programme so please prepare it carefully. Please notice that the motivation letter may be checked for plagiarism with the Turnitin system of the University of Turku.
Also be prepared to describe the grading scale used at your institution at the time of your studies. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks appearing on your transcript of records and their relation to each other. You should also provide a link to an official website where this information can be verified. (In many cases this information is already included in the transcript of records.)
The application form also includes programme specific questions. Therefore reserve some time for filling in the application form.
The application form is filled online in the Studyinfo portal. Please search at www.studyinfo.fi for the Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences. The application form is available and a completed application can be updated until the end of the application period on 31 January 2018 at 15.00 (GMT +2).
Annually 30 students are admitted to the programme. The admission decisions are published by 28 March 2018. All applicants will be informed by email, but also hard copies are sent upon request. All students are required to start in the beginning of the autumn semester, and there is no separate admission for the spring semester.
The admitted applicant will have to show the originals of his/her educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of study records) at the University of Turku after arrival in Finland. Depending on the country the original documents may have to be attested or legalized. Please see the country specific requirements for the submission of the documents upon arrival already before applying.
Master’s Degree Programme in
Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Mode of study: Full-time
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Future Technologies
Location: Turku, Finland
Language of instruction: English
Start date: August/September 2018
Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018
Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: None
Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries: €14,000 / academic year
Scholarships available: check the website