UTU Masters | Biomedical Imaging
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Master's Degree Programme in

Biomedical Imaging

Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku

Biomedical Imaging – more than you can imagine!

The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging trains professionals with thorough theoretical understanding and practical skills in diverse imaging methods and technologies.
Apply now! The application period for the studies starting in autumn 2017 is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging provides you with strong knowledge on either cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, or biophysics, depending on the area of specialisation. You will study in a highly international environment and gain excellent theoretical and practical skills in a wide range of imaging techniques and applications as well as in image analysis.

In addition, the Programme emphasises understanding the use of multimedia in a scientific context and excellent academic writing skills. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides you with a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art knowledge in biomedical imaging related to many different areas in cell biology and biomedicine.

The graduates have the possibility to continue their studies as doctoral candidates in order to pursue a career as a scientist, in industry or science administration, and in an imaging core facility or a hospital research laboratory.


Programme structure


Academic excellence & experience

The strong imaging expertise of Turku universities is a great environment for the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging. Turku is especially known for its PET Centre and the development of super-resolution microscopy.

Winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Stefan Hell did his original discoveries on STED microscopy at the University of Turku. Turku is also a leader of the Euro-BioImaging infrastructure network which provides imaging services for European researchers.

Turku has a unique, compact campus area, where two universities and a university hospital operate to create interdisciplinary and innovative study and research environment.

Research facilities include a wide array of state-of-the-art imaging technologies ranging from atomic level molecular and cellular imaging to whole animal imaging, clinical imaging and image analysis.

Studies in bioimaging are highly research oriented and the courses are tailored to train future imaging experts.

Master's thesis & topics

Master’s thesis in biomedical imaging consists of two parts: an experimental laboratory project, thesis plan and seminar presentation, and the written thesis.

The aim of the thesis is to demonstrate that the student masters their field of science, understands the research methodology as well as the relevant literature, and is capable of scientific thinking and presenting the obtained data to the scientific community.

Usually the Master’s thesis is conducted in a research group as an independent sub-project among the group’s research projects. Experimental research work will be conducted under the guidance of a supervisor.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Exercise and brown adipose tissue activation in humans (EXEBAT)
  • Stimulated emission depletion microscopy of sub-diffraction polymerized structures
  • Optimization of immunofluorescence protocols for detection of biomarkers in cancer tissues.
  • Exploring the feasibility of a new PET tracer for assessment of atherosclerotic plaques in mice.
  • Morphology of the inner mitochondrial membrane
  • Accuracy and precision of advanced T2 mapping in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
  • Prevalence of perfusion-diffusion mismatch in acute stroke patients


Biomedical Sciences at Turku Universities

Turku has longstanding research traditions in the field of biomedicine. Especially the fields of drug discovery, diagnostics, and biological and medical imaging represent the top level expertise of University of Turku.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging is part of a larger ensemble of MSc programmes in Biomedical Sciences. The close collaboration of three biomedical programmes forms a unique educational combination of biomedical sciences in Finland and worldwide.

Biomedical Sciences is a collaboration of two universities, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The offered education is based on the true research strengths of the participating units:

  • Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Turku
  • Department of Biochemistry at the University of Turku
  • Department of Biosciences at the Åbo Akademi University.

Other programmes in the ensemble of Biomedical Sciences are Drug Discovery and Development, and Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics. Major subject studies in each are programme-specific but can be offered as selectable studies for all the programmes. Each student makes a personal study plan which helps to select the courses which best suit for personal interests and background.

Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging is an interdisciplinary programme with a unique atmosphere where people from different countries and educational backgrounds interact and co-operate.

Students are motivated to join courses, workshops and internship projects also elsewhere in Finland, in Europe and all around the world. Programme has Erasmus exchange agreements with University of Pecs in Hungary and L’Institut Supérieur de BioSciences in Paris, France.


Competence description

After completing the studies, you will:

  • have a strong basic knowledge in either cellular biology, anatomy and physiology or biophysics depending on your interests and area of specialisation
  • have excellent theoretical and practical skills in a wide range of imaging techniques and applications as well as in image analysis
  • have a degree from a highly international learning environment where students from all around the world have a chance to interact and collaborate with each other
  • understand the use of multimedia in scientific contexts and see it as a powerful tool of popularising science
  • master scientific writing in English
  • have excellent readiness for postgraduate studies
Job options

The interdisciplinary curriculum of the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging provides you with broad knowledge on biomedical imaging that is related to many areas of biomedicine.

The Programme aims to train future imaging and image analysis experts to meet the increasing needs in the fields of basic and medical research as well as the high demand for imaging core facility personnel.

The Programme provides excellent possibilities for a career in life sciences. For example, you can:

  • continue as postgraduate students to pursue a career as a scientist
  • work in core facility management
  • work in science administration nationally or internationally
  • work in hospital research laboratories
  • work in industry and industrial research
Career in research

Master of Science degree provides you with eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies.

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.

Several doctoral programmes at University of Turku are available for graduates:


General degree requirements

The Programme is open to applicants with sufficient background knowledge in life sciences and/or natural sciences, and with a lower university degree, a BSc degree (180 ECTS), in the field of:

  • biomedical sciences
  • biology
  • biochemistry
  • medical sciences
  • other life sciences
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • engineering

The applicants should be familiar with the basics of laboratory practice and pharmacology. Both Finnish and international students are welcome to apply to the Programme.

The student selection process has two stages. First, the admission committee selects the candidates for an interview by scoring the following application components:

  • compatibility of the student’s background
  • previous academic success and study history
  • laboratory working experience
  • motivation letter

Selected applicants will be invited to the interview 1-2 weeks in advance. Interviews will be held via Skype.

The interview performance, including English skills, is separately scored. In addition, an applicant may receive additional points from a written thesis and possible academic awards and/or stipends and completing a pre-assignment task during the interview.

Results will be published on 30 March 2017 at the latest.


More detailed entry requirements of the Faculty of Medicine, including language requirements:

Language Requirements

All applicants must prove their English language skills in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty.


Application Form and Enclosures

The application period for the Programme is yearly around the turn of the year. The studies start in the following August. There is only one intake per year and the studies can be started only in the autumn.

The application period is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15.00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2017.

Please read all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements carefully before applying! Make sure that you fulfil both the admission and language requirements before applying.

How to apply

Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging, University of Turku.


Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 13 January 2017 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).


Collect the required application documents.


Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:

  • an officially certified copy of the degree certificate in the original language. Applicants who have not yet completed the Bachelor´s degree required for admission but will complete the degree by mid-July 2017 can apply to the Programme, but must enclose a certificate from the university awarding the degree stating when they will receive the degree. A certified true copy of the degree must reach the University by 14 of July 2017, at 15:00 (UTC+3).
  • an official English, Swedish or Finnish translation of the degree certificate or an officially certified copy of the Diploma Supplement
  • an officially certified copy of the transcript of records in the original language
  • an official English, Swedish or Finnish translation of the transcript of records
  • proof of proficiency in English (see language requirements above)
  • copy of information page of the passport or identification card containing the applicant’s name, date of birth, and photo

In addition, the following enclosure is recommended as it helps in the handling and evaluation of the applications. This document does not need to be officially certified:

  • an English, Swedish or Finnish translation of the contents of the transcript of records (= course descriptions)

Please see the country specific requirements for certifying the copies and submitting the documents.

Address of the University Admissions Finland:

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki

Applications arriving after the application deadline are not considered. Postmark dates on the applications will not be taken into account; the applications must arrive at the University Admissions Finland before the above deadline.


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 Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland:  None

Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries:  €12,000

Start date: August 2018

Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018


Email: bima-office@bioimaging.fi

Internet: www.biomedicine.fi, www.bioimaging.fi