UTU Masters | Digital Health and Life Sciences
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Master's Degree Programme in

Digital Health and Life Sciences

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Turku

Extensive cross-disciplinary training for future experts!

Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences offers extensive training in modern biosciences and/or digital health engineering.

The Programme offers four different tracks: Health Technology, Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things, Bioinformatics, 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.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

Programme structure

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:

  • Common courses which provide you essential knowledge needed in modern bio-health sciences as well as transferrable skills including mandatory language studies
  • Track-specific major subject studies that will provide the state-of-the-art theories and practical skills relevant to the field
  • Master’s thesis and related research project and seminar where you will apply your newly acquired knowledge
  • Selectable studies in different thematic areas and special themes
Academic excellence & experience

The Programme offers four different tracks with specific focus on digital health and life sciences:

  • Health Technology
  • Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Systems Biology.

The goal of the Health Technology major is an interdisciplinary collaboration between information technology and health sciences. This track consists of studies from the fields of software engineering, information systems and nursing science, giving an excellent stepping stone for students to plan, develop and implement health technology solutions and products for clinical practice and personalised health care. Adapting theoretical knowledge to implement and tune a working solution to a real-life interdisciplinary challenge in an international setting is also an essential part of your studies in this track.

The Medical Analytics and Health IoT major brings together skills and principles from computer science, embedded systems and medical sciences in order to build understanding of theory and to gain practical competences in the field. Unlike many traditional biomedical study programmes, which are often focused on signal processing and medical machinery, Medical Analytics and Health IoT puts emphasis on contemporary technologies and gives tools to work with the near future ICT technologies. This study track has a strong focus on data analytics and medical Internet of Things while at the same time leveraging from machine learning and software engineering, embedded electronics and security that are strongly represented at the Department of Information Technology.

When you choose Bioinformatics as your major subject, you will focus on analyses of many kinds of biomedical data, such as DNA sequences and protein structures. Since human genome sequence and its variations are at the core of personalised medicine, a growing industry, more professionals are constantly needed both for developing analysis methods and for running the analyses. You will be participating in actual, new research during your studies and will get experience in working in a multidisciplinary team of experts.

Molecular Systems Biology offers extensive training in modern molecular biology and specialised education focused on systems biology. In Molecular Systems Biology track, you will get a solid understanding of the theories and concepts behind state-of-the-art technologies used for systems biology research in a variety of molecular bioscience disciplines. Hands-on training provided in practical courses and research projects allows you to develop methodological proficiency in current systems biology techniques. The course facilitates strong expertise and active participation in modern bioscience research.

Master's thesis & topics

The final project aiming for the Master’s thesis is based on an independent, experimental research project, research seminar and written Master’s thesis. Depending on the study track, the final project can consist of a research project focusing on data analysis or other information technological aspects and/or a research project carried out in the laboratory under supervision.

The results obtained at the research project will be presented in a Master’s seminar using common procedures known from scientific meetings.

The Master’s thesis will be written based on the results from the experimental work and a review of relevant background literature.

Examples of thesis topics:

Health Technology:

  • Ubiquitous Healthcare System based on Internet of Things
  • Semantic Interoperability for Health Systems Using HL7 Standard
  • Rehabilitation evaluation and current simulation assist-treatment for the stroke patients

Medical Analytics and Health Internet of Things:

  • Detection of Atrial Fibrillation by Using Smartphone Accelerometer
  • Reconfigurable Framework for Abnormality Aware ECG Monitoring Device
  • Sleep Stages Analysis through Remote Bio Sensors

Bioinformatics:

  • Analysis of Alpha CA Genes in Early Vertebrates and High-Invertebrates
  • Probing MST1 Kinase Sequence and Structure for Rational Drug Discovery
  • Optimization and Applications of Large-Scale Biomedical Event Networks

Molecular Systems Biology:

  • Do the secreted molecules of gut bacterium Faecalibacterium prausnitzii inhibit the fat accumulation in hepatocytes in vitro?
  • Potential of native microalgae strains grown in wastewater for biodiesel production in Nordic climate
  • Calcium induced proteome changes in isolated chloroplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana

EXTENSIVE TRAINING IN MODERN BIOSCIENCES AND/OR DIGITAL HEALTH ENGINEERING

Extensive training in modern biosciences and/or digital health engineering

Master´s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences offers extensive training ranging from molecular level interactions to individuals and society in the context of Health Technology, Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things, Bioinformatics, and Molecular Systems Biology. The Programme offers common courses covering transferrable skills, and each track offers research field-specific education.

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence description

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Molecular Health and Life Sciences, you learn to:

  • work in international and interdisciplinary environment
  • work in a research group

In the Health Technology track, you will:

  • obtain skills to implement health technology solutions
  • understand ICT assisted health processes

In the Medical Analytics and Health Internet of Things track, you will:

  • obtain expertise in medical data analysis
  • gain skills to utilise internet of things in healthcare

In the Bioinformatics track, you will:

  • learn to understand both biological and information technological aspects of bioinformatics
  • handle masses of data through programming
  • analyse biological data with statistical methods

In the Molecular Systems Biology track, you will:

  • gain expertise in current theories in systems biology
  • learn to master state-of-the-art technologies in modern biosciences, including transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics
Job options

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:

  • project manager
  • research coordinator
  • research scientist
  • university lecturer
  • entrepreneur
  • system architect
  • data analyst
  • developer
  • engineer
Career in research

Master of Science degree provides you with eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

General degree requirements

Bachelor of Science degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master-level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study.

OR

A polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu). However, students with such degree might be required to complete additional studies while studying for the Master’s degree (see Additional studies) in order to qualify for the Master’s degree studies.

Programme-Specific Degree Requirements

The Programme is open to applicants with sufficient background knowledge in life sciences, technical sciences and/or natural sciences, and with a lower university degree, BSc degree (180 ECTS). The relevance of previous studies depends on chosen study track.

In the Health Technology, and Medical Analytics and Health IoT tracks:

  • computer science
  • computer engineering

In the Bioinformatics track:

  • biosciences
  • information technology
  • other relevant fields of studies where sufficient knowledge of information technology and/or biosciences is achieved

In the Molecular Systems Biology track:

  • molecular biosciences
  • biochemistry
  • cell and molecular biology
  • molecular plant biology
  • molecular microbiology

Applicants may choose only one of the four available tracks upon application. Therefore, it is very important that the applicant chooses the track that is closest to the field of their previous degree.

The decision for admission will be based on the relevance of:

  • the applicant’s awarded degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • the language test result (see language requirements)
  • the motivation letter and possible answers to the optional questions included in the application
  • possible online interview

The letter of motivation is an important factor in considering the applicant’s suitability for the Programme, please prepare it carefully. Also, please notice that the motivation letter may be checked for plagiarism with the Turnitin system of the University of Turku.

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.

Additional Studies

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’s level studies (see language requirements). 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 additional studies may be included in the optional studies of the Master’s degree only if the applicant lacks previous knowledge in a certain field that is required for following a specific course within the Programme.

The extent and contents of the additional studies are defined in a personal study plan in the beginning of the studies. The amount of required additional studies cannot exceed 60 ECTS.

Language Requirements

All applicants must prove their English language skills 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 must prove their proficiency also in Finnish. This is because the additional Bachelor’s level studies that need to be completed during the Master’s level studies are available only in Finnish.

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

Application Form and Enclosures

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

The application period for studies starting in September 2017 is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2).

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 Digital Health and Life Sciences, University of Turku.

STEP 1.

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, GMT+2).

When filling in the application form, be prepared to:

  • write a motivation letter
  • 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.)
STEP 2.

Collect the required application documents.

STEP 3.

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 original degree certificate (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or Diploma Supplement from European institutions of higher education)
  • an officially certified copy of the original transcript of study records (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education).
  • certificate of English language skills (see Language requirements)
  • certificate of Finnish language skills (required only from applicants who are seeking admission on the basis of a degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences, see Language requirements)

Please see the country specific requirements for certifying the copies and submitting the documents: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=24

Address of the University Admissions Finland:

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki
FINLAND

Students graduating after the application deadline may apply on the condition that the following attachments are submitted:

  • certified copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language)
  • final transcript
  • their English, Finnish or Swedish translations
  • or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education

The attachments need to be submitted and arrive at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by 14 July 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).

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Master’s Degree Programme in

DIGITAL HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

Degree: Master of Sciences

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Department of Information Technology

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Tuition fee: None / €14,000

Start date: August/September 2017

Application period: 1 Dec 2016 – 13 Jan 2017

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