Biomedical Sciences: Biomedical Imaging - UTU Masters
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Master's Degree Programme in

Biomedical Sciences: Biomedical Imaging

Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku

Biomedical Imaging – more than you can imagine!

The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences – Biomedical Imaging Specialisation Track trains professionals with thorough theoretical understanding and practical skills in diverse imaging methods and technologies.
The application period for the studies starting in autumn 2019 is 3 December 2018 – 31 January 2019.

The studies in Biomedical Imaging provide you with strong knowledge on either cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, nanomedicine 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 courses cover for instance light microscopy, advanced fluorescence techniques, super-resolution imaging techniques, PET, electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Also an understanding of the use of multimedia in a scientific context and excellent academic writing skills are emphasised. 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 IN BRIEF

Programme structure

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Academic excellence & experience

The strong imaging expertise of Turku universities is a great environment for the studying Biomedical Imaging. Imaging is one of the strongholds of the two universities in Turku, Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku. Both universities also maintain the Turku BioImaging, which is a broad-based, interdisciplinary science and infrastructure umbrella that unites bioimaging expertise in Turku, and elsewhere in Finland. 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 (e.g. PET) and image analysis.

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

Biomedical Imaging specialisation track is very interdisciplinary 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.

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

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 the University of Turku.

The Biomedical Imaging specialisation track is part of the MSc Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences, which is a collaboration of two universities, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The close co-operation of four biomedical programmes forms a unique educational combination of biomedical sciences in Finland and worldwide.

The programme in Biomedical Sciences is managed together by the Faculties of Medicine, and Science and Engineering at the University of Turku.

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 Chemistry at the University of Turku
  • Department of Biosciences at the Åbo Akademi University

Other specialisation tracks of the Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences are Drug Discovery and Development, Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics, and Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. Major subject studies in each are track-specific but can be offered as selectable studies for all the study tracks. Each student makes a personal study plan which helps to select the courses, which best suit for personal interests and background.

CAREER OPTIONS

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 provides you with broad knowledge on biomedical imaging that is related to many areas of biomedicine and life sciences.

The Biomedical Imaging specialisation track 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
  • work in imaging network or project management
Career in research

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

Graduates from the Biomedical Sciences Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS.  The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes covering 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:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

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.

OR

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).

See the Admission Requirements for more information!

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must prove their knowledge of English. See the Admission Requirements for more information!

Please also see http://masters.utu.fi/how-to-apply/

TRACK-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The degree on basis of which you are applying to the MDP in Biomedical Sciences must be in a relevant field of study. For the Biomedical Imaging track such fields are

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

The applicants should also be familiar with the basics of laboratory practice. Both Finnish and foreign students can apply to the programme.

The applicants will have to put the specialisation tracks they are applying to into an order of preference upon application.

SCORING

Applications are evaluated by the admission committee of the Master’s Degree Programme. The applicant is scored separately for each track s/he is applying to. The admission committee also may interview the best scoring applicants in each specialization track. The interview invitations will be sent by e-mail. If the applicant is not reached for the interview, the application will not be processed further.

Following application components are scored:

  • Compatibility of the background studies 0-4 p. (0 p. = insufficient, 1p = sufficient relevance, 2 p. = good relevance, 3 p. = excellent relevance, 4 p. = outstanding relevance)
  • Previous academic success and study history 0-3 p. (0 p. = insufficient/not suitable, 1 p. = sufficient, 2 p. = good, 3 p. = excellent. Here it should be noted, that if the applicant has already an MSc degree(s) or higher, or is already studying at University of Turku, it is not necessarily considered to be beneficial.)
  • Laboratory working experience 0-3 p. (0 p. = no experience, 1 p. = laboratory course work as part of previous studies, 2 p. or 3 p. = additional experience which is not directly included in the previous studies, e.g. internships, summer projects, other working experience)
  • Motivation letter 0-3 p. (0 p. = insufficient, 1 p. = somewhat motivated, 2 p. = sufficient and well-justified motivation, 3 p. = excellent motivation)
  • The interview performance and the English skills during the interview are both scored on scale 0-3 p. (0 p. = insufficient, 1 p. = satisfactory, 2 p. = good, 3 p. = excellent).

In addition, an applicant may receive additional points from completing a possible pre-assignment task during the interview (0-3 p.).

If the applicant scores 0 p. in any of the components, the application will not be processed further. In the case of the same amount of points, all of the applicants with the same score will be selected.

The admission committee reserves a right to decide into which university the applicant will be admitted, if s/he has applied to both universities, ÅAU and UTU in Biomedical Imaging. The preferred choice of the applicant will be taken into account when possible.

 

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

APPLICATION FORM AND ENCLOSURES

The application form for the studies starting in autumn 2019 is available online during the application period on 3 December 2018 at 8:00 (local time in Finland) – 31 January 2019 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). On the same form you can apply for any of the four tracks in the Biomedical Sciences programme. Enclosures are attached to the application in digital form (pdf).

During one application round to the international Master’s Degree Programmes the applicant may apply to a maximum of three Programmes at the University of Turku.

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 8 July 2019 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).

Please read all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements carefully before applying! Make sure that you fulfill 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 Sciences, University of Turku.

STEP 1. COLLECT THE REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Make sure you have the required degree and documents. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 31 January 2019 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).

The following documents must be scanned and attached to the electronic application (in pdf format, in color) at the Studyinfo portal:

  • The original degree certificate (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European universities) of the degree certificate.
  • 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 universities) of the transcript of records.
  • Certificate of knowledge of English (see Language requirements).

In addition, the following enclosure is required to help in handling of the applications, and identifying the applicants in the interview:

  • Copy of information page of the passport or identification card containing the applicant’s name, date of birth and photo

 

It is possible to attach additional documents, such as CV or work certificates, which provide more information about the applicant.

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.

STEP 2. WRITE A MOTIVATION LETTER

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 and will be scored 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 track specific questions the answers of which will be scored. Therefore reserve some time for filling in the application form.

STEP 3. FILL 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 Biomedical Sciences.

The application form is available and a completed application can be updated until the end of the application period on 31 January 2019 at 15.00 (GMT +2). When filling in the form you should select the specialization track of the Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences to which you will apply. If you wish to apply for several tracks, you’ll have to put them in the order of preference.

ADMISSION

The yearly quota is 40 students shared out to the four specialization fields.  The admission decisions are published by 29 March 2019. 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 legalised. Please see the country specific requirements for the submission of the documents upon arrival already before applying.

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Master’s Degree Programme in

Biomedical Sciences: BIOMEDICAL IMAGING track

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

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

Start date: August 2019

Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

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

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

Scholarships available: check the website

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: biomedicine@utu.fi

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

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