MDP in Biomedical Technology

In-depth knowledge and practical skills in the crossroads of molecular biology, cell technology and bioinformatics with a focus on human health.

Programme profile and research at UTA

Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018
Start date: Late August 2018
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year
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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 the focus on human health. The programme is open for applications from both Finnish and international applicants.

Biomedical technology is a multi-disciplinary 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 the University of Tampere provides multi-disciplinary education that combines natural sciences with technology with a specific focus on methods that have potential to advance human health. The programme brings together the expertise and methods in a large spectrum of natural, medical, and engineering sciences, including biology, chemistry, medicine, genetics as well as statistics, computational and data sciences. There are three options for specialization: molecular biology, cell technology, and bioinformatics.

The programme uses several means of ensuring high quality. The Head of the programme is in charge of ensuring the quality. The main elements used to ensure the quality of studies are a well-organized curriculum and a teaching plan. The students are involved in quality assurance through active participation in the planning of the curriculum. Feedback from students is collected systematically and regularly both for individual courses as well as for larger study units and is used in curriculum development work.

The degree provides the student with skills that can be utilized 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.

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Why MDP in Biomedical Technology?

The programme offers you

  • a unique educational environment combining biosciences and technology into a single degree programme
  • flexible study options with a possibility to select optional studies across different disciplines
  • possibility to choose elective courses from the Tampere University of Technology
  • personal study and career guidance given by the teaching staff
  • small size of classes
  • close interaction with world class research teams during studies
  • practical training opportunities in research teams and with industrial partners
  • teaching staff actively involved in research

Study objectives

The aim of the education 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, at home and abroad. The education implements a multidisciplinary approach. Multiform teaching methods support the achievement of the content objectives of the degrees. Students will also have an opportunity to pursue part of their studies abroad at co-operation 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 specialization
  • 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

MDP students in the lab

Career opportunities

The programme equips students with the essential skills needed for working in the field of biomedical technology, such as project work and management skills and 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 organizations.

Doctoral study opportunities

The MSc degree completed at the end of the programme qualifies for doctoral studies in the field of the specialization 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 of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Applying for the programme

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria to the Master’s degree programme in Biomedical Technology consist of two parts: the University of Tampere (UTA) general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Tampere, you must have

  1. 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
  2. fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For requirements, please see Language requirements below.

Programme specific admission criteria

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.

If the applicant has a degree in which the relevant studies in the applicable fields (biosciences and information technology) are insufficient, complementing studies may be required. The required amount and content of these studies is decided for each student individually.

Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.

Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected. Even if you meet all the admission criteria, this does not guarantee your admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at the University of Tampere is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.

Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree

Your Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, you can be accepted to the programme on the condition that you send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018. If admitted, you will first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records have reached the University.

Language 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.

1. Language tests

We accept the following tests as proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based.
    • NB: scores from TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, you must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all 2018 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 University Admissions Finland.

For information on how to submit a language test result, please see  http://www.uta.fi/admissions/language-requirements.

2. Previous studies

If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories that exempt from the language test requirement. Please choose in the application form the one you feel is most appropriate.

  • A Bachelor's or a two-year Master’s degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in Finland or another EU/EEA country, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees.
  • 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.
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  • 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.

For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/application-documents.

Admission

Application period

Master's programme application period, 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018

Start date

Late August 2018

Duration

2 years

Teaching language

English

Intake

A maximum of 20 students

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of the programme is 12 000 euros per academic year (non-EU/EEA students) with a scholarship-system for fee-paying students: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/fees-and-scholarships#scholarships

Programme description and specialization options

The Master’s Degree Programme (MDP) in Biomedical Technology at the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Tampere, 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.

How to apply

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. If you apply to more than one UTA Master’s degree programme, you are requested on the application form to list the programmes you apply to in priority order. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. You must be able to support your application with enclosures related to your educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 17 January 2018.

Enclosures:

You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed, complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.

If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Finnish universities collect tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English.

You are not required to pay the tuition fee if you are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland.

You must submit documents confirming your residence permit status with your application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.  Please note that the continuous or permanent Finnish residence permit needs to be valid during the application period, and at least until 1 August 2018. If the residence permit status changes after 1 August 2018 or during the studies, according to Finnish legislation tuition fees may be charged.

The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

  • University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees during the two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 €  annual scholarship to cover your living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Applicants apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.

For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.

Admission procedure

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.

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam.

You will be assessed on the following merits:

  • academic quality and the success and the relevance of your overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the certificate provided
  • personal skills, judged primarily from the CV included in the application form

The University may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted as telephone or video interviews in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided on the application form. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish your motivation, and your aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish your social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

The decision for admission is based on the relevance of the earlier awarded degree(s); the amount, relevance and grades of the courses included in the degree and on the demonstrated English language competence. Fulfilling the above admissions criteria does not guarantee selection but the applicants are ranked according to their experience, qualifications and other criteria.

After the assessment, the Head of the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

Admissions results will be announced by 29 March 2018. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/applying/selection.html

 

Contact information

Catarina Ståhle-Nieminen
International coordinator
Catarina.Stahle-Nieminen (at) uta.fi