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

Finland UniversityDegree: Master of Science
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018
Start date: August 2018
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year
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Biomedical technology is a multi-disciplinary field that builds on molecular 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 Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences at the 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.

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 teaching curriculum is tightly connected with the research expertise at the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences. The Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences conducts world-class basic and translational research in medicine, biomedicine and medical technology. Its research activities cover diverse fields, including biomaterials, stem cells, cancer, immunology, biosensors, imaging, and computational methods, with a common aim of developing personalized medicine via new diagnostic and treatment options. The institute integrates excellence in basic life-science research and teaching but also creates new platforms for discovery and innovation. Students are an important part of these activities.

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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

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology you will have:

  • profound understanding of the field of biomedical technology
  • expertise in scientific methods and their application in your field of specialization
  • expertise in project management, reporting and multidisciplinary team work
  • good written and oral communication skills and an ability for multidisciplinary scientific interaction
  • ability to work as an academic expert in your own field of expertise
  • capability to undertake scientific postgraduate and researcher training

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Career opportunities

The degree provides the student with skills that can be utilized in various positions as an academic expert. The majority of students graduating from the programme have found positions in research and development either in Finland or abroad, or have continued their studies towards a doctoral degree.

Doctoral study opportunities

The MSc degree completed at the end of the programme qualifies for doctoral studies in the field of specialization both in Finland and abroad, for example in UTA’s Doctoral programme in Biomedicine and Biotechnology.

Applying for the programme

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria to the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria.

Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a Master’s programme at the University of Tampere an applicant must have

  1. A completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired 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

Applicable fields of the prior studies are biosciences and information technology, or other relevant fields of study where sufficient knowledge of information technology and/or biosciences is achieved for studying in the Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology.

Other requirements

The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that she/he sends the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018 (to be confirmed). An attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University of Tampere Admissions office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the University of Tampere.

If the applicant has a degree in which the relevant studies in the applicable fields (biosciences and information technology) are insufficient, the university may require that the student conducts additional studies (max. 60 credits) in addition to the Master's degree studies. The required amount and content of possible additional studies is decided for each student individually.

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

Language requirements

Applicants 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 a proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based
    • Note: 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, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all 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.

  • A Bachelor's degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees. The applicant needs to have stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree.
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university 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 you may fit into several of the above categories that exempt you from the language test requirement. In the application form, please choose the one you feel is the most appropriate.

Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we also assess them 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 you to 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

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. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 17 January 2018.

Enclosures:

Applicants must be able to prove their educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of their 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, the admitted student will have to present her/his 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 will start collecting tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.

Students do not need to pay the tuition fee if they 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 or some other EU country on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card

Applicants must submit documents confirming their residence permit status with their application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.

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 in a 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 the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Students 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 among the applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria.

Student selection is made on the basis of the application documents and a possible interview; there is no entrance exam. Applicants are assessed on the following merits:

  • the applicant’s academic quality and the success and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of Records
  • the applicant’s 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
  • the applicant’s English language skills for academic purposes
  • the applicant’s personal skills, judged primarily from the CV, reference letters and possible interviews.

In addition, work experience relevant to the programme, and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account. These should be clearly indicated in the CV and the applicant may be asked to present documents supporting the information provided.

The Programme 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 by the applicant. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview is to establish the applicant's motivation, and her/his aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish the applicant's 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 in March 2018 (to be confirmed). All applicants will be informed about the admissions results by email. Students must accept their study place by the date given in the letter of acceptance.

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student admission decision may make a written appeal within 14 days of receiving the result of the student selection.

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

Contact information

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