University of Turku Health and Biomedicine

Introduction

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

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The University of Turku (UTU) is an international research university located in Southwest Finland in the Student city of Turku. We are an active academic community of nearly 24,000 students and employees with over 100 nationalities.
Our aim and ambition is to provide students with innovative problem solving skills and a high-standard, multidisciplinary education based on the latest research.

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The University of Turku is the most international university in Finland (THE Ranking 2016) offering study and research opportunities in seven faculties and seven special units and interdisciplinary centres – expertise ranking from humanities to natural sciences.
Our teaching staff is determined to develop the students' skills for working life, as well as new study environments and methods. The graduates of UTU are creative experts and future visionaries who reach beyond the traditional discipline borders. Thanks to our outstanding services, compact campus and active student life, international students feel at home and safe from the very beginning of their stay.

10 Best reasons to choose UTU

  • UTU is the most international university in Finland
  • Master Degree and Doctoral Programmes based on our strengths in research
  • Future career prospects
  • Generous scholarships available for talented students
  • Professors and lecturers that challenge you to learn
  • Personal support and services throughout your studies
  • Excellent facilities and learning environments
  • Wide selection of optional and minor studies
  • Active student life and versatile activities
  • Compact campus where all is near

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Welcome to the Turku Health Campus

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The University of Turku is the right choice and environment to study your Master’s Degree in biomedicine! We have several internationally distinguished research concentrations including thematic collaborations in Biofuture, Bioimaging, Drug Development and Diagnostics. Bioscience success stories are born from strong research in the fields of cancer research, molecular biosciences, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases research. For instance, our host defence and autoimmune disease research is internationally at the top of the field, as is the development of diagnostics and imaging methods.

The exceptionally extensive campus area in Turku, called the Turku Health Campus, is a significant centre of operations in health and biosciences. The campus forms the largest multi-professional education cluster in medicine and health sciences in Finland. The Hospital District of Southwest Finland, the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences are actively developing the services and operations in the area. Turku University Hospital is in the top three of the Nordic university hospitals according to the citation rates in Health Sciences.

In addition to advancing the prerequisites for research and education, the collaboration develops the business and innovation activities in the region. A majority of the new drug molecules created in Finland have been developed in Turku. In addition, roughly half of Finland’s medical and diagnostics industry is situated in Turku.

University Rankings: UTU among the Best 1 %

Expertise found in Turku has also been noticed worldwide. Success in international university rankings and the multiple recognitions and awards are great examples. Of the over 20,000 universities in the world, the University of Turku is among the top one percent.

In nine subjects, including e.g. Medicine, Biological Sciences, Dentistry and Nursing, the University of Turku ranks among the 200 best in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). 4,226 universities in 42 subject areas were evaluated, and the ranking was based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

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Welcome to the Student City of Turku

The University Campus in Turku is located near the city centre. With a bike or on foot you can easily move from one place – and time – to another. In 1640 the first university students in Finland began their studies right here in Turku. Today, on the same campus, future innovations and technologies are developed and Turku is a genuine student city with over 40,000 university students.

Reasonable living costs with many housing options, full-scale public and private services, vivid cultural life and a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities by the surrounding Archipelago Sea guarantee that Turku offers the best location and the best quality of life for your Master’s studies.

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Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Turku

The Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging trains professionals with thorough theoretical understanding and practical skills of diverse imaging methods and technologies. It provides the students with strong knowledge either in cellular biology, anatomy and physiology or biophysics, depending on the area of specialization. Students will work in highly international environment and gain excellent theoretical and practical skills in a wide range of imaging techniques and applications as well as image analysis. Also an understanding of the use of multimedia in a scientific context and excellent academic writing skills are emphasized. [+]

masters.utu.fi Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging Biomedical Imaging – more than you can imagine! The Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging trains professionals with thorough theoretical understanding and practical skills of diverse imaging methods and technologies. It provides the students with strong knowledge either in cellular biology, anatomy and physiology or biophysics, depending on the area of specialization. Students will work in highly international environment and gain excellent theoretical and practical skills in a wide range of imaging techniques and applications as well as image analysis. Also an understanding of the use of multimedia in a scientific context and excellent academic writing skills are emphasized. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art knowledge in biomedical imaging related to many different areas in cell biology and biomedicine. Graduating MScs will have possibilities to continue as postgraduate students to pursue career as scientist, join industry or science administration, and work in an imaging core facility or in a hospital research laboratory. MASTER DETAILS PROGRAMME IN BRIEF Programme structure Academic excellence & experience Master’s degree programme in Biomedical Imaging has been assembled on the true imaging strongholds of Turku universities. 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 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. Teaching in bioimaging is highly research oriented, and the curriculum consists of tailored courses to train future imaging experts. Biomedical Sciences at Turku Universities Turku has longstanding research traditions in the field of biomedicine. Especially the areas of drug discovery, diagnostics, and biological and medical imaging represent the spearhead expertise of University of Turku. Biomedical Imaging programme is part of the 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. Master thesis & topics Master’s Thesis in Biomedical Imaging consists of two parts, the experimental laboratory project, thesis plan and seminar presentation and the written thesis. The aim of the thesis is to demonstrate that the student masters his/her field of science, understands the research methodology as well as the relevant literature, and is capable of scientific thinking and presenting the obtained new data to the scientific community. Usually the Master's thesis is conducted in a research group as an independent sub-project among the research projects of the group. Experimental research work will be made 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 CAREER OPTIONS Competence description After completion of the studies the graduating MSc: has strong background knowledge either in cellular biology, anatomy and physiology or biophysics depending on one’s interests and area of concentration has excellent theoretical and practical skills in a wide range of imaging techniques and applications as well as image analysis is trained in an highly international environment where students from all around the world had interacted and co-operated understands also the use of multimedia in scientific context and as a powerful tool of popularizing science masters scientific writing in English has excellent preparation for postgraduate studies Job options The interdisciplinary curriculum of Biomedical imaging programme provides students with a broad spectrum of knowledge in biomedical imaging related to many areas in biomedicine. The programme aims to train the future imaging and image analysis experts for increasing demands of both imaging related basic and medical research as well as imaging core facility personnel. The programme provides excellent possibilities for career in life sciences e.g.: continue as postgraduate students to pursue career as scientist work in core facility management work in science administration nationally or internationally work in hospital research laboratory industry and industrial research Career in research The MSc degree from the programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide. Several doctoral programmes at University of Turku are available for graduates: Drug Research Molecular Life Sciences Molecular Medicine Clinical Doctoral Programme ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The programme is open to applicants who have sufficient background knowledge in biological and/or natural sciences, and who have completed a lower university degree, 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. Applicants must also have sufficient knowledge in English language. The students must prove their English skills as determined by the admission requirements of the University of Turku. The applicants are required to proof their knowledge of English by one of the following certificates: a) applicants must pass a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based test) / 92 (Internet-based test, no individual scores below 20) or IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 (no individual scores below 6.0) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum score of 62 (no individual scores below 54). Applicants who have completed their Bachelor’s degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, USA or the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) are exempted from the language test. These applicants knowledge of English must be indicated in their Bachelor’s degree certificate. b) CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: pass Grades A, B or C c) CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): pass Grades A, B or C More detailed entry requirements of Faculty of Medicine incl. Language requirements HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY Check the admission requirements carefully. Go to Studyinfo portal, www.studyinfo.fi. Fill in and submit the application form online. Collect the required enclosures Send all your documents to University Admissions Finland The online application form will be available on the Studyinfo portal. The online application is open during the application period: December 1st 2016 - January 13th 2017. Selecting the applicants The admission committee scores the applicants by following application components: Compatibility of the background Previous academic success and study history Laboratory working experience Motivation letter The interview performance, including English skills 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 Selected applicants will be invited to the interview 1-2 weeks in advance. Interviews will be held via Skype. Results will be published latest on March 30th 2017. ©City of Turku and University of Turku Communications [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Turku

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

masters.utu.fi Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences 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. MASTER DETAILS PROGRAMME IN BRIEF Programme structure The Master’s degree in Digital Health and Life Sciences is a two-year programme amounting 120 ECTS. The degree is comprised of: Common courses which provides you essential knowledge needed in modern bio-health sciences as well as transferrable skills including mandatory language studies (Finnish for foreigner, 5 ECTS and English: Academic writing skills, 2 ECTS) 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 and Molecular Systems Biology. The goal of the Health Technology major is an interdisciplinary collaboration between information technology and health sciences. The major 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 as well as from medical sciences to build understanding of theory and practical competences in the field. Unlike many traditional biomedical study programmmes, 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 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. Human genome sequences and its variations are at the core of personalised medicine, a growing industry, so 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 get experience in working in a multidisciplinary team of experts. Molecular Systems Biology offers extensive training in modern molecular biology and specialized 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 CAREER OPTIONS Competence description In the Master’s Degree Programme in Molecular Health and Life Sciences you will learn how to: work in an 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 get skills to utilize Internet of Things in healthcare In the Bioinformatics track you will: 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: have expertise in current theories in systems biology 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. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku in the University of Turku Graduate School and one of the Doctoral Programmes. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General degree requirement BSc 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. Programme-specific 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 the chosen study track. In the Health Technology, and Medical Analytics and Health IoT tracks, relevant fields of previous studies include Computer Science and Computer Engineering. In the Bioinformatics track, the relevant fields of prior studies are biosciences and information technology, or other relevant fields of studies where sufficient knowledge of information technology and/or biosciences is achieved. In the Molecular Systems Biology track, relevant fields of previous studies include molecular biosciences including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, molecular plant biology and 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 his/her 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 to the programme, please prepare it carefully. 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 level studies while studying for the Master's Degree. These studies are not part of the Master's Degree and may extend the targeted study time. In case the applicant lacks previous knowledge only in a certain field which is required to be able to follow a specific course within the Master's Degree Programme, the additional studies may be included in the optional studies of the Master's Degree. The extent and contents of the additional studies are defined in a personal study plan at the beginning of the studies. The amount of required additional studies cannot exceed 60 ECTS. Language Requirements All applicants must prove their knowledge of English in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty. a) applicants must pass a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based test) / 92 (Internet-based test, no individual scores below 20) or IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 (no individual scores below 6.0) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum score of 62 (no individual scores below 54). Applicants who have completed their Bachelor’s degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, USA or the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) are exempted from the language test. These applicants knowledge of English must be indicated in their Bachelor’s degree certificate. b) CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: pass Grades A, B or C c) CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): pass Grades A, B or C More detailed language requirements HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY The application period The application period for the programme is yearly around the turn of the year. The studies start in following September. There is only one intake per year and the studies can be started only in the fall. 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 carefully all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements 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 Digital Health and Life Sciences, University of Turku. Check the admission requirements carefully. Go to Studyinfo portal, www.studyinfo.fi. Fill in and submit the application form online. Collect the required enclosures Send all your documents to University Admissions Finland ©City of Turku and University of Turku Communications [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Turku

The Master’s Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development trains experts for the entire drug development chain. The programme gives students a deep understanding of up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets and to generate lead drug molecules. It also provides knowledge of technological innovations as well as methods of clinical drug research and development phases, clinical trial design, study planning and biostatistics. In addition the students will learn about drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance. [+]

masters.utu.fi Master's Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development Welcome to discover new drugs with us! The Master’s Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development trains experts for the entire drug development chain. The programme gives students a deep understanding of up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets and to generate lead drug molecules. It also provides knowledge of technological innovations as well as methods of clinical drug research and development phases, clinical trial design, study planning and biostatistics. In addition the students will learn about drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance. The graduating MSc knows the drug discovery and development processes, and procedures applied in drug regulatory science and the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug. She/He has comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The education gives also a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship. For post-graduate studies, University of Turku Graduate School offers e.g. Drug Research Doctoral Programme. MASTER DETAILS PROGRAMME IN BRIEF Academic excellence & experience Turku is a great place to study Drug Discovery and Development! 90% of Finnish drug innovations have been made in Turku. To support the future discoveries, University of Turku has chosen drug development among its strategic profiling areas. The research in biosciences and medicine is internationally ranked among the top in the world. The keys for success lie in long biomedical research traditions and a compact campus area, where two universities and university hospital operate to create interdisciplinary and innovative study and research environment. Research focus is on translational medicine, disease modeling and biomedical imaging. Available infrastructure includes the world famous Turku PET Centre and Turku Centre for Disease Modeling, TCDM, which both offer services for drug development research. Turku has also the largest cluster of pharma industry in Finland. Nearby companies not only provide experts for visiting lectures, but also create internship and job opportunities for the graduates. Biomedical Sciences at Turku Universities Turku has longstanding research traditions in the field of biomedicine. Especially the areas of drug discovery, diagnostics, and biological and medical imaging represent the spearhead expertise of University of Turku. Drug Discovery and Development programme is part of the 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 Biomedical Imaging, 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 Drug Discovery and Development is part of NordBioMedNet network. The universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Eastern Finland, Turku and Karolinska Institutet have established the network to develop biomedical education in Nordic countries. Programme students have possibilities for course, internship and research project exchange in the partner universities. The network also offers virtual intensive courses and online learning portal on www.nordbiomed.net. Master thesis & topics The Master´s thesis project is based on independent, experimental research work. The topic of the thesis will always be agreed together with and accepted by the thesis examiner. Students write a research plan, conduct a research project in a laboratory, analyze obtained results, and demonstrate their ability to interpret results and write a report in a form of a scientific article. The project work is always performed under the guidance of a supervisor. In order to also practice scientific communication, students present their results in seminars and write a press release to simulate collaboration of between the academia and the media. Examples of thesis topics: drug development for receptor antagonists and their potential in treating cognitive disorders pharmacological characterization of ion channels diagnostics tools for coronary artery diseases – characterization of antibodies modeling of schizophrenic disorders in rats RNA interference in HSV-virus treatment optimization of synthesis of indazole structures for drug development the use of positron emission tomography (PET) to measure the effect of disease modifying therapies in MS disease PET-imaging of molecules targeted in inflammation – preclinical studies with arthritis model CAREER OPTIONS Competence description The programme gives students a deep understanding of: Up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets, and to generate lead drug molecules that modulate biological activity of the target. technological innovations made in lead optimization process how new drug candidates are investigated during the non-clinical drug development phase methods of clinical drug research, clinical drug development phases, clinical trial design and bio-statistical study planning various aspects of the drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance Job options The graduating MSc is an expert in drug discovery and development processes, and knows the procedures applied in drug regulatory science and the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug. She/He has comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The education gives also a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship. Examples of job titles medical liaison medical writer regulatory consulting expert scientific/technical advisor research director project manager drug development pharmacologist university lecturer/researcher Career in research The MSc degree from the programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide. Several doctoral programmes at University of Turku are available for graduates. Drug Research Molecular Life Sciences Molecular Medicine Clinical Doctoral Programme ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The programme is open to applicants who have sufficient background knowledge in biological and/or natural sciences, and who have completed a lower university degree, BSc degree (180 ECTS), in the field of: biomedical sciences pharmacology pharmacy biochemistry biology medical sciences other life sciences bioengineering chemistry The applicants should be familiar with the basics of laboratory practice and pharmacology. Applicants must also have sufficient knowledge in English language. The students must prove their English skills as determined by the admission requirements of the University of Turku. The applicants are required to proof their knowledge of English by one of the following certificates: a) applicants must pass a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based test) / 92 (Internet-based test, no individual scores below 20) or IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 (no individual scores below 6.0) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum score of 62 (no individual scores below 54). Applicants who have completed their Bachelor’s degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, USA or the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) are exempted from the language test. These applicants knowledge of English must be indicated in their Bachelor’s degree certificate. b) CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: pass Grades A, B or C c) CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): pass Grades A, B or C More detailed entry requirements of Faculty of Medicine incl. Language requirements HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY Check the admission requirements carefully. Go to Studyinfo portal, www.studyinfo.fi. Fill in and submit the application form online. Collect the required enclosures Send all your documents to University Admissions Finland The online application form will be available on the Studyinfo portal. The online application is open during the application period: December 1st 2016 - January 13th 2017. Selecting the applicants The student selection is made at two stages. First the admission committee selects the candidates for the interview by scoring the following application components: Previous studies in the relevant fields Previous academic success and study history Laboratory working experience Motivation letter The best scoring applicants will be invited for the interview. 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. Results will be published latest on March 30th 2017. ©City of Turku and University of Turku Communications [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Food Development

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Turku

The programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the connections between different aspects and functions of food. Special attention is paid to the influence of various factors on the composition, sensory properties and health effects of food at molecular level. Application of food metabolomics and modern biotechnological methods in food research and food development is an important part of the curriculum. The curriculum also covers various aspects of food safety and European food laws and legislation. [+]

masters.utu.fi Master's Degree Programme in Food Development Nordic expertise in natural foods The Master's Degree Programme in Food Development provides you with competence for meeting the challenges in the research and development in food industry and academia. The programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the connections between different aspects and functions of food. Special attention is paid to the influence of various factors on the composition, sensory properties and health effects of food at molecular level. Application of food metabolomics and modern biotechnological methods in food research and food development is an important part of the curriculum. The curriculum also covers various aspects of food safety and European food laws and legislation. Through the programme, you will gain education and qualification for working as experts, for example in food authorities. MASTER DETAILS PROGRAMME IN BRIEF Programme structure The Master’s Degree in Food Development is a two-year programme amounting 120 ECTS. The degree is comprised of: Major subject studies in Food Development (88 ECTS) including Master’s thesis in technology and related research project and seminar (33 ECTS) Minor subject (20 ECTS) from one of the following: Bioinformatics, Molecular Systems Biology, Biotechnology or Entrepreneurship Selectable studies in different thematic areas and special themes (0-12 ECTS) Academic excellence & experience The Food Chemistry and Food Development Unit is an essential element of core strength of Food Science and Technology in Finland. FCFD has an internationally edge-cutting profile in research on: chemistry and biochemistry of food lipids and secondary metabolites the molecular basis of food quality and health promoting properties of food with special focus on northern crops and wild resources significance of northern climate as factors influencing crop quality food development research and technological innovation for sustainable utilization and value addition of food resources. With an internationally well-established record in berry research, oils and fats, human milk, and cow milk, the Unit has expanded its research into other food resources such as cereals, legumes, and mushrooms. The research also targets on new food resources for future food security, healthy diet, and business growth. The ultimate goal is to support the sustainable bio-future based on internationally top science. State-of-art targeted and non-targeted food metabolomics are important tools for the research. In addition to basic sciences, the research of the Unit includes strong applied angle supporting the research and innovation in food industry. Master thesis & topics The final project aiming for the Master´s thesis in Technology is based on independent, experimental research project in a laboratory. The research work is made under the guidance of a supervisor and has a duration of three months. The results obtained in 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: Triacylglycerol fatty acid composition and expression levels of related biosynthesis genes in seeds and pulp of developing sea buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides) berries The impact of storage conditions on the stability of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis in breast milk Effects of wine yeast on chemical composition of black currant wine – anthocyanins and alcohols Replacement of salt in wheat bread – the impact on taste and liking Development of a new processed egg product DOUBLE DEGREE IN FOOD DEVELOPMENT: The University of Turku has a double degree programme in Food Development with Jiangnan University (Wuxi, China). Food Development students have a possibility to join the double degree programme pursuing Degrees of Master of Science in Technology at University of Turku and the Master Degree of Engineering at Jiangnan University The students fulfilling the degree requirements of the Master’s Degree programme in Food Development will obtain a Master of Science in Technology degree at the University of Turku. To obtain a double degree from both universities, student has to, in addition, take: at least 30 ECTS, or one semester equivalent, of coursework in the Jiangnan University an elective model with a joint practical project or jointly supervised Master’s thesis CAREER OPTIONS Competence description In the Master’s Degree Programme in Food Development you will: understand the phenomena and concepts related to molecular food sciences and different relationships between them have strong theoretical knowledge on themes of food development and can apply it into practice. know the methods used in food development and can apply them to research and product development purposes. have knowledge how to search, apply, and create information be able to make justifiable decisions based on the information that you have critically achieved. gain experience in real life work in academic and industrial projects in food research and development. get skills to work in a responsible role as part of multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams. Job options The programme provides you with competence for meeting the challenges in the research and development in food industry and academia. Through the programme, you also gain education and qualification for working as an expert in food authorities and other related functions in the society. Examples of job titles Students graduating from the programme may work, among others, as: R&D Manager Quality Manager Researcher Product Developer Entrepreneur Coordinator Product Specialist Career in research Master of Science degree provides you with eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku, in the University of Turku Graduate School and one of the Doctoral Programmes. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General degree requirement A BSc 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 a minimum of three years of full-time study. Programme-specific degree requirements The programme is open to applicants who have sufficient background knowledge in polytechnic/engineering and/or biosciences, and who have completed a lower university degree, BSc degree (180 ECTS), in the field of e.g.: Food Sciences Food Technology Food Engineering Biochemistry Biotechnology Agricultural Sciences OR A polytechnic degree from Finnish University of Applied Sciences with a relevant field of studies combined with additional studies. The decision for admission will be based on the relevance of: The applicant’s previous degree(s) The amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s) Language test result (see Language requirements) Motivation letter Study merits in the applicant's previous degree (BSc) are highly relevant. The letter of motivation is another important factor in considering the applicant's suitability to the programme. 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. Language Requirements The applicants are required to proof their knowledge of English by one of the following certificates: a) applicants must pass a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based test) / 92 (Internet-based test, no individual scores below 20) or IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 (no individual scores below 6.0) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum score of 62 (no individual scores below 54). Applicants who have completed their Bachelor’s degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, USA or the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) are exempted from the language test. These applicants knowledge of English must be indicated in their Bachelor’s degree certificate. b) CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: pass Grades A, B or C c) CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): pass Grades A, B or C More detailed language requirements of the Faculty HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY The application period The application period for the programme is yearly around the turn of the year. The studies start in following September. There is only one intake per year and the studies can be started only in the fall. 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 carefully all the application instructions and the detailed admission requirements 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 Food Development, University of Turku. Check the admission requirements carefully. Go to Studyinfo portal, www.studyinfo.fi. Fill in and submit the application form online. Collect the required enclosures Send all your documents to University Admissions Finland ©City of Turku and University of Turku Communications [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Turku

The Master’s Degree Programme in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics will equip you for a career in the exciting field of biotechnology and translational research. [+]

masters.utu.fi Master's Degree Programme in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics Master the exciting field of biotechnology! The Master’s Degree Programme in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics will equip you for a career in the exciting field of biotechnology and translational research. Here you will obtain extensive theoretical and practical expertise on central concepts and techniques in modern molecular biotechnology and diagnostics. You will also learn to apply the acquired knowledge in practice for the development of novel tools and methods for the detection molecular substances. The education is focused on the key technologies of diagnostics and molecular biology with opportunities to apply this knowledge both to medical and other areas of diagnostics. After graduation you will be equipped with the skills that enable you to join industry, to pursue career as scientist, or to enter the public sector. It also provides a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship. MASTER DETAILS PROGRAMME IN BRIEF Programme structure The Master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostic is a two-year programme amounting 120 ECTS. The degree is comprised of: Major subject studies in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics (89 ECTS) including Master’s thesis and related research project and seminar (55 ECTS) Selectable studies in different thematic areas and special themes (0-16 ECTS) Academic excellence & experience Focus areas of research in the Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics programme are novel diagnostic concepts and technologies. The programme focuses also on diagnostics applications in various areas such as medicine, environmental and food quality monitoring. Other research topics of importance include: Antibody and protein engineering Fluorescence marker technologies Nucleic acid detection techniques Biomarker discovery Development related to both communicable and non-communicable disease of global importance. Biomedical Sciences at Turku Universities Turku has longstanding research traditions in the field of biomedicine. Especially the areas of drug discovery, diagnostics, and biological and medical imaging represent the spearhead expertise of University of Turku. The Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics programme is part of the larger ensemble of MSc programmes in Biomedical Sciences. The close collaboration of three Master´s degree 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: Department of Biochemistry at the University of Turku Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Turku Department of Biosciences at the Åbo Akademi University. Other programmes in the ensemble of Biomedical Sciences are Biomedical Imaging, and Drug Discovery and Development. 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. Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics Programme has close connections to the diagnostic and biopharmaceutical industry. Numerous industrial collaborators include both Finnish and major international players. An important partner in development of the educational and research collaborations is the Indo-Finn Diagnostic Research Center. Master thesis & topics The final project aiming for the Master´s thesis is based on independent, experimental research project in a laboratory. The research work is made under the guidance of a supervisor and has duration of 5 months. 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: Effect of codon usage of signal sequence on Fab fragment expression Antibody Expression, Purification and Assay development for the detection of Malaria Colorectal cancer specific CEA lectin nanoparticle assay Lateral flow assay platform for infectious disease diagnostics Utilization of skeletal Troponin I recognizing binders in immunoassay Enhanced cancer-specificity of tumor markers by lectin-labeled nanoparticles CAREER OPTIONS Competence description You will have: state-of-the-art and emerging techniques in modern molecular biotechnology serving the medical and other diagnostics fields ability to apply the acquired knowledge in practice to create novel bioaffinity tools and platforms in-depth knowledge of infectious disease, cardiac and cancer diagnostics in-depth knowledge on biomarker discovery, proof-of-concept building and clinical validation the prerequisites for translating novel technologies into routine applications skills for co-operation in multi-language laboratory environment Job options You will be equipped with the skills that provide you with multiple career options. You will be able to join industry in Finland or abroad, or to enter the public sector, for example, for various authoritative duties. The biotech industry is among the fastest growing industrial sectors globally. In Finland, there is presently a strong demand on biotechnology experts. Especially in diagnostic industry, the largest sector of biotech industry in Finland, needs new professionals. The education in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics also provides a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship. Examples of job titles Researcher Quality manager Product developer Product manager Project coordinator Career in research Master of Science degree provides you with eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku in the University of Turku Graduate School and one of the Doctoral Programmes. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General degree requirement BSc 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. Programme-specific requirements The programme is open to applicants with sufficient background knowledge in life sciences and/or natural sciences, and with a lower university degree, BSc degree (180 ECTS), in the field of: biomedical sciences molecular biosciences biochemistry other life sciences chemistry engineering other relevant fields of studies where sufficient knowledge of molecular biosciences is achieved The applicants should be familiar with the basics of laboratory practice. The decision for admission will be based on the relevance of: The applicant’s previous degree(s) The amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s) Language test result (see Language requirements) Motivation letter Possible online interview Study merits in the applicant's previous degree (BSc) are highly relevant. The letter of motivation is another important factor in considering the applicant's suitability. If needed, the most promising applicants will be invited to an interview. A previously earned Master's degree does not automatically place the applicant ahead of other applicants. Language Requirements The applicants are required to proof their knowledge of English by one of the following certificates: a) applicants must pass a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based test) / 92 (Internet-based test, no individual scores below 20) or IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 (no individual scores below 6.0) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum score of 62 (no individual scores below 54). Applicants who have completed their Bachelor’s degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, USA or the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) are exempted from the language test. These applicants knowledge of English must be indicated in their Bachelor’s degree certificate. b) CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: pass Grades A, B or C c) CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): pass Grades A, B or C More detailed language requirements of the Faculty HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY The application period The application period for the programme is yearly around the turn of the year. The studies start in following September. There is only one intake per year and the studies can be started only in the fall. 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 carefully all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements 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 Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics, University of Turku. Check the admission requirements carefully. Go to Studyinfo portal, www.studyinfo.fi. Fill in and submit the application form online. Collect the required enclosures Send all your documents to University Admissions Finland ©City of Turku and University of Turku Communications [-]

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