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.
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.
PROGRAMME IN BRIEF
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:
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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