Biomedical Imaging - More Than You Can Imagine!

The Master's degree programme in Biomedical Sciences - Biomedical Imaging specialization track, trains professionals with thorough theoretical understanding and practical skills in diverse imaging methods and technologies.

The studies in Biomedical Imaging provide you with strong knowledge of either cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, nanomedicine or biophysics, depending on the area of specialization. You will study in a highly international environment and gain excellent theoretical and practical skills in a wide range of imaging techniques and applications as well as in image analysis.

In addition, the courses cover for instance light microscopy, advanced fluorescence techniques, super-resolution imaging techniques, PET, electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Also, an understanding of the use of multimedia in a scientific context and excellent academic writing skills are emphasized. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides you with a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art knowledge in biomedical imaging related to many different areas of cell biology and biomedicine.

The graduates have the possibility to continue their studies as doctoral candidates in order to pursue a career as a scientist, in industry or science administration, and in an imaging core facility or a hospital research laboratory.

Programme Structure

  • Major subject studies in Biomedical Imaging, mandatory courses - 46 ECTS.
  • Master's thesis in Biomedical Imaging - 45 ECTS.
  • Selectable/ elective studies on different thematic areas and special themes - 26 ECTS.
  • Compulsory English language studies - 3 ECTS.

Academic Excellence & Experience

The strong imaging expertise of Turku universities is a great environment for the studying Biomedical Imaging. Imaging is one of the strongholds of the two universities in Turku, Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku. Both universities also maintain the Turku BioImaging, which is a broad-based, interdisciplinary science and infrastructure umbrella that unites bioimaging expertise in Turku, and elsewhere in Finland. Turku is especially known for its PET Centre and the development of super-resolution microscopy.

Winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Stefan Hell did his original discoveries on STED microscopy at the University of Turku. Turku is also a leader of the Euro-BioImaging infrastructure network which provides imaging services for European researchers.

Turku has a unique, compact campus area, where two universities and a university hospital operate to create interdisciplinary and innovative study and research environment.

Research facilities include a wide array of state-of-the-art imaging technologies ranging from atomic level molecular and cellular imaging to whole animal imaging, clinical imaging (e.g. PET) and image analysis.

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

  • PET
  • TCDM
  • Nobel

Biomedical Imaging specialization track is very interdisciplinary with a unique atmosphere where people from different countries and educational backgrounds interact and co-operate. Students are motivated to join courses, workshops and internship projects also elsewhere in Finland, in Europe and all around the world. The programme has Erasmus exchange agreements with the University of Pecs in Hungary and L’Institut Supérieur de BioSciences in Paris, France.

Master's Thesis & Topics

Master’s thesis in biomedical imaging consists of two parts: an experimental laboratory project, thesis plan and seminar presentation, and the written thesis.

The aim of the thesis is to demonstrate that the student masters their field of science, understands the research methodology as well as the relevant literature, and is capable of scientific thinking and presenting the obtained data to the scientific community.

Usually, the Master’s thesis is conducted in a research group as an independent sub-project among the group’s research projects. Experimental research work will be conducted under the guidance of a supervisor.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Exercise and brown adipose tissue activation in humans (EXEBAT)
  • Stimulated emission depletion microscopy of sub-diffraction polymerized structures
  • Optimization of immunofluorescence protocols for detection of biomarkers in cancer tissues.
  • Exploring the feasibility of a new PET tracer for assessment of atherosclerotic plaques in mice.
  • Morphology of the inner mitochondrial membrane
  • Accuracy and precision of advanced T2 mapping in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
  • Prevalence of perfusion-diffusion mismatch in acute stroke patients

Biomedical Sciences At Turku Universities

Turku has longstanding research traditions in the field of biomedicine. Especially the fields of drug discovery, diagnostics, and biological and medical imaging represent the top level expertise of the University of Turku.

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

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

The offered education is based on the true research strengths of the participating units:

  • Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Turku.
  • Department of Biochemistry at the University of Turku.
  • Department of Chemistry at the University of Turku.
  • Department of Biosciences at the Åbo Akademi University.

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

Competence Description

After completing the studies, you will:

  • have a strong basic knowledge of either cellular biology, anatomy, and physiology or biophysics depending on your interests and area of specialization.
  • have excellent theoretical and practical skills in a wide range of imaging techniques and applications as well as in image analysis.
  • have a degree from a highly international learning environment where students from all around the world have a chance to interact and collaborate with each other.
  • understand the use of multimedia in scientific contexts and see it as a powerful tool of popularising science.
  • master scientific writing in English.
  • have excellent readiness for postgraduate studies.

Job Options

The interdisciplinary curriculum provides you with a broad knowledge of biomedical imaging that is related to many areas of biomedicine and life sciences.

The Biomedical Imaging specialization track aims to train future imaging and image analysis experts to meet the increasing needs in the fields of basic and medical research as well as the high demand for imaging core facility personnel.

The Programme provides excellent possibilities for a career in life sciences. For example, you can:

  • continue as postgraduate students to pursue a career as a scientist.
  • work in core facility management.
  • work in science administration nationally or internationally.
  • work in hospital research laboratories.
  • work in the industry and industrial research.
  • work in imaging network or project management.

Career in Research

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

Graduates from the Biomedical Sciences Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programs covering all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high-quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional careers in research and other positions of expertise.

Several doctoral programmes at University of Turku are available for graduates:

  • Drug Research
  • Molecular Life Sciences
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Clinical Doctoral Programme

General Degree Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study. You must also prove your English language skills when applying. Please visit the website of the programme for more information.

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Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 18, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
2 - 2 years
12,000 EUR
per academic year. Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries
Jan 31, 2020
Application period (approx.): 1 Dec 2019 – 31 Jan 2020
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