Biomedical Sciences and Engineering combines engineering with life sciences
People's need for more tailored and cost-efficient implants, devices and health informatics solutions is growing.
The biomedical engineering industry is an increasingly important, global high-tech sector. In Finland, the HealthTech industry is especially strong. With the emergence of numerous small enterprises, the fields of biomedical sciences and engineering are rapidly expanding and offer diverse career options. This programme provides you with a solid understanding of the challenges related to biomedical and health sciences. You will become familiar with advanced technologies at the interface between engineering and health sciences and have the ability to develop innovative solutions to solve these challenges. You will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and professionalism and pursue a career in industry, a hospital or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree. You may also be a natural-born entrepreneur and launch your own start-up.
We maintain close ties with engineering professionals, life scientists and clinicians, and therefore provide optimal exposure for our students. We enjoy an international reputation for our excellent fundamental and translational (from laboratory to clinic) research. While applying to the programme, you may choose one of the following options: Health Technology and Informatics, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, or Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices.
Information about studies
- Type: Master's degree
- Degree earned: Master of Science (Technology)
- Planned duration: 2 years
- Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
- City: Tampere
- Campus: Hervanta Campus
- Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 €
The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering offers you an international and multidisciplinary environment where you are taught by our faculty's internationally recognised scientists. This ensures you access to the latest knowledge – from fundamental to applied and from core biomedical engineering to modern biology – on a broad range of topics pertaining to the health and wellbeing applications of engineering.
The degree programme is implemented in collaboration with BioMediTech. BioMediTech is an institute that combines a unique set of engineering skills with strong expertise in life sciences. The aim of the institute is to create new platforms for discovery and innovations. Our connection with BioMediTech also means close collaboration with Tampere University Hospital. This ensures active interaction between engineers, life scientists and clinicians, and thus provides optimal exposure for students enrolled in the degree programme. The excellent fundamental and translational (from laboratory to clinic) research performed at Tampere University is recognised worldwide. This reputation has been further strengthened by the Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research appointed by the Academy of Finland.
The need for more efficient and cost-effective implants, devices and health informatics solutions is growing. The biomedical engineering industry is an increasingly important high-tech sector worldwide. In Finland, the health tech sector of the industry is especially strong. With the emergence of numerous small enterprises, the fields of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering are rapidly expanding. This ensures broad career options for our graduates and excellent opportunities for those who are keen to pursue entrepreneurship. In addition, our research is closely integrated with teaching, which provides an excellent foundation for our graduates who continue towards a PhD.
Students who select Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering as a major acquire a broad knowledge of biomaterials and tissue engineering and related fields, such as cell technologies, biophysics and regenerative medicine. This expertise is essential for the development of several medical applications, such as implant design, disease modelling and novel transplantation therapies aiming for tissue replacement or repair. The major explores different aspects of stem cell technology, scaffold design and tissue functionality as well as clinical outcomes and regulations. Our students develop the expertise to become independent experts in industry or academia.
More about the language of instruction
The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. Students are also required to complete a course in the Finnish language. The course provides them with an introduction to everyday Finnish and Finnish culture.
The Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering is based on freedom coupled with personal responsibility. The programme is organised into modules, which also include optional components that allow you to customise your degree to suit your needs. This is to bring out the best in each student. The studies include, for example, conventional lectures, group work, presentations, laboratory assignments, and a small research project.
Students who join the programme will first undertake common basic studies to ensure that they possess adequate basic knowledge of biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering before starting their major studies. The basic studies also include an introduction to graduate studies in Finland and the Finnish language.
When applying for admission to the programme, you need to choose a major and apply directly to the study option corresponding to your chosen major. You can choose one of the following majors:
- Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
- Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices
- Health Technology and Informatics
If you choose Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, the study option to be chosen is called: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Master of Science (Technology).
The courses available in the major Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering shed light on the roles of cells, biomaterials, biophysical and chemical signals and growth factors in tissue engineering. You will also develop an understanding of the ethical and legal considerations of tissue-engineered products in clinical use.
No minor subject studies are required, as the major subject studies carry at least 50 credits. Instead, you have the freedom to either choose elective courses or any of the available minors. You can freely choose your elective studies or minor from the options offered by Tampere University or other universities. The master's thesis carries 30 credits. Your master’s thesis project is tailored according to your career plan. It can either pave your way to an academic career or prepare you to work in the industry or a hospital.
Students who enrol in the Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering may be required to take complementary studies depending on their BSc degree. With the complementary studies, students deepen their knowledge of mathematics, physics, economics, computer science and languages, so that their knowledge is at the level of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. In addition, prerequisite courses may be required before starting your major studies. In general, the complementary studies are counted towards your master's degree.
The tuition fee of the programme is 12,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
Structure of studies
The Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering may be completed in two years of full-time study.
Students graduating from the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering have versatile and multidisciplinary career opportunities. The programme educates experts for the future with the ability to pursue lifelong learning.
Our graduates have employment opportunities in Finnish, European and global health tech companies. The health tech industry is one of the most export-driven industries and therefore needs international graduates. Alternatively, graduates can also embark on a career in academia and continue towards a PhD. Opportunities to pursue a PhD are not only available in Finland but also worldwide, thanks to our faculty's extensive network of international collaborators. The health care service industry ranging from university hospitals to private clinics is one significant employer. There is also a growing need for new talented engineers and researchers to work in the public sector or governmental institutions (patent office, regulations of medical devices, for example). Lastly, in the past decade, a growing number of small companies and spin-offs have emerged, opening up ample opportunities to those interested in entrepreneurship. ?
Our students who major in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering go on to find employment in companies and research institutions or launch startups that produce biomaterials, for example, for orthopaedic and dental use or develop solutions for regenerative medicine with the help of stem cell technology.
Co-operation with other parties
In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students at Tampere University.
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
- Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
- Which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
- From the relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
- From an accredited institution of higher education
- AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally.
Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.
Programme specific eligibility criteria
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (MSc tech) track, the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:
- Engineering/technology degree in biomaterials, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, chemistry, physics, materials science or other discipline related to the major. It would be beneficial (but not mandatory) for students with chemistry, physics, engineering or material sciences background to have undertaken some studies in biological sciences during their bachelor's study. All students must have proficiency in mathematics and physics
Applicants who have completed their degree in Finland must meet the minimum cumulative GPA set by the programme to be eligible. The minimum is the same as in the admission to the same Master’s degree programme offered in Finnish.
- Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK): 3,50/5
- Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto): 3,00/5
When counting the cumulative GPA weighted by ECTS only the courses (include thesis) with numeric grade value are taken into account. Applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s degree must meet the minimum cumulative GPA when applying and after graduation.
Language skill requirements
All 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.
The minimum English language test result requirements
Test name & Minimum test result
- TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with no section below 20
- IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5
- PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 42
- C1 Advanced: C
- C2 Proficiency: C1
- Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5
*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.
It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only these studies are accepted. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions.
A maximum of 30 students is admitted to the Biomedical Sciences programme.
The Biomedical Sciences and Engineering programme includes the following specialisations:
- Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices and Health Technology and Informatics.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.
All students with a degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. Admitted students will be informed on these studies in detail when the studies start in the autumn of 2020.
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.
In this programme, applicants are ranked based on the admission points they receive for previous qualifications, English language skills and other relevant factors that support the application.
Admission points (maximum 100 points) are given in the following categories:
- Previous qualifications maximum 60 points
- English language skills maximum 10 points:
- 5 points: e.g. TOEFL 92 / IELTS 6,5 and if proven by previous studies accepted by Tampere University
- 10 points: e.g. TOEFL 103 or higher / IELTS 7,5 or higher
- Other relevant factors that support the application maximum 30 points
- CV/Résumé and the motivation letter submitted with the application constitute the basis of admission points given in this category.
How to apply
Application step-by-step checklist
- Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply three programmes at the same time.
- Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
- When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application. Application period 4 December 2019 at 8:00 GMT+2 - 15 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
- Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post, according to the country specific-requirements if applicable. Documents must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 31 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results to be announced in early April 2020.
- If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
- Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing your arrival in Finland.
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 4 December 2019 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 15 January 2020 at 3 pm (GMT+2).
You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.
You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.
Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 31 January 2020.
There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced in early April 2020. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.