Master’s degree programme in digital health and life sciences offers extensive training in modern biosciences and digital health engineering.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences offers extensive training ranging from molecular level interactions to individuals and society. Health Technology is one of the four tracks offered by the programme. Other tracks in the programme are 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.

The applicants also have the possibility to apply for a double degree option called the Digital Health and Life Sciences Programme (Health Technology major), where a part of the degree studies is completed at the Fudan University, Shanghai, China.


The Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS credits. The degree is comprised of:

  • Common courses which provide you essential knowledge needed in modern bio-health sciences as well as transferable skills including mandatory language studies
  • 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


The Programme offers four tracks with a specific focus on digital health and life sciences:

  • Health Technology
  • Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Systems Biology.

The goal of the Health Technology major is an interdisciplinary collaboration between information technology and health sciences. This track 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 personalized 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 final project aiming for the Master’s thesis is based on an independent, experimental research project, research seminar and written Master’s thesis. 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.

Examples of thesis topics in Health Technology track:

  • 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


In the Health Technology track of the Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences, you will:

  • learn to work in an international and multidisciplinary environment
  • learn to work in a research group
  • obtain good skills to implement health technology solutions and applications
  • learn to understand ICT assisted health processes


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
  • entrepreneur
  • system architect
  • developer
  • engineer
  • research scientist
  • university lecturer


A Master of Science degree provides you with an eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees.

Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover 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.


The applicants can choose an option that leads to two Master’s degrees. This double degree option is called the Digital Health and Life Sciences Programme (Health Technology major) and it leads to the following degrees: Master of Science from the University of Turku, and Master’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Fudan University. The studies take two years to complete (120 ECTS credits).

A student who has been admitted to the double degree option studies the 1st autumn semester at the Fudan University.

The number of students admitted to the Digital Health and Life Sciences programme is 30 at the most: a maximum of 5 best scoring applicants will be admitted to the double degree option.

In the double degree option tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries: €2,000 / academic year


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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Last updated February 18, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 years
14,000 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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