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. Molecular Systems Biology is one of the four tracks offered by the programme. Other tracks in the programme are Health Technology, Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things, and Bioinformatics.

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 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 transferrable 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 associated research project where you will apply your newly acquired knowledge,
  • selectable studies in different thematic areas and special themes.


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

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

Molecular Systems Biology offers extensive training in modern molecular biology and specialised 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.


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 in Molecular Systems Biology track:

  • 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 Molecular Systems Biology track of Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences, you will:

  • learn to work in an international and interdisciplinary environment,
  • learn to work in a research group,
  • gain expertise in current theories in systems biology,
  • learn to master state-of-the-art technologies in modern biosciences, including transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.


The 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


A Master of Science degree provides you with an eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral or 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 career in research and other positions of expertise.


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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Application period (approx.): 1 Dec 2019 – 31 Jan 2020
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