The Master's Degree Programme in Translational Medicine

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Meilahti, Helsinki, Finland


Coordinator Tiina Immonen

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phone +358 2941 25144


The application period for 2015 has closed. The results of the student selection are published here. All applicants have been informed by e-mail on 22nd April.

Translational medicine aims to facilitate new therapies and medical procedures by implementing the findings in basic research in patient care, and by applying clinical data in basic research. This requires understanding of both science and medicine. We welcome dedicated applicants from various disciplines, including – but not limited to – natural or life sciences, engineering etc. Both hard work and excellent study skills are required from all students.

In TRANSMED, students will learn to

  • understand medical sciences and clinical practice from the point of view of a researcher
  • utilize up-to-date research methodologies
  • comprehend and respect the regulations and ethical aspects of biomedical and clinical research
  • develop their ability for scientific reasoning and critical analysis of scientific literature
  • communicate in English with both scientist and clinicians and master both scientific and medical terminology

After completion of their Master of Science degree in Translational Medicine the students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply to the several PhD training programmes within the Faculty of Medicine, or in other Faculties and Universities.

The core of the 2-year Master's programme consists of medical sciences, up-to-date methodology, interdisciplinary communication skills and practical training in research groups. Clinical rounds with a specialist physician mentor at the Helsinki University Hospital will permit the students to directly encounter the practice of medicine, from the viewpoint of a physician and a patient. Translational medicine bridges the gap between basic sciences and their application to human disease - from bench to bedside and back. This is accomplished by exploiting laboratory discoveries to develop new therapies or medical procedures as well as using patient data and samples in laboratory investigations.