The TRANSMED curriculum is a joint effort of the Academic Medical Centre Helsinki (AMCH). The interacting parties are the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, the Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) and the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), which includes e.g. the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) and the Neuroscience Center (NC).
TRANSMED attracts and accepts students from all over the world. Also the educational backgrounds of the accepted applicants cover a wide range of disciplines - we value and welcome diversity in the class.
We are looking for candidates with career goals in academia or in health sector enterprises. If you have well-developed skills in time management and a curious and inquisitive mind, if you enjoy team work and diversity, if you are not afraid of intensive studies, reading and writing, and you have a habit of meeting deadlines, you might be exactly what we are looking for!
Check out the statistics from the previous admissions for further information.
The studies in the Master's Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) are built upon three central themes: medicine, research skills and interprofessional communication. The scope of the MSc (Translational Medicine) degree is 120 credits (ECTS).
Common studies (30 ECTS) include working life relevant courses in career orientation, academic writing and critical reading, research skills such as research ethics and bioinformatics, and biomedical subjects such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, medical genetics and epidemiology.
Study track specific studies (60-80 ECTS) are advanced studies including courses on human disease, advanced research methods, clinical rounds in the Helsinki University Hospital, writing a research proposal, and a Master’s thesis. The study track is chosen during the first study year based on student's own interest.
The study tracks are Cancer, Regenerative Medicine, Metabolic Disorders, Neuroscience and Psychobiology and Cross-disciplinary Translational Medicine.
Optional studies may include e.g. methods courses, an internship in a company or research group, courses from other programmes, language studies, administrative duties, or courses completed during student exchange.
More information is available on
- teaching programme: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/course-selection
- structure and content of TRANSMED studies: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions/degree-programmes/translational-medicine-masters-programme/studying/structure-content-and-courses
The Master's thesis (30 ECTS) consists of both experimental and written work. It is always an individual work and conducted in a research group under supervision. With your Master's thesis, you demonstrate:
- your ability to conduct independent research work and retrieve relevant information
- your ability to use up-to-date research methods and perform experiments
- your skills in scientific reasoning and the critical assessment of your research results
- your ability to write scientifically and effectively present your data
- your knowledge and your ability to critically assess the existing research literature
The topic of the thesis must be related to the selected study track. The research group for conducting the thesis work can be agreed between the student and the group leader - the topics are not decided or pre-selected by TRANSMED programme.
Supervisors and research groups where TRANSMED theses have been completed include e.g.
- Kari Alitalo – Translational cancer biology
- Petri Hyytiä – Neurobiology of addiction
- Riikka Kivelä - Endothelial and stem cells regulating tissue function
- Riitta Korpela - Medical Nutrition Physiology Group
- Satu Mustjoki – Hematology Research Unit Helsinki
- Päivi Ojala – Cancer cell biology
- Timo Otonkoski – Pluripotency and disease modeling
- Tiina Paunio – Sleep and health
- Tuula Salo – Oral cancer
- Anu Wartiovaara – Mitochondrial medicine
In the Finnish system, you need to complete your MSc degree before enrolling to doctoral studies. However, a smooth transition is possible as the Master's thesis project is always conducted through enrollment in a research group, and may often be continued as a PhD project if agreed by the group leader and the student. This provides a "head start" in doctoral training.
After graduation students may apply to several doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki:
- Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine
- Doctoral Programme in Population Health
- Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research
- Doctoral Programme in Drug Research (DRDP)
- Doctoral Programme in Integrative Life Science (ILS)
- Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind (B&M)
- Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology (MBDP)
More information about doctoral education at the University of Helsinki.
TRANSMED graduates are also eligible to apply for the FIMM-EMBL International PhD in Molecular Medicine and Bioinformatics, or for PhD programmes in other universities, in Finland and abroad.
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