Structure, content and courses

We favor interactive approaches such as group work and team-based learning, student presentations and discussion. Encounters with scientists, clinicians and other students with different background enable you to practice and adopt interdisciplinary communication skills. At the end of the course of study, you will orally present and defend your written research plan to expert examiners.

A course in career design is an obligatory part of the degree. You may also include an internship in Finland or abroad, administrative duties, peer tutoring, working life projects and language studies (Finnish, Swedish or English).

During rounds in the Helsinki University Hospital clinics you will discuss selected relevant patient cases with clinicians. The Master's thesis is based on your own research project, for which up-to-date, relevant methods are learned in a research group. At the end of your studies, you need to demonstrate your ability of writing and defending a research proposal in your field.

Read the description of your study track of interest and the accompanied specific courses below.

Graduates from study track Cancer can describe the principles of neoplastic growth, cancer progression and dissemination, as well as explain the interplay between different cell types during cancer development. Students can review the major research methodologies and disease models in cancer biology and are able to apply some of them in their own research.

The specific courses are

Cancer from Biology to Research

Pathologic Basis of Disease

Graduates from study track Regenerative medicine will be able to explain the principles of developmental and stem cell biology, regenerative pharmacology as well as the basis of regenerative therapies. They are able to describe the major technologies applied in regenerative medicine, including tissue engineering, cell and organ transplantation and transplantation immunology, and can apply some of them in their own research. Students can describe the ethical principles of clinical translation of basic research and application of regenerative medicine therapies and discuss their application in his work.

The specific course is

Regenerative Medicine from Bench to Bedside

Graduates from study track Metabolic Disorders can explain the basic metabolic pathways and the pathophysiology of metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and obesity. They are also able to use genetic knowledge as a basis for prediction, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders.

The specific course is

Metabolic Disorders from Aetiology to Therapy

Graduates from study track Neuroscience and psychobiology can review the research methodologies and state-of-the-art information in systems and cognitive neuroscience, as well as in clinical neuropsychology. They are also able to produce new scientific information in the fields of psychobiology of human life, health, and stress, and to transfer the results between basic research and clinical settings.

The specific courses are

Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychobiology Journal Club

Translational Psychiatry

Graduates from the study track Cross-disciplinary Translational Medicine are able to discuss research questions in several fields of translational medicine and are able to apply current methodologies in a field of translational medicine of their own choice.

The cross-disciplinary study track allows you to take courses from all study tracks, and select the field of the Master's thesis, Advanced Research Methods as well as the Research Proposal Examination from any area of medical research. They can all be on different fields, or you can focus your studies on a field not represented by the other tracks - e.g. on infection biology.

Wide-spectrum studies in the cross-disciplinary track are recommended for those aiming for industrial careers.