The curriculum of the Master's Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) 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).

Who should apply?

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.

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Structure, content and courses

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 about the structure, content and courses of the TRANSMED programme.

Check out the teaching programme and courses in the University of Helsinki online course catalogue for students in the Studies service.

The University of Helsinki also offers Finnish courses for international students.

Language of instruction

The language used in all TRANSMED courses, exams and theses is English. However, you may include in your degree a maximum of 30 ECTS of studies in any other language (e.g. if you want to study abroad or take courses from non-English programmes).

Master's thesis

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.

Doctoral education

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:

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.

Student life and benefits

Student life and especially the student organisation culture is exceptionally rich and diverse in Finland. Also at the University of Helsinki, the student community is very active. More than 250 student organisations operate within the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY), ranging from faculty and subject organisations to political and societal organisations, and from choirs and orchestras to sports and game clubs. Their activities include anniversary celebrations, academic dinner parties, cultural events, get-togethers and excursions.

As a student and member of the Student Union (HYY), you are entitled to many benefits and services. For example, affordable student housing, low-cost sports services and student-priced meals. You also get numerous discounts, for example on public transport fees across the country. 

Read more about student life, services and benefits when studying at the University of Helsinki.

Impactus ry is a student organisation for translational medicine students in Meilahti campus. You can follow Impactus ry on facebook.

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