Structure, content and courses
In the Master's Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED), 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.

Skills for career

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).

Communication skills

Both written and oral communication skills are practiced throughout the studies. Some common courses focus on the development of these skills.

Medical sciences

The studies in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, medical genetics and laboratory medicine create the basis for the study of disease mechanisms and their aetiology.

Research skills

You will develop your research skills during a research group internship as well as courses on research ethics and computational skills. You can complement your skills also on optional courses on current laboratory methods.

Bench and bedside in all study tracks

All students complete clinical rounds in Helsinki University Hospital under supervision of clinical teachers to get an insight of the clinical medicine as well as the implementation of research based therapy and diagnostics in patient care.

At the end of the studies, each student writes a research proposal in the field of their study track, and defend their plan in a discussion with an expert in the field.


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.

Regenerative Medicine

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.

Metabolic Disorders

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.

Neuroscience and Psychobiology

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.

Cross-disciplinary Translational Medicine

Graduates of the Cross-disciplinary study track are able to discuss research questions in several fields of translational medicine and are able to apply several current research methodologies. 

This track allows you to take courses from all study tracks, and select the field of the Master's thesis from any area of medical research. You can also focus your studies on a field not represented by the other tracks - e.g. on infection biology.

If you are aiming for an industrial career, this track could be a good choice.

Optional studies

Optional studies can be selected to support your chosen study track, your special field of interest or be related to your previous educational background.