The University of Helsinki has been ranked at number five in an assessment of medical research at European universities based on the citation numbers of medical publications in the 2000s. While still an undergraduate here, you can embark on a research career, for example by applying for the MD/PhD Programme in medicine or dentistry. If admitted, you can carry out research for a doctoral degree alongside your studies in medicine or dentistry, and receive doctoral education in an internationally respected environment. The programme admits approximately ten students each year. For more information in Finnish, click here.
The Faculty of Medicine conducts research and provides research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry and translational medicine. In addition the Faculty serves as an important authority in the field of health care and participates in ethical debate. The Faculty of Medicine cooperates with its most important partner, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS). This cooperation covers the University’s three core duties: research, teaching and community relations. The Faculty is the most important provider of specialist education in medicine and dentistry in Finland, and is supported in this task by the country’s largest university hospital.
You can conduct your studies in medicine and dentistry not only in Finnish, but also partly in Swedish, because the Faculty is responsible for ensuring that a sufficient number of Swedish-speaking physicians and dentists are educated in Finland. The two-year Master's Degree Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) is taught entirely in English. These degrees meet the needs of employers as well as the requirements of research and postgraduate education.
Employment prospects for physicians and dentists have been excellent in recent years. Graduates from the English-language Master’s degree programme have also been successful in finding employment. For more information about the Faculty’s extensive activities, including teaching and research, click here.