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Upon graduation from the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) you can be expected to:

  • Be fluent in medical sciences and clinical practice from the point of view of a researcher
  • Be familiar with up-to-date translational research methodologies
  • Be adept at scientific reasoning and critical analysis of scientific literature
  • Acknowledge the regulatory and ethical aspects of biomedical and clinical research
  • Have mastered scientific and medical terminologies
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling you to find employment in an international and interdisciplinary professional setting

Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website:

The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee is 15 000 EUR. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

You can complete the full programme in English. All courses arranged by TRANSMED, and a wide variety of courses offered as optional studies from other Master’s or doctoral programmes, are in English. The degree can include a maximum of 30 ECTS of studies in other languages, such as Finnish.

The Diploma for the Master of Science degree in Translational medicine is accompanied by a supplement, which states that the degree has been completed in English.

The TRANSMED studies are built upon three core educational themes:

Development of research skills

These include an introduction to current methodologies, which are further developed during a training period in a research group; research ethics: principles of clinical investigation; and writing of research or grant proposals.

Studies in human disease

These range from normal human physiology and anatomy, and basic biomedical courses, to more specialised studies covering various topics pertinent to the specialist option. You supplement these studies with clinical rounds, during which you have an opportunity to study selected patient cases in hospital wards, under the supervision of a clinician mentor.

Development of communication skills

These are promoted throughout the curriculum, through utilisation of interactive approaches and discussions, problem-based learning and oral presentations. The multidisciplinary TRANSMED community encompasses a wide range of educational backgrounds and provides ample opportunities for direct interactions with medical students, science and clinical teachers to enable you to practice and adopt interdisciplinary communication skills. At the end of the course of study, your communication skills will be evaluated in the final exam, during which you will orally present your research plan to expert examiners.

During your first study year you can choose any of the five available specialisation options. These options and their specific goals are:

Neuroscience and psychobiology

  • To acquire knowledge on research methodology and state-of-the-art information in systems and cognitive neuroscience, as well as in clinical neuropsychology
  • To learn 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


  • To acquire basic knowledge of the principles of neoplastic growth, cancer progression and dissemination
  • To acquire basic understanding of the interplay between different cell types during neoplastic growth
  • To acquire knowledge of major research methodologies and disease models in cancer biology

Regenerative medicine

  • To understand the principles of developmental and stem cell biology and regenerative pharmacology as the basis of regenerative therapies
  • To be familiar with the major technologies applied in regenerative medicine, including tissue engineering, cell and organ transplantation and transplantation immunology
  • To understand the ethical principles of clinical translation of basic research and application of regenerative medicine therapies

Metabolic disorders

  • To be able to understand the basic metabolic pathways
  • To understand the pathophysiology of metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and obesity
  • To be able to use genetic knowledge as a basis for prediction, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders 

Cross-disciplinary translational medicine

  • To achieve a broad understanding of topics and methods in the field of Translational medicine.

The scope of the programme is 120 credits (ECTS) and can be completed within two academic years (60 ECTS / year).

The Master of Science in Translational medicine degree includes 60 ECTS of advanced and 60 ECTS of other studies. Both of these include both obligatory and optional studies.

The majority of the advanced studies are related to the chosen specialist option and include

  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
  • Placement in a research group for learning advanced methods in your selected field of study
  • Methodological and human health and disease-related courses
  • Clinical rounds in Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) clinics
  • Final examination in your field of specialisation

The other studies include e.g.

  • Article analysis, scientific writing and presentation
  • Biomedicine and introductory courses in research methods
  • Career planning and orientation
  • Individual study coaching and personal study plans
  • Research ethics

You can select the optional courses based on your personal interests, or to support your chosen specialisation option. You can also include courses from other suitable Master’s programmes at the University of Helsinki, such as

  • Life Science Informatics
  • Genetics and molecular biosciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Human Nutrition and Food Behaviour

You can also include studies in other universities under the flexible study right-agreement (JOO).

A Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) consists of both experimental and written work. The experimental work is typically part of a wider research project that aims to produce new scientific knowledge, and is conducted in a research group, under supervision. The topic of your thesis should be in the field of your selected specialisation option.

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 critical assessment of your research results
  • Your ability in scientific writing and presentation of your data
  • Your knowledge of the existing research literature in your field of specialisation, and an ability to assess the current literature critical

Your thesis will be written in English.

The Master of Science in Translational medicine degree provides excellent opportunities to apply for and attend postgraduate studies. Currently, 50% of TRANSMED graduates are continuing their studies in doctoral programmes, either at the University of Helsinki or abroad.

TRANSMED graduates are also highly valued in the private sector. Around 35% of graduates have been employed directly by bioindustry, pharma or other health sector enterprises either in Finland or abroad. Titles include product manager, product specialist, personalised health care manager etc. All such enterprises usually recruit both at the graduate (MSc) and postgraduate (PhD) levels.

The health and health technology sectors represent a rapidly emerging field, and one of the areas with a growing importance as the population ages and the costs of new therapies steadily increase. Thus, the demand for well-trained specialists in the field of translational medicine is likely to increase in the near future, providing excellent career prospects globally.

Translational Medicine is only available in this international programme, making the programme attractive to both Finnish and international students. Indeed, opportunities for personal interaction with students from different cultures are an integral feature of the studies. During your studies, you can also volunteer to act as a tutor for the incoming international students.

The international research community in The Academic Medical Centre Helsinki actively participates in teaching in TRANSMED. You complete the research group practice for your Master’s thesis in multicultural research groups.

It is also possible to complete your Master’s thesis work or research group placement abroad, or to include coursework done at a foreign university.

The curriculum of The Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine is a joint effort of an internationally renowned medical campus of The Academic Medical Centre Helsinki (AMCH).

The interacting parties are

  • The Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki
  • The Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH)
  • The Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), including The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) and The Neuroscience center (NC)

The specialisation options of the programme – Neuroscience and psychobiology, Cancer, Regenerative medicine, Metabolic disorders, and Cross-disciplinary translational medicine – are closely aligned with the research focus areas of the Faculty of Medicine: malignancy, inflammation, metabolism, degenerative processes as well as psychiatric disorders and their mechanisms. You therefore have an opportunity to learn from, and be supervised by, the leading experts and professors in their fields.

If you are interested in an academic research career or aim for employment in health sector enterprises at the PhD level, you are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply for PhD training programmes within the Faculty of Medicine after completion of your Master of Science degree in Translational medicine:

Doctoral programme in biomedicine
Doctoral programme in population health

Doctoral programme in clinical research
Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)
Integrative Life Science Doctoral Program (ILS)
Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind (B&M)
Doctoral programme in microbiology and biotechnology (MBDP)  

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.

How to apply

Closed applications

Application for Master's Programmes in English, spring 2017 (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine)
Application period
1.12.2016, 08:0012.1.2017, 15:00
Study places
Of which for first-time applicants
Faculty of Medicine

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.

The Faculty of Medicine is located on the Meilahti Campus and in the Ruskeasuo district of Helsinki. The Institute of Dentistry, currently located in Ruskeasuo, as well as the Meilahti-based Biomedicum and Haartman Institute, feature a wide range of premises suitable for learning and research, including lecture rooms, small group facilities, laboratories, workshop spaces, learning centres and student facilities. Teaching takes place in the facilities of the University, the University Hospital and the City of Helsinki. Independent and supervised learning also takes place in various workshops. The workshops in the degree programme in medicine enable you to practise a wide range of skills, such as inserting an IV cannula, suturing a wound, listening to heart and lung sounds, performing an ultrasound examination, taking a patient’s blood pressure, examining a patient’s eyes and ears, as well as resuscitation and related skills. An equivalent facility in the degree programme in dentistry is the simulation room, where you can practise various procedures before beginning to work with patients. Current plans entail transferring teaching from Ruskeasuo to Meilahti in 2017, by which time the majority of dental studies will also take place there in new, refurbished facilities. Meilahti is also home to the National Library of Health Sciences (Terkko).


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