Master's Programme in Life Science Informatics, Master of Science (2 years)

You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:

  • You demonstrate by 31 July 2017 that you have completed a first- or second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad. For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”.
  • You demonstrate by 12 January 2017 that you have completed the studies required for the programme. For further instructions, see the section “Student admission to the study programme”.
  • You demonstrate by 12 January 2017 that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision No 47/2016.For further information on the demonstration of language proficiency, see the University’s website.

If you are, or have been, a student at the Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, please check any special provisions that may apply to you.

Study right to be awarded

If you are admitted, you have been granted the right to pursue the degree of Master of Science in the Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics.

Minimum criteria for admission

You may be admitted if

  • You meet the specified eligibility requirements  
  • You demonstrate your eligibility within the specified deadline
  • You submit the application and the required attachments within the specified deadline
  • You have completed an applicable degree and the required studies

Further information on eligibility requirements can be found in the section entitled “Eligibility”.Further information on submitting the required attachments can be found in the section entitled “Required attachments”.

Admission procedure

If you do not meet the minimum criteria for admission listed above, you cannot be admitted.If you meet the minimum requirements for admission, your success in the selection process will be influenced by the evaluation of your academic performance; the focus will be on the amount, quality and grades of completed studies that are applicable to the programme, your motivation letter, and the study plan contained in it.

The admission procedure for the Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics will consider applicants with a first-cycle degree in mathematics, statistics or computer science, or a first-cycle degree in an applied field of life science informatics or another applicable degree.In addition, applicants are required to have completed at least 25 credits in two of the following fields: mathematics, statistics, and computer science.     

When evaluating the applicability of completed studies, the focus will be on the mastery of the most important mathematical concepts and computational methods behind the fields within life science informatics.This evaluation will be based on the analysis provided by the applicants on the application form of their previous studies in key subfields such as mathematical analysis, linear algebra, probability calculus, inferential statistics, programming, programming languages, algorithms and data structures, the operation of computers, and operating systems.Studies in one or several applied areas of life science informatics will be considered a merit.For the evaluation of studies in this applied area, if any, applicants must in their motivation letter justify how studies in the applied area and life science informatics support each other.

The motivation letter and analysis of previous studies form part of the admission criteria and must answer the provided questions.  As they are part of the application form, it is advisable that you think about the answers to the questions beforehand.

In the evaluation of academic performance, the programme may also take into consideration applicable work experience and language skills.

Applicants may also be invited to an interview to assess their motivation and the feasibility of their plans.Applicants may be given a preliminary assignment to assess the suitability of their previous learning for the programme.

If several applicants have completed studies applicable to the programme, but not all can be accommodated in the programme’s quota, the applicants will be compared against each other, and the most qualified will be admitted.The programmes need not fill their student quotas to the maximum.The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies.

Admission results

Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 28 April 2017 at the latest.

Required attachments

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Photocopy of the degree diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations into Finnish, Swedish or English
  • Motivation letter and study plan

Further information on the required attachments.

Further information on the demonstration of language proficiency.

In certain countries, the holders of academic degrees must observe country-specific regulations on the submission of documents.

If the degree on the basis of which you are applying to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree diploma with the application documents. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree diploma.

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12.1.2017 at 15:00


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