Programme contents

There is intensive interaction between teachers and students in the master’s programme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. A variety of learning methods are used in the courses, including:

  • Laboratory work, seminars, lectures
  • Oral presentations
  • Written reports (individual, paired, group)
  • Independent reading
  • Work practice, instruction in research groups, project courses
  • Oral group exams, written exams, home essays.

At least half of the study credits (60 of 120 credits) will be from courses in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. By selecting elective and other study opportunities, you will be able to shape the study programme towards many subject areas, such as the environment, food, viruses, fungi, health and microbial diseases, or microbial biotechnology.

Master of Science degree: 120 credits (ECTS)

Upon completing your degree, you will:

  • Understand the global significance of microbes as remodelers and processors of life and the environment
  • Understand the potential for the use of microbes in the development of new applications, such as foodstuffs, drugs, and industrial processes
  • Understand the molecular mechanisms that underpin microbial function
  • Be able to evaluate the effects of changes in the environment on microbial communities and thus on the function of the biosphere
  • Be able to estimate the risks of microbes, and assess the use of microbes in a variety of environments and situations
  • Be able to evaluate ethical questions and the prerequisites of commercialisation related to the use of microbes and biotechnology
  • You will understand the most important functional mechanisms of the major groups of microbes
  • Be aware of the most important pathogens and virulence mechanisms
  • Have mastered the most important microbiological and biotechnological research methods, and become proficient in the interpretation and evaluation of research results
  • Be able to develop and evaluate new microbiological and biotechnological applications
  • Have the capability to plan and lead activities that involve microbiology and biotechnology, and will be able to propose appropriate actions in various situations
  • Know how to search for, produce and critically evaluate scientifically relevant information
  • Have developed the capacity for disseminating relevant information about your topic to various target groups in an appropriate manner within an international environment.

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 18 000 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.

The key contents of the study programme in Microbiology and microbial biotechnology are:

  • Research methods in microbiology, biotechnology and bioinformatics
  • Application of microbiological knowledge
  • Solving microbiological problems
  • Critical, research-based scientific thinking
  • Planning, implementation and reporting of microbiological and biotechnological research
  • Functional principles of microbial cells and communities
  • Development from research to product
  • Leadership, entrepreneurship and patenting
  • Other studies, through which you can adapt the degree towards your own interests
  • Discovery of novel findings in the field of biology