Translational Medicine, M.Sc.

Translational Medicine, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Graduates of the Translational Medicine Translational Medicine programme taught at University of Helsinki University of Helsinki are expected:

  • To master scientific and medical terminologies and interdisciplinary communication
  • To understand medical sciences and translational research questions
  • To be familiar with up-to-date translational research methodologies
  • To acknowledge the regulatory and ethical aspects of translational research

The transmed studies are built upon three themes:

  • Research skills

The common studies include statistics and programming, bioinformatics, research ethics, and research design.  In your optional studies, you can select methodological courses such as proteomics, metabolomics, imaging, next generation sequencing etc. Apart from these, an obligatory part of every specialisation is a 10 ECTS hands-on learning period in a research group.

  • Studies in human disease

The courses range from biomedicine, including human physiology and anatomy, to more advanced studies covering topics pertinent to the specialist option. At the end of your studies, these studies are supplemented with clinical rounds, during which you have the opportunity to study selected patient cases in hospital wards, under the supervision of a clinician mentor.

  • Communication skills

Both written and oral communication skills are promoted throughout the curriculum. The courses utilise interactive approaches such as groupwork and team-based learning, student presentations and discussion. Learning diaries, essays, assignments and research article summaries are often organic parts of course assessment. Encounters with scientists, clinicians and students in other degree programmes enable you to practice and adopt interdisciplinary communication skills.

The selection of a specialisation is recommended to be done during your first study year. The five specialisations are:

  • Neuroscience and Psychobiology
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Cross-disciplinary Translational Medicine
  • Cancer
Ca­reer pro­spects

Health sciences and translational medicine are fields with 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, providing excellent career prospects globally. Recruitment to such enterprises occurs both at the graduate (MSc) and postgraduate (PhD) levels.

Around 40% of our graduates have been directly employed by bioindustry, pharma or other health and health sector enterprises either in Finland or abroad. Titles include product manager, product specialist, personalised health care manager and clinical research associate. About half of the graduates continue to doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Statistics and programming
  • Bioinformatics
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Laboratory medicine and molecular diagnostics
  • Medical genetics
  • Epidemiology

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements


  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent at a university or an institution of higher education in natural sciences or life sciences
  • You demonstrate your proficiency in English according to Rector’s decision 

Application documents:

  • Officially certified copy of degree certificate / diploma
  • Official transcript of records
  • Certificate of language skills
  • Official translations in English
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card
  • Motivation letter as part of online application form

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees.

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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