24 months
15000 EUR/year
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The aim of the Translational Medicine programme offered by the University of Helsinki is to provide a solid basis for academic or non-academic careers in the health sector.

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Upon graduation, the students of the Translational Medicine programme offered by the University of Helsinki  are able to:

  • discuss key concepts of medical sciences and the needs of clinical practice from the point of view of a researcher
  • describe and apply up-to-date translational research methodologies
  • practice scientific reasoning and critically analyse scientific literature
  • design a research project which follows the regulatory and ethical aspects of biomedical and clinical research and applies current methodologies and translational approaches, and to discuss the research plan orally using both scientific and medical terminologies


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

The scope of the MSc (Translational Medicine) degree is 120 credits (ECTS), consisting of:

  • Common studies for all students, including career skills, scientific and academic writing and article analysis, research ethics and basics of clinical investigation, statistics and bioinformatics, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and laboratory medicine and medical genetics and epidemiology

  • Specialisations, including courses on mechanisms of human disease, advanced research methods learned in a research group, clinical rounds in the Helsinki University Hospital, research proposal examination, Master’s Thesis and thesis seminars

  • Optional studies may include methods courses, an internship in a company or research group in Finland or abroad, courses from other programmes such as Life Science Informatics, Neuroscience, Genetics and Molecular Biosciences, Human Nutrition and Food Behaviour, or studies in other universities such as Aalto University, or abroad.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application period: 1 December- 15 January




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General 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 (for example biomedicine, or computer science or a related field (e.g., psychology and engineering). NB! Degrees higher than a Bachelor’s degree are not regarded as an additional merit.
  • You are able to demonstrate your proficiency in English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

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.


  • Fully Funded Grant (Tuition fee + 10 000 EUR)
  • Full Tuition fee Grant
  • Study Grant (10 000 EUR)

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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