How to avoid microbial spoilage of foods? How is knowledge of microbiology applied in medicine and industry, or in food production? What research techniques are used to study viruses, bacteria and other microbes?
In the Master's Programme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology (MMB) from University of Helsinki , you find answers to these and many other important questions. You learn about the global significance of microbes as processors of life and the environment. You will gain the potential and the tools for the development of new innovations in food or drug industry or in other biotechnological applications.
Upon completing your degree, you will:
- Understand the global significance of microbes as remodelers and processors of life and the environment
- Understand the most important functions and molecular mechanisms of the major groups of microbes
- Understand the potential use of microbes in biotechnological applications, such as foodstuffs, drugs, and industrial processes
- 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 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
- Be aware of the most important pathogens and their virulence mechanisms
- Master the most important microbiological and biotechnological research methods, and be proficient in the interpretation and evaluation of research results
- Have the capability to plan and lead activities in microbiology and biotechnology
- Be able to disseminate relevant information about your topic in an international environment
As a master of science graduating from the master’s programme in Microbiology and microbial biotechnology you will be well prepared to:
- continue your studies toward a doctoral degree
- specialise as a hospital microbiologist
- proceed directly to a career in working life
Statistically, the situation for microbiologists proceeding to employment has been very favourable. As a microbiology graduate, you can work in the following sectors:
- Research and development (universities, research institutes, companies)
- Surveillance/monitoring in healthcare, food and environment (food industry, drug and diagnostics industry, regulatory authority)
- Administration, professional roles and consultancy (companies, ministries, supervision offices, EU)
- Business and management (companies, ministries, supervisory offices, EU)
- Teaching and education (universities, universities of applied sciences, vocational schools, high schools, comprehensive schools, organisations)
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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
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
The application period is 1.12. - 4.1.
DisciplinesBiotechnology Microbiology Molecular Sciences
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- You have completed or will complete by 31 August a first-cycle degree or a second-cycle degree (degrees from universities of applied sciences included) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
- You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 15 January.
- You have sufficient proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English.
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International18000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18000 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Helsinki
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.