Goal of the programme
The aim of TRANSMED is to provide a solid basis for academic or non-academic careers in the health sector. Graduates 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
Further information about the studies on the Master’s programme website.
Information on the languages of instruction
In TRANSMED, you can complete the full programme in English, which is the language of instruction in all our courses. When you graduate, you will receive a Diploma Supplement, which confirms that the degree has been completed in English.
If you wish to include optional studies in other programmes or abroad, 25% (30 ECTS) of studies in other languages can be included in the degree.
The TRANSMED studies are built upon three themes:
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.
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. At the end of the course of study, your communication skills will be evaluated in a Research Proposal Exam, during which you will orally present and defend your written research plan to expert examiners.
Selection of the study track
The selection of a specialisation is recommended to be done during your first study year. The five specialisations are
Neuroscience and Psychobiology, in which you are expected
- To acquire knowledge on research methodology and state-of-the-art information in systems and cognitive neuroscience, as well as in clinical neuropsychology
- To learn to produce new scientific information in the fields of the psychobiology of human life, health and stress, and to transfer the results between basic research and clinical settings
Cancer, in which you are expected
- To acquire basic knowledge of the principles of neoplastic growth, cancer progression and dissemination
- To acquire a basic understanding of the interplay between different cell types during neoplastic growth
- To acquire knowledge of major research methodologies and disease models in cancer biology
Regenerative Medicine, in which you are expected
- To understand the principles of developmental and stem cell biology and regenerative pharmacology as the basis of regenerative therapies
- To be familiar with the major technologies applied in regenerative medicine, including tissue engineering, cell and organ transplantation, and transplantation immunology
- To understand the ethical principles of the clinical translation of basic research and the application of regenerative medicine therapies
Metabolic Disorders, in which you are expected
- To be able to understand the basic metabolic pathways
- To understand the pathophysiology of metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and obesity
- To be able to use genetic knowledge as a basis for the prediction, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders
Cross-disciplinary Translational Medicine, in which you are expected
- To achieve a broad understanding of topics and methods in the field of Translational Medicine
The scope of the MSc (Translational Medicine) degree is 120 credits (ECTS).
The structure of the degree is as follows:
- Common studies in Translational Medicine (35 ECTS) are obligatory in all specialisations. The topics include
- Scientific and academic writing
- Research ethics
- Statistics and programming
- Anatomy and physiology
- Laboratory medicine and molecular diagnostics
- Medical genetics
- Specialisation (60–80 ECTS)
- Mechanisms of Human Disease, including a specific course in your selected specialisation
- Advanced Research Methods, completed in a research group
- Clinical Rounds in Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) and master’s thesis seminars
- Research Proposal Examination in your field of specialisation
- The master’s thesis
- Career skills (min. 5 cr)
- Optional studies may include
- Methods courses
- Recommended courses from other master’s programmes such as Life Science Informatics, Neuroscience, Genetics and Molecular Biosciences, or Human Nutrition and Food Behaviour
- Studies in other universities in Finland or abroad
Visit the Curriculum section of our website for more detailed information on courses.
A Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) consists of both experimental and written work in the field of your selected specialisation. The thesis is always an individual work of the student, conducted in a research group under supervision.
With your Master’s thesis you demonstrate
- Your ability to conduct independent research work and retrieve relevant information
- Your ability to use up-to-date research methods and perform experiments
- Your skills in scientific reasoning and the critical assessment of your research results
- Your ability to write scientifically and effectively present your data
- Your knowledge of the existing research literature in your field of specialisation, and an ability to critically assess the current literature
The thesis is written in English.
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.
See our updated graduate statistics and alumni stories in the Career prospects section of our website.
You may apply if you meet the following two criteria:
- You have completed or will complete by 31 July 2019 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. For further instructions on demonstrating your proficiency in English, see the section “Required attachments”.
If you are currently or have previously been a student at the University of Helsinki, please note the following rules.
If you have refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, and you do not have the official documents to prove your eligibility to apply for higher education, you can still apply to the University of Helsinki.
The application procedure of TRANSMED is part of the international graduate student selection procedure of the University of Helsinki.
The application period starts on 3 December 2018 at 8.00 am and ends on 11 January 2019 at 3.00 pm (GMT+2). The applications should be submitted through studyinfo.fi and applications and applicants must follow the general admission procedures and the relevant country specific requirements of the University of Helsinki for the international Master’s programmes (defined in https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions/how-to-apply).
The application must include all enclosures required by the University of Helsinki. TRANSMED applications must also include a copy of the photo page of the applicant ́s passport or other identification document, and one letter of recommendation (in English) from an academic professional. The referee should specify in which capacity he/she has formed an expert opinion of the applicant. The recommendation letter must be dated and include the signature of the referee. Only an original or an officially certified copy of the recommendation can be accepted. If the application includes more than one recommendation letter, only one arbitrarily selected recommendation will be included in the evaluation.
The application will be processed in the student selection procedure only if it satisfies the minimum requirements set by the University of Helsinki and includes a motivation letter submitted as part of the application form (instructions for the TRANSMED motivation letter are published in https://www.helsinki.fi/en/programmes/master/translational-medicine-transmed/studying/application-guidelines), a letter of recommendation and a copy of an identification document. The application documents will not be returned.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Translational Medicine can be completed fully in English.
Applicants to TRANSMED are required to have academic level English skills as defined by the Rector for the admission 2019. A description of the means of verifying academic level English skills is available at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions/proving-your-english-language-skills.
The Faculty of Medicine accepts studies in English as foreign language (as defined in the Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004) in a degree fully completed at a Finnish university or at a Finnish university of applied sciences as an indication of applicant’s sufficient English language skills.
THE NUMBER OF ADMITTED STUDENTS
The maximum annual enrolment of TRANSMED is thirty (30) students.
The student selection has two phases. In phase one, all eligible applications are evaluated by a selection committee nominated by the TRANSMED Board. Four selection committee members score the applications independently based on i) the content and the suitability of the Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (40%), including the grades of the Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with reference to the academic level of the institution of education; ii) the motivation letter by the applicant (40%) and iii) the letter of recommendation (20%). Each evaluator gives a recommendation for phase 2 interview invitations based on the scoring.
In the second phase, a maximum of 60 applicants with the highest application scores and with a recommendation for the interview from at least three (3) evaluators are invited to an on-line interview. The invitations with interview schedules and instructions will be sent by Monday 11 March 2019. The interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 March 2019 by two members of the selection committee. The applicants should have a possibility for a Skype interview and a Skype ID. A head-set is strongly recommended.
The objective of the interview is to ensure the applicant’s motivation, communication skills, and the feasibility of the applicant’s aims as based on the written application.
The interviews are scored on a three-step scale: outstanding, as expected, and poor. Applicants reaching “outstanding” or “as expected” interview scores will be ranked for admission and for wait list positions on the basis of their total score (the sum of their application and interview scores).
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS AND THE RIGHT OF APPEAL
Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by email by 12 April 2019 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programme in spring 2019.
An applicant whose application is processed in the student selection procedure (as indicated in “Application Procedure”) and who is unsatisfied with the student selection has a right to appeal to the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine within 14 days of the announcement of the results (day of announcement not included).
An appellant who is not satisfied with the decision of the Faculty Council on his/her appeal, can challenge the decision by submitting an appeal to the Administrative Court, as provided in the Administrative Judicial Procedure Act (586/1996 and 433/1999). The appeal should be submitted within 30 days of notice of the Faculty Council’s decision. A fee will be charged for the Administrative Court’s decision. The appeal cannot result in a more unfavorable selection result for the appellant.
Statistics on applicants can be found on the University’s webpage.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents, and the documents must be submitted as instructed below:
- Official photocopy of the degree certificate/diploma
- Official transcript
- Certificate of language proficiency
- Authorised translations into English, Finnish or Swedish
- A photocopy of your passport, your official identity card or your Finnish residence permit card
- Diploma supplement (if available)
- Motivation letter as part of online application form
- Instructions for the motivation letter in TRANSMED application
- One letter of recommendation (see details below)
1) Read carefully the instructions on application enclosures and their submission.
2) You must demonstrate your proficiency in English. Read the instructions on proving your language skills.
3) If the degree serving as grounds for application to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate/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 certificate/diploma. NB! Your degree must be completed by 31 July 2018. The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2019 at the latest.
Letter of recommendation required in TRANSMED application
You have to submit one letter of recommendation (in English) from an academic professional to your application. The referee should specify in which capacity he/she has formed an expert opinion of the applicant. The recommendation letter must be dated and include the signature of the referee. Only an original or an officially certified copy of the recommendation can be accepted. If the application includes more than one recommendation letter, only one arbitrarily selected recommendation will be included in the evaluation.
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