Master in Protein Science and Biotechnology

University of Oulu

Program Description
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Master in Protein Science and Biotechnology

University of Oulu

Master in Protein Science and Biotechnology

Watch a video of the International Master's programme in protein Science and Biotechnology, where our students tell about the programme, and studying and living in Oulu.

The MSc degree programme meets the clear needs of academia and industry in the post genomic era. This degree is specifically aimed at giving students in-depth understanding of the structure-function relationship of proteins and the techniques used to produce and characterize them.

Students who are selected for the degree will undertake 120 ECTS study points (equivalent of two years) of studies. These studies maximise hands on individual training in modern state of the art techniques and methodologies while providing a solid groundwork in theoretical aspects of the field. Around half of the degree involves integration of students into different research groups, finally cumulating in a 6 month research project.

The degree is flexible and allows the students to specialize in the aspects of protein science and biotechnology which will most benefit their future career. The programme is particularly aimed at people going into research and former students have been very successful in finding PhD positions in Finland and abroad.

The degree is taught in the highly international Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. The faculty brings together expertise in in vitro, in vivo and in silico analysis of protein structure and function and includes national centers for protein biophysical and structural analysis as well as a national Centre of Excellence in Cell Extracellular Matrix Research.


Programme Outline

The degree programme includes, but is not limited to, studies in protein chemistry and production, biocomputing, bioinformatics, protein folding, drug design, systems biology, structural biology and optional courses covering cellular and molecular biology as well as mini-projects and the final 6 month research project. All projects are carried out in active, well-funded research groups.

The degree programme has been planned around the early integration of MSc students into research groups and the use of most modern equipment by individual students. Before the end of the first term students will have individual hands on experience of electrospray mass spectrometry, subsecond kinetics, microcalorimetry, surface plasmon resonance and recombinant protein production to name but a few.

The degree programme also offers flexibility to allow students to specialise in aspects of protein science and biotechnology which they believe will most benefit their future career.

Programme Admissions

Please read this entire document carefully before starting the application process.

Prerequisites for applicants

Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree with good grades in either:

  1. Biochemistry, or a closely related topic (to be judged by the content of the degree)
  2. Chemistry, or a closely related topic, and relevant biochemistry experience

The degree has to consist of minimum three (3) years of full-time study. An equivalent higher education degree which enables the applicant to apply for higher university degree (Master) studies in his/her home country is also acceptable in place of the BSc.

Please note that conditional admission is possible, if the applicant receives the degree certificate from the previous degree after the application deadline. However the final degree certificate must be submitted by

  • Applicants graduating spring term 2017 from Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences by 12th of June 2017
  • Applicants graduating spring/summer term 2017 form abroad or Finnish research university by 28th of July 2017

to commence the MSc degree.

Application procedure

The application and selection process is comprised of two stages:

Stage I: written applications

Stage II: interviews

Stage I: Written applications

General information

The admission period for International Master’s Degree Programmes is from 15th December 2016 to 25th January 2017 (3.00 pm, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2017.

University of Oulu partners with the University Admissions Finland for their services for the application system and the pre-processing of application documents. University Admissions Finland will evaluate your eligibility and the authenticity of your educational certificates. This includes e.g. contacting your previous educational institution. Any malpractice will be reported to the universities and proper authorities.

A written application includes:

a) Completed online application form

b) Compulsory attachments to the application form:

  • A copy of passport information page or a copy of an official ID card
  • Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree certificate
  • University transcript, including the grading system of the institution
  • Curriculum Vitae in Europass CV format
  • Two reference letters

1. Fill in the online application

MSc in Protein Science and Biotechnology study programme of University of Oulu can be found on the Studyinfo portal where you can search for the programme and start the application. The online application is only open during the application period, 15.12.2016-25.1.2017. The admissions requirements are found in the University of Oulu Admissions. Visit also the programme website for programme specific requirements.

2. Collect the required enclosures

The list of required documents is also on the online application. Mark down your Application Form number into every document, and also into the lower left corner of the envelope.

Please make sure that the documents are officially certified and translated. There are no exceptions to these rules.

3. Send the requested application documents to the mailing address of the University Admissions Finland

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki

(If you use a courier service, please also mark down the University Admissions Finland’s phone number +358 29 41 235 28)

Applications sent via email or fax will not be considered.

Please make sure your application package (enclosures) reaches University Admissions Finland by mail within the given application deadline. Late applications will not be processed.

The application documents will not be returned to the applicants.

Submitting Application Documents

All educational documents must be officially certified (attested) by the Notary Public or the awarding institution. Please also note the possible country-specific requirements. Detailed descriptions of the official translations and officially certified copies can be found in here.

Selection criteria for the interview:

Applicants will be selected for interview based on the written applications. The primary selection criteria will be the level and relevance of the applicants study record in the Bachelor’s degree. Secondary selection criteria will come from the applicants statements e.g. motivation, that are include in the online application form. A maximum of 40 students will be selected for interview.

Language requirements

Students must be fluent in English. Our MSc degree uses the interview as the method for demonstrating language proficiency. No documentation on language proficiency is needed.

Stage II: Interviews

The second stage of the selection will be an interview by skype (or by telephone if skype is unavailable), with questions based on the relevant scientific background i.e. protein chemistry, molecular biology, basic cellular biology, and relevant sections of chemistry such as kinetics and thermodynamics, along with questions relating to motivation and career aspirations. The interview will also be a test of the ability of the applicant to understand and communicate effectively in English. The interviews will typically be 45-50 minutes in length and will be held during March-April.

Student Selection

A maximum of 15 students will be selected to the Master’s programme based on the ranking of their performance in the interview. In the case of ties the written application will be used to separate the candidates.

Announcing the Results

Selection result will be published latest by early May 2017.

Accepting the Study Place

Deadline to confirm the study place for a full two-year Master's Programme starting in autumn 2017 is mid July , 2017 (exact date will be published later).

University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme 2017-2018

Connected with the renewal of university strategy, the increased importance of internationalization and the introduction of tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens, the University of Oulu has assigned a significant amount of money for tuition scholarships for 2017 entry. The scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The tuition fee waiver awarded covers 100 % of the full tuition fee. Applicants can apply for the tuition scholarship as part of the admissions process.

University of Oulu Scholarship Scheme in more detail

The University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme (IM Scholarship) provides scholarships to academically talented international students. The scholarship is aimed at students studying for a Master’s degree in the University of Oulu two-year International Master’s programmes. The scholarship covers the full international tuition fee. University of Oulu IM Scholarships do not cover living costs.

In order to retain the scholarship in the following year of study, a student must have completed 55 ECTS by the end of the previous academic year. If a student does not achieve this requirement during the first year of studies, they will be liable to pay the full international tuition fee for the second year if they wish to complete their Master’s degree programme. An exception to this rule can be made if a student has been granted approved leave from studies (e.g. due to serious illness).

Eligibility Requirements to Apply for International Master’s Scholarship

Applicants are eligible to apply for a University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-18, if they are:

  • Non-EU/EEA* citizens who do not have a permanent residence permit in Finland.

(Applicants not eligible for the International Master’s Scholarship are: 1) non-EU/EEA citizens who have a permanent residence permit in Finland, 2) EU/EEA citizens or comparable persons, 3) University of Oulu students who have been accepted to study BEFORE the academic year 2017-18.)

  • Eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Oulu for academic year 2017 – 18.
    • The applicant has obtained their first academic degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) from a recognised institution of higher education.
    • The applicant proves a high level of proficiency in English language. Approved methods of demonstrating language proficiency.

Applicants who are in their last term/semester of studies for their first academic degree during the application period, can apply for the scholarship. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of study placement for a Master’s programme will receive a conditional scholarship offer.

The scholarship application will be processed in the selection procedure only if the applicant meets the admissions criteria.

*European Union / European Economic Area member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. With the EU legislation, Switzerland is also comparable for EU member states.

The nature of residence permit is indicated in the residence permit with a letter. A permanent residence permit bears the letter P or A and an EC residence permit for third-country nationals with long-term EC resident status bears the letters P-EY.

Application for International Master’s Scholarship 2017-18

There is no separate application system for the International Master’s Scholarship. All applicants for University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes need to complete the Student Application Form. Those applicants who are applying for the University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship have to additionally complete the “Application for Scholarship,” section which can be found at the end of the Student Application Form. The International Master’s Scholarship application section cannot be completed and/or submitted without the Student Application Form.

The application period for the University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes and International Master’s Scholarships is 15.12.2016-25.1.2017

Selection criteria for University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-2018

Admissions and scholarships decisions will be taken at the same time. Those students successful in obtaining an International Master’s Scholarship will be notified at the same time as their offer of admission to their International Master’s programme is confirmed. The selection criteria for the University of Oulu IM Scholarship are based on previous academic performance and academic potential.

For questions concerning the University of Oulu IM Scholarship, please contact admissions.officer(a)

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Last updated October 21, 2016
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