Master in Protein Science and Biotechnology
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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.
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.
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