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Molecular Systems Biology track offers extensive training in modern molecular biology and education focused on systems biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, gene/protein structure-function relationships) with a special focus on practical laboratory skills and molecular interaction networks.

Through this programme in Molecular Systems Biology the students will acquire scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies, as well as practical skills including teamwork and interpersonal skills; all in an international environment. The skills and knowledge obtained pave the way for future career paths in academia or industry.

Programme Structure

Courses will contain a mix of teaching methods, including lectures, exercises, laboratory and computer practicals, student-driven presentations as well as completion of an independent research project (M.S. Thesis). Numerical analysis of biological data including bioinformatics and other statistical analyses will be part of the curriculum.

The Master’s degree in Bioscience is a two-year programme amounting to 120 ECTS. Both tracks follow their own curriculum of courses. The degree is comprised of:

  • Common courses which provide you with the essential knowledge needed as well as transferrable skills including mandatory language studies.
  • Track-specific major subject studies that will provide state-of-the-art theories and practical skills relevant to the field.
  • Selectable studies that expand your knowledge in specific thematic areas and special themes of your choice.
  • Master’s thesis where you will apply your newly acquired knowledge.

Master's Thesis & Topics

To complete your studies, you will carry out a final project that is an independent and experimental, supervised research project aiming for the Master’s thesis. The purpose of the Master thesis is to display your obtained skills in terms of data gathering, data analysis and interpretation of the analyses, as well as setting your project within the larger scientific background based on scientific literature. You will present your project and its results in a Master’s seminar that follows the procedures used in scientific meetings. You will also write a Master’s thesis that describes your experimental work and its results as well as includes a review of relevant background literature.

Specialisation Tracks

The programme offers two tracks:

Molecular Systems Biology track offers extensive training in modern molecular biology and education focused on systems biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, gene/protein structure-function relationships) with a special focus on practical laboratory skills and molecular interaction networks.

In Evolutionary Biology track the focus is on deepening knowledge of evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics, and physiology, with a special focus on bioinformatics and computational methods for analyzing and interpreting evolutionary and NGS data, both modern and ancient DNA.

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Competence Description

In the Molecular Systems Biology track, you will get a solid understanding of the theories and concepts behind state-of-the-art technologies used for systems biology research in a variety of molecular bioscience disciplines. Hands-on training provided in practical courses and research projects allow you to develop methodological proficiency in current systems biology techniques. The course facilitates strong expertise and active participation in modern bioscience research.

Job Options

Master´s Programme in Biosciences educates future experts for positions in academia, industry, and public sector. Students graduating from the programme are eligible for scientific postgraduate degree studies and may work, among others, as:

  • Research scientist
  • Lecturer
  • Project manager
  • Research coordinator

Career in Research

Master of Science degree provides you with eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku in the University of Turku Graduate School and one of the Doctoral Programmes.

Entry Requirements

General Admission Requirements

General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if:

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.

Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests.

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

Track-specific Admission Requirements

The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Biosciences must be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields of previous studies for the Molecular Systems Biology track are molecular biosciences including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Molecular plant biology
  • Molecular microbiology

Also, basic knowledge of numerical analysis of biological data e.g. bioinformatics or statistical analyses is required.

You may apply to both specialization fields of the programme but the choices must be prioritized on the application form.

Application Evaluation

Annually 15 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Biosciences. The decision of admission will be based on:

  • The relevance of the applicant’s awarded degree(s),
  • The amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s),
  • The language test result,
  • The motivation letter,
  • Possible answers to the optional questions included in the application,
  • Possible relevant work experience,
  • Possible interview.

It is possible to have only one Bachelor’s or Master’s study right at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous BSc. or MSc. study right at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Here you will find more information on how and when to apply to the University of Turku and about our scholarships options.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 18, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
Duration
2 years
Full-time
Price
12,000 EUR
Free for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland, for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries €12,000/academic year.
Deadline
Jan 22, 2020
Application period: 8-22 January 2020
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Start Date
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End Date
July 31, 2022
Application deadline
Jan 22, 2020
Application period: 8-22 January 2020

Aug 2020

Location
Application deadline
Jan 22, 2020
Application period: 8-22 January 2020
End Date
July 31, 2022