M.Sc. Translational Medicine (TRANSMED)

University of Helsinki | Helsinki, Finland
The term "translational medicine" refers to a research approach which aims to facilitate new therapies and medical procedures by implementing findings in basic research in patient care, and by applying clinical data in basic research. This requires understanding of both science and medicine.

Description of Translational Medicine (TRANSMED)

The term "translational medicine" refers to a research approach which aims to facilitate new therapies and medical procedures by implementing findings in basic research in patient care, and by applying clinical data in basic research. This requires understanding of both science and medicine.

During their studies in the Master's Degree Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) the students should acquire

  • understanding of medical sciences and clinical practice from the point of view of a researcher
  • understanding of up-to-date research methodologies
  • comprehension of the regulations and ethical aspects of biomedical and clinical research and the ability to implement these in their own research
  • ability to scientific reasoning and critical analysis of existing scientific literature
  • ability to scientific writing and presentation in English and a good command of scientific and medical terminology

    TRANSMED graduates are encouraged to pursue a research career and to apply to PhD training programs. However, they are also employed to private sector (research and development, marketing etc.) directly after graduation.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)

The University of Helsinki does not charge tuition fees. The only obligatory fee is for the Student Union membership (90 to 100 euro per year). However, you should be aware that Erasmus Mundus programmes (Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry; Economy, State and Society;

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

  • Human disease is studied starting from normal human physiology and anatomy, followed by disease-specific blocks which cover the aetiology, pathophysiology, therapy and research of the selected topics. These studies are completed by the clinical rounds, during which students are deep-studying selected patient cases in hospital wards under supervision of a clinician mentor.
  • Current research methodologies are introduced on courses and in research group training. The studies also cover the ethical aspects and regulations related to biomedical and clinical research. The Master's thesis project allows thorough hands-on practice under supervision in a research group. Analysis and writing of scientific articles is learned in seminars headed by experienced authors.
  • The small size of the program allows utilization of small group approaches and discussions, problem based learning and student presentations to give ample opportunities for communication both with the other students and the teachers. At the end of the studies, communication skills are evaluated in the final examination, where students write and orally present their research plans for expert examiners.


The major in TRANSMED is translational medicine. The degree awarded after completion of studies is Master of Science in Translational medicine (MSc in Translational medicine).


Before starting in TRANSMED, the students must hold at least a Bachelor's degree at an institution of higher education (university or polytechnic) in natural or life sciences, biomedicine or some other corresponding field.
The scope of the program is 120 ECTS credits, which corresponds to 2 years of full-time study (1 study year = 60 credits).

  • General studies (3 credits) include academic writing and a personal study plan.
  • Optional studies (8-16 credits) can be chosen according to personal interest. They may also include additional training in a research group, or some introductory basic studies in case the student does not have biological or biomedical background.
  • Obligatory major subject studies (102-108 credits) include scientific communication, research and human health and disease. The major subject studies include a Master's thesis (40 credits).

Requirements for Translational Medicine (TRANSMED)

The applicants must hold at least a Bachelor's degree or equivalent at a university or an institution of higher education in natural or life sciences, biomedicine or some other corresponding field by 31 July 2015. Degrees higher than a Bachelor degree are not regarded as an additional merit.

The student selection is based on a two-phase selection process.

Phase 1: All eligible applications will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:

  • 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
  • the motivation letter by the applicant (40%)
  • and the letter of recommendation (20%). If the application includes more than one recommendation letter, only one randomly selected recommendation will be included in the evaluation.

Phase 2: a maximum of 25 applicants with the highest application scores will be invited to an on-line interview. The e-mail invitations with interview schedules and instructions will be sent by 30 March 2015. Applicants should have a Skype ID and a possibility for an on-line interview. A head-set is strongly recommended. The interviews will be conducted during 7 April - 15 April 2015 by two members of the selection committee. The interviewed applicants will be ranked both for admission and for reserve list positions on the basis of their application (80%) and interview (20%) scores.

Work Experience for Translational Medicine (TRANSMED)

No work experience is required.

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