M.Sc. Translational Medicine (TRANSMED)

University of Helsinki

Application deadline: January 31
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The goal of TRANSMED is to train students coming from multiple disciplines to pursue successful careers in research and application of translational medicine. From the students the interdisciplinary nature of TRANSMED requires dedication and good study skills.

The core of the 2-year, full time Master's programme consists of medical sciences, up-to-date methodology, interdisciplinary communication skills and practical training in research groups. Clinical rounds with a specialist physician mentor at the Helsinki University Hospital will permit the students to directly encounter the practice of medicine, from the viewpoint of a physician and a patient.

After completion of their Master of Science degree in Translational Medicine the students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply to the several PhD training programmes within the Faculty of Medicine, or in other Faculties and Universities.


Translational medicine bridges the gap between basic sciences and their application to human disease - from bench to bedside and back. This is accomplished by exploiting laboratory discoveries to develop new therapies or medical procedures as well as using patient data and samples in laboratory investigations.

Career Prospects

After completion of their Master of Science degree in Translational Medicine the students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply to the several PhD training programmes within the Faculty of Medicine or elsewhere for academic research careers. The degree will also enable the graduates to pursue careers in biotech or pharmaceutical industry or in governmental agencies.

During their studies, the students have a possibility to include in their curriculum courses in career orientation and doctoral training, which are arranged by TRANSMED.


The scope of the 2-year full time programme is 120 ECTS. Upon graduation, students recieve a Master of Science (MSc) degree, in which the major is Translational Medicine.

An essential part of the programme are the clinical experiences provided by clinical rounds, a training period carried out in co-operation with the university hospital, which will help the students to understand medical research also from the view point of patient care, and let them see how discoveries in basic research lead to the development of new therapeutic approaches in the clinic.

General studies (3 ECTS) include personal study counseling, education on study skills, and support in academic writing in English. The general studies and the personal study plan are completed during the first autumn term.

Major subject studies(98-102 ECTS) start also already during the first term and continue intensively through 2nd and 3rd terms. The major subject studies culminate in the final examination, which includes an oral defence of a research plan, and the 40 ECTS Master's thesis.

Optional studies (15-19 ECTS) can be chosen according to personal interest and background. These studies may include training in a research group, which can be conducted either as part-time engagement during terms or as full-time work during Christmas or summer brakes. The optional studies may also include max. 6 ECTS of introductory basic studies for those students who do not have any prior studies in the fields of biological or biomedical sciences


The applicants should have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a suitable major. Proficiency in English is also required, as the programme language will be exclusively English.

  • Start the application procedure by on-line registration (see instructions). During registration, you are asked to write a motivation letter.
  • After registration, you need to collect all required documents
  • You also need a proof of your language skills
  • The printed and signed registration form must be submitted with all required documents to University Admissions (see submission).

General information about the graduate-entry application procedure and language requirements for the International Master's Degree Programmes are given by the Admissions Services.

The application procedure of The Masters Degree Programme in Translational Medicine is part of the international graduate student selection procedure of the University of Helsinki.

The application will be processed by the Faculty's student selection procedure only if: 1) The applicant submits an application in the manner requested by the University of Helsinki. 2) The applicant submits the application enclosures in the manner requested by the University of Helsinki. 3) The applicant's previous education gives eligibility for a programme leading to a Master's degree. 4) The applicant's language proficiency satisfies the requirements set by the University of Helsinki.

Only applicants who have submitted an application which meets all the requirements specified in the application instructions and who fulfil the selection criteria set by the Faculty can be admitted. Application documents will not be returned.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


The University of Helsinki is giving about 50 start-up grants to qualified students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but we hope that the little extra money helps our new students to settle in Helsinki.

The International Student Grant is available for students who are admitted in 2013 into the programmes below:

  • Algorithms and Machine Learning
  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies
  • Bayesian Statistics and Decision Analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomathematics
  • Biotechnology
  • Democracy and Global Transformations
  • Economics
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration
  • European Studies
  • Food Sciences
  • Forest Sciences and Business
  • Intercultural Encounters
  • Media and Global Communication
  • Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems
  • Networking and Services
  • Neuroscience
  • International Business Law and Public International Law
  • Plant Production Science
  • Religious Roots of Europe
  • Social Sciences
  • Space Sciences
  • Theological Work in Church and Society
  • Translational Medicine

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