• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The aim is to give the students a strong computational and theoretical background for understanding complex systems, from the human brain to a diversity of biological and social systems. The Life Science Technologies - Complex Systems course is offered by Aalto University.


The major has been structured such that the student can choose which areas to emphasize (e.g. neuroscience, theory of complex systems, machine learning). After completing their studies, the students have the necessary skills for interdisciplinary scientific careers, or, e.g. for data scientist positions in the industry.

Content and structure

The major has been structured to allow for flexibility, and the student may emphasize chosen areas of interest. In addition to courses common to all Life Science Technologies masters, the major has four modules: 1) Measuring and interpreting data, 2) Advanced statistics and machine learning, 3) Systems and Modeling, and 4) Application areas. The student must pick at least one course from each module; the student is free to choose the rest of the courses freely from all modules.

Recommendations for elective studies

In their elective studies, the students are encouraged to take courses from other majors of the LifeTech programme, according to their interests. Courses in the field of information and computer science are also recommended. Also internship is recommended in elective studies.

The Life Science Technologies - Complex Systems course is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Experimental and Statistical Methods in Biological Sciences
  • Life Science Technologies Project Course
  • Information Visualization
  • Hands-on Network Analysis
  • Multivariate statistical analysis
  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Work Course on Bayesian Analysis
  • Machine Learning: Basic Principles
  • Algorithmic Methods of Data Mining
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Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In addition to the compulsory application documents, applicants to this programme are requested to provide the following additional documents:

  • Degree certificate and/or an official transcript of records for studies that are referred to in the application, but are not included in the Bachelor's degree transcript.
  • Course descriptions of the relevant courses taken (see major-specific requirements above)
  • At least one academic recommendation letter.
  • Copies of relevant certificates of other activities such as patents, publications, work certificates (optional).
  • GRE test results if taken (please include a paper copy of the result).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1400 EUR/month
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