Protein Science and Biotechnology, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The Protein Science and Biotechnology MSc degree programme at the University of Oulu 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.
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The Protein Science and Biotechnology MSc degree programme at the University of Oulu 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.

After graduation

University of Oulu graduates enter the job market as experts of the environment, economics, technology, medicine, education and culture. Research institutes such as CWC, Infotech, Biocenter Oulu and the Thule Institute offer possibilities for an academic career. Collaboration between the University, the city of Oulu, the research institutes and businesses is vast and productive. For a large number of companies, Oulu has been a favourable environment for their R&D.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Protein production and analysis
  • Biochemical methodologies
  • Systems biology
  • Structural enzymology
  • Yeast genetics
  • Maturity test
  • Introduction to structure-based drug discovery
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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): 180

    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: 580

    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: 92

    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

Prerequisites for applicants

Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree with good grades in either:

  1. Biochemistry, or a closely related topic (to be judged by the content of the degree)
  2. Chemistry, or a closely related topic, and relevant biochemistry experience

The degree has to consist of minimum three (3) years of full-time study. An equivalent higher education degree which enables the applicant to apply for higher university degree (Master) studies in his/her home country is also acceptable in place of the BSc.

Application procedure

The application and selection process is comprised of two stages:

Stage I: written applications

Stage II: interviews

Stage I: Written applications

General information

The admission period for International Master’s Degree Programmes is from 15th December 2015 to 29th January 2016 (3.00 pm, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2016.

University of Oulu partners with the University Admissions Finland for their services for the application system and the pre-processing of application documents. University Admissions Finland will evaluate your eligibility and the authenticity of your educational certificates. This includes e.g. contacting your previous educational institution. Any malpractice will be reported to the universities and proper authorities.

A written application includes:

a) Completed online application form

b) Compulsory attachments to the application form:

  • A copy of passport information page or a copy of an official ID card
  • Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree certificate
  • University transcript, including the grading system of the institution
  • Curriculum Vitae in Europass CV format
  • Two reference letters

Language requirements

Students must be fluent in English. Our MSc degree uses the interview as the method for demonstrating language proficiency. No documentation on language proficiency is needed.

Stage II: Interviews

The second stage of the selection will be an interview by skype (or by telephone if skype is unavailable), with questions based on the relevant scientific background i.e. protein chemistry, molecular biology, basic cellular biology, and relevant sections of chemistry such as kinetics and thermodynamics, along with questions relating to motivation and career aspirations. The interview will also be a test of the ability of the applicant to understand and communicate effectively in English. The interviews will typically be 45-50 minutes in length and will be held during March-April.

Student Selection

A maximum of 15 students will be selected to the Master’s programme based on the ranking of their performance in the interview. In the case of ties the written application will be used to separate the candidates.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13000 International
  • Free EU/EEA


The Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine has also established a Protein Science International Master’s Scholarship Programme to provide scholarships to academically talented full-time international students who undertake the international master’s in Protein Science and Biotechnology at the University of Oulu. The scholarship meant to cover some living expenses is for a maximum of two years and is for 4000 euros per year. It is available only for non-EU/EEA applicants.

There is no separate application for the Protein Science International Master’s Scholarship. All applicants for University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes need to complete the Student Application Form available here. Those applicants who are applying for the Protein Science International Master’s Scholarship have to additionally complete the questions found at the end of the Student Application Form.

There are up to 15 places available on the Protein Science and Biotechnology international Master’s programme and up to 15 Protein Science International Master’s scholarships are available for full-time students.

In order to retain the Protein Science International Master’s Scholarship for a second year of study a student must have completed at least 55 ECTS by the end of their first academic year.

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