• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The major in Life Science Technologies - Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering at Aalto University gives graduates cutting edge scientific knowledge and skills enabling the students to integrate into the international life science technologies job market or to pursue doctoral studies in specialist fields. 


Graduates obtain a strong multidisciplinary knowledge of biological sciences and chemistry at the interface with technology and the ability to apply this knowledge in the fields of applied research, development, translational research and production, both in a research and business environment. The major is strongly research driven and is tightly linked to research activities related to the fields of biotechnology, organic chemistry, and biomaterials science at the School of Chemical Engineering. Employment sectors for graduates are within the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries within the broad context of engineering combined with chemistry and biotechnology.

Graduates in Biosystems and -materials major receive a broad training and in-depth knowledge, combined with practical experience. The major provides a solid understanding of biological phenomena, biomaterials and small organic molecules important to the field of Life science. At the core of the teaching are the understanding of molecular and cellular level phenomena, reprogramming of cells, molecular design and characterization of small pharmaceutically active molecules, and the synthesis and characterization of biomaterials. Specialization during the major allows acquiring in depth understanding in one of the selected fields or studying at the interface of the different fields.

Content and structure

The core contents of the major are based on a sound understanding of cellular systems (cell and molecular biology, biophysics, systems biology) and their reprogramming (synthetic biology), organic chemistry in the context of medicinal and natural products chemistry and the synthesis and characterization of materials and their applications in medicine (scaffolds, implants, drug release). The core contents focus on:

Structure and function of biomolecules in pro- and eukaryotic cells with respect to major metabolic pathways, cell energetics, physiology and regulatory pathways at the molecular level and interactions of biological molecules. Enzyme structure and function, enzyme catalysis and thermodynamics of biological systems.

Cellular physiology and its adaptation to different stimuli from the molecular to cellular level using transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics including modeling of complex systems.

Engineering of cellular systems including tissue engineering, stem cells and use of genetic engineering and synthetic biology for programming of cellular circuits, pathways or designing of bio-based materials, regulatory requirements and principles of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

The Life Science Technologies - Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering programme is offered at Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Experimental and Statistical Methods in Biological Sciences
  • Life Science Technologies Project Course
  • Organic Structural Analysis
  • Laboratory Course in Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering
  • Cell Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology
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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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    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.

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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

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    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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