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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date

    August

  • Course Duration

    2 academic years

  • Course Type

    Other

  • Course Fees

    Free for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland.

    For other countries, please visit website for details.

  • Last Updated

    15 October 2019

Function of a cell requires a multitude of molecular interactions and signaling cascades, which form complex regulatory networks orchestrating metabolic reactions. What are the identities of these molecular components? How do they function? How are they regulated and what are their positions in the molecular networks? Marked progress in omics technologies and constantly deepening mechanistic understanding of cell functions have provided us an opportunity to get a holistic systems biology view on biological processes.

Molecular Systems Biology track offers extensive training in modern molecular biology and education focused on systems biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, gene/protein structure-function relationships) with a special focus on practical laboratory skills and molecular interaction networks. The students will acquire scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies, as well as practical skills including teamwork and interpersonal skills; all in an international environment. The skills and knowledge obtained pave the way for future career paths in academia or industry.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Courses will contain of a mix of teaching methods, including lectures, exercises, laboratory and computer practicals, student-driven presentations as well as completion of an independent research project (M.S. Thesis). Numerical analysis of biological data including bioinformatics and other statistical analyses will be part of curriculum.

The Master’s degree in Bioscience is a two-year programme amounting to 120 ECTS. Both tracks follow their own curriculum of courses. The degree is comprised of:

  • Common courses which provides you essential knowledge needed as well as transferrable skills including mandatory language studies
  • Track-specific major subject studies that will provide the state-of-the-art theories and practical skills relevant to the field
  • Selectable studies that expand your knowledge in specific thematic areas and special themes of your choice
  • Master’s thesis where you will apply your newly acquired knowledge

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence Description

In the Molecular Systems Biology track, you will get a solid understanding of the theories and concepts behind state-of-the-art technologies used for systems biology research in a variety of molecular bioscience disciplines. Hands-on training provided in practical courses and research projects allows you to develop methodological proficiency in current systems biology techniques. The course facilitates strong expertise and active participation in modern bioscience research.

Job Options

Master´s Programme in Biosciences educates future experts for positions in academia, industry, and public sector. Students graduating from the programme are eligible for scientific postgraduate degree studies, and may work, among others, as:

  • Research scientist
  • Lecturer
  • Project manager
  • Research coordinator

Career in Research

Master of Science degree provides you with eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku in the University of Turku Graduate School and one of the Doctoral Programmes.


Visit the MDP in Biosciences: Molecular Systems Biology page on the University of Turku website for more details!

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