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Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences

Turun yliopisto
Yhteenveto
2 vuotta
englanti
Opintotukikelpoinen
Autumn
   
Lähiopetus
Full time
Turku
Maisteriopinnot ja itsenäiset maisteriohjelmat

Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences

Tavoite

The Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences offers four different biomedical tracks: Biomedical Imaging, Drug Discovery and Development, Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics, and Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. The close co-operation of the specialisation fields forms a unique educational combination of biomedical sciences in Finland and worldwide.

The specialisation track in Biomedical Imaging provides students with cutting-edge knowledge and good practical skills in imaging methods ranging from molecular and cellular to tissue and clinical imaging.

After completion of the studies the graduating MSc:

  • has strong background knowledge either in cellular biology/anatomy and physiology/biophysics depending on one’s interests and area of concentration
  • has excellent theoretical and practical skills in a wide range of imaging techniques and applications as well as image analysis
  • is trained in an highly international environment where students from all around the world had interacted and co-operated
  • understands also the use of multimedia in scientific context and as a powerful tool of popularizing science
  • masters scientific writing in English

The specialisation track in Drug Discovery and Development provides students with an in-depth knowledge within the broad area of drug discovery and development processes.

The programme gives students a deep understanding of:

  • up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets, and to generate lead drug molecules that modulate biological activity of the target
  • technological innovations made in lead optimization process
  • how new drug candidates are investigated during the non-clinical drug development phase
  • methods of clinical drug research, clinical drug development phases, clinical trial design and biostatistical study planning
  • various aspects of the drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance

The graduating MSc is an expert in drug discovery and development processes, and knows the procedures applied in drug regulatory science and the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug. She/He has comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities.

The Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics specialisation track will equip the students for a career in the exciting field of biotechnology and translational research. The students will obtain extensive theoretical and practical expertise on central concepts and techniques in modern molecular biotechnology and diagnostics. They will also learn to apply the acquired knowledge in practice for the development of novel tools and methods for the detection of molecular substances. The education is focused on the key technologies of diagnostics and molecular biology with opportunities to apply this knowledge both to medical and other areas of diagnostics.

Graduates will be equipped with the skills that enable them to join industry, to pursue acareer as a scientist, or to enter the public sector. The programme also provides a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.

The Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry specialisation track provides students with strong knowledge on one or more of the following topics: design and synthesis of new drugs, radiolabelling and enhanced targeting of drugs, or screening, isolation and modification of new drug candidates from bioactive plants. In addition, they will learn to master the state-of-the-art methods needed for the full identification of drug molecules and for their quantitation from different types of tissues and metabolite mixtures.

After completing the studies, depending on specialisation, graduates will

  • know how to design and execute multistep synthesis routes to produce organic compounds
  • know the special requirements to work in the radiopharmaceutical chemistry laboratory
  • know the basics of bioimaging
  • know how to design and execute synthesis routes for compounds used in bioimaging
  • know how to isolate and purify organic compounds
  • know how to characterize structures of organic compounds
  • understand how reactivity and bioactivity is related both to the structure and reaction conditions
  • know the chemical properties, functionality and biological significance of biopolymers and their structural units
  • know the classes of plant bioactive compounds, their biosynthesis routes and chemical properties and their most important structure/activity-relationships
  • be able to use and develop liquid chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods
  • know how to measure different types of bioactivities for pure compounds and compound mixtures, and to develop new types of activity methods

In addition, the Master Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences students also become qualified to apply to Ph.D. programmes and pursue an academic career.

Koulutuksen sisältö

The Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences offers four different biomedical tracks: Biomedical Imaging, Drug Discovery and Development, Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics, and Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. The close co-operation of the specialisation fields forms a unique educational combination of biomedical sciences in Finland and worldwide.

The Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences - Biomedical Imaging specialisation track

The interdisciplinary curriculum consists of major subject studies, including a Master´s thesis in a suitable specialization area (light microscopy imaging, in vivo & clinical imaging, nanotechnology and material sciences, microscopy techniques and instrument design). Additionally, students broaden their skills with optional studies consisting of advanced courses representing novel and cutting-edge techniques in microscopy, photonics, multimedia tools, image analysis and in vivo imaging.

Moreover, lecturers and experts from broad local and national networks as well as top-ranking international experts from all over the world will be invited to participate in ongoing workshops, laboratory courses, seminars and symposia. There is also a possibility of exchange with international university partners as a part of the Master´s thesis.

The track will cover the following subject areas:
• Light microscopy, basic and advanced techniques
• Electron microscopy
• Tissue imaging and histopathology
• Nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance in imaging
• Tomographic imaging techniques
• Flow-cytometry techniques and applications
• In vivo non-invasive imaging
• Nanotechnology
• Fluorescent probes
• Dye indicators and radiochemistry used in light, microscopic and nuclear imaging modalities
• Software development and image analysis tools
• The use of multimedia in scientific context

The Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences - Drug Discovery and Development specialisation track

The studies in drug discovery and development consist of both theoretical and practical courses, including:
• Drug discovery and development science
• Drug regulatory science
• Bioinformatics 
• Translational medicine
• Methods in experimental pharmacology
• Computer aided drug design
• Clinical trial design and clinical drug development
• Bioentrepreneurship

Significant part of the programme consists of an independent research project that will be presented in the Master´s thesis.

Based on previous studies, students may need to take supplementary studies in the field of biomedicine (max 60 ECTS) in order to reach optimal competence level for the Master´s studies.

The Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences - Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics specialisation track

The major subject studies in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics consist of both theoretical and hands-on courses. These include, for example, studies related to production, engineering and biotechnological applications of biomolecules as well as courses focusing on the principles of bioanalytical and diagnostic techniques and their applications in clinical chemistry and other fields. The laboratory courses and hands-on research projects are tightly connected to on-going research activities, which gives the students an opportunity to follow and participate in up-to-date research in the field already during the studies. During the second study year the student will concentrate on the Master’s thesis, which includes experimental work, seminars and the writing of the thesis.

The Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences - Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry specialisation track

Studies in Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry combine theory and practise in an optimal manner so that the students have ample chances of gaining hands-on knowledge on different aspects of chemistry of drug development. This is obtained by many courses having lab practicals and by the Laboratory Project that is a laboratory work on some specific challenge related to one of the three thematic research areas.

All students take the same core courses. Howeve, they specialise by studying the thematic courses and related laboratory projects and by making the master’s thesis under the same thematic research area (Bio-organic Chemistry, Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry, or Natural Compound Chemistry). Students need to choose their orientation between the thematic modules, but they may take courses from other thematic modules or from other spesialisation tracks, such as Drug Discovery and Development. This way the students are able to specialise, but at the same time acquire wide enough knowledge on the relevant topics related to the chemistry of drug development.

Hakeminen

Separate application period for Master's Programmes in English.

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Master of Science

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