Degree Programme in Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a broad-based field of natural sciences that generates knowledge and develops research methods and tools for the research, shaping, management and utilization of biosystems. Biotechnology emanates from the basic natural sciences such as biology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, chemistry and physics, but in order to further develop it also needs quantitative sciences - mathematics, information technology and statistics. Biotechnology combines expertise in the natural sciences and technical sciences with medical science in order to enhance health and well-being. Biotechnology is widely used in the bio- and environmental sciences and in basic questions of medical science and their applications, for example in health care and the diagnosis of various diseases and their treatment. The degree Programme in Biotechnology is implemented in close collaboration with Tampere University of Technology.

There are three different specialization options during the Master's level studies: bioinformatics, molecular biology and cell technology. The Master's level studies are provided in English.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of the education is to equip students with capabilities for expert tasks in the various fields of application of biotechnology (research, teaching, administration, product development, marketing) in both the public and private sectors, at home and abroad. The education implements a multidisciplinary approach. Multiform teaching methods support the achievement of the content objectives of the degrees. Students will also have an opportunity to pursue part of their studies abroad at co-operation universities.

The objective on the Bachelor’s programme is that students attain

  • an understanding of the basics of the main areas of biotechnology and the preconditions for monitoring development in the field
  • the capability to seek information of the field, to interpret and apply it critically
  • the capability for scientific thinking and scientific ways of working and the ability to work independently and safely in the laboratory
  • sufficient communication skills
  • the capability to apply knowledge acquired in working life
  • the preconditions to complete a Master’s degree at a Finnish or foreign university 

On completion of the Master’s degree students will have

  • a profound understanding of the field of biomedical technology
  • expertise in scientific methods and their application in their field of specialization
  • the capability to apply scientific knowledge in the field of biosciences
  • good written and oral communication skills and an ability for multidisciplinary scientific interaction
  • the capability to undertake scientific postgraduate and researcher training
  • the ability to work as an academic expert in one’s own field of expertise

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences