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MDP in Bioinformatics

Programme description

The Master's Degree Programme in Bioinformatics offers interdisciplinary knowledge of bioinformatics, and after the programme students will be “bilingual”, in terms of combined expertise on information technology and biosciences. Tuition is in English, and the students of this programme learn to work together with associates from different countries and scientific backgrounds. Applicable fields of prior studies are biosciences and information technology, or other relevant fields where sufficient knowledge of information technology and/or biosciences is achieved for studying in the MDP in Bioinformatics. The Master of Science (MSc) degree gives eligibility for scientific postgraduate studies.

The learning goals of the programme include acquiring wide knowledge of the bioinformatics field, good methodological skills, and advanced knowledge of a certain topic within the domain; an ability to solve independently problems related to demanding research questions; ability to search, combine, and critically evaluate information; presentation and argumentation skills, both oral and written, as well as an ability to engage in a constructive dialogue with related disciplines; and insight into actual research and development work as well as into the possibilities and constraints of bioinformatics methods in the application domain and in the society at large.

The MDP in Bioinformatics is a joint programme between the Department of Information Technology at the University of Turku and the Institute of Biomedical Technology at the University of Tampere. Some of the courses are arranged jointly, and you take the same courses and same exams whether you study in Turku or Tampere. There are differences in language studies and in the availability of optional studies. Courses for optional studies can be taken from different departments and university, for instance, from Åbo Akademi University.


General programme structure

The degree is normally attained in two years. All students are introduced to the multidisciplinary field of bioinformatics. The studies encompass different aspects of bioinformatics, computer science, information technology, statistics, mathematics, and biosciences, such as biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology. The 120 ECTS credit curriculum consists of major subject studies (40 ECTS), other studies (40 ECTS), and a Master's thesis (40 ECTS). Other studies consists of language studies (0-7 ECTS), compulsory minor subject studies (0-19 ECTS), and optional studies (14-40 ECTS).

Major subject studies and other studies are arranged as courses, typically 3 to 5 ECTS credits each. A student attending to a course is expected to participate in classroom work such as lectures and exercises, work on assignments, web exercises, or individual projects, present a seminar paper, or take an exam, depending on the course. The courses combine different modes of teaching, including distance learning. The study methods vary from course to course and are subject to change. The student is expected to take a majority of the courses in the first year, while the Master's thesis is a personal scientific research project comprising the core of the second year studies.

In the Finnish system, all courses are measured in ECTS credits (opintopiste, op, in Finnish). One credit refers to an input of approximately 27 hours of work for the attainment of the objectives set for a course.


Initial tests

Every student must participate in the initial tests consisting of basic questions about biosciences, mathematics and computer science. The results of the initial tests and previous studies of the student determine the courses to be chosen from the group B.2. Compulsory minor subject studies. For instance, if a student does not pass the mathematical part of the initial tests, she/he must take the course Supplementary Mathematics.

Personal study plan

Every student prepares with the staff a personal study plan (PSP) (henkilökohtainen opintosuunnitelma, HOPS, in Finnish), in order to determine the exact content of her/his studies, depending on initial tests, previous education, and experience and goals. If the applicant has a degree in which the relevant studies in applicable fields are insufficient, the university may require that the student performs additional studies (supplementary studies, max. 60 credits) in addition to Master's degree studies. The supplementary studies will be stated in the PSP.

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