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DP in Physiology and Genetics

The degree programme students learn how to understand the regulation mechanisms related to the heredity, structure, vital functions and development of organisms as well as to their adaptation to the environment. In addition to the traditional laboratory biology, the degree programme is also suitable for students interested in environmental biology. The degree programme provides the students with readiness for applying the scientific knowledge and research methods of the field in their work, for working as an expert and for developing the field as well as for postgraduate studies in the fields of biology, biomedicine or agronomy and forestry.

The degree programme requires that the students have basic knowledge in chemistry, in the development, structure, vital functions and heredity of organisms and the significance of these factors in the organisms’ evolution and adaptation to their environment as well as in their response to the changes in the environment. The other knowledge and skills required by the different fields of specialisation are listed below.

The extent of the degree programme is 120 credits. Part of the studies is obligatory for all the students and some of the studies (minimum of 25 credits) are selected according to the field of specialisation defined in the personal study plan. The Master’s thesis (40 credits) and the advanced studies exams (10–15 credits) are carried out in the fields of specialisation which are animal physiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics and human genetics. In addition, courses offered by another departments or universities can be accepted in the specialisation studies or intermediate studies carried out in the Bachelor’s degree programme that were not included in the degree. The degree has to include at least 75 credits of studies (thesis, advanced studies exams, specialisation courses) in the field of specialisation. The major subject of the degree programme is physiology and genetics.

The field of specialisation in animal physiology concentrates on researching the vital functions of animals on individual, tissue and cellular levels. In addition to the department’s specialisation courses, those students specialising in animal physiology are recommended to study courses in, for example, pharmacology, the science of nutrition or immunology. Specialising in animal physiology requires basic knowledge of cell culture techniques, cell biology and histology, animal ecophysiology, the anatomy of the vertebrate, developmental biology and neurobiology. The laboratory animal course is obligatory and, if it is not included in the Bachelor’s degree, it has to be carried out in the Master’s degree studies. Professor Mikko Nikinmaa is in charge of the field of specialisation.

The field of specialisation in genetics gives the students extensive readiness for the theoretical and practical use and application of the methods and research strategies in the different fields of genetics and in general biological research. Specialisation in genetics requires a basic knowledge in genetical analysis methods, gene mapping and manifestation as well as in the use of molecular markers and the genome organisation. For those students who are specialising in genetics, suitable studies from the neighbouring fields are courses in microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, health biosciences and chemistry and physics. Professor Harri Savilahti is in charge of the field of specialisation.

The field of specialisation in cell and molecular biology provides the students with an extensive knowledge of the functions of the cells and a versatile command in the methodological skills. The Professor of Animal Physiology is in charge of the field of specialisation.

The field of specialisation in human genetics gives a strong base for genetic research and introduces the students to human genetics in the fields of evolution, cyto and population genetics and offers a strong theoretical and practical base for the use of molecular genetics in human research. For those students who are specialising in genetics, suitable studies from the neighbouring fields are courses in biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics and health biosciences. Specialising in human genetics gives the students readiness for postgraduate studies in medical genetics. Professor Harri Savilahti is in charge of the field of specialisation.


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