Programme description

The duration of the MSc studies is normally two years. The entry to the multidisciplinary field of bioinformatics is smoothened by brief levelling studies in either information technology or biosciences. In addition, the students will learn or revise selected aspects of statistics and mathematics. The major subject studies encompass the core aspects of modern bioinformatics, such as utilization of genome data; analysis of DNA and protein sequences, including high-throughput sequencing data; biological networks; and structural bioinformatics, culminating in a Master of Science thesis. The thesis consists of a report of original research the student carried out in a local research group and a literature review related to the research.

Our programme is a forerunner in educational technology. The studies will consist not only of normal lectures, homework, and exercise sessions, but the students will also experience intensive courses, group assignments, presentations, web exercises, learning diaries, and hands-on sessions with computer tools. We also provide the students with training projects and seminars to ensure that they attain profound scientific knowledge and practical skills in bioinformatics.

The 120 ECTS credit curriculum consists of

  • Major subject studies, 40 ECTS
  • Other studies, 40 ECTS
    (including compulsory minor subject studies, language studies and optional studies)
  • Master's thesis, 40 ECTS

The master's thesis will include results from original scientific research, and many theses in our programme have been later transformed into publications in international scientific journals.

Our students have done their Master's thesis work in various research groups, for instance, in the Department of Information Technology and in other Departments of the University of Turku, Turku Centre for Biotechnology, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and Abo Akademi University.