Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology: Digital Health

The Digital Health specialization track offers extensive training ranging from molecular level interactions to individuals and society.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology provides versatile and high quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education. The programme has international double-degree collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Master School and with the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the academic year 2020-2021, the programme offers specialization tracks:

  • Cyber Security
  • Smart Systems
  • Digital Health
  • Cryptography

The Digital health specialization track brings together skills and principles from computer science, embedded systems and medical sciences in order to build understanding of theory and to gain practical competences in the field.  

    The students graduating from Digital Health will have acquired scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies, as well as practical skills including teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills in an international environment. The acquired methodological skills and advanced knowledge allow the students to continue their career paths in academia or industry.

     

    Programme in brief

    PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

    A. Advanced-level studies in the major subject module 40 ECTS
    B. Thematic studies (minor subject) module 20 ECTS
    C. Elective studies module 20 ECTS
    D. Master of Science in Technology thesis module 40 ECTS

     

    ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & EXPERIENCE

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    MASTER'S THESIS & TOPICS

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    Career options

    COMPETENCE DESCRIPTION

    Digital Health specialization track gives interdisciplinary knowledge in health technologies and biomedical engineering both from theoretical and practical perspective. Hence, giving possibility for employment in different health technology sectors, ranging from wellness and sport to personalized medical solutions and computational data analytics of biomedical data.

    JOB OPTIONS

    The employment percentage of those holding an M.Sc.(Tech.) degree is high in Finland. Health technology related industry is today increasingly important globally and particularly in Finland. Fields of health technology are expanding fast, offering a wide range of different career opportunities. In addition to companies that are focused on wellness, medical or biomedical analytical solutions, this also includes other industries that are utilizing health technology in their products, like global enterprises producing wearable devices capable of measuring heart related signals from a wrist of the user, for example.

    Health technology is an area where there is a good employment possibilities or, if you want to be more independent, to launch your own start-up. There are also possibilities to work in the research, education, consult sectors or even continue studies towards PhD degree. Digital health track emphasis is on contemporary technologies and gives tools and knowledge to work with the near future ICT technologies making sure that at the time of graduation students have acquired up-to-date skills in the field, paving way to really make difference to society and human kind at large.

    CAREER IN RESEARCH

    Master's Degree (Technology) provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed within the University of Turku Graduate School

    Entry requirements

    GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    General Requirement

    You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if

    • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
    • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
    • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.


    Language Requirements

    Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests. 

    Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

    TRACK-SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology must be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields of previous studies for the Digital Health specialization track are:

    • Computer Science
    • Computer Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Information Technology
    • Other relevant fields of studies where sufficient knowledge of computer science, biomedical engineering and/or biosciences is achieved

    In addition to the education and language certificates you should include certificates of any relevant work experience into your application.

    You may apply to maximum two of the four specialization fields offered at the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The choices must be prioritized. When applying to the Health Technology or Smart Systems specialization field you can also apply for the double degree programme jointly organized with the Fudan University (Shanghai).

    SUPPLEMENTARY STUDIES

    The contents of formally eligible applicants' previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the programme. Therefore admitted students can be advised or required to complete additional, Bachelor level studies while studying for the Master's Degree. These studies are not part of the Master's Degree and may extend the targeted study time. The extent and contents of the supplementary studies are defined individually for each student when a personal study plan is formulated in the beginning of the studies. The amount of required supplementary studies cannot exceed 60 ECTS.

    Since the language of instruction in Bachelor’s level at the University of Turku is Finnish, an applicant needing supplementary studies available only in Finnish can be required to submit proof for Finnish skills during the application process. In case such proof is not submitted, the applicant needing supplementary studies available only in Finnish must be rejected.

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Annually 65 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The decision of admission will be based on

    • the relevance of the applicant’s awarded degree(s)
    • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
    • the language test result (see Language requirements)
    • the motivation letter
    • possible answers to the optional questions included in the application
    • possible relevant work experience
    • possible interview

    It is possible to have only one Bachelor’s or Master’s study right at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous BSc. or MSc. study right at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.