Studies at University of Oulu 2015-2016

The University of Oulu offers study opportunities with a solid academic foundation ranging from 5-6 year degree programmes and master’s programmes to doctoral training. There are also several possibilities such as open university studies, executive training and continuing education for developing and maintaining skills and competencies.

In addition to a variety of student exchange programmes, international master’s degree programmes in English are offered in six fields of study, making the university an international study environment.

International Master's Programmes

Master's Programme in Protein Science and Biotechnology

Proteins are the primary workers in the cell, playing fundamental roles in all aspects of biochemistry. Understanding their mechanisms of action is essential both for understanding life at the molecular level and in the development of therapeutic treatments for a wide variety of disease states.

This programme is aimed at giving students in-depth understanding of the structure-function relationship of proteins and the techniques used to produce and characterize them. Around half of the programme involves integration of students into different research groups and the programme allows students to have individual use of the most modern equipment. By the end of the first term, students will have gained practical experience of a wide range of techniques e.g. electrospray mass spectrometry, subsecond kinetics, microcalorimetry, surface plasmon resonance and recombinant protein production.

The degree is flexible and allows the students to specialize in the aspects of protein science and biotechnology which will most benefit their future career. The programme is particularly aimed at people going into research and former students have been very successful in finding PhD positions in Finland and abroad.

The programme is taught in a highly international new faculty, the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, which was formed 1st of January 2014 by the merger of the departments of Biochemistry (Faculty of Science) and Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine) bringing together expertise in in vitro, in vivo and in silico analysis of protein structure and function.

Basic information

Name of the Degree: 
Master of Science (MSc)
Duration of studies: 
2 years
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Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
PhD Student
Location of Instruction: 
Tuition fees for citizens of non EU/EEA member states: 
No tuition fee
Additional Information about Scholarships : 
The Protein Science International Master’s Scholarship is for a maximum of two years and is for 4000 euros per year. It is available only for non-EU/EEA applicants.


Next Application Period: 
December 15th 2014 – January 30th 2015 (16.00 GMT +2)