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Molecular Medicine

Molecular Medicine, Master's Programme in Biochemistry, Master of Science (2 years)

  • apply scientific knowledge and methods to topical tasks and to undertake scientific research with supervision;
  • analyze information and data and their setting within a theoretical network accompanied by critical analysis and assessment;
  • integrate the subject area as a coherent whole;
  • communicate with good language skills for national and international tasks;
  • demonstrate transferable and cognitive skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and critically about science using a variety of approaches;
  • apply further knowledge, including the abilities to conceive, design and implement independent research and
  • demonstrate capability for scientific postgraduate work.


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Teaching in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine of the University of Oulu is based on the research work done in the faculty. Course teachers are also active in research and all researchers of the faculty teach on our courses.

MSc studies are planned such that students have maximal possibilities to do practical research work in laboratories using state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment. Upon completing the MSc Degree students have a minimum of 6 months experience in practical research laboratory work. Many students complete parts of the practical work, for example training or thesis work, outside Oulu in other internationally recognized research groups or biochemical laboratories or biotech companies.

The study line offers flexibility for students to specialize in the aspects which they believe will most benefit their future career, including courses from the outside of the faculty, while at the same time having timetables which allow completion of the degree within two years.

The Master’s degree contains altogether 9 months of compulsory laboratory work spread over different courses. Laboratoty skills and modern methods are conveyed to students by teachers who all are active in research work. Continuous assessment is in general use on the courses, which means that the final exam of a course is not solely determining the final grade. In addition to, or as part of, lectures activating working methods are used, like problem solving, workshops and seminars.