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Biomedical Sciences and Engineering – Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Tampere University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2021
Application deadline: 13 January 2021
12,000 EUR
Tampere University

Program description

Biomedical Sciences and Engineering – Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

The biomedical engineering industry is an increasingly important, global high-tech sector. In Finland, the HealthTech industry is especially strong. With the emergence of numerous small enterprises, the fields of biomedical sciences and engineering are rapidly expanding and offer diverse career options. This program provides you with a solid understanding of the challenges related to biomedical and health sciences. You will become familar with advanced technologies at the interface between engineering and health sciences and have the ability to develop innovative solutions to solve these challenges. You will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and professionalism and pursue a career in industry, a hospital or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree. You may also be a natural-born entrepreneur and launch your own start-up.

We maintain close ties with engineering professionals, life scientists and clinicians, and therefore provide optimal exposure for our students. We enjoy an international reputation for our excellent fundamental and translational (from laboratory to clinic) research. While applying to the program, you may choose one of the following options: Health Technology and Informatics, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, or Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices.

Admission requirements

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree program at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • from relevant field for the Master’s degree program that you’re applying to
    • from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's program you are applying to. In the Master’s program in Biomedical Sciences, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (MSc tech) track, the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:

  • Engineering/technology degree in biomaterials, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, chemistry, physics, materials science or other discipline related to the major. It would be beneficial (but not mandatory) for students with chemistry, physics, engineering or material sciences background to have undertaken some studies in biological sciences during their bachelor's study. All students must have proficiency in mathematics and physics

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory courses

  • Master's Seminar
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  • Introduction to Quality and Regulation for Medical Product Development
  • Product Development of Biomedical Devices
  • Finland start

Major studies

  • Cellular Biophysics
  • Bioceramics and their Clinical Applications
  • Biodegradable Polymers
  • Biodegradable Polymers Laboratory Course
  • Tissue Engineering Applications
  • Tissue Biology

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Science (Technology) degree (120 ECTS).

Learning outcomes

  • Students have developed a clear understanding on the principles of biomaterial science and are able to apply their knowledge to tissue engineering.
  • Students have developed an integrated insight on the role of cells, biomaterials, biophysical and chemical signals and growth factors in tissue engineering.
  • Students apraise ethical and legal considerations of tissue engineered-products, in a clinical context.
  • Students can describe how the tissues and organs can be reconstructed with the help of tissue engineering.
  • Students can separate and compare different tissue types and organ structures both at the macroscopic and microscopic level.

Career opportunities

Students graduating from the Master’s Degree program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering have versatile and multidisciplinary career opportunities. The program educate experts for the future with the ability to pursue lifelong learning.

Our graduates have employment opportunities in Finnish, European and global health tech companies. The health tech industry is one of the most export-driven industries and therefore needs international graduates. Alternatively, graduates can also embark on a career in academia and continue towards a PhD. Opportunities to pursue a PhD are not only available in Finland but also worldwide, thanks to our faculty's extensive network of international collaborators. The health care service industry ranging from university hospitals to private clinics is one significant employer. There is also a growing need for new talented engineers and researchers to work in the public sector or governmental institutions (patent office, regulations of medical devices, for example). Lastly, in the past decade a growing number of small companies and spin-offs have emerged, opening up ample opportunities to those interested in entrepreneurship.

Our students who major in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering go on to find employment in companies and research institutions or launch startups that produce biomaterials, for example, for orthopedic and dental use or develop solutions for regenerative medicine with the help of stem cell technology.

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33100 Tampere

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