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.
BSc studies contain chemistry and biology as minor subjects, and the studies include a lot of practical work. Spring term of the third year is free from compulsory courses and exchange studies are then possible without them extending the study time.
MSc studies are planned such that students have maximal possibilities to do practical research work in laboratories using state-of-the-art research facilies and equipment. Upon completing the MSc degree students have a minimum of 9 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.
Both study lines offer 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.
Consistent with our goal to provide the highest-level of education and research through the systematic recruitment of experts from Finland and aboard all of the teaching on our MSc study programmes is in English.
3 + 2 vuotta
180+120 ECTS credits
Education leading to a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry provides the student with:
• apply fundamental knowledge in biochemistry and ancillary subjects and follow and evaluate developments in that field;
• apply scientific thinking and to use scientific methods;
• relate to and discuss the high public awareness and impact on society of biochemistry;
• complete responsible and goal-oriented teamwork and in individual work;
• capability to apply the acquired knowledge in working life;
• communicate in Finnish and Swedish as stipulated in the Degree Statute, as well as proficiency in English;
• demonstrate transferable and cognitive skills, including the ability to communicate effectively.
Education leading to a Master's degree in Protein Science and Biotechnology or Molecular medicine provides the student with:
• 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.
Bachelor degree contains on different courses altogether 3 months of compulsory laboratory work and Master’s degree 9 months, i.e. at least one year of biochemistry studies are laboratory work. 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.
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