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


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Programme Description

The Digital Health major subject offers extensive training ranging from molecular-level interactions to individuals and society.

This Programme in Digital Health 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 four major subjects:

The Digital health major brings together skills and principles from computer science, embedded systems and medical sciences in order to build an 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 Structure

  1. Advanced-level studies in the major subject module 40 ECTS
  2. Thematic studies (minor subject) module 20 ECTS
  3. Elective studies module 20 ECTS
  4. Master of Science in Technology thesis module 40 ECTS

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Competence Description

Digital Health major gives interdisciplinary knowledge in health technologies and biomedical engineering both from a theoretical and practical perspective. Hence, giving the 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 possibility 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 the way to really make difference to society and humankind 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 (UTUGS) and Doctoral Programmes.

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).

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,
  • 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.

Here you will find more information on how and when to apply to the University of Turku and about our scholarships options.

Last updated Mar 2020

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