Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies

The Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies educates a new generation of engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs and academicians who are all committed to get people to live healthier lives. Life science technology can, for example, shape and equalize healthcare systems and lower the production costs of medicine.
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1.12.2021 – 3.1.2022




2 år, heltidsstudier


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120 studiepoäng


Högskolan för teknikvetenskaper


€15000/år (magister studier) för studeranden från länder utanför EU/EES

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Technological advancements have a major impact on biomedicine and healthcare. There is an increasing need for experts who develop technology that can help shape and equalise healthcare systems, lower the production costs of medicine and, simply put, get people to live healthier lives. To meet the demands of future medicine, the Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies educates a new generation of engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs and academicians who are all committed to creating a lasting impact on people’s lives.

Upon graduating from the Master’s Programme in Life Science Technologies, graduates will have:

  • A fundamental and applied knowledge of biological systems and phenomena in life sciences. Graduates possess a great amount of knowledge on current and emerging technologies for life sciences.
  • An understanding of how technology can be used to improve medicine and healthcare. Graduates will obtain skills to build tools that enable better diagnostics, therapies and care.
  • Strong technical toolset and foundation to build on. Graduates have a comprehensive foundation for further specialisation, such as PhD research leading to careers in biomedical research.

Structure of studies

The Master’s Programme in Life Science Technologies comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Major studies (60-65 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (25-30 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)


The students selected to the programme may freely choose their major, provided they have the required background. The major will be selected as part of the personal study plan in the beginning of the studies. The Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies offers six majors.

The Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies embraces learning by doing. There are very few pure lecture courses as instead, group works and practical exercises form a significant part of the teaching methods. Gaining practical expertise of the latest technologies is essential for preparing to work at the forefront of scientific research and health technology.

Students receive a firm methodological foundation that will not become obsolete despite development of new technologies. They will have in-depth knowledge and expertise in the major of their choice, accompanied with a wide view of the topics covered by the whole programme in the joint studies. All majors combine lectures, seminars, visits, multidisciplinary projects, peer working and individual projects, and vary from contact teaching and face-to-face meetings to e-learning.

>> To learn more about the Life Science Technologies studies, see the programme curriculum (into.aalto.fi).


The Master’s Programme in Life Science Technologies is international by definition. Education is acknowledged globally and – as science is a universal language – the graduates can take their skills to any country in the world. The schools involved offer diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be included in the degree as, for example, an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence include conducting practical training abroad or taking a summer course abroad.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad each year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through their studies, but also through multiple free time events, celebrations and extracurricular activities around the campus. Programme administrators, active student tutors and student support services work rigorously to help international students integrate into Nordic culture and welcome them at home in Finland.

Further study opportunities

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career opportunities

Health technology is one of the most significant high-growth technology sectors both globally and in Finland. It is also one of the fastest growing high-tech export sectors in Finland, with 300 companies currently employing over 12 000 people. Students in the Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies carry out their studies in the Greater Helsinki region, which is one of the most important hubs in health technology in Northern Europe. According to HealthTech Finland, Finnish health tech companies often combine advanced technology including artificial intelligence, robotics, internet of things, digital services, and information collected by national health authorities like genomic data. These products, services and solutions are also often based on new and innovative cooperation between the municipalities, hospital districts and private companies.

Typical career paths for graduates of the programme include:

  • Working in the R&D function of a global health tech company or a startup
  • Working in consultancy in the medical and health technology industry
  • Taking an academic path and becoming a researcher in the field

The high number of research groups in life sciences (several hundred) in the region provide good opportunities for internship and thesis work. The majors offered within the Life Science Technologies programme provide graduates with cutting-edge scientific knowledge and skills enabling them to integrate into the international life science technologies job market or to pursue doctoral studies in specialist fields.

Aalto University has well-established career services to support students’ employment in Finland and abroad. Thanks to the flexible curriculum, many Aalto students work already during their studies and guarantee themselves entry positions before graduation. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, working as a springboard for founding a company.

Research focus

The studies in the programme are linked to the world-class research conducted at several Aalto University departments including Department of Computer Science, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, and Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.

Co-operation with other parties

The Master’s Programme in Life Science Technologies strongly fosters cross-departmental interaction. The primary focus of the programme is on teaching the universal language of science. Students learn to apply advanced methods, theories and models to various disciplines.

Aalto University is well-known for bridging disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus and freedom of choosing elective courses across the University bring students from different fields under one roof. This spontaneous multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

Programme-specific admission requirements

Life Science Technologies applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated according to the below Evaluation criteria. The evaluation process is described under Applicant evaluation process. In addition to the obligatory application documents, this study option asks the applicants to submit also the documents listed under Requested documents.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, obligatory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admission Services at [email protected].

For enquiries regarding programme-specific admission requirements, doctoral track or studies in the programme, please contact Learning Services of Aalto University School of Science, [email protected].

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