- The programme combines different fields of applied biotechnology, synthetic biology, engineering and information technology.
- The Nordic region is one of the fastest-growing hubs in the world in industrial biotechnology.
- During your studies, you will gain practical experience in main industrial bioprocesses, fermentation, design of biological systems, industrial biotechnology and biomedical technologies.
- You can take part in internships in various biotechnology and biomedical technology companies.
- After graduation, you can work in the field of industrial biotechnology worldwide.
Bioengineering supports the fast-growing fields of industrial biotechnology and circular bioeconomy that are expected to become the key solutions for humanity's goal to achieve the biosustainability of our planet. There is also a growing need for specialists in bioengineering as industrial biotechnology, and synthetic biology will be the basis of the industrial revolution of the 21-st century. The master's programme is an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines different fields of applied biotechnology, synthetic biology, engineering and information technology.
The programme's main aim is to educate specialists with skills and knowledge that will help them find jobs and contribute to the success of various companies working in industrial or medical biotechnology, circular bioeconomy, bioprocessing, etc. The graduates will understand and have practical experience covering the main industrial bioprocesses, fermentation, biological systems, industrial biotechnology, and biomedical technologies. The curriculum emphasizes practical training and provides internships in various companies active in biotechnology and biomedical technology.
The programme consists of the following modules:
- Base: obligatory for all students.
- Speciality: completion of the module is obligatory. A student must choose courses in the volume of 24 ECTS according to their interests and their master’s degree thesis topic.
- Professional practice: Completion of the module is obligatory. A student must choose courses in the volume of 24 ECTS according to their interests and their master’s degree thesis topic.
- Elective: Enables the development of knowledge and skills in a field related to the curriculum or widens the general worldview.
The following version of the modules applies to the current academic year. To view the most updated version of the courses offered by the programme, please visit the University of Tartu Study Information System and choose the next academic year (if available).
The master's degree offers career opportunities in industrial biotechnology in the European Union and worldwide. The Nordic and Baltic region is a particularly attractive job market where companies search for young talents with special skills in synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology. The Nordic region is one of the fastest-growing hubs in industrial biotechnology, expecting to hire thousands of newly trained specialists in the coming years.
Admission requirements for Bioengineering
- bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July) in the natural and exact sciences or in the field of medicine – please see country-specific document requirements here.
- English language proficiency – acceptable tests and exempt categories are specified here.
Applications are evaluated based on
- the average grade of the previous study level (yields 50% of the final score)
- the score of the motivation letter (yields 50% of the final score)
Please write a brief motivation letter (in English, maximum of 5000 characters with spaces) based on the following points:
- Describe briefly your previous studies and work experience and how it will help you succeed in this program. Explain how your educational and professional background relates to the programme you are applying to.
- Which elective courses corresponds the most to your study interests, so what electives would you like to take? (Elective courses need to be chosen from the list of courses of elective module of Bioengineering programme).
- How do you plan to implement the skills to be gained from the programme in your future career, in which role do you see yourself in your future job after completion of the programme Bioengineering?
In the evaluation of motivation letter, the following criteria will be considered:
- fit between the student’s goals and the programme (40%)
- analytical and argumentation skills (40%)
- fluency of written English (20%)
The maximum score for motivation letter is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more.
Only those applicants who score 66 points or higher (out of 100) as a combined score from both the motivation letter and average grade of the previous study level, will be considered for admission.
For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here.
How to apply
The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad:
Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following documents must be submitted electronically via DreamApply by 15 March:
- online application
- motivation letter
- official certified copy of the bachelor's diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript) in the original language (must include description of the grading scale).
NB! Applicants graduating in the upcoming spring/summer and having their diploma and final transcript issued later than the application deadline should electronically submit their most recent official transcript by the application deadline. The transcript should be supplemented by an official statement from the issuing institution indicating current enrollment and expected graduation date. Admitted candidates are required to post certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (must reach us no later than by the end of July).
- official translation of the bachelor’s diploma and Diploma Supplement (transcript) into English, translation certified
- proof of English language proficiency
- copy of the passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars
- confirmation/receipt of application fee payment (if applicable). All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 100, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the fee has been received by the UT.
Submitted applications can not be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g. graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.
The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by May 15 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.
NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.
Terms and conditions of the admission offer
Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.
Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.
Requirements for educational documents
All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may also specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified.
Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
Paying the tuition fee (applicable to those receiving a fee-based study place offer)
- EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to pay the fee for the first semester once they arrive in Tartu (by 20 September at the latest after signing the fee contract, please read more here).
- Admitted students from other countries are required to pre-pay half of the first semester's tuition fee. The invoice along with the pre-payment deadline and payment details will be sent to applicants via DreamApply after they have accepted the admissions offer and the University has received the hard copies of the application documents. Second part of the fee is due on 20 September. NB! The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received the pre-payment.
- NB! Once you have been offered a fee-based study place, be aware that it will not be changed into a fee waiver study place. By transferring the pre-payment to the university, you confirm that you have informed yourself about the process of the visa and temporary residence permit application and you are able to arrive in Estonia by the start of the academic year. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see step 3 for more details).
NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa/residence permit at an Estonian embassy.
Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website. For housing alternatives please find further information on Tartu Welcome Centre website.
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