Biomedical Laboratory Science top-up degree

Bachelor of Social Services and Health Care
210 ECTS
1-2 years
Mode of studies
Tuition fees might apply


Study objectives

The curriculum meets the demands of degree requirements, competence and development needs of the working environment as well as the requirements for national and international collaboration. It also reflects a student-oriented and learning- and competence-based foundation.

The learning outcome descriptions indicate to the students what competence is expected from them and help them assess their own progress. The competence obtained in the Biomedical Laboratory Science curriculum corresponds to level 6 in the European Qualification Framework (EQF).

Language of instruction

Finnish language, course materials also in English.

Study contents

The provision of studies enables students to complete 30 ECTS credits per term. The degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science includes practical training in the learning environments of the university of applied sciences and the laboratories of the health care services, representing 75 ECTS credits.

The curriculum offers students a learning path based on which they can prepare their individual study plans. The studies offered consist of courses with an extent of a minimum of 5 ECTS credits.

Structure of studies

Studies consist of contact teaching and online studies. Theoretical studies can mostly be completed online and off-line. Practical training consists of contact teaching in the teaching laboratory of the university of applied sciences and the laboratories of the health care services.

Online studies require strong motivation and self-direction from the students. Regardless of the form of studies, the students are ultimately responsible for their own learning.


International studies are part of the learning path of each learner in the form of international exchange, practice placement or international studies within home institution, such as common core requirement studies in English or Finnish degree programmes or open studies in international network learning environments.

Co-operation with other parties

Continuous collaboration with health care laboratories, in medical and biosciences research institutes and teams and in companies manufacturing and marketing health care and laboratory products.


Biomedical Laboratory Technologist (licensing Laboratoriohoitaja)

Career opportunities

Biomedical Laboratory Technologists work in expert assignments in their own field in various laboratories within the health care sector, in medical and biosciences research institutes and teams and in companies manufacturing and marketing health care and laboratory products.

Scholarships and tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for non-EU/EEA applicants 13 000 €.

This fee applies only to non-EU/EEA degree students.

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Starting studies


Biomedical laboratory science top-up degree studies will start on the week 34. Students are expected to arrive in Helsinki before that.

You will need to start visa application process as soon as possible to ensure the start of the studies as planned. We recommend that you’ll also start other arrangements needed for example for the accommodation.

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Information of new students

Biomedical Laboratory Science top-up degree

“Welcome to Metropolia UAS” information package for new international students

Starting studies

Studies will start on the week 34, in August 19th 2024 at 9:00 am. You will meet your tutor teacher at the lobby of building C at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Your tutor teacher is Elina Hotanen. You will receive further information about the schedule of the studies at the start of the studies.

Duration of studies is 1-1,5 years based on recognition of prior biomedical laboratory science studies.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding Biomedical Laboratory Science studies, do not hesitate to contact

Senior Lecturer Elina Hotanen elina.hotanen [at] (elina[dot]hotanen[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Head of Degree Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science Riitta Lumme riitta.lumme [at] (riitta[dot]lumme[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

If you have questions concerning general matters about studying in Metropolia, please contact opiskelijapalvelut [at] (opiskelijapalvelut[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

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