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Degree Programme in Laboratory Sciences, Advanced Chemical Analysis

Autumn 2012

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Core Requirement Studies
Introduction to Studies
Introduction to Studies 3
Language Studies
Professional English 3
Swedish at Work 3  
Finnish Communication Skills for Technology 3
Finnish as a Second Language: Finnish at Work 3                                                  
Mathematical and Physical Basic Studies
Basics in Engineering Mathematics 3
Equations and Matrices 3
Functions and Derivates 3
Physics 3
Introductory Chemistry 3
Inorganic Chemistry 3
Titrimetry ang Gravimetric Analysis 3
Experimental Analytical Chemistry 4
Organic Chemistry 4
Experimental Organic Chemistry 3  
Reactions of Organic Chemistry 4  
Physical Chemistry 6  
Professional Studies
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Basics of Chromatography 5
Applied Chromatographic Techniques 5  
Spectrometry 5
Organic Spectrometry 3  
Service and Maintenance of Equipment 3  
Microscopy and image analysis 3  
Biomolecules 3
Microbiology I 3
Biochemistry I 3  
Practical Biochemisty 4  
Gene Technology 4  
Protein Analytics 3  
Quality and Safety
Fundamentals of Laboratory Practices 3
Quality Assurance and Statistical Methods in Laboratory 5  
Analytical Method Validation 4  
Analytical Methods in Environmental Research 3    
Toxicology 3    
Water Analysis Project 4
Innovation Project 10    
Advanced Chemical Analysis
Electrochemical Analysis 3    
Green Chemistry 5    
Sample Preparation 4    
Combination Technigues 4    
Atomic Spectrometry 3    
Analytical Method Development 6    
Elective studies
Introduction to Computing 3                                                  
Company Profitability Analysis and Cost Calculation 3                                                  
Human Resource Management and Labour Legislation 3                                                  
Food Chemistry and Analysis 4                                                  
Work Placement
Work Placement 1 10  
Work Placement 2 20    
Bachelor's Thesis
Bachelor's Thesis and Maturity Test 15      
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 616351253130313227242515161515161515.516.51512141017.57.5

The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Degree Programme in Laboratory Sciences


Metropolia is the largest university level laboratory science educator in Finland. More than half of the study places in Laboratory Sciences in Finland are allocated in Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Research institutes and government laboratories, focusing on the metropolitan area, offer good employment opportunities for laboratory analysts.

Duration of the studies is 3 ½ years (210 ECTS). The degree programme is divided into core requirement studies (57 ECTS), professional studies (101 ECTS), elective courses (10 ECTS), work placement (30 ECTS) and thesis (15 ECTS). The education mainly consists of activating lectures, laboratory exercises and projects. Laboratory exercises will deepen and illustrate the theoretical issues discussed in class. Within the projects you learn co-operation, information gathering and problem-solving skills.

The curriculum puts an emphasis on analytics, laboratory quality systems and safety skills. As a laboratory analyst you know how to conduct advanced chemical and biological analysis, and also how to develop and validate them. You know the operations of the laboratory and you are able to independently take responsibility for laboratory operations. You learn useful skills for the working life and also get abilities to work in international environments. As a student, you can do advanced studies either in life sciences or chemical analytics.

Specialisation options in professional studies include (25 credits):

1. Advanced Studies in the Life Sciences

In the studies of Biosciences you deepen your knowledge of microbiology and molecular biology and the ability to manage the demanding laboratory techniques. In bioinformatics you learn how to use it in the analysis of DNA sequences, design PCR reaction and characterize the protein structure. You use the techniques of cell culture and microscopy. You are familiar with the antibody production methods and know how to apply immunotechnology in the research. You understand the cell biology of the cell's most important events and you are able to perform microbiological evidence of reactions to identify the microbe.

2. Advanced Chemical Analysis

Along with these studies you evolve into a strong analytics expert and developer. You are able to optimize the analytical methods and assess the reliability of analysis with method validation. You become familiar with the most important steps in the analysis, i.e. sampling and modern sample preparation techniques, through many practical examples. You learn combined techniques such as GC/HPLC-MS and ICP-OES/MS and environmentally friendly synthesis techniques. Choosing this specialization option you will have the strong basis to work in different laboratories with instrumental methods of analysis and/or synthetics.

Advanced Chemical Analysis