The University of Oulu offers study opportunities with a solid academic foundation ranging from 5-6 year degree programmes and master’s programmes to doctoral training. There are also several possibilities such as open university studies, executive training and continuing education for developing and maintaining skills and competencies.
In addition to a variety of student exchange programmes, international master’s degree programmes in English are offered in six fields of study, making the university an international study environment.
Literature – novels, poems, plays – can be seen, in a way, as research. Literary art works study those linguistic and narrative means that can be used in order to represent and mediate human experience. Literary research aims at mapping those means through historical and theoretical approaches. Literature is perceived as an aesthetic and linguistic phenomenon, which is connected to its cultural and social surroundings. One can study literary classics as well as experimental postmodern poetry, science fiction as well as children’s literature, fantasy novels as well as creative non-fiction.
The methods of analysis and interpretation that have been developed within literary studies may be applied, for example, also to the in-depth study of media texts. In addition to the literary theory, analysis, and history, the discipline of Literature offers introductions to creative writing and reading therapy. If one chooses to be a teacher of Finnish language and literature, then one of the subsidiary subjects will be Finnish language. In other cases, the student may choose his or her subsidiary subjects from a wide range of possibilities.
The degree programme is applied for through the joint application system at yliopistohaku.fi. The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Detailed information about admission requirements and applying is only available in Finnish.