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.
In theoretical physics one learns about the central theories of physics. The teachers of theoretical physics are active researchers, which is applied in all teaching. Part of the courses introduces active fields of research. In the pro gradu work it is possible to participate in active theoretical research.
The course structure diagram (attachment) shows the degree structure of each semester (autumn and spring semester) and the required study modules with their credits.
After completing the MSc degree in theoretical physics the student is able to apply mathematical models to understand physical phenomena and communicate this knowledge scientifically.
The main principle for the recognition of prior learning in the degree programme is recognizing official learning. Courses of theoretical physics can be replaced by similar coursed studied elsewhere. In order to apply that, the student should supply course descriptions and documents of the completed courses.
The recognition of prior learning follows the main principles as defined by the University of Oulu.
More information: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
The master’s degree (120 credits) is planned to be completed by two years full-time study. The lectures and exercise sessions are arranged in the University on working days. A considerable amount of independent working is required to achieve the degree.
The Master of Science degree can be completed in Finnish or English. The lectures and exercises are given in Finnish or English.
The student completes the courses according to a plan. The courses are usually completed by written examination. In some cases a course can be completed by a special exercise or an oral examination. The examinations are graded by the person responsible for the course. The grading is either 0-5 or accepted/rejected. Course-specific information is given in WebOodi. The pro gradu thesis is made either in Finnish or in English. The diploma of the master’s degree states separately the major subject (theoretical physics), the pro gradu thesis and the minor subjects. Their grading is calculated using credit-weighted averages of the corresponding courses.
A theoretical physicist holding a M.Sc. degree can find employment in Finland or abroad in e.g. basic research, applied research, industry, education, public administration or publication.
A M.Sc. degree in physics and the minor subjects included in the degree lay a firm basis for doctoral studies in the field of physics chosen by the student.
More information: University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)
The master’s degree consists of courses in theoretical physics and other courses. The pro gradu work is written study about some special topic within theoretical physics. The abstract of the pro gradu work is simultaneously the maturity test of the master’s degree. An application for granting the degree is needed.
All education in the University of Oulu is based on the principles of the joint European credit transfer system (ECTS) which facilitates the transparency of education and the recognition of degrees at an international level. All degrees awarded from the University of Oulu are recognised by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
A M.Sc. degree holder is qualified to work e.g. as an expert in research institutes. She/he is also qualified to complete a post-graduate degree aiming at a position as a researcher or specialist. Such degrees include the Licentiate of Philosophy (Ph.Lic.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.