Research Units

Faculty Research

The structure of 8 faculties reflects the University of Oulu’s profile in research, education and societal roles. The faculties are:

In the beginning of the year 2018 Oulu Mining School OMS and Oulu School of Architecture OSA combined to the Faculty of Technology.

This structure markedly enhances the University of Oulu’s attractiveness and competitiveness as a research and education environment as well as building collaborations with other operators, including companies.

Focus institutes - Coordination of multidisciplinary research

Focus institutes coordinate multidisciplinary research and doctoral training in the five strategic research focus areas of the University of Oulu.



In addition, focus institutes organize and develop open access research infrastructure services serving many research groups in the University of Oulu and the larger local community such as companies.

Part of these infrastructures are of national and international significance and hence included in the Finnish Research Infrastructure Roadmap. The institutes also coordinate specific tasks of the University of Oulu, such as participation in arctic networks, and support high-level research in the faculties.

Specialised Research Units

Centre for Wireless Communications - CWC aims at multi-level mastering of future wireless communications from a myriad of requirements to potential technological solutions.
Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research - CERH is WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health with research activities that are versatile and employ registry, population-based, clinical and experimental studies.
Giellagas InstituteGiellegas has a nation-wide responsibility to organize, introduce and provide Saami language and cultural studies and research.
Medical Research Center - MRC Oulu is a strategic research organisation of the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and the University of Oulu, and it offers a multidisiplinary research environment for clinical, translational and health care socioeconomic research.

Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory - SGO is located 120 km north of the Arctic Circle in Finland and performs continuous measurements of the Earth's magnetic field, cosmic radio noise, seismic activities, and cosmic rays.


Last updated: 16.3.2018