Joint application offers wide-ranging degree programmes – students can specify their choices as studies progress

The University of Oulu is aiming to make the student’s study path as fluent as possible. Bachelor’s programmes have been grouped into wider entities, and the redesigned programmes are now, for the first time, part of the second joint application of Spring 2017.

There are 37 targets of application in the student selection of 2017. For example, mathematics and physics are now one wide-ranging target of application, as are cultural anthropology and archaeology. The education supply is as diverse as before.

”The new bachelor’s programmes are shared by many disciplines. The student first gets basic abilities for a wide understanding of the disciplines in the programme, getting the basis for major subject studies in the master’s stage. Orientation takes place during studies, which makes different career paths possible. Wide-ranging degree programmes can also help answer the changing needs of work life better than before”, says Vice Rector for Education, Helka-Liisa Hentilä.

The greatest benefit from this reform to the student is that now they can, even after having begun their studies, keep making choices and decide what degrees they want to get. Among other things, this means that if the student realizes they made a “wrong” choice, they don’t need to change their career with joint applying, at least not between close fields.

For many applying rounds now, economic sciences have only had one application target for a student. The student therefore has three years to think about where to specialize. Students are selected for major subjects during the master’s stage based on their study success and interests.

”We want to offer our students wide-ranging skills in business and economics. That way all of our students get the same strong basis during the bachelor’s stage”, says professor Satu Nätti.

Applying for bachelor’s programmes is open from 15 March to 5 April 2017.

Last updated: 16.3.2017