Minor studies

Minor studies may be compulsory in or you can study the minor as part of elective studies. Minors can make your degree look like you. Students are generally free to select a minor at the University of Oulu.

General information

Information on available minor studies is available at Peppi study guide. Please note that there are minors that have participation restrictions. Detailed information about application procedures and admission criteria for minor subjects that have a limited study right can be found from Peppi study guide. Take into consideration that also degree structure defines which minor subjects, and how many minors, can be included in the degree. If there are no limitations, you can freely choose a minor from the University of Oulu selection, or from another Finnish university.  

How to apply?

  • See the degree structure of your programme. Find out how many minor studies (ECTS credits) can be included in your degree, and when (year/term/period) it is recommended to study minor studies.
  • Take a look at Peppi study guide to see which minors studies are offered at the University of Oulu. You can also take minors from another Finnish university using flexible study right agreement (JOO), or during your exchange studies at foreign university.
  • Discuss the minor studies that interest you with your tutor teacher, when making a personal study plan (PSP). You can also discuss your minor studies plan with your degree programme study advisor or with the programme director.
  • Find out the application period and other instructions about the application process.
  • Apply to the minor during the application period, and remember to follow the instructions.
  • Minor subjects offered in the faculties of the University of Oulu

Minor studies are presented in the Peppi study guide.

You can find instructions specific to your own study programme below.

Faculty of Education

Minor Studies for students at the Faculty of Education

Students at the Faculty of Education have the possibility (depending on their degree structure) to complete minor studies and elective studies at their own faculty, other faculties at the University of Oulu, Oulu Open University studies, as well as The Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia. You can also complete minor studies in other universities at your own expense and include the in your degree (if your degree structure allows this).

One example minors in English in other universities is Unipid minor Sustainability in Development.

When choosing a minor, you should pay attention to
a) Degree structure – the number of free minors in your degree
b) Including your minor studies in your PSP

1. Minor studies offered by the Faculty of Education

You can find information on the minor studies offered by the faculty at Peppi. Please note that some of these minors are so called open minors, which means you can sign up for courses in Weboodi or Tuudo, and some of them you have to apply for during the Spring application round for minor studies. Please follow our communication and remember to apply in the Spring application round! The application and selection criteria as well as the list of minor studies offered will be updated yearly.

Please note that the courses in Education in Transition, Digital Technologies in Teaching and Learning as well as Education for Intercultural Competences are in English, while the other subjects are mainly in Finnish.

Minor Studies info - Genger Studieslink to the gender studies video

2. Minor studies offered by other Faculties

You can find the minor studies offered by other faculties at Peppi. The Faculty of Humanities offers studies in English, German and Swedish philologies and the Oulu Business School offers two minors in English. Applying: ask more information from the Academic Affairs Service Team.

3. Open University of Oulu

Studies at the Open University of Oulu are free of charge to a degree student registered present at the University of Oulu. You may sign up for courses according to instructions of the Open university. Please note that some of the Open university courses offered by Faculty of Education are included in the Spring application round for minor studies. Please apply for health education and special education minor studies in the Spring application round, or in the additional application round in the Autumn, should there be places left after the first round. The Faculty will provide you with more specific instructions on how to sign up for those minor studies you apply for during the Spring application round. Read more: Open university studies in English. Please note that the selection of studies offered in English is very limited.

N.B. Open university’s studies during academic year 2020-2021 are free of charge for those who have graduated during the year 2020, read more from the news item: "Open University courses at the Univeristy of Oulu free of charge".

4. The Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia

A student registered present at the University of Oulu can complete studies included in their PSP at the Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia. The courses provided by The Summer University during academic year 2020-2021 are free of charge for degree students, if the courses are included in their PSP. Please contact your degree programme’s education designer (the Academic Affairs Service Team) if you wish to update your PSP. If teaching is free, it will be separately mentioned in the course description of the courses. Please visit the website: The Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia. Please note that the selection of studies offered in English is very limited. 

If the PSP is approved and a student is thus given a payment agreement to studies, this study entity will be counted as minor studies paid by the Faculty of Education. The Faculty of Education will not offer a payment agreement to additional minor studies, or free elective studies that do not fit in their degree’s minimum amount of ECTS credits. This payment agreement only applies to courses/study modules that are completed, so please take this into consideration when timing your studies.

In this case PSP refers to WebOodi PSP. If you are unable to find the correct PSP template connected to your study right in Weboodi, please send a message to study.education(at)oulu.fi and request an addition of degree structure/PSP template.

5. Studies after graduation

Please note that you may complement your competencies at the University of Oulu after graduation.

a) You can apply for a complementary study right when you apply for graduation, and it allows you to

  • complete minor studies you have been given a study right to during your degree studies
  • study free minor studies at the University of Oulu, or
  • study other separate study modules offered by the University of Oulu

b) Later after graduation you may apply for a non-degree study right, which may be granted for valid reasons to single courses or a study module. These studies will cost a student 10€/ECTS credit and the study right will be granted if there are available seats at the course or study module.

c) You can also complement your competencies later via Open University as a fee-paying customer, or perhaps find interesting studies via continuing education.

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

As a student of the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, you have the opportunity to study minor subjects and optional courses from your own or other faculties of the University of Oulu, the Open University of Oulu and the The Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia. Paid studies that reasonably support the study plan must be approved in advance in PSP. You can also complete minor subjects at other universities at your own expense and include them in your degree.

Faculty of Science

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Faculty of Technology

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Faculty of Humanities

Studying in the Faculty of Humanities is relatively free. In many fields of study the students can build up their degree depending on where their interests lay.

Minor subjects are important aspects of the student’s degree. They form a significant part of the Candidate’s and the Master’s degree. Students familiarize themselves with the minor subject options when putting together their personal study plan (PSP).

When choosing a minor subject, sudents can use the university’s expert resources, i.e. teacher tutors, Education Designers and the university’s Student and Career Counselling services.

You can find the current list of minor subjects in the Faculty of Humanities in the Peppi study guide.

Entrance examinations for minor subjects in the Faculty of Humanities (will be updated in spring 2021):

  • English
  • Finnish Language
  • French Language
  • German Language and Culture
  • History and History of Science and Ideas
  • Information Studies
  • North Sami
  • Swedish Language

Oulu Business School

More information about minor studies could be found at Peppi study guide.

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

The students who have registered in the University of Oulu are not required apply for a study right in minor studies in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. It is possible to choose minor studies in the following Degree Programmes: Information Processing Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering. You can join freely to courses in minor studies but please take into consideration the possible participation restrictions.

Health Sciences

Minor studies in health sciences: university level study modules of at least 25 ECTS credits, according to the degree programme curriculum and the student's Personal Study Plan. For further advice on minor study requirements, see the course catalog of your degree programme.

Information Processing Science

Please find current Information Processing Science minor from Peppi. If you have further questions please sent them to the study.itee@oulu.fi

Computer Science and Engineering

Minor subject studies in Computer Science and Engineering are 25 ECTS cr (approbatur) or 60 ECTS cr  (cum laude approbatur) studies. Student of University of Oulu don’t need to apply separately for Minor subjects studies. Courses of Minor subject studies can participated freely. However students should take into account limited number of participants.

Minor subject studies in Computer Science and Engineering have 15 ECTS cr compulsory studies. The remaining studies are optional.

MINOR STUDIES COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING    
Compulsory Studies   Laajuus/ECTS cr Period
521141P Elementary Programming 5 1
521160P Artificial Intelligence 5 4
521287A Introduction to Computer Systems 5 1 ja 2
Valinnaiset opinnot      
521145A Human Computr Interaction 5 2
521150A Introduction to Internet 5 4
521151A

Applied Computing Project I

10 1- 4
521157A Introduction to Social Network Analysis 5 2
521159P Principles of Digital Fabrication 5 4
521337A Digital Filters 5 3
521467A

Digital Image Processing 

5 1
521484A Statistical Signal Processing (no longer held) 5 4
521495A Artificial Intelligence 5 3
521453A Operating Systems 5 4
521457A Software Engineering 5 3
521275A Embedded Software Project 8 2,3 ja 4
031023P Mathematical Structures for Computer Science 5 1
521040A 3D Virtual Environments and Applications 5 4
521293A  Introduction to XR Systems 5 3

Electronics and Communications Engineering

You can choose 25 ECTS cr. or 60 ECTS cr. minor studies in the field of  Electronics and Communications Engineering. The students who have registered in the University of Oulu are not required apply for a study right in minor studies. You can join freely to courses in minor studies but please take into consideration the possible participation restrictions. 

Compulsory Studies      

521077P    Introduction to Electronics, 5 ECTS cr
521109A    Electrical Measurement Principles, 5 op
521301A    Digital Techniques 1, 8 op
521330A    Telecommunication Engineering, 5 op

Optional    

521329A    Hands-on Course in Wireless Communication, 5 ECTS cr
521302A    Circuit Theory 1, 5 ECTS cr
521104P    Introduction to Material Physics, 5 ECTS cr
521071A    Principles of Semiconductor Devices, 5 ECTS cr
521431A    Principles of Electronics Design, 5 ECTS cr
521070A    Introduction to Microfabrication Techniques, 5 ECTS cr
521307A    Laboratory Exercises on Analogue Electronics, 5 ECTS cr
521384A    Basics in Radio Engineering , 5 ECTS cr
521432A    Electronics Design I, 5 ECTS cr
521092A    Electronic Measurement Techniques, 5 ECTS cr

If you are planning to accomplish personal Minor studies please contact educational designer .

Applied and Computational Mathematics, Minor Studies

Minor studies are 25 ECTS credits or 60 ECTS credits.

For 25 and 60 Credits, compulsory courses:  

031010P Calculus I, 5 ECTS cr
031075P Calculus II, 5 ECTS cr
031078P Matrix Algebra, 5 ECTS cr
031076P Differential Equations, 5 ECTS cr
031021P Probability and Mathematical Statistics, 5 ECTS cr

and in addition in 60 ECTS credits Minor studies:

Compulsory Studies:
031022P Numerical Analysis, 5 ECTS cr

and optional studies in 60 ECTS credits Minor studies  (take 30 ECTS credits of these):

031077P Complex Analysis, 5 ECTS cr
031023P Mathematical Structures for Computer Science, 5 ECTS cr
031025A Introduction to Optimization, 5 ECTS cr  
031080A Signal Analysis ,5 ECTS cr
031079S Mathematical Signal Processing, 5 ECTS cr
031051S Numerical Matrix Analysis, 5 ECTS cr
031084S Graph Theory, 5 ECTS cr
031085S Special course on differential equations, 5 ECTS cr

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Protein Science MSc

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Molecular Medicine DD

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History

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English

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Information Studies

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Mining engineering and mineral processing

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Cultural Anthropology

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Logopedics

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Swedish Language

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Saami Culture

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