University of Oulu, 2016

Target Durations of Degree Studies

Target Durations of the Degrees are specified in Universities Act (Yliopistolaki 558/2009, 40§)

  • Bachelor's + Master's degree: 5 academic years
  • Lower (Bachelor's) degree: 3 academic years
  • Higher (Master's) degree: 2 academic years
  • Licenciate in Medicine: 6 academic years
  • Licenciate in Dentistry: 5,5 academic years
  • Post-graduate degree: 4 academic years

The Duration of Study Right

  • Student studying both Bachelor's and Master's or Licenciate in Medicine or Dentistry level degree is entitled to complete their degree two years past the targeted completion. 
  • Student studying only for a lower level (Bachelor’s) degree is entitled to complete their degree one year past the targeted completion.
  • Student studying only for a higher level (Master's) degree is entitled to complete their degree two years past the targeted completion.

How to Calculate the Duration of Degree Studies

The duration of studies does not include leave due to voluntary military service or conscription or to maternity, paternity or parental leave. The duration of studies does not include an absence of a maximum of two terms for which the student has registered herself or himself as absent.

At the University of Oulu, students shall register as being present students during their exchange studies. This is because studies during exchange periods are regarded as studies for a degree at the University. 

Transfer Students

Study rights that begun on and after 1.8.2016:
The duration of a transfer student’s degree studies is determined by the study right of the degree given in transfer. The duration of studies includes the time the student was present or absent in previous university for the same study right.

Study rights that begun prior to 1.8.2005:
The duration of studies does not include the time the transfer student was present or absent in previous university for the same study right.

Last updated: 27.1.2020