University of Oulu, 2016

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The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide variety of subjects (about 30), of which 13 lead to graduation in the field.

The main subjects in the Faculty are Logopedics, Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, English, German and Nordic Philology, Finnish Language, History, Information Studies, Literature, History of Science and Ideas, Saami (Lappish) Language and Saami Culture. The last two are organized in the Giellagas Institute.

Please note that Finnish is the main language of instruction for all degree programmes and subjects at the Faculty of Humanities, excluding English Philology, German Philology, Nordic Philology (Swedish) and Saami Language.

Information on international Master's programmes and other study opportunities in English can be found on the Admissions website.

If you are a new international degree student or exchange student, please see the instructions for new students.

The For students website collects all practical information you need to know about your studies.

Some additional subject-spesific information may be provided on this web page (please choose your subject of interest on the menu above).


Oulu Business School offers one bachelor’s programme and five master´s programmes in economics and business administration. The bachelor’s degree programme is taught mainly in Finnish consisting of three (3) years of study with 180 ECTS credits. The degree awarded is Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration (B.Sc. in Econ.&Bus.Adm.). Bachelor’s degree programme is introduced in further detail in the study guide (in Finnish).

Incoming exchange students can find more information about the course offering from the exchange student’s guide (in English).

Master’s degree programmes

Master’s degree programmes are taught in English and they consist of two (2) years of study, equaling the workload of 120 ECTS credits. The degree awarded is Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (M.Sc. in Econ.&Bus.Adm.). Students are admitted to the master’s programmes either through the Oulu Business School bachelor’s programme of through master’s programme admissions (for applicants outside Oulu Business School).

For all master’s programmes the degree structures (including course information) and programme specific study guides are available in the Study Guides website.


The Master’s program in Economics offers students a strong theoretical and methodological knowledge in Economics. The learning process in economics is based on a cumulative increase of understanding about the economic processes. Exercises and writing of term papers are included in lecture series. Reading of scientific international journals is an essential part of the studies.


The Master’s Programme in Finance focuses on understanding the financial markets and financial market participants. Students will develop the skills necessary to analyze the interactions between the markets and participants. The program provides a strong foundation in the theoretical and empirical tools of modern finance. Topics covered include asset pricing, corporate finance, portfolio management and risk management. The approach is analytical and methodologically oriented.

Financial and management Accounting

The Master Programme in Financial and Management Accounting (FMA) provides a master's degree of a high international standard and is ideal for applicants with a background in business studies, social sciences, education, natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. During the programme, the students develop proficiency in the analysis of accounting information, for the needs both of a company's internal decision-making and of the investors. Course modules reflect a recent trend in accounting towards the adoption of international financial reporting system and the growing need for management control and accounting of internationalised firms. Graduates have acquired the skills and knowledge needed in working for leading multinational corporations, audit firms or financial services industry. The programme also provides students with a solid foundation for further scientific research.

International Business Management

The International Business Management (IBM) programme combines the education of management and international business fundamentals with responsible, growth-minded and innovative entrepreneurship. Our master’s program graduates change agents to the economy and society who are capable to respond to challenges of dynamic business environments, for example, by relying on principles of change management, sustainable development and growth entrepreneurship in business development.


Marketing is a process by which customer needs are translated into business opportunities. It involves the study and management of exchange relationships that connect customers and suppliers in the consumer and industrial markets and in the public sector. From a scientific perspective, marketing strives to increase understanding on customer behavior, supplier-customer interaction, value (co-)creation, institutional functions and roles in demand creation and fulfillment, etc. From a managerial perspective, marketing focuses on the practical application of customer orientation and managing the firm’s marketing resources and activities for securing competitiveness.


International double degrees

Students of Oulu Business School can complete some of the master’s degrees as a double degree with international partner institutions.  

HEC Management School, University of Liège, Belgium

Double degree is aimed at Finance master’s programe students at Oulu Business School. Double degree consists of first year master studies in Oulu and second year master studies in Liège. After completing the studies according to the study plan, the student is awarded M.Sc. degrees from both universities. Students can apply for the programme during the first year master studies. Next call for applications is open in early 2020 for academic year 2020-2021 in Liège.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), USA

Double degree is aimed at students in OBS master’s programmes with their bachelor’s degree completed at Oulu Business School. In addition to master’s studies in Oulu, the double degree consist of one academic year of MBA-studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. After completing the studies according to the study plan, the student is awarded both M.Sc. and MBA-degrees. Next call for applications is open in January 2020 for academic year 2020-2021 in Greensboro.


All course degree and course descriptions can be found in WebOodi. Please note that in the below degree structure diagrams, the course code before the name of the course can be clicked to directly access the description in Weboodi. Please note that the curriculum is being updated and that new course descriptions will be available in weboodi by the end of January 2020.

Elective Studies Faculty of Education 2019-2020

Course Structure Diagrams of the degree programs starting in 2019

Learning, Education and Technology (LET), MA(ed)

Course Structure Diagrams of the degree programs starting in 2018

Learning, Education and Technology (LET), MA(ed)


Course Structure Diagrams of the degree programs starting in 2019

EdGlo Degree Structure 2019-2020

Useful links

EdGlo Toolkit for Academic Essays and Master's Theses

The research group connected to EdGlo is
Education, Diversity, Globalisation and Ethics (EDGE)

Minor studies refer to including studies from another degree programme in your degree.

Bachelor of Science 2019-2020 (luonnontieteiden kandidaatti, LuK)

The degree of Bachelor of Science (luonnontieteiden kandidaatti) includes 25 credits of minors.

Master of Science 2019-2020 (filosofian maisteri, FM)

You can freely select 30 credits worth of studies to your Master of Science (filosofian maisteri) degree. These can also include studies in a minor or minors.

Studying archeology

The primary field of study is Finland’s past and that of the world’s various continents from an anthropological perspective. A specific focus is placed on the archaeological cultural heritage of northern Finland and of other northern areas within the global context. In addition to mastering basic knowledge, the teaching focuses on universal cultural theories and research technologies pertaining to the processing of source material. A key goal of research is to offer students the ability to independently complete the process of archaeological research, which consists of gathering a dataset, analysing it, interpreting it and presenting the results in writing. The basic and intermediate studies mostly consist of theory courses and practical archaeology study modules that include inventory preparation, digging and measuring instrument exercises. The advanced studies focus mainly on archaeological theory and study modules supporting the writing of theses.

During the first year, students of archaeology attend courses together with students of cultural anthropology. The students will not choose their major until the end of their first year. The degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA) consists of basic and intermediate studies and studies in the student’s minor subject. Its minimum scope is 180 credits and its maximum scope is 190 credits. After the BA degree, a student may continue their studies to become a Master of Arts (MA). The minimum scope of this degree is 120 credits and the maximum scope is 130 credits.

The syllabus is published annually in WebOodi, where students should register for courses. 


The most recent syllabus for archaeology can be found from WebOodi

Study guide

Faculty of Humanities study guide in WebOodi.


Electrical Engineering degree program offers a quality education as well as a stimulating and international learning environment. In the degree program students are trained as specialists in particular areas but also multi-disciplinaryexperts in challenging national and international jobs. Education is based on the most recent knowledge which is produced by high-quality research and prepares the students to apply the knowledge, but also prepares them to continuous learning in the working life.

Degree Programme in Electronics and Communications Engineering aims to train Bachelors and Masters of Engineering for the electrical engineering industry, particularly in electronics and telecommunications industries, as well as research and educational institutions. Training focuses on the electronics and telecommunications product development, research and production capabilities.

Graduates of the masters program typically work in the industry or in educational and research services. Independent entrepreneurship is also a viable career option. In general, the field of electronics and telecommunications,  graduates' job descriptions are associated with a strong international dimension regardless of the domain or location. The Master of Science degree also prepares for further scientific studies.


Master's degree programme in Science communication

The TIEMA Programme comprises 120 credits, leading to the completion of the M.A. Degree within two years.

The studies consist of the following parts:

  1. Communication Research Studies (25 ECTS)
  1. Science Studies (20 ECTS)
  1. Practical Communication Skills (40 ECTS)
  1. Pro Gradu Thesis and Seminar (35 ECTS)
  1. Optional Studies

If the student has completed courses similar to those provided by TIEMA as part of his/her earlier degree, he/she may choose optional courses of equal unit value instead.

Learning outcomes

The TIEMA graduate will be able to communicate using the principles of popular science communication. He/she will be able to compare and assess the different communication practices inherent in science and journalism, and produce accessible popular texts on the basis of scientific research results and scientific language.

The student will be able to critically evaluate and describe various practices and key issues in modern and more traditional science communication. He/she will be able to use various media and apply the principles of scientific communication in practical communication situations. The student will also be able to address the popularization of science in relation to the history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science, science education, politics of science as well as the ethics of science and communication. The student will be able to seek information from various sources and databases of scientific information. He/she will be able to apply various methods in communication research and the study of science.

The student will also be able to formulate and define a relevant research problem in science communication, carry out research on his/her topic and present it in the form of a written pro gradu thesis. The student will be able to draft and present scientific seminar reports and participate as an active member in seminars and workshops. He/she will also be able to describe and evaluate the professions and work opportunities in the field of science communication.

Course catalogue

TIEMA's course catalogue can be found on WebOodi


  1. Communication Research Studies (25 ECTS)
  • 695100P Introduction to Communication Studies (5 ECTS)
  • 694597S What is Science Communication? (5 ECTS)
  • 694531S Changing Media Culture (5 ECTS)
  • 694532S Media Law and Ethics in the Media (5 ECTS)
  • 694533S Communication Research (5 ECTS)
  1. Science Studies (20 ECTS)
  • 694643S History and Politics of Science (5 ECTS)
  • 694644S Philosophy and Sociology of Science (5 ECTS)
  • 694645S Publicity and Ethics of Science (5 ECTS)
  • 694646S Information Retrieval and Scientific Communication (5 ECTS)
  1. Practical Media Skills (40 ECTS)
  • 694647S Web Publishing (5 ECTS)
  • 694648S Journalism Workshop (10 ECTS, in two parts)
  • 694649S Television Workshop (5 ECTS)
  • 694950S Radio Workshop (5 ECTS)
  • 694544S Communication and PR Workshop (5 ECTS)
  • 694652S Science Education and Science Visualisation (5 ECTS)
  • 694653S Publication Design (5 ECTS)
  1. 694549S Pro Gradu Thesis and Seminar (35 ECTS)
  2. Optional Studies
  • 695105P PR Communication (5 ECTS)
  • 694651S  Practices in Communications (5-10 ECTS)
  • 694528S Business Plan of a Communications Entrepreneur (5 ECTS)
  • 694529S Work Practice (5 ECTS)


Autumn 2019

  • 694531S Changing Media Culture (5 ECTS)
  • 694532S Media Law and Ethics in the Media (5 ECTS)
  • 694644S Sociology and Philosophy of Science (5 ECTS)
  • 694645S Publicity and Ethics of Science (5 ECTS)
  • 694549S Pro gradu Thesis and Seminar

Spring 2020

  • 695105P PR Communication, (5 ECTS)
  • 694649S Television Workshop, (5 ECTS)
  • 694650S Radio Workshop, (5 ECTS)
  • 694549S Pro gradu Thesis and Seminar

English Philology

Please see also the web pages of English Philology (e.g. news and events, contact information of the staff).

NB! Courses in English Philology are only open for students who have the offical study right for it.

Description for English Philology.

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The list of courses and situation for times and places of teaching are available in WebOodi (select Opinto-oppaat/Course catalogues - Humanistinen tiedekunta/Faculty of Humanities - Englantilainen filologia/English Philology).

A step-by-step guide for completing a Bachelor's degree in English Philology

A step-by-step guide for completing a Master's degree in English Philology


Alternative ways to complete courses

Instructions for writers of research papers and pro gradus


Course Structure Diagrams of the degree programs starting in 2017, 2018 and 2019

Intercultural Teacher Education, BA
Intercultural Teacher Education, MA

Last updated: 29.11.2019