Information Studies

The teaching in the Information Studies programme is based on research focusing on phenomena related to creating and producing, organizing, disseminating, seeking, retrieving and using information in various contexts. Society’s move towards an information-based economy is built on global co-operation enabled by information networks, which increasingly offers possibilities for experts in the field of information science.

A particular point of focus in the degree programme is the connection between various social and professional practices, and related matters such as regional, national and international co-operation between members of the public and private sectors. To be an expert in the field of information requires the ability to plan, develop and maintain the methods and systems of the field and being constantly up-to-date regarding developments in the field.

The compulsory studies in information and communication technology included in the degree programme provide the essential skills required for professions related to information systems. Broader studies in the Information Processing Science programme increases a graduate’s employment prospects in various positions requiring expertise in the field, and the Intermediate Studies in IPS are essential in IT-oriented careers.

Practical training can be completed through work in a library, in workplaces utilizing information management or information services, or in other jobs related to the field. The training may last two or three months (5 or 8 credits). The choice of the place of employment for the training must be agreed upon with the degree programme’s practical training tutor. Prior work experience may reduce the duration of the training, or completely fulfil it.

At the University of Oulu, the Information Studies programme is closely aligned with the communication sciences. The Master's Programme in Science Communication (TIEMA), which is without parallel in Finland, has been arranged jointly by the Information Studies and History of Science and Ideas programmes since 2007. Through their elective studies, students of in the Information Studies programme have the opportunity to develop expertise in communication sciences and information studies, as well as in fields such as science communication, media relations or web communication. 

International teacher and student exchange is realized through the Erasmus and Nordplus programmes. Teacher and student exchange to partner universities in Africa (in Namibia, South-Africa, Senegal and Tanzania) is carried out in co-operation with Åbo Akademi and Turku University of Applied Sciences through the North-South-South Higher Education Institution Network Programme arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CIMO. Bilateral exchange agreements also allow students opportunities to go on exchange to universities in the United States, for instance.

Study guidance is provided by Vesa Suominen, the University Lecturer of Information Studies, tel. +358 29 448 3356, vesa.suominen(a)

Last updated: 9.10.2013