Philosophy is considered the oldest of all sciences. It studies the methodological problems common to all disciplines and eras, as well as ideological questions concerning human knowledge, language, argumentation and questions irreducible to these problems. Philosophy also explores questions concerning social and ethical principles as well.

Central fields of study in Philosophy are metaphysics, logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, principles of natural and social sciences, values, ethics, aesthetics and social philosophy. The history of philosophy provides an overall view of the entirety of which these fields consist.

The history of sciences explores how as sciences evolve the connection between science and philosophy is constantly renewed. Studies in the Philosophy programme provide a suitable foundation for analysing the advance of sciences through the study of principles, methods and values. Studying ethics and values from the viewpoint of philosophy is also useful in promoting social discourse.

Philosophical methods have proven especially beneficial in the academic education of researchers. Therefore the Philosophy study package is a suitable optional or additional subsidiary (minor) subject for all degree programmes in the Faculty of Humanities as well as programmes in the fields of the natural sciences, technical and medical fields, social and educational sciences and cultural research. Studies in philosophy can also be an advantage for postgraduate studies in various disciplines.

In addition, philosophy has recently become a compulsory subject in Finnish upper secondary schools, and demand for qualified teachers has increased significantly. Therefore it is a suitable subsidiary subject for students from various fields who aim to become teachers.

Any student enrolled at the University of Oulu can choose Philosophy as a subsidiary subject.

Study guidance is provided by University Lecturer Kari Väyrynen, tel. +358 29 448 3311, kari.vayrynen(a)


Last updated: 2.10.2019