Study programs

The Information Studies degree program at the University of Oulu was founded in 1988. It is within the Department of Finnish, Information Studies and Logopedics in the Faculty of Humanities. The degree program aims to educate information professionals and librarians for public, research and other types of libraries and information services in industry, experts of information management and retrieval for public and private sectors. The degree program also provides a foundation for those whose interest lies in scientific research.

The Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) (180 credits)
  • Master of Arts (MA) (BA+120 credits)

Research Degrees

  • Licentiate in Philosophy in Information Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies (PhD)

Main areas of Information Studies:

  1. Information needs of society, organisations and individuals and ways of acquiring information,
  2. Producing and conveying information and culture,
  3. Organising, storing and retrieving information; all of which aim at information management,
  4. Activity and history of organisations within information services.

Selection of students for the BA and MA Programmes

The annual intake is 15 major subject students leading first to the BA and then to the MA degrees. One additional place is reserved for a Saami-speaking student.

From 20 to 25 students are selected with Information Studies as a minor subject. They are advised to complete the basic and intermediate studies because less is not generally recognised by Finnish employers.

Potential employers include municipal, research and other types of libraries, research institutes, private enterprises, educational establishments, civil service departments, and organizations alike. Employment prospects have been good.

Students from abroad are most welcome as students under agreements of co-operation (NORDPLUS, SOCRATES/ERASMUS). Short term visiting students do not need to know Finnish, but foreign students who want to take degree level examinations must demonstrate fluency in Finnish language when they apply. More details about entry procedures are available from Terttu Kortelainen or Kari Kaskela (Chief Administrative Officer, tel. +358 8 553 3233, e-mail: kari.kaskela[at]

Tuition is mainly in Finnish. Active participation in lectures is important but only seminars and exercises are compulsory. Lectures can be substituted with summaries, essays and home exams.

Last updated: 27.10.2016