Congratulations if you choose to study natural sciences!

Studying natural sciences is versatile in nature both because of its working methods and its contents. Natural science graduates have a wide range of career options. In some jobs substance knowledge is important whereas in others general abilities acquired in university studies are the ones that count.

The aim of the studies is to master the basic concepts, methods and core theories of the field and to be able to put knowledge into practice. In addition, the education prepares for scientific postgraduate education as well as lifelong learning and scientific communication. Studying requires perseverance. The basic courses of every study programme are essential – they contain the core material of the subject in question and further studies build on them.

University teaching is based on scientific research. The entire teaching staff of the faculty, from professors to PhD students, does research. The Faculty of Science has a high research volume. The aim is to get all the students involved in research as early as possible depending on the study programme. Even though most graduates do not actually do research in their work, it is important for all the academic graduates to understand how to produce new information, read research reports and evaluate research information. Scientific viewpoint is one of the most valuable skills acquired in university.

Natural science studies allow a lot of freedom. A student can explore various subjects during his/her studies. The student decides his/her own study pace and there is not a lot of compulsory attendance. Freedom brings along responsibility of the progress of the studies. For example, the students have to find out about the practical issues of courses and study modules and make sure that their own studies progress.

It is important to ask questions and challenge information as well as interact with teachers. Conversation peppers teaching and it helps you to test how sustainable your own ideas are. At the same time one of the most central traditions of Western scientific traditions, critical thinking, is kept alive, i.e. you must justify your ideas.


Under "Instructions and forms" there is a list for every degree. The list contains a checklist, instructions and forms, which have to be submitted to the faculty office at the time of graduation.

Complementary studies

Students who have completed their Master’s degree at the University of Oulu keep their right to study for continuing and postgraduate education. Application period is on-going.

Right to complete non-graduate studies or Open University teaching integrated into basic education

It is possible to apply for a right to complete non-degree studies in the Faculty of Science or get a right to study through Open University teaching which is integrated into basic education. The right to complete non-degree studies can primarily be granted either to add professional competence or for another degree that is completed at another university. Study rights are admitted within the limits of the teaching capacity of each unit. Application form is submitted to the faculty office by 15 August or by 1 December.

Changing degree programs

Students can change degree programmes within the same field of study on reasoned application. Free-form applications are submitted to the faculty office by 31 March.
Transfer studies

If you have a valid study entitlement it is possible to apply for a transfer to the Faculty of Science outside the annual intake quota after the application period, which ends on 31 March.

Those who have studied abroad

Those who have acquired their eligibility for higher education abroad are selected once a year by application (See the faculty study guide.). The application period ends on 31 January. The application is submitted online. For further information see

Further information on the unit of International Relations.
Separate sertificates

Separate certificates can be granted to those who have completed a study module of at least 25 ECTS (abrobatur level) or of at least 60 ECTS (cum laude abrobatur level) as well as to those who have completed laudatur studies (or other thesis). The minimum extent of laudatur studies varies between degree programmes.

Further information

In questions related to studies such as

  • student admissions
  • study entitlements
  • degree statutes and regulations
  • ordering transcripts of records and
  • applications for awarding the degree

you can email to:

or contact the: Chief Academic Officer Tero Vedenjuoksu (tero.vedenjuoksu(at) Tel. 029 448 1760

Last updated: 27.7.2017