Studies at University of Oulu 2012-2013

The University of Oulu offers study opportunities with a solid academic foundation ranging from 5-6 year degree programmes and master’s programmes to doctoral training. There are also several possibilities such as open university studies, executive training and continuing education for developing and maintaining skills and competencies.

In addition to a variety of student exchange programmes, international master’s degree programmes in English are offered in six fields of study, making the university an international study environment.

5-6 Year Degree Programmes

BHSc in Health Management Science

Profile of the Degree: 

The degree programme in Health Management Science is designed for students to achieve expertise in health and social care research, development and management positions.

The goal of the degree programme is to educate experts for research, planning and management in health care. The graduate students majoring the health care science can place themselves in public, private and third sector working as e.g. social- and health manager, public service unit manager, charge nurse, department head, project manager, development manager, enterpriser, teacher, planner, coordinator and researcher. The studies consist of contact teaching, self-written assignments, group work and practical training.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

The Bachelor’s degree consists of general studies (25 ECTS), main subject studies and optional studies (63 ECTS = 25 ECTS basic studies + 40 ECTS advanced studies) and 90 ECTS in minor subject and optional studies. A more detailed description of the degree structure is shown in the course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

After having attained the degree of Bachelor of Health Administration Sciences students are able to:

  • Apply the concepts and terms of health administration science in the context of changing operating environments and organisations
  • Follow and interpret development in health care and health administration science
  • Apply scientific working methods. Have capability to proceed to Master’s degree studies and continuous learning
  • Use and apply in their own working tasks the information acquired in a creative and critical manner
  • Communicate independently in their native language, the other official language spoken in Finland and at least one foreign language, to international audiences.
Arrangements for recognition of prior learning: 

The recognition of prior learning follows the main principles as defined by the University of Oulu.

More information: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

University of Oulu Education Regulations gives information on recognition of prior learning in article 27.

Modes of study: 

Studies are carried out as contact teaching. They included lectures, seminars, excercises and group guiding. In addiction there is inpendent studing and group work.
The basic studies are completed during the 1st studing year. Intermediate studies are completed during the 2nd and 3rd year. Studying is full-time.

Language of Instruction: 

Teaching is mainly in Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Studing is full-time, equivalent to 60 ECTS per year. That means 1,600 hours per year of study the student's work. The whole degree (180 ECTS credits) can be completed in three years full-time study.

Assessment methods and criteria for the studies: The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the basic studies, intermediate studies, advanced studies and elective studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily completed by attending essays, exams and excercises. The assessment is often based on the grades of final exams. Also other assessment criteria are used, including portfolio tasks, work reports etc. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Bachelor’s thesis shall be written as the final work in the degree. A Personal Study Plan PSP is compiled for each student, considering student’s prior learning and work experience.”

Grading: (The University of Oulu Education Regulations 17§): a numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course. In numerical scale zero stands for fail.

Separate provisions have been laid down for assessing the proficiency in Finnish and Swedish language required in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

The graduate students majoring in health care science can work as an expert in social and health care research, development and management.

Access to Further Studies: 

The student is justified to continue to the Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) studies without having the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree. However, it is very strongly advisable that the student will apply the degree of BHSc after the 3rd year. In practice this will take place during the autumn semester of the 4th study year when the student is starting his/her MHSc studies. In some cases (in some MHSc courses) the BHSc may be required. Student can begin his/her MHSc studies also during 3rd year, normally during the spring semester.

Graduation Requirements: 

In addition to compulsory and optional studies the student completes the Bachelor’s Thesis and Maturity Test. In order to graduate, the student needs to achieve sufficient knowledge in Finnish and Swedish according to the law (424/2003 6 § 1). In order to gain a degree certificate the student has to supply an application to the faculty’s office according to instructions given by the faculty.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations: 

All education in the University of Oulu is based on the principles of the joint European credit transfer system (ECTS) which facilitates the transparency of education and the recognition of degrees at an international level. All degrees awarded from the University of Oulu are recognised by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

The graduate students majoring the health care science can work as an expert in social- and health care research, development and management. 

The degree provides language proficiency required of personnel in public bodies in accordance with the Language Proficiency Section 6: Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6:

Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6: Language proficiency

1. The student must demonstrate in studies included in education for a lower or higher University degree or otherwise that he/she has attained:

(1) proficiency in Finnish and Swedish which is required of civil servants in bilingual public agencies and organizations under Section 6(1) of the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and which is necessary for their field; and

(2) skills in at least one foreign language needed to follow developments in the field and to operate in an international environment.

2. The provisions of subsection 1 do not concern a student who has been educated in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or a student who has been educated abroad. The language proficiency of such students shall be determined by the university.

3. For special reasons, the university may either totally or partially exempt a student from the requisite language skills referred to in subsection 1.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Bachelor's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
1,5 - 3 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 485611
leena.paasivaara (at)


Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the joint application system at The main language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Detailed information about admission requirements and applying is only available in Finnish.