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

Degree Programme in Economics

Economics has two tracks (majors): Economics and Finance. Economics focuses on explaining the behavior of different economic agents, such as households, companies and general government. The aim is to describe, explain and model the modern market economy. Common questions in economics are, among others: how the degree of competition affects the behavior of firms, how international risks affect domestic firms, and the efficient ways of organizing economic activity in different competitive environments. Economics also gives tools to assess, for example, the effect of different policy actions on the economy.

Majoring in Finance prepares students for challenging careers in the financial arena. Building on the basic concepts of finance, the programme closely examines theory and empirical testing methods. The programme culminates with courses that demand and develop quantitative skills. Topics covered include asset pricing, financial econometrics, portfolio management and performance evaluation, corporate finance, and individual courses on various asset classes. The degree programme in Economics provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in demanding specialist and executive positions in corporations, governmental agencies or third sector organizations. The programme also provides students with a solid foundation for further scientific research.

Kati Leinonen

Basic information

30 (Economics) +30 (Finance)
Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Additional Information Concerning the Language of Instruction: 
Economics: Lectures in Finnish. Finance: English
Graduate Profiles: 
Economics: Economist
Finance: Quantitative Analyst
Portfolio Manager
Market Strategist
Chief Investment Officer (CIO)
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 482919
jukka.perttunen (at)
+358 (0)294 482917
jukka.maamaki (at)


Next Application Period: 
4.3.2013 to 3.4.2013

The degree programme is applied for through the joint application system at,  the applicant must select either Economics or Finance. The main language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Detailed information about admission requirements and applying is only available in Finnish.