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 History of Science and Ideas

History of Science and Ideas has two interrelated perspectives on history. First, history of ideas or intellectual history focuses on beliefs, hopes and fears of past peoples – on the ways in which people have thought about society, nature and human nature. Intellectual historians also study ideologies, concepts and all kinds of “isms” or belief systems, such as liberalism, socialism and nationalism. These phenomena and ideas are related to the scientific modes of thought, but also to the spheres of economy, politics and religion.


Here in Oulu, researchers study the Enlightenment and its legacy, utopianism and a wide spectrum of political ideas from conservatism to anarchism. History of science explores changes in the understanding of science and how scientific practices have evolved over time. Traditionally, emphasis has been on medicine and natural sciences, but research on the human sciences is equally important. In Oulu, research topics include history of medicine, psychology and psychiatry as well as the physical sciences and the scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries. Historians of science are also examining how scientific data has been collected and analysed, what sort of knowledge has been considered “scientific” and how science interlinks with politics, culture and ideologies. History of Science and Ideas at the University of Oulu is the only one of its kind in Finland. This main subject is taught by a professor and three university lecturers. In 2012 there are ca. ten doctoral students in the discipline and ca. eight students attain their MA-degrees annually.

Basic information

Intake: 
14
Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180 + 120)
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish
Graduate Profiles: 
Teacher in History and Social Studies
Journalist
Employee e.g. in a Non-Governmental Organisation
Researcher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483303
petteri.pietikainen (at) oulu.fi
+358 (0)294 483305
erkki.urpilainen (at) oulu.fi

Applying

Next Application Period: 
4.3.2013 to 3.4.2013
Admissions: 

The degree programme is applied for through the joint application system at yliopistohaku.fi. The main language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Detailed information about admission requirements and applying is only available in Finnish.