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

MA, Major Subject German Philology (Subject Teacher Education)

Profile of the Degree: 

German Philology focuses on teaching and exploring linguistic and translinguistic (multimodal) texts, considering in comparison how they appear from the perspective of the cultures of Finland and German-speaking countries. Both linguistic (literary, factual and professional texts) and translinguistic (e.g. corporations, urban planning, public buildings) texts are considered as aspects of intercultural communication.


The degree program consists of studies in core focus areas such as, e.g., translation, literature, culture and intercultural communication. The studies also include language training that can be realized, for example, as exchange studies. Partner universities are located in Germany and Austria, amongst others. Studies completed abroad are fully transferable to the student’s degree program.


Within the economic life of Oulu as well as of Finland as a whole, there is an increasing interest in experts of the German language and of the culture of German-speaking areas. Because of the great significance of the German-speaking economic region for Finland's export market, there will inevitably be a need for experts and consultants with cultural expertise of the region, providing unique opportunities. In order to satisfy this need, courses in International Business Communication are included in the studies. Marketing, Tourism and Economics are highly suitable minor subjects. Pedagogical studies are compulsory for students aiming to become German teachers.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

Master's degree: Major subject German Philology, German subject teacher education (120 ECTS credits)


A Master’s degree includes Advanced Studies in the major subject (80 ECTS credits), Pedagogical Studies (35 ECTS credits) and other studies (5 ECTS credits). The Advanced Studies include a Master's Thesis (40 ECTS credits).


Further information: see Course Structure Diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

After having completed the Advanced Studies in German Philology, students have excellent oral skills and they are capable of translating demanding professional texts. They are able to write virtually flawless scientific texts, with the help of references. They also master the methods of scientific work. In addition, students are capable of scientific thinking: analysing relationships and structures, handling conflicting approaches, thinking logically and analogically, describing various phenomena and developing scientific perspectives. They also know how to analyse demanding scientific texts and how to formulate and present scientific questions. They have the capacity to contrastively analyse and evaluate the questions and problems in the Finnish and German cultural spheres, to critically analyse scientific articles and to apply the most important theories in their theses.


Learning outcomes: Pedagogical studies


After completing a Master's degree, the student



  • has knowledge of the dimensions of theoretical discourse within the field of his/her main subject and is able to implement this discourse on a practical level in interpreting and categorizing information and is able to disseminate information for others.

  • is able to distinguish between scholarly thinking and common perception and is able to independently work to produce new academic discourse.

  • is able to work independently on challenging assignments that demand analytical skills, creativity and ethical judgment, as well as work as an expert in diverse groups and settings.

  • is able to plan and implement profound projects by seeking and applying information, and is able to produce scholarly discourse.

  • has knowledge of the fundamentals of his/her minor subjects and is able to follow and interpret related developments as well as their significance with regards to society.

  • has good oral and written skills in his/her native language and can communicate fluently with other academics in the field of his/her study as well as with people outside the field.

  • is able to communicate and interact internationally in his/her field of study in Finnish or Swedish and in at least one foreign language.   (Different requirements apply for foreign degree students)
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)

Modes of study: 

Studies are to be carried out fulltime. The average input needed for studies of one academic year is 1600 working hours, which is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. Studying fulltime, the entire degree (120 ECTS credits) can be completed in two years. The studies are primarily carried out as contact teaching, but some of the courses can be completed by independent learning (book examinations, essays) or by distance learning. The alternative methods are explained in the study unit descriptions.

Language of Instruction: 

The language of instruction in the major subject is German. Other languages of instruction depend on the minor subjects the student includes in the degree.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the advanced studies and elective studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and with written assignments and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final exams and term papers. Also other assessment criteria are used. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Master’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.


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. When assessing doctoral dissertations and licentiate’s theses, verbal grading kiittäen hyväksytty (Approved with Distinction), hyväksytty (Approved) tai hylätty (Rejected) can be used. In numerical scale zero stands for fail.


In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. The grades of Pro Gradu Theses and Diploma Theses shall not be considered when determining the average of advanced studies.  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: 

After having completed the Master’s degree, the graduates of German Philology (subject teacher education) work as teachers.


Graduates of German Philology have also many other and varied work prospects. Here are some examples:



  • Professional in International Trade

  • Press Officer, Journalist

  • Translator, Tnterpreter

  • Language and Culture Consultant

  • Work in the European Union

Students aiming for a career in business can direct their studies towards international business communication and may include studies in, amongst others, Economics and Communication Studies (e.g. international business, management, marketing and logistics) in their degree.


 

Access to Further Studies: 

The Master’s degree is required for the commencement of postgraduate studies and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. At the University of Oulu, the postgraduate studies are coordinated by University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).


 

Graduation Requirements: 




A Master’s degree includes Advanced Studies in the major subject (80 ECTS credits), Pedagogical Studies (35 ECTS credits) and other studies (5 ECTS credits). The Advanced Studies include a Master's Thesis (40 ECTS credits). A maturity test (0 ECTS credits) will be administered on the basis of the thesis.


The study modules included in the degree must be compiled in Oodi (the official student register). This is done by the person responsible for compiling studies in the subject in question. Diplomas are granted by the Dean of Education and distributed to the graduates in the official graduation ceremony. The ceremony is usually held once a month, apart from July and August. Students should register for the graduation ceremony by filling in a form and submitting it to the Faculty Student Affairs. The forms, as well as detailed information on graduation ceremony dates and closing dates for applications, can be found on the website http://www.oulu.fi/hutk/en/studies/graduation.html


 

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 Master’s degree (MA) is a qualification for doctoral studies as well as a general qualification for many jobs in the civil service. If a student has completed the pedagogical studies as a minor subject (60 ECTS credits), the Master’s degree provides the qualification for teaching positions in primary and secondary schools and other educational institutions. The pedagogical studies are included partly in the Bachelor's and partly in the Master's degree. The prerequisites for obtaining a teacher’s post in Finland include a completed Master's degree and required studies in the teaching subject(s). The certificate of the eligibility (teacher’s certificate) is attached to the Master’s degree diploma.


The language proficiency requirements of the degree qualify the student for employment in the civil service according to the section on language proficiency, 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: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
120
Language of Instruction: 
German
Graduate profiles: 
German Language Teacher
Consular Official
Marketing Designer
Communications Director
Researcher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483427
gerhard.schmitt (at) oulu.fi

Applying

Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the joint application system at http://yliopistohaku.fi