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 History of Science and Ideas

Profile of the Degree: 

The University of Oulu is the only Finnish university where you can major in the History of Science and Ideas. This subject is taught by a professor and three university lecturers. The subject 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. 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. History of science has traditionally emphasized the study of 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 also examine 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.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

Master's degree: Major subject History of Science and Ideas (120 ECTS credits)


A Master’s degree includes Advanced Studies in the major subject (80 ECTS credits) and studies in minor subject(s), language and communication studies, training, or other studies (in total 40 ECTS credits). The Advanced Studies include a Master's Thesis (40 ECTS credits).


Further information: see Course Structure Diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing the Advanced Studies, students will be able to plan and carry out complex projects which require finding and using information. They will also have the abilities to produce scientific information. They will be able to work independently and ethically in demanding analytical and creative projects. They will also be capable of acting as experts in various groups and communities. They will have the skills to critically analyse different source materials and statements. In addition, they will have the skills to present the results of the research process coherently in written format. They will know and be able to implement the most important research methods of this research field. They will be accustomed to using the concepts of the History of Science and Ideas. Furthermore, they will have the ability to use the theoretical tools and the methods from other fields of study. The students will have formed an idea of the diversity of studies in this field and will be able to place their own research subjects into a wider scientific context. The students will be able to stay in touch with the scientific issues in their field of study independently.


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 Finnish. 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: 

Graduates of History of Science and Ideas have many and varied work prospects, for example teacher, journalist, expert in information administration, public sector administration or non-governmental organization, or researcher.

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) and studies in minor subject(s), language and communication studies, training, or other studies (in total 40 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: 
Finnish
Graduate profiles: 
Subject Teacher
Journalist
Expert in Information Administration
Public Sector Administration or Non-Governmental Organizations
Researcher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483303
petteri.pietikainen (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. The main language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Detailed information about admission requirements and applying is only available in Finnish.