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 Logopedics

Profile of the Degree: 

Logopedics is a multidisciplinary science in the humanities with strong links to behavioral sciences. It studies the manifestations and causes of disorders in voice, speech, language and communication. In addition, the discipline focuses on the prevention, rehabilitation and the affectivity of rehabilitation of these disorders.

The Degree Programme in Logopedics (including BA and MA Degrees) provides students with qualifications to work in the profession of a licensed speech and language therapist as well as in various professions requiring expertise in speech, language and communication.

The objective of the Basic Studies in Logopedics is to educate multidisciplinary experts. The variety of subjects available and the multidisciplinary nature of the research conducted in this field contribute to this objective. In addition to its major subject, the Degree Programme in Logopedics also deals with the fields of psychology, medicine, phonetics and linguistics.

Studies in the programme last five years, and they involve theory, supervised clinical learning, training to become a therapist and independent practice in the field of speech therapy. Mastering scientific and research skills alongside the basic education is crucial for the development of this field of science. The student should, to a certain degree, participate in the research conducted in the department, for example by assisting as a test subject or a data collector.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

Master's degree: Degree Programme in Logopedics (120 ECTS credits)

The Master’s degree includes the Advanced Studies in the major subject (110 ECTS credits) and optional studies (10 ECTS credits). The Advanced Studies include a Master's Thesis (40 ECTS credits).

Learning Outcomes: 

The Advanced Studies in Logopedics, via studies of theory and clinical courses, fosters the student’s skills to conduct logopedic research based on their own areas of interest as well as their skills to work independently as a speech therapist. With the Advanced Studies, students will gain high-level skills for understanding, analysing and reporting the nature of disorders in interaction, communication and logopedic information. In addition, students will gain various qualifications needed in the professions of the field.

Learning outcomes of Advanced Studies in Logopedics:

  • Students can plan and execute advanced projects concerning research and applying knowledge as well as producing scholarly discourse.

  • Students can critically evaluate various data and arguments as well as present the results of research processes coherently in a written thesis.

  • Students can do demanding independent tasks requiring analysis, creativity and ethical evaluation and are able to provide expert work in multiprofessional communities and other various professional settings.

  • Students understand the diversity of logopedic research and can place their own research aims in the wider context of discourse in the field. Students have the ability to independently follow the discourse in their field.

  • Students know and are able to apply the essential logopedic research methods in clinical courses. They can use the terminology of logopedics and have the skills to apply methodological and theoretical tools from other disciplines in both research and clinical work.

  • Via theoretical studies and clinical courses, students have acquired advanced qualifications for understanding, analysing and communicating the nature of logopedic and any other types of information both in the context of research and in the profession of speech therapist.

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 main language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish.

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: 

The Degree Programme in Logopedics grants both the qualifications to act as a licenced Speech-Language Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist, as well as the skills required in various professional tasks within the realms of speech, language and communication.

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: 

The Master’s degree includes the Advanced Studies in the major subject (110 ECTS credits) and optional studies (10 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


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.

After having completed the Degree Programme in Logopedics (Master of Arts degree), students are eligible to apply for a license to practice as a speech therapist. Licensing is granted by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).

The Master’s degree is a qualification for doctoral studies as well a general qualification for many jobs in the civil service. 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: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate profiles: 
Speech-language Pathologist
Speech and Language Therapist
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483390
matti.lehtihalmes (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.