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

MHSc in Health Management Science

Profile of the Degree: 

Health management science is designed for students to achieve expertise in health and social care research, development and management positions.

The goal of the degree programme in health management science is to educate experts for research, planning and management in health care. The graduate students majoring in health management science can be placed in public, private and third sector working e.g. as a social- and health manager, public service unit manager, charge nurse, department head, project manager, development manager, enterpriser, teacher, planner, coordinator and researcher. Studies are based on scientific, theoretical and methodological starting points. The studies consist of contact teaching, self-written assignments, group work and practical training.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

The master’s degree consists of main subject studies (63  ECTS), minor subject studies and optional studies (57 ECTS = 25 ECTS module + optional courses 15 ECTS + replaced with optional 25 ECTS). A more detailed description of the degree structure is shown in course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

After having attained the degree of Master of Health Sciences in addition to Bachelor of Health Sciences, students are able to:

  1. acquire and evaluate critically current information and use it independently and innovatively from the viewpoint of multiprofessional management and in relation to advanced studies
  2. conduct scientific research with scientific research methods and engage in postgraduate studies in health administration science
  3. participate in research, expert tasks, management and development in health care 
  4. communicate orally and in writing in a clear and analytical manner
  5. evaluate the activities and knowledge of people acting in the operating environment and to increase their knowledge and readiness.


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)

Koulutuksen johtosääntö (University of Oulu Rules of Procedure, in Finnish) gives information on recognition of prior learning in artcle 27.

Modes of study: 

Studies are carried out as contact teaching. They include lectures, seminars, excercises and group tutorials. In addition there is independent studying and group work.
The advanced studies are completed in two years. Studying is full-time.

Language of Instruction: 

Teaching is mainly in Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Assessment methods and criteria for the studies: The studies consist of the intermediate studies, advanced studies and optional studies. Studies are executed according to individual timetable depending on the optional studies. The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final or mid-term exams. Also other assessment criteria are used, including work reports, study diaries etc. 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 and work experience.

Grading: (Koulutuksen johtosääntö pykälä 17: University of Oulu Rules of Procedure, article 17): a numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course. 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 goal of the degree programme in health management science is to educate experts for research, planning and management in health care. The graduate students majoring in health care science can be placed in public, private and third sector working as e.g. a social- and health manager, public service unit manager, charge nurse, department head, project manager, development manager, enterpriser, teacher, planner, coordinator and researcher.

Access to Further Studies: 

After gaining the Master of Health Sciences degree it is possible to apply for postgraduate studies organized by the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

Graduation Requirements: 

In order to graduate, the student is required to have passed all the courses included in the degree, to have completed the Master’s thesis and the maturity test (if it is not done during Bachelor's studies) in acceptable manner and to have handed out the degree certificate request to the faculty’s office according to instructions given by the faculty.

In addition, the student must show the required level of Finnish and Swedish language skills according to Act (424/2003, section 6, subsection 1) and the required level of knowledge in one foreign language to be able to follow the field specific development and work in an international environment (Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6).

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 graduate students majoring in Health management science can work as experts in social and health care research, development and management. After that students can continue to postgraduate studies aiming at Ph.D.

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: 
Social and Health Service Manager
Project Manager
Health Care Planner
Head Nurse
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 485611
leena.paasivaara (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.