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 Nursing Science

Profile of the Degree: 

Students admitted to the Degree Programme of Nursing Science have nursing science as their major subject. Those graduating from the programme work as experts in demanding leading positions in social and health care in planning, development, research, teaching and management on both national and international level. The employment situation of newly graduated students has been good.

With their choice of minor subjects, students can target their studies to qualify for various positions, such as director of nursing, first-line nurse manager or unit manager, or for clinical nursing work. With their choice of minor subjects and optional studies, students can target their studies based on their personal goals by choosing studies in different subjects in Finland or abroad according to their Personal Study Plan (HOPS). The minor subjects available for nursing science students are Clinical Nursing Science Expert Studies and Research Studies. The Degree Programme in Nursing Science provides students with skills that enable them to apply scientific knowledge and methods, work as experts and developers in their own field and to pursue post-graduate studies.

In learning, the aim is for students to be able to analyse and examine the knowledge base of nursing science in a critical manner, and to convince their listeners of the significance of nursing science knowledge in health care and in society today and tomorrow. Learning is promoted with the use of varied teaching methods.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

Advanced studies in Nursing Science 60 ECTS credits
352221A Theory development and evaluation 5.0
353201S Nursing science II 7.0
353203S Research methods II 10.0
353207S Research seminars and master's thesis 38.0
353205S Written maturity test
 
Studies in minor subject and optional studies 60 ECTS credits
Students can select optional studies and minor subject studies according to their personal study plan.

Minor subject studies must include at least one 25 ECTS study module. Studies and study modules completed at the University of Oulu or other universities are accepted.
Compulsory minor subject for students: 
Clinical nurse specialist -studies 35.0
Research path -studies 35.0

Clinical nurse specialist -studies (possibility to choose as a minor study)
352225A Becoming a clinical nurse specialist 2.0
352222A Gerontological nursing science, aging as a resource in community 8.0
353113S The effective patient education in nursing and nursing science 8.0
352208A Introduction to didactics of nursing science 6.0
351145P Evaluation and development of the health care work unit 6.0
351138P Legal aspects of health care 4.0
352226A Practical training in clinical nursing 15.0
 
Research path -studies (possibility to choose as a minor study)
354200A Becoming a researcher 2.0
354201A Theoretical and methodological basis for research area 5.0
354202A Research ethics in health sciences 5.0
354203A Advanced methodological studies 8.0
354204A Research training 15.0

Learning Outcomes: 

The learning outcomes of the degrees comply with the national framework concerning degrees and other competence (for description in English, see p. 6).

After having completed the degree of Master of Health Sciences students

  • have extensive and highly specialised knowledge of nursing science concepts, theories and methods and are able to use them independently as basis of nursing science research
  • are able to analyse critically issues of nursing science and closely related disciplines
  • are able to solve demanding research and innovation problems in the field of social and health care
  • are able to work independently in demanding expert positions in social and health care
  • are able to manage and develop complex, unforeseen and new strategic approaches in the operating environment of social and health care
  • are able to manage affairs and lead people, are able to plan the operation of other persons and groups and to draw conclusions of operation in the field of social and health care
  • are able to communicate well both orally and in writing to audiences consisting of colleagues and the general public, and are capable of international communication and interaction in the other official language spoken in Finland, and at least one foreign language
  • have the competence required for postgraduate studies in Health Sciences and for continuous learning.
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)

 

 

Courses for which prior qualification counts as credit are marked in the study guide as follows:
* indicates courses for which prior qualification in health care from an Institute of Nursing or University of Applied Science qualifying for admission to present degree programme counts as credit.
** indicates courses for which prior qualification in health care from a University of Applied Science qualifying for admission to present degree programme counts as credit
** indicates courses for which an earlier Master’s degree in health care from a University of Applied Science counts as credit.

 

 

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Muissa yliopistoissa, mukaan lukien muiden yliopistojen avoimissa yliopistoissa, suoritettujen opintojen osalta opiskelijan tulee hakea hyväksilukemista erillisellä lomakkeella, joka on saatavilla, joka on saatavilla Oulun yliopiston www-sivulta  ( http://www.oulu.fi/yliopisto/opiskelu/opintopolku/ahot ). Aikaisemmin osaamisen tunnustamisessa noudatetaan Oulun yliopiston määrittelemiä AHOT-periaatteita http://www.oulu.fi/yliopisto/opiskelu/opintopolku/AHOT/AHOT-prosessi.

Based on prior health care qualification obtained at a University of Applied Sciences (upper degree), 35 ECTS is accepted towards optional studies leading to Degree of Master of Health Sciences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modes of study: 

The Master of Health Sciences degree will be completed after the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and it includes 120 ECTS. The studies mainly comprise full-time study. Courses are arranged so that the degree can be obtained in two years with full-time study. Studies consist of the following:

  • lectures / contact teaching
  • learning tasks
  • web-based learning
  • training

The extent of studies is indicated using ECTS credits, which illustrate the amount of time required to achieve good learning. The average time students devote to studies per week is 40 hours, which may consist of 20 hours of teaching and 20 hours of independent work, for example. The annual input of work by students totals 1,600 hours, corresponding to 60 ECTS.

Language of Instruction: 

Teaching in Finnish. If necessary, teaching can be in English.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Course completion and grading: Courses leading to a degree can be completed in accordance with the curriculum. This means that students complete the general studies, language studies, major and minor subject studies as well as optional studies included in the study plan as designed. As a rule, study modules are completed by examination, graded by the person in charge of the course. Grading is often based on grades obtained from final or mid-term examinations. Other assessment methods are used as well, such as written assignments, oral examination, portfolio assignments etc. A more detailed account of course completion can be found in the description of courses. The final assignment for Master’s degree is a Master’s thesis. A Personal Study Plan (PSP) is drawn up for each student, taking into account prior studies and work experience.

Grading scale: (Education regulations, section 17): ”A numerical scale 0-5 (whole numbers) or oral assessment (pass/fail) is used in grading. In grading doctoral theses and licentiate theses, verbal assessment can be used (approved with distinction, approved, rejected). On a numerical scale, zero equals rejection.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

Those graduating from the programme work as experts in demanding leading positions in social and health care in planning, development, research, teaching and management on both national and international level. The employment situation of newly graduated students has been good. 

Access to Further Studies: 

The degree will give the competence for postgraduates studies.

Graduation Requirements: 

Requirements for the degree include a Bachelor's degree, but also advanced studies in major subject and the master's thesis with a written maturity test. The student must also complete other studies indicated in the study plan.

In order to gain a degree certificate the student has to supply an application to the faculty’s office according to instructions given by the faculty.

The provisions of Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004), Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and Decree on the Demonstration of the Finnish and Swedish Language Proficiency in State Administration (481/2003) apply to language requirements pertaining to the degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences.

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 in Health Sciences will give the competence required for postgraduate studies in Health Sciences and for continuous learning.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
120
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish
Graduate profiles: 
Expert in Social and Health Care
First-line Nurse Manager
Director of Nursing
Unit Manager
Researcher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 485617
arja.isola (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.