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

MSc in Chemistry (Subject Teacher Education)

Profile of the Degree: 

Studying in the Degree programme in Chemistry is free and public (Universities Act 2009/558 8§). Teaching consists of advanced elective chemistry studies, subsidiary teaching subject studies, pedagogical studies, and other elective studies. The content of studies has formed as a result of international (European Chemistry Thematic Network Association) and national collaboration. It follows European guidelines recommended for quality teaching. Learning is built on previously acquired knowledge, developing competence in a logical manner.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

The Degree of MSc is taken after the Degree of BSc. The studies for the Degree of MSc are 120 ECTS credits and they can be completed in two years.

At the beginning of the master's studies the student in subject teacher education chooses a major subject in chemistry. The majors are Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Structural Chemistry. The major can be selected after the student's own interest.

The master's studies consist of the compulsory advanced major studies, optional advanced studies in chemistry, minor studies, pedagogical studies, and optional studies, which can be advanced studies in chemistry or studies offered by the other degree programmes, for instance second minor studies. The student can take optional advanced studies freely after his/her own interest in his/her own major or other majors in chemistry.

The structure and required courses for the degree of MSc in the subject teacher education are described in the course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

The graduate:

  • can  independently search, interpret and absorb chemistry-related scientific knowledge and take responsibility for their own professional development.

  • can apply adopted, chemistry-related advanced knowledge independently to solve a scientific problem or to produce new knowledge in chemistry or chemistry-related surrounding

  • can handle critically chemistry-related data and draw conclusions on the basis of it

  • can clearly present and give reasons for results to specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • has teacher’s eligibility to train in high school or work in chemistry-related tasks in industry or public sector. The learning outcomes of pedagogical studies in the subject teacher education can be found in link  KTK - Pedagogical Studies for Teachers 2011-2012, 2011-12  
Arrangements for recognition of prior learning: 

Recognition of prior learning is a part of the curriculum and preparation of PSP (Personal Study Plan), when effects of prior learning to tuition arrangements and study time are estimated.  Suitable finished chemistry studies from other university or institution as well as a reported practical training can be credited.

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: 

The student studies full-time, corresponding to 60 credits per year. This equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (120 credits) can be completed in two years, studying full-time. The studies are carried out as contact teaching, but a part of the courses can be completed as book-examinations. The studies consist of contact teaching and learning tasks, laboratory research, literature survey, seminars and final examination.

Language of Instruction: 

Finnish. Course books are international and recognised text-books in English. Examinations and tutoring on demand in English.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Studies consist of lectures, various problems, reports, as well as seminar presentations an examinations.  The student studies according to curriculum: general, advanced and elective studies. A Personal Study Plan PSP is compiled for each student, considering student’s prior learning and work experience.

Assessment methods and criteria for the studies: The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the general studies, advanced studies and elective studies the curriculum contains.

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 laboratory reports, poster preparation and presentation, seminal presentations 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.

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 Master’s Theses shall not be considered when determining the average of advanced studies.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

The graduates have chemistry teacher’s eligibility in secondary and upper secondary school.

Access to Further Studies: 

The graduate can have access to postgraduate studies after sufficient supplementary studies in chemist’s master programme.

Graduation Requirements: 

Other graduation-related requirements that the programme contains are Master’s thesis, final examination, maturity test/ language proficiency test (Finnish language), (shall attain the language skills in Swedish and Finnish defined in the Act (424/2003) section 6, subsection 1), Degree Certificate Request.

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 graduates have chemistry teacher’s eligibility. The degree provides language proficiency required of personnel in public bodies in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6

The graduate does not have access to postgraduate studies without supplementary studies.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate profiles: 
Subject Teacher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 481632
marja.lajunen (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.