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 Organic Chemistry

Profile of the Degree: 

Studying in the Degree programme in Chemistry is free and public (Universities Act 2009/558 8§). Teaching consists of a compulsory course Chemical Legislation in Finland, and elective advanced chemistry studies.

The Master’s Degree in chemistry has the Euromaster label® a European quality certificate for the content and quality of lecture courses as well as laboratory facilities. The degree gives the student qualification to keep up the development in the field and improve him/herself. The graduates have also access to postgraduate studies.

The Degree student specializes in theoretical understanding of organic chemistry as well as synthetic laboratory work. The studies consist of advanced elective chemistry studies, Master’s Thesis and final examination in organic chemistry. Lecture courses introduce to various fields of organic chemistry. Within the Master’s Thesis the student applies to research fields of organic chemistry: material chemistry and green chemistry. Material chemistry contains development of synthetic methods in the fields of oled materials and carbon nanotubes. Green chemistry research focuses on synthetic modification of renewable natural polymers cellulose or starch by using green chemistry methods, benign solvents and microwave technique. In organic chemistry analytical techniques (GC, HPLC, MS, NMR, IR, flash chromatography) are an essential part of the product analysis. These techniques are learnt theoretically in lecture and workshop courses, and are applied in research projects.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

The Master of Science (MSc) degree is taken after the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. 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 chooses a major subject in chemistry. The majors are Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Structural Chemistry. The major can be selected after his/her own interest.

The master studies consist of the compulsory advanced major studies, optional advanced studies, and optional studies, which can be advanced studies in chemistry or studies offered by the other degree programmes. 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 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 eligibility to work as a chemist in industry or public sector, in chemistry-related tasks or school as well.
Arrangements for recognition of prior learning: 

Recognition of prior learning is a part of study plan and preparation of PSP (Personal Study Plan), when effects of prior learning to tuition arrangement  and study time are estimated. Suitable finished chemistry studies from other university or institution 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, on demand English. 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, laboratory exercises as well as seminar presentations.  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.

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: 

Master’s Degree in chemistry provides chemist’s eligibility. The graduate can work independently as chemist in chemical or chemistry-related industry or public sector.

Access to Further Studies: 

The graduate has access to postgraduate studies in accordance with the confirmed curricula.

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 chemist’s eligibility to work in research or other laboratory, public sector and commercial field. 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 can have access to postgraduate studies (Phil lic. or Ph.D.) in accordance with the confirmed curricula.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate profiles: 
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.