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 (tech) in Process Engineering

Profile of the Degree: 

In the fourth and fifth study year of the degree programme in process engineering (master of science in technology degree), the student will acquire abilities in challenging design, research and development tasks of the field and also a strong foundation and eligibility for further doctoral studies. After completing the master's level studies the student will be able to design and develop different processes also from the perspective of automatic control and optimization, and economic and environmental effects thereof. In addition, he/she will be familiar with safety and ergonomic issues, as well as human resources issues in engineering.

The student chooses a major (study option), and a specific line of study within, for the master's degree. The studies mainly consist of advanced -level courses in the area of the chosen study option:

The Degree Programme in Process Engineering has four study options:

  1. Automation Technology (Automaatiotekniikka)

  2. Production Technology (Tuotantoteknologia)

  3. Industrial Engineering and Management and Work Science (Tuotantotalous ja työtiede)

  4. Sustainable Energy (Kestävä energia)

The industry-branch-independent, and phenomena-based approach of this degree  programme will provide  the student with well-developed abilities for applying learned skills to a variety of other systems in addition to process engineering.

Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

The MSc (technology) degree in Process Engineering (120 ECTS) consists of a basic module (approx. 30 ECTS), an advanced/supplementary Module (approx.30 ECTS), a supplementary module (approx. 30 ECTS) and the Diploma Thesis (30 ECTS).

Further information: See course structure diagram

Learning Outcomes: 

In the master's degree studies, the student has a lot of freedom of choosing courses and his/her knowhow is built through these personal choices.

Study option of Automation Technology: A student in the automation technology option is able to apply mathematical and graphical methods to the modelling of process dynamics, and further, to use these dynamical models in the control design, fault diagnostics and the optimization of process functions. After completing the studies for automation technology, the student will be able to design the instrumentation as well as the system-level automation solutions required by the target process; the student can work as an expert in process automation, as a planner/designer, researcher and developer. In addition, he/she is able to advance his/her skills also in the other application areas of automation.

Study option of Production Technology: A student in the production technology option will specialise in one or more areas of process engineering, based on the basic skills developed during bachelor-level studies. Possibilities include: chemical engineering, process design, pulp and paper engineering, beneficiation of minerals, or process metallurgy. Professional skills can be further developed by taking more than the minimum required studies in environmental engineering, industrial engineering and management, work sciences and automation technology. The student can also increase his/her skills gained during the major studies, by choosing elective courses, e.g., developing skills in new areas of mechanical engineering, or by supporting his/her knowledge of engineering through studies in mathematics or natural sciences. After completing studies for production technology, the student is able to understand the processes of his/her specific area of industry, the raw material and energy flows, and the essential control parameters thereof. The student can also take into account multiple simulta­neous phenomena, and to evaluate the operations of a process plant.

Study option of Industrial Engineering and Management and Work Science: The study option of industrial engineering and management and work science will give the student a broad understanding of production management, manufacturing companies, supply chains and projects. A master of science in technology, specialized in this area, is familiar with the management of production processes from the viewpoint of statistical quality management, and the safety principles of the process industry. The graduate will have perspectives on occupational psychology, abilities in planning, evaluation and development of organization and staff, and in the management of change. He/she has been familiarized with product development, innovation, and technology management in companies. In addition, the student is able to evaluate people as a part of the working environment and design a safe working environment for employees. A master of science in technology graduated from this study option, can work, in addition to specific engineering tasks, also on production management tasks, product development, and marketing and other economy-related engineering tasks.

Study option of Sustainable Energy: A student, who has completed the sustainable energy studies, has skills in reducing the environmental load caused by energy production and delivery, in production of renewable energy and usage of other CO2-neutral energy resources, as well as in the control methods of energy efficiency in industry, traffic and building. In addition, the student learns to work in multidisciplinary, multicultural and international working environment.

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: 

The master's degree studies (120 ECTS credits) can be completed in two years, each year corresponding to 60 ECTS credits. This equals 1600 hours of student workload per year. The studies are mostly carried out as face-to-face teaching. Studies also include an on-the-job learning period.

Language of Instruction: 

Finnish is the language in which the degree can be completed.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. Assessment methods and criteria for the studies: Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Master’s thesis and the maturity test 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: a numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course.

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. 

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: 

In the master's degree phase, the degree programme in process engineering offers majors (study options) educating students for tasks, for example, in the following professional fields:

  1. Usage, research, development and design tasks in the process industry (Production Technology)

  2. Research, development and design tasks in process automation and optimisation, in the instrumentation of industrial processes, and in automation systems (Automation Technology)

  3. Production management, marketing and economy-related tasks, as well as tasks in the development of safety and ergonomic issues of technology (Industrial Engineering and Management and Work Science)

Master of science in technology graduates from the programme can apply their skills to a wide variety of different industrial engineering tasks. Programme graduates are well-suited for a wide range of engineering field professions, such as chemical industry, pulp and paper industry, mining industry, metallurgical industry, or food or pharmaceutical industry; or companies manufacturing and delivering machinery and equipment for process industry, a design and consultancy company of the field, company in the automation technology field, an educational and research organization or public administration.

Access to Further Studies: 

A Master of Science in Technology graduate from the degree programme in process engineering has good ability to continue to doctoral studies.

Graduation Requirements: 

To be awarded a master's degree, a student must complete the required studies and master's thesis, write a maturity essay demonstrating language proficiency in the language in which the student has been educated (Finnish or Swedish). The student shall demonstrate the satisfactory level of proficiency in Finnish and Swedish required in the Act (424/2003) section 6 subsection 1. Student who has already demonstrated his/her language proficiency for a lower university degree (Bachelor) does not need to demonstrate it again for a master's degree. The diploma for the degree of Master of Science (Technology/Architecture) is awarded on request and issued by the Education Dean of the Faculty.  

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.

An MSc (tech) degree in engineering gives access to doctoral studies and a variety of positions in the field. Students can influence their degree through their preferred selections and best suited training positions.

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: 
Plant Engineer (Chemical)
Process Designer
Research and Development Manager
Development Manager
Production Manager
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 482438
jukka.hiltunen (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.