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.

International Master's Programmes

Master's Programme in Health and Wellbeing in the Circumpolar Area

The programme focuses on the specific features, questions and challenges related to the health and wellbeing in the circumpolar area. The core contents are:

  • characteristics of living in the North (environment, economics, social structures, cultural transitions),
  • special characteristics and needs of people living in the circumpolar region in relation to health and wellbeing, illnesses, health promotion and prevention, health care, and rehabilitation,
  • specific features of health care systems and services in the circumpolar region, and
  • a holistic view to the connections between the northern environment and human health and wellbeing.

The curriculum consists of intermediate studies (40 ECTS) and advanced studies (80 ECTS), including a compulsory on-line course package, elective on-line and on-site studies, a potential exchange period and field placement, and a Master´s thesis. The unique curriculum outline enables the students to complete a substantial amount of their studies by distant learning. Elective courses enable students to focus their studies according their personal interests and career plans.

The programme is established and managed by a network of international partner universities (University of Oulu, Finland; Center for Health Education, Greenland; Luleå University of Technology, Sweden; Northern State Medical University, Russia; Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russia; University of Lapland, Finland; University of Manitoba, Canada; and University of Southern Denmark, Denmark). The programme has been developed under the auspices of University of Arctic’s Thematic Networks and Barents Cross Border University.

Plugi / Mika Heittola

Basic information

Name of the Degree: 
Master of Health Sciences (MHSc)
Duration of studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Administrative and Managerial Positions within Health Care Services
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0) 294 48 3569
arja.rautio (at)
+358 8 537 5628
sanna-mari.ahonen (at)
Tuition fees for citizens of non EU/EEA member states: 
No tuition fee


Application period: 
3.12.2012 to 31.1.2013