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

MHSc in Health and Wellbeing in the Circumpolar Area, IMP

Profile of the Degree: 

MCH programme focuses on the specific features, questions and challenges related to the health and wellbeing in the circumpolar area. Core topics are as follows: (1) characteristics of living in the North (environment, economics, social structures, cultural transitions), (2) 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, (3) specific features of health care systems and services in the circumpolar region, and (4) a holistic view to the connections between the northern environment and human health and wellbeing.

MCH programme is established and managed by a network of international partner universities, and it has been developed under the auspices of University of Arctic´s Thematic Networks and Barents Cross Border University. MCH consists of compulsory and elective courses organized either by the home university or by a partner or exchange university. Elective courses enable students to focus their studies according their personal interests and career plans.

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Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for the Degree: 

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Learning Outcomes: 

Learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Student will be able to apply critical and scientific approach to his or her professional work;

  • Student will be able to define and explain the special characters of living in a northern environment/ circumpolar conditions;

  • Student is able to describe the experience of health, wellbeing, cultural transitions and illnesses of northern residents living in northern cultures;

  • Student will be able to detect, assess and to respond interactively to the special needs of people living in the circumpolar region regarding prevention, care and rehabilitation;

  • Student identifies, analyses and is able to explain special characters of diseases and health care systems/ health and wellbeing services in northern regions;

  • Student will be able to present interventions to maintain and improve health and wellbeing in the northern environment.
Arrangements for recognition of prior learning: 

Concerning studies/courses completed at other universities, including open universities of other universities: students must make a separate application to get credit for previous studies. Students must make the following available to the programme coordinator at the Institute of Health Sciences:

  • original study attainment

  • description of course of study

  • an account of what course the application concerns

A decision on whether the student is given credit for a course of study is made by the professor teaching the main subject or the teacher in charge of the course of study.

Modes of study: 

The student may study full-time or part-time (blended learning). Studying full-time corresponds to 60 credits per year, which equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (120 credits) can be completed in two years, studying full-time. Blended learning enables studying while working and it takes 4 years.

The studies are carried out partly as e-learning, and partly as contact teaching. Intermediate studies consist of on-site seminars and on-line courses. They are scheduled for a 2-year period, and the student is expected to take these courses according to curriculum schedule. Advanced studies can be freely scheduled according to the student’s PSP, and they can consist of on-site or on-line courses at the University of Oulu or the student’s home or exchange university, as well as possible field placement. Teaching and learning methods are: group work, lectures, e-learning, essays, seminars, and exercises.

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Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

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 intermediate studies and the advanced studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final exams or essays. Also other assessment criteria may be used. 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. A Personal Study Plan (PSP) is compiled for each student.

Grading: (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. The grades of Pro Gradu Theses and Diploma Theses shall not be considered when determining the average of advanced studies. 

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

MCH graduates will be able to work as independent professionals in administrative and managerial positions within health care services and in health promotion, education, development, planning and research.

Access to Further Studies: 

The education shall provide the student with knowledge and skills needed for scientific postgraduate education.

Graduation Requirements: 

The programme consists of 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 (including a maturity test). Each student is expected to compose a personal study plan (PSP), which will be updated regularly during the studies.

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 MCH graduates will be awarded a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Oulu. The degree does not provide qualifications for any specific profession or duty.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
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 483569
arja.rautio (at)


Applying Information: 
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