Studies at University of Oulu 2013-2014

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

Degree Programme in Biology

Biology is a wide discipline and it studies living systems, organisms, including their structure, functioning, evolution, distribution and interrelationships. Biological sciences do not have clear boundaries but they interact closely. Main application areas are forestry, game and fisheries, nature and environmental protection, agriculture and medicine. Students learn the basic phenomena and mechanisms of life from molecules to ecosystems. The studies also give the basic information of evolution and diversity of living organisms; the characteristics, structure, functions and regulation of genes, cells and organisms and the behaviour of organisms and their interactions between the biotic and abiotic environment.

Graduated biologists from Oulu are versatile experts! They are able to analyse, represent, make conclusions and apply skills in their own special field (ecology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology or environmental research or as a teacher) with the help of diverse methodological proficiency and good basic knowledge.

Basic information

Intake 2013: 
Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Subject Teacher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 481530
annamari.markkola (at)
+358 (0)294 481491
minna.vanhatalo (at)


Next Application Period: 
March 4 - April 3 (16:15 GMT+3), 2013

The degree programme is applied for through the joint application system at The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Read more detailed information about admission requirements and applying from The Applicant’s Guide 2013.