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

BSc in Chemistry

Profile of the Degree: 

Studying in the degree programme in Chemistry is free and public (Universities Act 2009/558 8§). Teaching consists of compulsory general, basic and intermediate (subject) studies and elective studies, which are common for students studying to become chemists and those specializing in subject teacher education. The content of studies has formed as a result of international (European Chemistry Thematic Network Association) and national collaboration. It follows European guidelines recommended for quality teaching. Learning is built on previously acquired knowledge, developing competence in a logical manner.

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in chemistry has been awarded the Eurobachelor label®, a European quality certificate. The graduates have access to Master’s Degree studies and continuous learning.

Courses Required for the Degree: 


The degree of BSc in chemistry consists of major studies, compulsory and optional minor studies and general studies. The BSc Degree in Chemistry has to comprise basic studies in two minor subjects (2 x 25 ECTS) or basic and intermediate studies in one minor subject  (60 ECTS). The student can choose minor studies after his/her own interest, but there have to be physics and mathematics studies at least 25 ECTS in total.

Minor studies can be taken from the courses offered by the other degree programmes in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Technology. Suitable minors are for instance biochemistry, biology, geology, physics, mathematics, process engineering, environmental engineering, economics, and pedagogical studies.

Study modules and courses can be found in the curriculum of the faculty and in the WebOodi.

The degree of BSc in Chemistry, the structure and courses required for the degree, can be seen in the course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

The graduate:

  • can explain basic concepts, terminology and theories of chemistry or closely related fields. On this basis he/she has qualification to keep up development in the field and improve him/herself
  • can act safely in the laboratory, can use appropriate laboratory equipments and perform determinations or measurements by using essential methods
  • can work in a team  in a responsible way
  • can search, use and evaluate sources of scientific data and can use them for information retrieval
  • can act according to ethical principles in scientific informing
  • can use information technology in oral or written chemical communication as well as reporting with mother tongue or foreign language.
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 arrangements and study time are estimated. Suitable finished chemistry studies from other university or institution as well as a reported practical training 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 (180 credits) can be completed in three years, studying full-time. The studies are carried out as contact teaching, but a part of the courses can be completed as examinations. The studies consist of contact teaching and learning tasks, laboratory research, literature survey, seminars and examinations.

Language of Instruction: 

Finnish. 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, basic, intermediate 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, basic, intermediate and elective studies which 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. Assessment of the candidate’s thesis includes a short verbal evaluation. In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

The graduate is eligible to work in the chemistry-related field of commerce or industry. Howevre, the Bachelor's degree does not qualify as a chemist.

Access to Further Studies: 

The graduate has access to Master’s studies or teacher education studies in accordance with the confirmed curricula.

Graduation Requirements: 

In order to graduate, the student must complete the Bachelor’s thesis, seminar presentation related to the topic of the thesis, 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) as well as 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 graduate is eligible to work in the chemistry-related field of commerce or industry. The degree does not give chemist’s eligibility. The graduate has access to master’s studies in accordance with the confirmed curricula.

The degree provides language proficiency required of personnel in public bodies in accordance with the Language Proficiency Section 6:

Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Bachelor's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
3 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
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. Read more detailed information about admission requirements and applying from The Applicant’s Guide 2013.