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 (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) in Management and International Business

Profile of the Degree: 

Management is studied in the Degree Programme in International Business and Management. Companies are moving from the principles of governing and defending their territories to running the creation of new businesses. The dynamism of the business context is changing the required skills; from managing of existing businesses more efficiently towards leading the creation of newness and value. We develop our students’ skills of developing high-growth businesses. Central topics are (1) the creation and management of new business; (2) managing knowledge, learning and competencies; (3) the globalization of organizations, change and growth; (4) organizational creativity and strategic practices. Management’s teaching provides theoretical and practical tools and skills to create and manage high growth oriented business in dynamic business contexts.

The degree program in management focuses on creating understanding of the drivers and mechanisms of dynamic business contexts and the practices of creating, leading and developing business in variety of situations. In the current, most often global, business the problems should be solved collectively in cooperation with a team, stakeholders and various cooperation partners. The program aims to especially develop thinking and skills that are needed in building high-growth business and in changing the ways of behaving and direction of operations in complex settings. Our view of management could be described through a metaphor of joining a game halfway through without knowing what the game is all about or what its goals are, and yet you are expected to grasp its essence and figure out what problems needs to be solved – and then solve them. In other words, management is not an activity, where all the pieces are known before the game begins, and the right solution is arrived at simply by arranging the pieces correctly (as in a jigsaw puzzle). Rather, it is a game, whose name, pieces, rules, logic and outcome have to be decided, while it is in progress. Having the skills needed to play this game is a crucial success factor in the dynamic organizations of the digital age. The main method of teaching is solution creation to business situations by using problem-based learning.

International Business is studied in the Degree Programme in International Business and Management. International business is by nature a cross-disciplinary subject that combines elements from several fields of business and this degree is especially building on the field of management. The IB program concentrates on the strategies and practices of internationalizing and growth-oriented companies when leading, managing and developing their international and multi-cultural business operations. There are three core learning threads of International Business: approaches to international business, the practice of international business, and building up international businesses.

The focus of the IB studies is in creating understanding about business making and new business development under the influence of various national, cultural and other border-crossing contexts. As most of the business of the day is international or even global by nature, attention to such issues as intercultural communication and multi-cultural team work is a necessity to business professionals. Knowledge of organizing cross-border operations and understanding influence of national as well as various micro level differences on business making is important. The studies cover internationalization as a process of creating and acting upon opportunities and developing structures supporting the international opportunity actualization.  There is a strong industry and business focus in the courses that include visiting lecturers, case studies and examples of internationally active firms, especially in the high technology and service-oriented industries. The common programme with management supports the achievement of strategic viewpoint to business development and understanding of structures and processes in business organizations.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

Degree structure

Compulsory studies 59 ECTS
Basic studies in major subject 25 ECTS
Intermediate studies in major subject 35 ECTS
Minor subjects 50 ECTS
Other university level studies 11 ECTS

Total: 180 ECTS

Learning Outcomes: 

General Learning Outcomes

  • Analytical thinking and problem solving - our graduates will demonstrate analytical thinking skills by applying appropriate concepts and methods to solve business problems
  • Business knowledge - our graduates demonstrate knowledge of business processes and key functions of organizations
  • Interdisciplinary business knowledge - our graduates have knowledge across business disciplines
  • Global knowledge in a local context - our graduates understand fundamentals of global business processes and their implications in a local context
  • Communication skills - our graduates demonstrate oral and written communication skills appropriate for business situations.

Management: Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) degree the student is able to

  • Apply the basic concepts and theories of management within streams of strategic management, changing leadership and business opportunity
  • Accomplish surveys, analyses and reports using scientific management research methods
  • Identify and analyze problems related to management
  • Communicate verbally and in writing to the target audience in different media
  • Work as a responsible member in teams
  • Identify needs for own professional development and exploit a variety of learning and working methods in order to constantly improve professional knowledge and skills.

International Business: Upon completion of  the Bachelor of Science (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) degree the student is able to

  • Apply the basic concepts and theories in international firms and their business environments
  • Accomplish surveys, analyses and reports using scientific international business research methods
  • Identify and analyze problems related to international firms and their business environments
  • Communicate verbally and in writing to the international target audience in different media
  • Work as a responsible member in cross-cultural teams
  • Identify needs for own professional development and exploit a variety of learning and working methods in order to constantly improve professional knowledge and skills.
Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 
Modes of Study: 

The student studies full-time, corresponding to 60 ECTS per year. This equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (180 ECTS) can be completed in three years, studying full-time. The studies are carried out as contact teaching and learning tasks.

Language of Instruction: 

The degree can be done only in Finnish. The compulsory studies are instructed in Finnish, but the courses in major subject are instructed in English.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the basic studies, intermediate studies and elective studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and with written assignments and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final exams and/or term papers. Also other assessment criteria are used. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Bachelor’s thesis 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.

Grading: (The University of Oulu Education Regulations 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.

In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. 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: 

Management: Upon graduation the Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration works within tasks related to planning and operations in public and private organizations. Typical duties are organizing, development and execution tasks. The titles of undergraduates include planner, assistant and junior expert.

International Business: Upon graduation the Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration works within diverse supporting tasks related to foreign trade, localization of services and market information. The working titles vary depending on types of duties.

Access to Further Studies: 

After completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration the student is eligible to apply for Master’s level studies.

Graduation Requirements: 

In order to graduate, the student is required to have passed all the courses included in the degree, to have completed the Bachelor's thesis and the maturity test in acceptable manner and to have handed out the degree certificate request according to the Oulu Business School graduation timetable.

In addition, the student must show the required level of Finnish and Swedish language skills according to Act (424/2003, section 6, subsection 1) and the required level of knowledge in one foreign language to be able to follow the field specific development and work in an international environment (Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6).

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 Bachelor’s degree qualifies the student to complete a Master’s degree. The language proficiency requirements of the degree qualify the student for employment in the civil service according to the section on language proficiency, 6 §. Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6 (Bachelor level)

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Bachelor's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
3 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish and English
Graduate Profiles: 
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 482595
tuija.mainela (at)


Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the joint application system at Read more detailed information about admission requirements and applying from The Applicant’s Guide 2013.