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 Geography

Geography is a field of the future. It is also one of the widest fields of science. It studies different spatial and regional processes on the surface of the Earth, mainly in the context of human activities. One of the focal areas of geography is the examination of the relationship between people and the environment. This relation and its changing meanings are still important starting-points in geography.

In the University of Oulu, geography is divided into five fields of specialization: physical geography, human geography and regional geography (geography option), tourism geography, geoinformatics and into regional development and regional policy. The subject matter of Geography is regional systems in both physical nature and social aspects. Geography has a special role of a mediator between social and natural sciences. Due to the wide-ranging character of their research subjects, geographers currently apply the theories and methods of natural sciences, cultural and social sciences widely. Similarly, the aim of education in geography is to provide students with wide and profound theoretic-methodological knowledge and to offer the capability to master the contents of the field. After graduation, students are able to apply this knowledge in e.g. scientific research, regional planning or as subject teachers.

The main language of instruction is Finnish, but part of the instruction is in English. There are around 20 courses in English per year. In the courses that are instructed in English, exams and seminar works are also in the same language.

Tuomas Marttila

Basic information

Intake 2013: 
35 (+1 Sami Language)
Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Geography Teacher in Primary, Secondary or High-school
Project Manager
Location of Instruction: 


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.