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

MA (education) in Educational Sciences

Profile of the Degree: 

The Master’s degree programme is based on the scientific foundations of education and educational psychology, and it provides the prerequisites for scientific research work and educational expert duties in different types of working life organisations. The education is based on research in which focal areas include the theoretical research of pedagogical interaction, educational ideologies and traditions, and consultation and counselling processes. The professional profile of this education is built on educational planning, teaching, research, consultation, guidance and counselling tasks.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

Studies required for the Master’s degree in Educational sciences programme are:
A250506 Education, Advanced Studies 80 ECTS OR A250801 Educational psychology, 80 ECTS
Minor subject studies and other studies 40 ECTS

The timing of studies can be found in the course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

The goal of the degree programme in educational sciences is for the student to acquire the general scientific and professional competences required by duties in the field of education. A student who has completed the Master’s degree

  • knows how to describe the scientific traditions of the educational and social sciences, especially education and educational psychology. S/he knows how to use the basic concepts of the discipline and understands the research object of his/her field of science.
  • knows how to compare different theoretical and methodological premises and educational research methods.
  • knows how to name, analyse and evaluate the most important research results in his/her field of science. S/he is capable of participating in discussion on them in his/her native language and in one foreign language.
  • knows how to draft a research plan and implement a study. Knows how to defend his/her study in a group and evaluate the success of both his/her own study and others’ studies. Knows how to compose a research report.
  • Knows how to define and identify different task areas in the field of education and evaluate his/her own position and interest in the different sectors of working life.
Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

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 ECTS credits per year. This equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (120 ECTS credits) can be completed in two years, studying full-time. The studies are carried out as contact teaching, but a part of the courses can be completed as e-learning. Studies also include a practice period.

Language of Instruction: 

The degree can be completed in Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Examination regulations, assessment: The student studies the advanced studies as well as minor subject and optional studies according to the curriculum. The courses are assessed by the persons responsible for each course. Assessment is often based on the grades of the lecture and book exams related to the course. Other assessment methods are also used, such as active participation in teaching and written and other assignments. The course descriptions contain details of ways to complete each course. The degree is completed by writing the Master’s thesis. Each student composes a personal study plan, taking into account previous studies and work experience.

Scale of grades: Courses are assessed on a numerical scale 0–5. In the numerical scale, zero represents a fail. (Universiy of Oulu Rules of Procedure § 17)

When the grade for a study module is calculated, the average weighted with the numbers of credits is used. The grade for the Master’s thesis is not taken into account when the average for the advanced studies is calculated.

There are specific stipulations on the assessment of skills in Finnish and Swedish required on the basis of section 6 of the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004)

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

Having completed his/her training, a Master of Arts in Education can find employment in teaching, research, planning, administrative and development tasks in the field of education as well as in guidance and counselling tasks in various organisations needing counselling activities. Typical professional titles include educational planner, educator, coordinator, researcher, project manager and HR specialist.

Access to Further Studies: 

Graduate is eligible for doctoral studies.

Graduation Requirements: 

To graduate as Master, the student must complete studies with a scope of 120 credits as determined in the curriculum. The graduate shall show that s/he has achieved skills in Finnish and Swedish as defined in section 6 (1) of the Act (424/2003) and skills in one foreign language such as stipulated in section 6 (2) of the Government Decree on University Degrees (2004/794), unless they were already shown in the Bachelor’s degree. The student shall also apply the faculty for confirmation of the degree by submitting a degree confirmation application.

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.

Graduate is eligible for doctoral studies. 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: Language proficiency

1. The student must demonstrate in studies included in education for a lower or higher University degree or otherwise that he/she has attained:

(1) proficiency in Finnish and Swedish which is required of civil servants in bilingual public agencies and organizations under Section 6(1) of the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and which is necessary for their field; and

(2) skills in at least one foreign language needed to follow developments in the field and to operate in an international environment.

2. The provisions of subsection 1 do not concern a student who has been educated in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or a student who has been educated abroad. The language proficiency of such students shall be determined by the university.

3. For special reasons, the university may either totally or partially exempt a student from the requisite language skills referred to in subsection 1.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Planning Officer
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483607
pauli.siljander (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.