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, Major Subject Finnish Language (Subject Teacher Education)

Profile of the Degree: 

Finnish linguistics studies the use, structure, development, and variation of the Finnish language. Particular focus areas at the University of Oulu are sociolinguistics, especially northern Baltic-Finnic minority languages, Finnish as a second and foreign language and semantics.

The aim of the subject is to educate versatile professionals in various aspects of language especially for the needs of Northern Finland. This aim is reached by utilizing purpose-oriented teaching and research. The subject is known for its role in the development of the educational field, and it has specialized in web-based teaching.

The subject by itself does not prepare for a specific profession: in addition to Finnish Language, students need to select suitable minor subjects based on their future professional goals. The degree requires additional compulsory studies in languages and communication. Engaging in research while studying and participating in possible projects increases a student's chances of landing a job of his/her liking.

Studies of Finnish Language in the Faculty of Humanities are intended for students who either are native speakers of Finnish or have near-native competence in Finnish. The subject does not offer language courses in Finnish, but rather the curriculum includes different linguistic approaches to the Finnish language.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

Master's degree: Major subject Finnish Language, Finnish subject teacher education (120 ECTS credits)

A Master’s degree includes Advanced Studies in the major subject (80 ECTS credits), Pedagogical Studies (35 ECTS credits) and Language and Communication Studies (5 ECTS credits). The Advanced Studies include a Master's Thesis (40 ECTS credits).

Further information: see Course Structure Diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing the Advanced Studies, students will be able to use and assess their knowledge of the Finnish language and apply it to analysing relatively challenging research material. They will have the skills to participate in the scientific discussion of their field. They will also be able to draw conclusions from earlier research. Furthermore, they will be capable of writing, analysing and evaluating various literary texts.

Learning outcomes: Pedagogical studies

After completing a Master's degree, the student

  • has knowledge of the dimensions of theoretical discourse within the field of his/her main subject and is able to implement this discourse on a practical level in interpreting and categorizing information and is able to disseminate information for others.
  • is able to distinguish between scholarly thinking and common perception and is able to independently work to produce new academic discourse.
  • is able to work independently on challenging assignments that demand analytical skills, creativity and ethical judgment, as well as work as an expert in diverse groups and settings.
  • is able to plan and implement profound projects by seeking and applying information, and is able to produce scholarly discourse.
  • has knowledge of the fundamentals of his/her minor subjects and is able to follow and interpret related developments as well as their significance with regards to society.
  • has good oral and written skills in his/her native language and can communicate fluently with other academics in the field of his/her study as well as with people outside the field.
  • is able to communicate and interact internationally in his/her field of study in Finnish or Swedish and in at least one foreign language.   (Different requirements apply for foreign degree students)
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: 

Studies are to be carried out fulltime. The average input needed for studies of one academic year is 1600 working hours, which is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. Studying fulltime, the entire degree (120 ECTS credits) can be completed in two years. The studies are primarily carried out as contact teaching, but some of the courses can be completed by independent learning (book examinations, essays) or by distance learning. The alternative methods are explained in the study unit descriptions.

Language of Instruction: 

The language of instruction is Finnish. 

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the advanced 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 term papers. Also other assessment criteria are used. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Master’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. When assessing doctoral dissertations and licentiate’s theses, verbal grading kiittäen hyväksytty (Approved with Distinction), hyväksytty (Approved) tai hylätty (Rejected) can be used. In numerical scale zero stands for fail.

In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. The grades of Pro Gradu Theses and Diploma Theses shall not be considered when determining the average of advanced studies.  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: 

Students become teachers of Finnish Language or Finnish as a second or foreign language. Finnish language experts are also in demand in the media field as reporters or PR officers. Some find work as researchers in universities.

Access to Further Studies: 

The Master’s degree is required for the commencement of postgraduate studies and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. At the University of Oulu, the postgraduate studies are coordinated by University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

Graduation Requirements: 

A Master’s degree includes Advanced Studies in the major subject (80 ECTS credits), Pedagogical Studies (30 ECTS credits), as well as Language and Communication Studies (5 ECTS credits). The Advanced Studies include a Master's Thesis (40 ECTS credits). A maturity test (0 ECTS credits) will be administered on the basis of the thesis.

The study modules included in the degree must be compiled in Oodi (the official student register). This is done by the person responsible for compiling studies in the subject in question. Diplomas are granted by the Dean of Education and distributed to the graduates in the official graduation ceremony. The ceremony is usually held once a month, apart from July and August. Students should register for the graduation ceremony by filling in a form and submitting it to the Faculty Student Affairs. The forms, as well as detailed information on graduation ceremony dates and closing dates for applications, can be found on the website http://www.oulu.fi/hutk/en/studies/graduation.html

 

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 Master’s degree (MA) is a qualification for doctoral studies as well as a general qualification for many jobs in the civil service. If a student has completed the pedagogical studies as a minor subject (60 ECTS credits), the Master’s degree provides the qualification for teaching positions in primary and secondary schools and other educational institutions. The pedagogical studies are included partly in the Bachelor's and partly in the Master's degree. The prerequisites for obtaining a teacher’s post in Finland include a completed Master's degree and required studies in the teaching subject(s). The certificate of the eligibility (teacher’s certificate) is attached to the Master’s degree diploma.

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: 
120
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish
Graduate Profiles: 
Finnish Language Teacher
Journalist
Researcher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483471
harri.mantila (at) oulu.fi

Applying

Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the joint application system at http://yliopistohaku.fi. 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.