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

MSc (tech) in Industrial Engineering and Management

Profile of the Degree: 

Studying Industrial Engineering and Management allows students to gain competence in technical knowledge and understand the economical aspects of business and managerial work. In engineering work, one’s technical background acts as a foundation for applying industrial engineering and management methods. Graduates of the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management program have a good knowledge about the phenomenon in the areas where they have specialised. They have capabilities to enhance productivity, quality and well-being.   Graduates can use their knowledge when solving problems in innovation processes as well as in even challenging problems of production systems in all industries.  Graduates have good background for doctoral studies.

The Industrial Engineering and Management program at the University of Oulu provides courses in contemporary topics, with an emphasis on product development and human resource management methods. Problem-solving and communication skills, both in national and international contexts, are also a focus.

The program involves close collaboration with industry, meaning that lectures include practical cases that improve the learning experience. Guest lecturers from industrial fields are often invited to speak. Practical assignments are typically connected to practical industrial problems and challenges, allowing students to gain industry experience as they start building networks within the business world.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The 120 ECTS credit Master of Science degree involves:

  • Orientation studies - 60 ECTS credits
  • Additional engineering studies - 20 ECTS credits
  • Special module (elective studies) - 10 ECTS credits
  • Diploma Thesis - 30 ECTS credits
Learning Outcomes: 

Graduates of the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management program will be able to independently solve problems and meet challenges in the areas of research, product development and production, within business contexts requiring the development of new knowledge and methodologies. Graduates will also be able to make justified and analytical development proposals, involving solutions that improve productivity, quality and well-being, and take into account best practices for sustainable development. Individuals graduating from the M.Sc. program are also able to apply appropriate economic methods, have suitable engineering knowledge and understand essential theories of behavioural science.

Graduates are able to act in an entrepreneurial manner in working contexts, actively taking responsibility for business development, assessing the work of individuals and teams and utilising this knowledge in management situations. In addition, M.Sc. graduates can assess their own knowledge and skills and manage the continuous knowledge development work of organisations. Graduates must be able to fluently communicate and interact in both Finnish and at least one foreign language.  

Learning Outcomes for Specialisation Options

After completing the first part of the Usability Design and Management of Wellbeing at Work program, M.Sc. students are able to understand and describe the interaction of human beings with products and with work. Program graduates are able to analyse, apply and develop concepts of wellbeing, usability and ergonomics in work systems. These work systems involve knowledge and skills related to interacting with individual workers and work organisations, tools, processes, tasks, operative systems, management and leadership. Graduates can analyse and provide professional statements regarding the improvement of product usability. Good overall usability allows for fluent and enjoyable interaction between users and products or systems. Graduates are able to analyse wellbeing at work with regard to specific details, as well as by combining these details, and can apply their results in a comprehensive manner that enhances system performance. In developing organisations, graduates can take into account both individual and organisational points of view, and in development work, can utilise physical, psycho-social and cognitive criteria to analyse work-system quality. Graduates can also take humanity, productivity, economy, technology, agreement and legislation perspectives into account. Graduates of the program can define and utilise the key elements of innovative and sustainable management and assess wellbeing and usability at work in an objective manner, taking user experiences into account. Learning to assess wellbeing and positive user experiences without neglecting risk management is a crucial skill. Our M.Sc. program graduates offer new approaches and adds much-desired power to the competitiveness of product and service production.

The aim of the Quality and Project Management program is to train M.Sc. graduates who can apply appropriate management methods in a variety of management situations. The statistical methods involved in quality management can be used to effectively carry out production involving repetitive process types, while project management methods are more suited to complex and unique projects. Having strong knowledge of quality and project management opens up a large variety of job opportunities for graduates in diverse types of organisations.

The main emphasis of quality management education is statistical methods of quality. Graduates can apply different methods of quality management to analyse and develop product and service processes.

The central emphasis of project management education is project management and project business, involving change projects in single organisations, product development projects, projects providing products or services to external customers and project-based organisation management. Graduates can utilise the methods that they have learned in the management of various types of projects. M.Sc. graduates of the program can also apply essential methodologies in managing organisational projects and carrying out product development, business development and business operation projects.

M.Sc. graduates of the Production Management program can design, develop and manage production operations. Graduates are able to analyse production systems, make development plans and manage production operations using the most essential production management methods. This specialisation integrates comprehensive, in-depth education and training in engineering. Engineering studies provide support for understanding how the technical nature of production systems connect with organisational issues.

The Management of Product Development program trains graduates who are able to analyse, design and develop technologies. M.Sc. graduates of this program will be able to apply management methods related to technology, product lifecycles and product development processes. This specialisation involves comprehensive, in-depth engineering education and training, and is based on courses in management of technology, product development and innovation processes, performance management and management information systems.

Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

Principles on the recognition of previous knowledge follow the general rules of the University of Oulu, as well as the specific rules of the Faculty of Technology.

More information: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Modes of Study: 

The program is built around full-time studies, with one year of study calculated to allow students to gain 60 credits through 1,600 hours of work. The whole degree (120 credits) can be completed in two years of full-time study. Studies are expected to be carried out on campus, by attending lectures and participating in exercises, as well as by completing independent individual and team assignments. Some components of the courses can be completed by taking exams based on books and other study materials. All courses of study include a compulsory internship, which is worth 3 credits.

Lectures and guided exercises typically occur from Monday to Thursday from 8.15 to 18.00, and on Fridays from 8.15 to 12.00. Exams for the Industrial Engineering and Management program take place on Wednesdays from 14.00 to 18.00.



Language of Instruction: 

Finnish, partially also in English.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Studies are completed based on a teaching plan, and student performance is primarily assessed by the person in charge of the course. Assessment is often based on final or intermediary exams, although other methods are also used, including continuous assessment, reports, seminar work and participation grading. Details on what is required to complete each course are specified in each course description. The final work involved in degree studies is the creation of a Diploma thesis. Details on the thesis, and on related seminar work, are given in the guidelines of the degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management. Students must prepare a personal study plan, known as HOPS in Finnish and PSP in English, in which earlier studies and work experience can be taken into account.

For each course, three separate exams are organised. In some courses, partial tests are held during the course. Some courses also involve extra exams, which are organised during the summer months. Registration for exams is compulsory, and can be carried out through Weboodi. More detailed information on exams, guidelines for registration, practices, rules and regulations can be found on the program’s website.

A numerical scale ranging from 1 to 5 is used in course assessment, with a 0 representing failure. An additional assessment possibility is pass/fail scoring.

Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004) 6 §:n defines the ways in which Finnish and Swedish language proficiency is assessed.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

Graduates of the Industrial Engineering and Management M.Sc. program typically work in engineering fields such as production planning and control, product development, marketing, quality management, logistics, HR and organisational development, as well as a number of other areas that combine engineering and business knowledge and skills.

Access to Further Studies: 

The M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management is a good foundation for doctoral studies.

Graduation Requirements: 

In order to gain a Master of Science (technology) degree, students must complete, in addition to their studies and thesis, a maturity test, given in the primary language used during the student’s high-school education. Students are also required to have sufficient proficiency in the Finnish and Swedish languages, as defined by law (424/2003) 6 §, paragraph 1. The degree certificate must be applied for from the faculty.

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.

An MSc (tech) degree in engineering gives access to doctoral studies and a variety of positions in the field. Students can influence their degree through their preferred selections and best suited training positions.

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: 
Account Manager
Customer Quality Engineer
Development Manager
Project Manager
Sourcing and Delivery Manager
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 482992
hanna.kropsu-vehkapera (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.