Studies at University of Oulu 2015-2016

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 Architecture

The architect’s degree in Finland is a professional degree. The Oulu School of Architecture educates graduates for demanding and versatile expertise and design tasks of the built environment and land-use planning. The first three years of the study program offer a strong artistic, technical and professional ground for carrying on to the master’s degree studies. After the bachelor’s degree the student selects his / her own field of specialization between the three master level orientations available: Urban Design and Planning, Building Design and Architectural Design.

The study program consist of courses in history and theory of architecture, building preservation, contemporary architecture, urban design, planning, building technology, design and art studies, as well as practical training. The main focus is on studio projects which are made both individually and in teams. Learning of CAD programs and handwork skills are integrated with project work. Common critique sessions lay a foundation for architecture debate and provide the students with skills needed in the profession.

The study environment is international. The students may complete part of their degree in exchange abroad. The Oulu School of Architecture welcomes foreign students to study in the International Master’s Programme in Architectural Design in the world's northernmost learning environment for future architects. International workshops as well as guest lectures by noted domestic and foreign architects, researchers and artists are an integral part of the education.

Eva-Maria Ylonen

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Location of Instruction: 
+358 294 484940
rainer.mahlamaki (at)
+358 294 484985
study.architecture (at)


Next Application Period: 
March 17th 2015 – April 9th 2015 at 15.00 / 3 p.m. (UTC +3)
The degree programme is applied for through the The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Applicants have to both apply in Finnish and be able to study in Finnish. Applicants are asked to prove their Finnish language skills in the admissions process. Information on studies in English is available here.