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

Electrical Engineering, Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

The main focus in the studies is on electronics design, technical physics and / or telecommunications. Ground-breaking research and cooperation in the electronics and telecommunications sector continues since late 1980’s between the University of Oulu and both local and international companies, such as Polar Electro, Nokia and Elektrobit. Of these, Polar Electro is an example of a spin-off company, which has its roots in the research of the Department of Electrical Engineering. The Electrical Engineering degree program gives students a comprehensive and deep foundation for specializing in different types of careers in electrical engineering or research. The program trains specialists in specialized areas and multi-disciplinary experts for challenging national and international posts. Training is based on the latest research excellence, prepares students to apply their skills in working life and gives them tools for continuous learning.

Training aims to provide skills needed in product development, research and production within the electronics and telecommunications industry. Master of Science studies cover four options, which are electronics design, electronics materials and components, photonics and measurement technology  and telecommunications engineering. Furthermore there are advanced and supplementary modules available.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The degree studies (120 ECTS) comprise of one of the available modules of the option (40 ECTS), a related advanced module (30 ECTS), a supplementary module (20 ECTS) and the MSc thesis (30 ECTS).

The students form the supplementary module themselves and it can include another option’s core courses, forming a module of minor studies. Apart from engineering studies, this individual, self-planned module may contain science and commercial studies to complement the degree. University courses above elementary studies are acceptable. Furthermore, this module includes a mandatory 3 ECTS Advanced Practical Training. As to language studies, the total amount for combined bachelor and master level is limited to 18 ECTS.

The content of the modules must be planned so that the coursework covers the minimum of 30 ECTS of advanced courses (S-marked) courses. The students must apply for approval for their advanced and supplementary modules during the 4th year of study with a form available at the student office or website. The applications are approved and confirmed by degree program representatives.   

Degree programme options educate specialized experts as follows:

The Electronics Design option educates circuit and system designers with also a good understanding of optoelectronics, RF techniques and embedded computer systems. Advanced modules in analog or digital electronics are available.

The Photonics and Measurement Techniques option educates designers of multi-technical measuring devices and systems with good knowledge of electronics testing, EMC and RF measurements, printed electronics as well as measurement techniques applying photonics.

The Electronics Materials and Components option educates specialists for industries and research institutions in the areas of electronic components, fitting and packaging technologies, nanotechnology, microsystems and technical physics.

The Telecommunications option educates specialists with good knowledge of optimization and information theory as well as the skills for PhD studies. Advanced modules in communication networks, wireless communications and radio communications signal processing are available.

During autumn 2014 the degree progam undergoes some modifications so the course structure diagram below is for study program 2014-2015. The 2015-2016 stucture will be updated on this site in November 2014.

Learning Outcomes: 

In addition to the skills acquired in the BSc program, after graduating MSc in the degree program of Electrical Engineering, the students can:

  • obtain the latest information and special know-how and utilize it for the benefit of  product development, research and specialist work in their specialization area  (in electronics, technical physics, photonics or telecommunications)
  • produce new information in their specialization area for the benefit of the industry and society
  • carry out research using scientific research methods
  • set goals for themselves and work independently and in teams to achieve the set goals
  • communicate clearly and rationally  both orally and in writing
  • -expand and deepen their skills independently in the spirit of lifelong learning

Apart from the above outcomes, the selected option provides the below skills to MSc graduates:

After the Electronics Design option students can:

  • use electronics design methodologies and CAD tools
  • analyze and design closed loop systems containing both continuous and discrete-time signals
  • analyze and design analog, digital, optoelectronics and RF circuits and blocks, separately and integrated,  and to implement them in different techniques, such as integrated and / or programmable circuits and embedded computing systems
  • define the required electronic blocks for a device  and design them using an appropriate technology
  • define the product development process for an electronic device, contribute in the process and manage the different stages

After the Photonics and Measurement Techniques option students can:

  • apply the optical and electronic measurement technology for a number of application areas such as medicine and the process industries
  • apply and develop components based on photo-electric phenomena  such as light emitting diodes and solar cells
  • compare the principles of printed electronics and the devices used in manufacturing, as well as the most common materials for printed electronics
  • compare the materials used in different manufacturing techniques  for electronic and optoelectronic components and circuits
  • apply the principles of optical design as well as calculate and analyze the properties of optical systems
  • conduct extensive measurement systems and evaluate features and performance of different measuring systems, considering the full life cycle of the systems
  • analyze a variety of analog, digital and RF electronics testing strategies and methods and apply testability design  to improve the quality, reliability and testability of an electronic product
  • apply from EMC point of view valid circuit design, grounding, cabling, filtering, and security principles in analog and digital circuit design, and ensure an electronic device or system is compatible with international EMC standards.

After the Electronics Materials and Components option students can

  • develop and deploy new electronics materials
  • analyze the physical phenomena of materials and components from atomic to macro level
  • make use of research equipment in the development  of materials and components
  • design and manufacture electronic components
  • compare and choose appropriate electronics manufacturing methods from component level to hardware and system level
  • -evaluate the reliability of electronic components and devices in various environments

After the Telecommunications option students can:

  • use basic methods of  information theory for calculating the capacity of communication and data compression systems and assess the feasibility of related design before going into further detail
  • analyze the performance of modulation methods in AWGN and fading channel, form the  operating principles of basic channel coding, and select suitable repeat, consolidation and multi-antenna transmission methods as well as channel equalizers, in order to improve performance / capacity
  • design an impedance matching using centralized components and microstrip lines, an RF-frequency operating small-signal amplifier, power divider, directional coupler, and adaption circuits for a power amplifier in a basic setting, as well as evaluate the good and poor features of the operating principles in a simple, balanced and double-balanced mixer  
  • design and define the main parameters of the physical layer and network design in modern mobile communications and describe the main features network mobility management, adaptive resource management and dynamic resource allocation
  • use basic methods of signal processing for the design of communication systems, in particular the design of receivers, as well as design and implement a variety of equalizer algorithms  an  linear filters for statistical signal processing applications.
Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

There are no specific practices for transferring previously achieved learning outcomes. 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 and Teaching: 

Studying is full-time work, which corresponds to about 60 credits per year, i.e., 1600 hours of student work per year. The degree (120 credits) can be completed in two years full-time study. Teaching is given in the form of lectures, exercises, assignments, laboratory exercises and computer simulations. A practical training (3 credits) is also mandatory in the degree.

Lectures and exercises are typically arranged from Monday to Thursday, 8.00-16.00 and Fridays 8.00-12.00. Exams usually take place on Fridays, 14.00-17.00.

Language of Instruction: 

Finnish, some courses are lectured only in English as part of an international Master’s Degree Programme.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Students can perform the chosen module of the option, advanced module and supplementary studies according to the curriculum. The courses are usually completed by passing an exam and evaluation is conducted by the person responsible for the course. The assessment is often based on final exam grades or done by several intermediate exams. However, other assessment methods are used, such as micro-exams (continuous assessment), written reports, seminars, etc. The detailed implementation is given in the course descriptions. The final project is an independent MSc thesis, Diploma thesis. Depending on the student’s background, a personal study plan can be drafted which takes into account prior learning and work experience.

Typically three exams are arranged for each course during the academic year. Some teachers offer intermediate exams during their course, some courses are also offered as summer exams. Registration for exams is compulsory. The exam list, instructions for registration and exam practicalities as well as exam regulations are posted on the websites and

(Koulutuksen johtosääntö pykälä 17: University of Oulu Rules of Procedure, article 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: 

An Electrical Engineering graduated engineer typically works in the industry, or educational and research institutes. Entrepreneurship is a viable career option as well. The work is invariably related to research, product development, industrial production or challenging specialist and managerial positions in different areas of the society. In general, a strong international dimension is associated with the job description of an MSc in electrical engineering regardless of the specific domain.

Access to Further Studies: 

The Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering also prepares for further scientific studies. Students who graduated with good results are qualified to pursue a doctoral degree.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

To be awarded a master´s degree, a student must complete the required studies and master´s thesis. The master's thesis is an important element of the degree, preparing the student for independent engineering work. It is typically a solution to a relatively extensive technical assignment. Although the assignment often integrates further study, the idea is to encourage the student to solve it mainly using the skills aquired during master study. The work also further trains the student in technical documentation.

Related to the master's thesis, the student writes a maturity essay demonstrating language proficiency in the language in which the student has been educated (Finnish or Swedish). The student shall demonstrate the satisfactory level of proficiency in Finnish and Swedish required in the Act (424/2003) Section 6, Subsection 1. Student who has already demonstrated his/her language proficiency for a lower university degree (Bachelor) does not need to demonstrate it again for a master´s degree. The diploma for the degree of Master of Science (Technology/Architecture) is awarded on request and issued by the Education Dean of 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 a variety of positions in the field. Students can influence their degree through their preferred selections and best suited training positions. Graduates have strong skills to work in related industries, research institutes or within education. Entrepreneurship is a viable career option as well.

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: 
Electronics Designer
Project Manager
Test Engineer
Product Manager
Design Engineer
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 482687
juha.hakkinen (at)


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