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 English Philology

An MA in English Philology offers the student a solid command of English and an understanding of the languages and cultures of the Anglophone world. The curriculum in English Philology includes not only language skills courses, but also a range of courses in applied linguistics, literature and culture.

During the first few years, students concentrate on improving their practical language skills and understanding of the structure of the language. As the studies progress, students move towards more theoretical courses and research; more options also become available, allowing students to concentrate on topics that they find particularly interesting. This is particularly true of the advanced level, during which they write a master’s thesis on a topic of their choice. Residence in an anglophone country is also a crucial part of the studies. A degree in English Philology can lead to a variety of professions. In addition to the minor subjects that the student chooses, work practice during the studies and the contacts to the professional world that it brings are often crucial in obtaining a job after graduation. Many graduates find work in IT-companies (technical writing, client documentation), as translators, journalists, researchers, planning officers, educators and in administrative positions.

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Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Technical Writer
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483283
elise.karkkainen (at)
+358 (0)294 483277
maarit.siromaa (at)


Next Application Period: 
March 17th 2015 – April 9th 2015 (15.00 UTC +3)

The degree programme is applied for through the The language of instruction in the major subject of the programme is English. In the minor subjects the main language of instruction 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.