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

Industrial Engineering and Management, Bachelor of Science (Technology), 180 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

The main focus of bachelor-level studies in industrial engineering and management is to learn the usage of basic tools. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, students will be familiar with the mathematical-scientific foundations of the engineering discipline. Graduates will have broad knowledge of industrial engineering and management, and will be capable of following developments in the discipline and applying knowledge and skills in their working lives. The Bachelor of Science degree offers a strong foundation for Master of Science studies.

The Bachelor’s degree program involves studies of key competencies in a technical discipline (technology studies). Employers appreciate these studies, as they provide a good foundation for applying industrial engineering and management knowledge and skills to practical work.

In addition to covering contemporary topics, the Industrial Engineering and Management bachelor’s program at the University of Oulu emphasises product development and human resource management methods, as well as problem-solving and communication skills, both in national and international contexts.

Close collaboration with industry is typical to the program. This means that lectures involve practical industrial cases that improve the learning experience. Guest lecturers from industrial fields are frequently invited. Practical assignments often involve practical industrial problems and challenges. Through these methods, students are able to gain practical industry experience as they build networks within the business world.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The 180 ECTS credit Bachelor of Science program involves:

  • Basic and subject studies - 120 ECTS credits
  • Orientation module - 40 ECTS credits
  • Elective studies - 10 ECTS credits
  • Bachelor's Thesis involving related studies - 10 ECTS credits 
Course Structure Diagram: 
Learning Outcomes: 

B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management graduates can independently analyse and present alternative solutions related to practical problems and challenges in industrial engineering and management. Graduates can also present justified and analytical proposals and solutions related to efficiency, productivity, quality and well-being at work, taking best practices for sustainable development into account. In addition, graduates can apply economic methods, technical skills and  common behavioural theories to solve industrial engineering and management problems. Graduates can utilise the latest scientific knowledge in development work, and can communicate and interact in Finnish and at least one foreign language.

Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

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

More information: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Modes of Study and Teaching: 

Lectures and guided exercises typically take place from Monday to Thursday from 8.15 to 18.00, and on Fridays from 8.15 to 12.00. Industrial Engineering and Management exams take place on Fridays from 12.00 to 16.00.  

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 how to complete each course are specified in each course description. The final work involved in degree studies is a thesis. The thesis and related seminar work is described in detail in the guidelines of the degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management. Students must also 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 exams are given during the course. Some courses also involve extra exams that are organised during the summer months. More detailed information on exams can be found on the weboodi. Registration for exams is compulsory, and can be carried out through Weboodi. Exam 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 indicating failure. Another assessment possibility is pass/fail scoring.

Finnish university regulation (794/2004) 6 §:n defines the way in which Finnish and Swedish language proficiency is assessed.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

Bachelor of Science (technology) in Industrial Engineering and Management graduates typically work in industry or in research and education organisations in assistant roles. Their work is frequently related to research, product development or industrial production.

Access to Further Studies: 

The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management is the prerequisite for Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management degree studies.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

To complete a degree, in addition to the defined studies, students must complete a maturity test in the primary language employed in their high-school program of education. Students are also required to have sufficient levels of proficiency in Finnish and Swedish languages, as defined in 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.

The Bachelor of Science (technology) degree qualifies the student to complete a Master of Science (technology) degree. 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: 
Bachelor's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
3 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 48 7801
jukka.majava (at)


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