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

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

Profile of the Degree: 

In the fourth and fifth study year of the master of science in technology degree program, the student will acquire abilities in challenging design, research and development tasks of the field and also a strong foundation and eligibility for further doctoral studies. After completing the master's level studies the student will be able to design and develop different processes also from the perspective of automatic control and optimization, and economic and environmental effects thereof. In addition, he/she will be familiar with safety, as well as human resources issues in engineering.

The student chooses a major (study option) line of study within, for the master's degree. The studies mainly consist of advanced -level courses in the area of the chosen study option.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The student studies the intermediate studies and advanced studies (Study Option Module 30/60 ECTS) and elective studies (30/60 ECTS). Elective studies have to include Advanced Practical Training (3 ECTS) and they can include language studies maximum 10 ECTS.

Master’s thesis shall be written as the final work in the degree (30 ECTS).

Course Structure Diagram: 
Learning Outcomes: 

In the master's degree the student has a lot of freedom of choosing courses and his/her knowhow is built through these personal choices. (These are for academic year 2014-2015)

Study option of Automation Technology: A student in this option is able to apply mathematical and graphical methods to the modelling of process dynamics, and further, to use these dynamical models in the control design, fault diagnostics and the optimization of process functions. After completing the studies for automation technology, (s)he will be able to design the instrumentation as well as the system-level automation solutions required by the target process. (S)he is also able to advance his/her skills also in the other application areas of automation.

Study option of Bioproducts and Bioprocess Engineering:

1) Specialization in Bioproduct Technology will provide competence to work in the traditional wood processing industry and in the new emerging field of biorefining. The students will have an insight into the value chain of the utilization of renewable natural resources from raw materials to the finished end products. The students will gain understanding in the environmental aspects of bioproduct technologies and in the sustainable use of natural resources. After the completion of these studies the students will be a specialist in the field of biomass processing technologies and related phenomena, and will understand the raw material and processing requirements for various product applications.

2) Specialization in Bioprocess Engineering will provide competence to work in the industry where the expertises from the phenomena in industrial biotechnology, in process engineering and/or in environmental engineering are required. The students will be able to recognize the requirements set by the biochemical phenomena for the industrial processes. After completion of the studies in Bioprocess Engineering, the students will know the essential phenomena in bioprocess engineering and can apply them in different kind of bioprocesses.

Study option of Chemical Engineering: In chemical engineering study option the basic knowledge of unit operations development in chemical engineering and process design given in bachelor studies is deepened. Professional skills can be improved by complementing the minimum requirements by studies in the fields of environmental engineering, industrial engineering, work sciences or control engineering. Also, the abilities given by the study module can be complemented according to personal interests, e.g. to mechanical engineering or deepening the knowledge on technical mathematics and natural sciences.

After completing the study option on chemical engineering the student masters the raw material and energy streams of chemical subprocesses and recognizes the essential control parameters of them. The student is also able to take into account the non-idealities and simultaneous phenomena in processes and evaluate the operation of process facilities.

Study option of Extractive Metallurgy: A graduate of extractive metallurgy will be able to utilize experimental, analytical and modelling tools that are required in the research and development of pyrometallurgical processes in which iron, steel and ferroalloys are produced. Additionally, (s)he can identify how these research methods are connected to the metallurgical applications (i.e. processes, materials and environmental effects) and to the phenomena (i.e. reactions, transport phenomena, structural changes), that take place in these applications. These metallurgical skills are supported by additional knowledge and skills of e.g. process engineering, materials science and engineering, control engineering, mineral processing, industrial engineering or environmental engineering.

Study option of Mineral Processing: A student graduating as the Mineral Processing study option as his/her major, will command the economic, legislative, geological and technological principles of mining research and development, starting from mine opening, to its closure. The Mineral Processing graduate will especially know the methods used in mining engineering, ore quarrying, mineral processing, and in mine environmental engineering, as well as the environmental effects of mining, and will master the safety issues and social responsibility of mining.

For the University of Oulu students in the Mineral Processing study option it is possible to study for a double degree with the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. For this, an exchange period at LTU is required. There is a separate student selection for the double degree. More information on the double degree is available by contacting the study counsellors or the department.

Study option of Industrial Energy and Environmental Engineering gives the basic abilities to the environmentally benign process design based on both external and internal measures in the plant. Furthermore, Industrial energy and environmental engineering –oriented Masters have knowledge on sustainable energy production processes and energy distribution. The starting point of this study option is the process design point of view, where especially process analysis, process evaluation, environmental engineering questions as well as sustainable production and production technologies play an important role. The Master of Science specialized in Industrial energy and environmental engineering is familiarized with typical stages in process design, sources of information and methodologies. The safety and environmental awareness as well as cost-efficiency evaluation are core competencies. The Master of Science has special know-how on e.g. utilization of catalysts in environmental applications, closed cycles in production plants, environmentally friendly raw materials, production technologies and products as well as life cycle analysis.

Study option of Water and Geo Engineering: A Master of Science in water resources and environmental engineering knows the basic processes that govern water flow and transport of contaminants, (s)he know how to model and assess hydraulics of surface waters and groundwater and how to dimension hydraulic structures and sub-surface drainage systems.  A knowledge on environmental protection and how this is included in water resources management will be attained. The education includes insight into environmental legislation and a good knowledge on the environmental impact assessment process. Students learn how to calculate and quantify impacts of water resources development and various land use activities. The education focus on understanding unit operations in water and wastewater treatment and to dimension purification plants and the knowledge on municipal and industrial solid waste management and waste minimization. Different sampling methods for air quality, water, soils and waste will be known.

The MSc knows how to assess geotechnical requirements of urban construction work and analyses results of ground surveys and knows the basis of geotechnical design. The education and research focus on northern conditions and the engineer know the impact of frost and winter on drainage plans and land-fill bottom structures.

The Master of Science that specialise in water engineering knows how to assess the role of hydrological processes using different known models and modeling methods. The students will know key processes effecting water quality and understand the role of land use activities on surface water quality. The environmental engineer will know how to model nutrient emission, retention and transport processes in lakes and rivers. The role of flood and dam safety issues is understood.

The Master of Science that specialize in urban and civil engineering knows how to assess soil structures and their geotechnical properties relevant for construction works. The student knows how to select relevant soil research methods, how to use different computer programs used in design and dimensioning. Soil contamination issues are understood and methods known for remediation and soil and water protection. The education provides national aa-sertificate required for designers of urban infrastructure works, and with some additional credits, also the AA requirements for foundation engineering works.

Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

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: 

The master’s degree studies (120 credits) can be completed in two years, each year corresponding to 60 credits. This equals 1600 hours of student workload per year. The studies are mostly carried out as face-to-face teaching. Studies also include an on-the-job learning period.

Language of Instruction: 

Finnish is the language in which the degree can primarily be completed. There can find one study plan which can completed in English also (Study option of Industrial Energy and Environmental Engineering).

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Assessment methods and criteria for the studies: The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the intermediate studies, advanced studies and elective studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final or mid-term exams. Also other assessment criteria are used, including portfolio tasks, continuous assessment, work reports etc. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Master’s thesis shall be written as the final work in the degree. A Personal Study Plan PSP is compiled for each student, considering student’s prior learning and work experience.

A numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course.

In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. The grades of Master’s 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: 

Master of science in technology graduates from the programme can apply their skills to a wide variety of different industrial engineering tasks. Programme graduates are well-suited for a wide range of engineering field professions, such like chemical industry, pulp and paper industry, mining industry, metallurgical industry, or food or pharmaceutical industry; or companies manufacturing and delivering machinery and equipment for process industry, a design and consultancy company of the field, company in the automation technology field, an educational and research organization or public administration.

Access to Further Studies: 

A Master of Science in Technology graduate from the degree programme in process engineering has good ability to continue to doctoral studies.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

To be awarded a master's degree, a student must complete the required studies and master's thesis, write 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 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: 
Plant Engineer (Chemical)
Process Designer
Development Manager
Production Manager
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 482438
jukka.hiltunen (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.