Studies at University of Oulu 2016-2017

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

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science, 180 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

Chemistry belongs to basic natural sciences. The teaching consists of the general studies, basic and intermediate subject studies and minor studies. These studies include the theoretical studies of the different fields of chemistry (inorganic, physical and organic chemistry) on the lectures, practical trainings in the laboratory and independent studying extending the know-how of chemistry logically and diversely. The content of studies has taken shape as a result of international (European Chemistry Thematic Network Association) and national cooperation.

The studies of the Degree are common for chemists and subject teachers. They prepare for Master of Science studies in the chemistry and lead to a higher academic degree education and constant learning generally.

Courses Required for the Degree: 


The degree of BSc in chemistry consists of major studies, compulsory and optional minor studies and general studies. The BSc Degree in Chemistry has to comprise basic studies in two minor subjects (2 x 25 ECTS) or basic and intermediate studies in one minor subject  (60 ECTS). The student can choose minor studies after his/her own interest, but there have to be physics and mathematics studies at least 25 ECTS in total.

Minor studies can be taken from the courses offered by the other degree programmes in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Technology. Recomentable minors are mathematics, physics and process engineering. Other suitable minors are biochemistry, geology, environmental engineering, economics, and pedagogical studies.

Study modules and courses can be found in the curriculum of the faculty and in the WebOodi.

The degree of BSc in Chemistry, the structure and courses required for the degree, can be seen in the course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

The graduate:

  • can explain basic concepts, terminology and theories of chemistry or closely related fields. On this basis he/she has qualification to keep up development in the field and improve him/herself
  • can act safely in the laboratory, can use appropriate laboratory equipments and perform determinations or measurements by using essential methods
  • can work in a team  in a responsible way
  • can search, use and evaluate sources of scientific data and can use them for information retrieval
  • can act according to ethical principles in scientific research and informing
  • can use information technology in oral or written chemical communication as well as reporting with mother tongue or foreign language.
Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

Recognition of prior learning is a part of study plan and preparation of PSP (Personal Study Plan), when effects of prior learning to tuition arrangements and study time are estimated. Suitable finished chemistry studies from other university or institution as well as a reported practical training can be credited.

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 student studies full-time, corresponding to 60 credits per year. This equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (180 credits) can be completed in three years, studying full-time. The studies are carried out as contact teaching, but a part of the courses can be completed as examinations. The studies consist of contact teaching and learning tasks, laboratory research, literature survey, seminars and examinations.

Language of Instruction: 

Finnish. Course books are international and recognised text-books in English. Examinations and tutoring on demand in English.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Studies consist of lectures, various problems, reports, laboratory exercises as well as seminar presentations.  The student studies according to curriculum: general, basic, intermediate and elective studies. A Personal Study Plan PSP is compiled for each student, considering student’s prior learning and work experience.

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 general studies, basic, intermediate and elective studies which the curriculum contains. 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 laboratory reports, poster preparation and presentation, seminal presentations etc. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units.

Grading: (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. In numerical scale zero stands for fail. Assessment of the candidate’s thesis includes a short verbal evaluation. In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

The graduate is eligible to work in the chemistry-related field of commerce or industry. However, the Bachelor's degree does not qualify as a chemist.

Access to Further Studies: 

The graduate has access to Master’s studies or teacher education studies in accordance with the confirmed curricula.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

In order to graduate, the student must complete the Bachelor’s thesis, seminar presentation related to the topic of the thesis and maturity test/ language proficiency test (Finnish language), (shall attain the language skills in Swedish and Finnish defined in the Act (424/2003) section 6, subsection 1) as well as Degree Certificate Request.

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 degree does not give chemist’s eligibility. The graduate has access to master’s studies in accordance with the confirmed curricula.

The degree provides language proficiency required of personnel in public bodies in accordance with the Language Proficiency Section 6:

Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6

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 481618
leena.kaila (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.
Application Period: 
March 16th 2016 - April 6th 2016 (15.00 UTC +3)