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, Master of Science, 120 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

The Master of Science in chemistry (M.Sc. Chem.) gives the graduate eligibility to work as a chemist in chemical industry,  in a research or other laboratory or in public sector.
The Master of Science in chemistry has ability to reach information in literature for producing new knowledge and to do research work.
In the master's studies, students perform advanced studies in their major subject and participate in research group working.

The objective of the teaching of chemistry is to create the overview detailed enough about the leading principles and applications of the modern chemistry that the students are able to meet the challenges of today's materials science and sustainable chemistry after having completed, the new applications for the finding to existing materials and for the developing of the materials, which contain new innovative functionalities.  In the degree, the student is initiated in a modern experimental, computational and analytical methods, which are needed in the characterization of the compounds and materials. Student adopts the theoretical information and experimental working methods of the modern chemistry in order to be able to work in cooperation with the representatives of different disciplines to solve multidisciplinary problems.

Chemistry has an essential part in many fields of science besides chemistry: in biochemistry, biology in medicine, materials science and environmental science..

 

The competency of the subject teacher of chemistry will be reached by taking the degree of the Master of Science, which includes the studies of at least two subjects to be taught. The studies consist of the degree's optional, advanced chemistry studies, the Master’s Thesis, the studies of the minor subject (physics, mathematics or computer science) to be taught, the pedagogic studies and optional other study modules. The Faculty of Education (KTK - the pedagogic studies of the teacher) is responsible for pedagogic studies (60 op).

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The Master of Science (MSc) degree is taken after the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. The studies for the Degree of MSc are 120 ECTS credits and they can be completed in two years.

At the beginning of the master's studies, the student in the chemist education line chooses a major subject in chemistry.

The master's studies consist of the compulsory advanced major studies, optional advanced studies, and optional studies, which can be advanced studies in chemistry or studies offered by the other degree programmes.  The student can take optional advanced studies freely within his/her own major or other majors in chemistry.

At the beginning of the master's studies, the student in subject teacher education line chooses a major subject in chemistry.

The master's studies in subject teacher education consist of the compulsory advanced major studies, optional advanced studies in chemistry, minor studies, pedagogical studies, and optional studies, which can be advanced studies in chemistry or studies offered by the other degree programmes, for instance second minor studies. The student can take optional advanced studies freely after his/her own interest in his/her own major or other majors in chemistry.

The structures and required courses for the degree of MSc are described in the course structure diagrams.

 

Learning Outcomes: 

The graduate of chemists' training:

  • can  independently search, interpret and absorb chemistry-related scientific knowledge and take responsibility for his/her own professional development,
  • can independently apply adopted, chemistry-related advanced knowledge to solve a scientific problem or to produce new knowledge in chemistry or chemistry-related environment,
  • can critically handle chemistry-related data and draw conclusions based on it,
  • can clearly present and give reasons for results to a specialist and non-specialist audience
  • has eligibility to work as a chemist in industry or public sector or in chemistry-related tasks.

The graduate of teacher training:

  • can  independently search, interpret and absorb chemistry-related scientific knowledge and take responsibility for their own professional development.
  • can apply adopted, chemistry-related advanced knowledge independently to solve a scientific problem or to produce new knowledge in chemistry or chemistry-related surrounding
  • can handle critically chemistry-related data and draw conclusions on the basis of it
  • can plan and organize wide materials, study projects and laboratory experiments for teaching purposes
  • can use various teaching methods and know different  learning habits
  • has teacher’s eligibility to train in high school or work in chemistry-related tasks in industry or public sector.

The learning outcomes of pedagogical studies in the subject teacher education can be found in link KTK - Pedagogical Studies for Teachers 2014-2015

Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

Recognition of prior learning is a part of the study plan and the preparation of PSP (Personal Study Plan), when effects of prior learning to tuition arrangements and duration of studies are estimated. Suitable completed chemistry studies from another university or institution 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 full degree (120 credits) can be completed in two years studying full-time (60 credits per year equals  1600 hours of student workload per year). The studies are carried out as contact teaching but a part of the courses can be completed as book examinations. The studies consist of contact teaching and learning tasks, laboratory research, Master's Thesis and seminars. The teacher training student's studies  consist of contact teaching and learning tasks, minor studies, pedagogical studies and Master's Thesis.

Language of Instruction: 

Finnish, on demand English. 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, as well as seminar presentations and examinations.  The student follows the curriculum to finish advanced and elective studies. A Personal Study Plan PSP is compiled for each student, considering student’s prior learning and work experience.

The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations which are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is mainly based on the grades of final or mid-term exams. Also other assessment criteria are used including laboratory reports, seminal presentations etc. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Master’s thesis will be written as the final work in the degree.

In assessment of a completed course a numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass/Fail is used. In numerical scale zero stands for fail (University of Oulu Rules of Procedure, article 17 Koulutuksen johtosääntö pykälä 17 . 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.

Read more about the Assessment Criteria at the University of Oulu.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

A Master’s degree in chemistry provides chemist’s eligibility. The graduate can work independently as a chemist in chemical or chemistry-related industry or the public sector.
A Master’s degree in teacher training provides chemistry teacher’s eligibility in secondary and upper secondary school.

Access to Further Studies: 

The graduate of chemist's training has access to postgraduate studies (Phil.Lic. or Ph.D.)  in accordance with the confirmed curricula.

The graduate of teacher training can have access to postgraduate studies after sufficient supplementary studies in chemist’s master programme.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

In addition to lecture courses other graduation-related requirements that the program contains are a minor and major research project, Master’s 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).

The Degree in teacher training includes major, minor and pedagogical studies. They consist of graduation-related requirements as well that are Master’s 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).

The Degree Certificate is given on 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 graduates have chemist’s eligibility to work in research or other laboratory, public sector or commercial field. The degree provides language proficiency required of personnel in public bodies in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6

The graduate has access to postgraduate studies (Phil. Lic. or Ph.D.) in accordance with the confirmed curricula.

The graduates of teacher training have chemistry teacher’s eligibility. The degree provides language proficiency required of personnel in public bodies in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6

The graduate has access to postgraduate studies after sufficient supplementary studies in chemist’s master programme.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
120
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish
Graduate Profiles: 
Chemist
Researcher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 481618
leena.kaila (at) oulu.fi

Applying

Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the opintopolku.fi.

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