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

Degree Programme in Dentistry

In the degree programme in dentistry, the students graduate as dentists. Nearly all graduating dentists get employed immediately after graduation. The profession of a dentist is well respected: the dentist has been evaluated 9th in the list of top professions in Finland. Dentists are pleased with their profession and they are committed to the work (Kottonen 2009).

The dentist is the primary provider of oral healthcare and, upon possession of the necessary professional qualifications, shall be able to provide patient-centred holistic care and evidence-based dentistry independently and must possess a wide range of skills in order to provide the highest possible quality of patient care at all times, promoting and improving the oral health of individuals, families and groups in the community.

Dentists work with other health care professionals, help patients and work with their hands. The multifaceted work has also been stated to be one of the positive sides of the profession of dentistry, although the work can be physically and mentally challenging. Among the most essential values in selecting the working environment dentists have listed the content of the work. Dentists seem to prefer multifaceted and challenging work, which contents they can influence by themselves based on personal interest. Most dentists treat patients in health centres, in private practices and in hospitals. Commonly the dentist is one member of a working team. In addition, dentists can work as teachers, researchers or in administrative positions. Dentists can also specialize in various fields of dentistry: maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, clinical dentistry or in healthcare. Dentists can also join in the doctoral degree programme aiming at a doctoral thesis, which trains them in scientific research and teaching.

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5,5 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Licentiate in Dentistry
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 488006
raija.lahdesmaki (at)
+358 (0)294 485504
riitta.kojonen (at)


Next Application Period: 
March 16th 2016 – April 6th 2016 (15.00 UTC +3)

The degree programme is applied for through the The language of instruction in the degree programme 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. Information on studies in English is available here.