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

Educational Sciences, Bachelor of Arts (Education), 180 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

In the degree programme in educational sciences, the Bachelor’s degree is a broadly-based basic degree oriented towards educational research, theories and working duties. Its contents focus on a theoretical discussion of teaching, learning, education and Bildung processes and on connections with the practical activities of educational organisations. The education familiarises the students with the trends in the development of educational systems, educational planning, the basics of consultation as well as working duties in different educational organisations.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

Studies required for the Bachelor’s degree in the degree programme in educational sciences are:

  • Major subject studies in education or educational psychology 70 ECTS credits
  • Language, communication and general studies 15 ECTS credits
  • Minor subject studies and other studies 95 ECTS credits

The timing of studies can be found in the course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

The goal of the degree programme in educational sciences is that the student achieves the general scientific and professional competences required by work in the field of education. Upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree, the student

  • knows how to name and describe scientific traditions of educational and social sciences, especially education and educational psychology.
  • knows how to differentiate between different theoretical and methodological premises and educational research methods.
  • knows how to name and evaluate some of the most essential research results in his/her field of science. S/he is capable of participating in discussion on them in his/her native language and in one foreign language.
  • knows how to draft a research plan and how to implement a small-scale study and evaluate its success.
  • knows how to define and locate different fields of educational tasks and how to evaluate his/her position and interest in the various sectors of working life.
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 student studies full-time, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits per year. This equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (180 ECTS 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 e-learning. Studies also include a practice period.

Language of Instruction: 

The degree can be completed in Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the advanced studies and elective studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and with written assignments and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final exams and term papers. Also other assessment criteria are used. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. A Candidate’s (Bachelor’s) thesis shall be written as the final work in the degree. A Personal Study Plan (PSP) is compiled for each student individually, considering the student’s prior learning and work experience.

Grading: (The University of Oulu Education Regulations 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.

In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. 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: 

The Bachelor’s degree in the degree programme in educational sciences does not yet profile students professionally. The professional sectors to which the students are preliminarily familiarised at this stage of their education include teaching, research, planning, administrative and development tasks in the field of education as well as guidance and counselling. Typical professional titles of Masters of Arts in Education include educational planner, educator, coordinator, researcher, project manager and HR specialist.

Access to Further Studies: 

Bachelor’s degree entitles access to Master’s degree studies.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

To graduate as Bachelor, the student must complete studies with a scope of 180 ECTS credits as determined in the curriculum. The thesis studies of the Bachelor’s degree include a maturity test on the topic of the thesis.

The graduate shall also show that s/he has achieved skills in Finnish and Swedish as defined in section 6 (1) of the Act (424/2003) and skills in one foreign language such as stipulated in section 6 (2) of the Government Decree on University Degrees (2004/794). The requirement for language skills in Finnish and Swedish does not apply to students who have received their school education in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or to students who have received their school education abroad. Language skills required from such students are determined by the university. For a special reason, the university can exempt a student from the language skill requirements stipulated in subsection 1.

The student shall also apply the faculty for confirmation of the degree by submitting a degree confirmation application.

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’s degree qualifies the student to complete a Master’s 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: 
180
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483607
pauli.siljander (at) oulu.fi

Applying

Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the joint application system at http://yliopistohaku.fi.

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