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 History of Science and Ideas

History of Science and Ideas has two interrelated perspectives on history. First, history of ideas or intellectual history focuses on beliefs, hopes and fears of past peoples – on the ways in which people have thought about society, nature and human nature. Intellectual historians also study ideologies, concepts and all kinds of “isms” or belief systems, such as liberalism, socialism and nationalism. These phenomena and ideas are related to the scientific modes of thought, but also to the spheres of economy, politics and religion.

Here in Oulu, researchers study the Enlightenment and its legacy, utopianism and a wide spectrum of political ideas from conservatism to anarchism. History of science explores changes in the understanding of science and how scientific practices have evolved over time. Traditionally, emphasis has been on medicine and natural sciences, but research on the human sciences is equally important. In Oulu, research topics include history of medicine, psychology and psychiatry as well as the physical sciences and the scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries. Historians of science are also examining how scientific data has been collected and analysed, what sort of knowledge has been considered “scientific” and how science interlinks with politics, culture and ideologies. History of Science and Ideas at the University of Oulu is the only one of its kind in Finland. This main subject is taught by a professor and three university lecturers. In 2014 there were ca. twelve doctoral students in the discipline, and ca. ten students attain their MA-degrees annually.

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Teacher in History and Social Studies
Employee e.g. in a Non-Governmental Organisation
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483304
maija.kallinen (at)
+358 (0)294 483305
erkki.urpilainen (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.