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

Logopedics, Bachelor of Arts, 180 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

Logopedics is a multidisciplinary science in the humanities with strong links to behavioral sciences. It studies the manifestations and causes of disorders in voice, speech, language and communication. In addition, the discipline focuses on the prevention, rehabilitation and the affectivity of rehabilitation of these disorders.

The Degree Programme in Logopedics (including BA and MA Degrees) provides students with qualifications to work in the profession of a licensed speech and language therapist as well as in various professions requiring expertise in speech, language and communication.

The objective of the Basic Studies in Logopedics is to educate multidisciplinary experts. The variety of subjects available and the multidisciplinary nature of the research conducted in this field contribute to this objective. In addition to its major subject, the Degree Programme in Logopedics also deals with the fields of psychology, medicine, phonetics and linguistics.

Studies in the programme last five years, and they involve theory, supervised clinical learning, training to become a therapist and independent practice in the field of speech therapy. Mastering scientific and research skills alongside the basic education is crucial for the development of this field of science. The student should, to a certain degree, participate in the research conducted in the department, for example by assisting as a test subject or a data collector.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

Bachelor's degree: Degree Programme in Logopedics (180 ECTS credits)

The Bachelor's degree includes the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits) and Intermediate Studies (78 ECTS credits) in the major subject, in total 103 ECTS credits. The Intermediate Studies include a Bachelor's Thesis.

Furthermore, the degree contains studies in minor subjects as follows: Linguistics and Phonetics (22 ECTS credits), Psychology (25 ECTS credits), Medical studies (15 ECTS credits). The scope of language and communication studies is 15 ECTS credits.

Further information: see the Programme Structure Diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

The Basic Level study package in Logopedics familiarizes the students with the central concepts and scientific thought and research related to the discipline. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of the development of normal language, speech and communication as well as gaining an understanding of evaluation of this development. The Basic Studies also familiarize the students with how the development of language can be supported, and students acquire practical experience.

Learning outcomes in Basic Studies of Logopedics:

  • Students have informational and conceptional expertise in the discipline as well as the skills needed to examine the research of interaction and communication as well as related disorders.
  • Students have an understanding of the nature of logopedic reasoning and can acknowledge the special characteristics of scholarly data and various research approaches.
  • Students have a general idea of the speech therapist's profession.
  • In addition, students have the skills to create small-scale presentations based on their own expertise.

The Intermediate Studies in Logopedics familiarizes the students comprehensively with the research methods and disorders of logopedics. These studies are supplemented with a selection of subsidiary subjects chosen by the student. The main aim of the Intermediate Studies package is to deepen the student's informational and methodological skills in such a way that they are able to work independently in a scholarly manner and are able to apply the learned theoretical knowledge in the clinical courses held during the Intermediate and Advanced studies stage.

Learning outcomes in Intermediate Studies in Logopedics:

  • Students are knowledgeable about the perspectives, methods and data in researching interaction and communication disorders. Students understand the scope and the complexity of questions in the field of research in Logopedics.
  • Students can produce a Candidate's Thesis.
  • Students master the methodological fundaments of logopedic rehabilitation and can perform the duties of a speech therapist in the clinical courses under supervision.
  • Students have familiarized themselves with the ethical guidelines concerning the profession of the speech therapist.

After completing a Bachelor's degree, the student

  • has knowledge of the fundamentals of their respective major and minor subjects and is able to follow and interpret developments in their major subject and its significance with regards to society.
  • has the fundamental skills to work within his/her field of study.
  • is able to independently improve his/her academic skills and take responsibility for his/her own work.
  • is able to apply scholarly methods in interpreting, drawing conclusions and reporting information.
  • is able to apply his/her communication skills according to the conventions within the field of his/her study when disseminating information.
  • is able, in addition to his/her mother tongue, to communicate in either Finnish or Swedish and in at least one foreign language.  (Different requirements apply for foreign degree students)
  • has the necessary knowledge and skills for studies leading to the major subject’s Master's degree, and for continuing education, and has the general qualifications for studies leading to a Master's degree.
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: 

Studies are to be carried out fulltime. The average input needed for studies of one academic year is 1600 working hours, which is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. Studying fulltime, the entire degree (180 ECTS credits) can be completed in three years. The studies are primarily carried out as contact teaching, but some of the courses can be completed by independent learning (book examinations, essays) or by distance learning. The alternative methods are explained in the study unit descriptions.

Language of Instruction: 

The main language of instruction in the degree programme is 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 does not provide any profession-related eligibility. However, students may act as specialists in various tasks requiring expertise in the fields of speech, language and communication. After having completed the Degree Programme in Logopedics (Master of Arts degree), students are eligible to apply for a license to practice as a speech therapist. Licensing is granted by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).

Access to Further Studies: 

The Bachelor’s degree is required before the commencement of the Master’s level studies.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

The Bachelor's degree includes the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits) and Intermediate Studies (78 ECTS credits) in the major subject, in total 103 ECTS credits. The Intermediate Studies include a Bachelor's Thesis. A maturity test will be administered on the basis of the thesis.

Furthermore, the degree contains studies in minor subjects as follows: Linguistics and Phonetics (22 ECTS credits), Psychology (25 ECTS credits), Medical studies (15 ECTS credits).

The scope of language and communication studies is 15 ECTS credits. The compulsory studies are Finnish language (5 ECTS), second official language (5 ECTS), foreign language (5 ECTS) as well as the Orientation Course for New Students (0 ECTS).

The study packages included in the degree must be compiled in Oodi (the official student register). This is done by the person responsible for compiling studies in the subject in question. Diplomas are granted by the Dean of Education and distributed to the graduates in the official graduation ceremony. The ceremony is usually held once a month, apart from July and August. Students should register for the graduation ceremony by filling in a form and submitting it to the Faculty Student Affairs.

The forms, as well as detailed information on graduation ceremony dates and closing dates for applications, can be found on the Faculty of Humanities website.

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 (BA) qualifies the student to complete a Master’s degree (MA). 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: 
Language of Instruction: 
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)29 448 3392
sari.kunnari (at)


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