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

Mathematical Sciences Teacher Education, Bachelor of Science, 180 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

At the University of Oulu you can study Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, as well as a variety of other natural and technical sciences. The degree structure emphasizes personal choices and in addition to the previously mentioned subjects students can study minor subjects in Humanities, Education and Business according to their own interests. In Quantitative Finance it is possible for students to complete their master's degree in the Oulu Business school after completing a B.Sc. in Mathematics or Statistics. Furthermore, the degree programme has long been a leader in Finnish subject teacher training.

Student guidance is part of the operating principles of the degree programme: in addition to lectures and recitations, guided self-study methods such as exercise days and tutor room activity are in use. It is also possible to study in summer, since summer courses are organized regularly.


Courses Required for the Degree: 

The course structure diagram shows the B.Sc. degree structure of each semester (autumn and spring semester) and the required study modules with their credits.

Course Structure Diagram:
Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completing a Bachelor's degree, the student can

  • repeat central mathematical definitions and results
  • plan proofs using suitable definitions and results
  • construct precise logical arguments
  • use quantitative methods in solving problems
  • describe mathematical ideas orally and in writing.


Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

The main principle for the recognition of prior learning in the degree programme is recognizing official learning.

Courses of the degree programme in Mathematics can be substituted by prior courses of the same level and approximately the same contents. The student must deliver a document and a course description of any previously completed course to the degree programme.

More information: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Modes of Study and Teaching: 

A B.Sc. degree (180 ECTS credits) can be completed in three years by studying full-time. The lectures, recitations, and seminars are organized on weekdays within the university building. The teaching mostly takes place at the university, but some courses may include home exercises and/or home exams. The studies naturally include a substantial amount of independent work.

It is recommended that the student makes part of her/his studies as an exchange student abroad.


Language of Instruction: 

The main language of instruction is Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The student completes the required general, basic and intermediate studies and the optional studies according to the curriculum of degree programme in Mathematical Sciences. The courses are mainly completed by taking an exam, and they are assessed by the person in charge of the course.

The assessment is often based on the grades of the final or intermediate exams. Other assessment methods are also used, including home exams, group work, etc. The details on the completion of the courses can be found in the description of each course in WebOodi. The courses are graded either by a numerical scale ranging from 0 to 5 or by the grades pass/fail. The grading system in use is notified in the course description.

To complete the B.Sc. degree, the student must write a bachelor’s thesis. This is done in a proseminar, which is past of the major subject module. The grade in each study module is calculated as the credit-weighted average of the course grades.


Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

A B.Sc. degree provides the student with a basic knowledge of Mathematics. By deepening this knowledge for the M.Sc. degree, she/he qualifies for example for a career as a researcher or a teacher in e.g. an upper secondary school. After completing the B.Sc. degree, the student has the possibility to transfer to another faculty, university or educational establishment. A B.Sc. degree is a university degree which also opens up many possibilities in working life, where the student can individually develop her/his professional skills.

Access to Further Studies: 

The B.Sc. degree in Mathematics with appropriate minor subjects provide a firm basis for the M.Sc. studies in Mathematical Sciences or other fields.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

A B.Sc. degree consists of the general studies included in the curriculum and the required major and minor subject studies. A bachelor’s thesis and seminar along with a maturity test are compulsory in the degree programme. The maturity test is written on the subject of the bachelor’s thesis (in either Finnish or Swedish). The degree is granted on 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 B.Sc. degree qualifies the student to complete a master’s degree (M.Sc.). The language proficiency requirements of the degree qualify the student for employment in the civil service according to the section on language proficiency, 6 §: The Decree on University Degrees (2004/794), The section on language proficiency, 6§.


Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Bachelor's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
3 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Location of Instruction: 


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