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

MSc in Mathematics (Subject Teacher Education)

Profile of the Degree: 

The degree programme of subject teacher is comprised of compulsory major subject studies in mathematics and studies in the secondary teaching subject, which can be e.g. physics, chemistry or information technology. The degree must also include pedagogic studies of 60 ECTS credits (see Faculty of Education, Pedagogical Studies for Teachers). Part of the pedagogical studies and minor subject studies are already included to the Bachelor degree.

The studies consist of lectures, exercise problems, teacher practices, laboratory exercises, research projects and independent studying.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The degree programme (120 ECTS credits) is comprised of compulsory advanced studies in mathematics (80 ECTS credits) together with optional minor and major studies. In this line, teacher pedagogical studies (60 ECTS credits) is a mandatory minor subject. The degree structure is decsribed in the course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completing a Master's degree, the graduate 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
  • formulate solutions to challenging mathematical and/or applied problems
  • interpret scientific (professional) literature.

The learning outcomes of pedagogical studies in the subject teacher education: KTK - Pedagogical Studies for Teachers

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 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 department.

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: 

A M.Sc. degree (120 ECTS credits) can be completed in two years by full-time study. The lectures, exercise sessions and laboratory exercises are organized on weekdays within the university building. The teaching mostly takes place at the university with attendant home exercises and/or home exams. The studies naturally include a substantial amount of independent work.

Language of Instruction: 

The programme is in Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The student completes the required major subject studies and the optional studies according to the curriculum. The courses are mainly completed by taking an exam or submitting solved exercises, and they are assessed by the person in charge of the course.

The assessment is often based on the grades of the end or final exams. 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. The grade in each study module is calculated as the credit-weighted average of the course grades.

To complete the M.Sc. degree, a master’s thesis must be written either in Finnish or in English. The thesis is graded separately in the diploma. The grade awarded to the thesis is not taken into account when calculating the grade in the major subject.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

A graduate from the degree programme qualifies as a teacher of Mathematics and can find employment in the schools of Finland/Europe at different educational levels.

Access to Further Studies: 

A subject teacher graduate with sufficiently good grades can apply for a place in a doctoral programme.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

A M.Sc. degree consists of major subject, minor subject and pedagogical studies included in the curriculum. A master’s thesis of 20 ECTS credits is required to complete the degree. The student must write a summary of the thesis, which also serves as the maturity test for the M.Sc. degree. 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 pedagogical studies included in the degree qualify the student as a teacher in comprehensive and upper secondary schools and other educational establishments. A M.Sc. degree holder qualifies as a teacher in e.g. upper secondary schools in at least two subjects e.g. mathematics and physics, mathematics and chemistry or mathematics and information technology. In addition, the language proficiency requirements of the degree qualify a M.Sc. graduate for employment in the civil service according to section 6 on the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Subject Teacher in Mathematics
Location of Instruction: 


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