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

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (Technology), 180 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

The Bachelor of Science (technology) degree is rather similar for all mechanical engineering students. It provides basic knowledge in the key fields of mechanical and structural engineering; engineering mechanics, materials engineering, production technology and design. The degree consists of intermediate studies in mechanical engineering, basic studies in mathematics and natural sciences as well as studies that promote personal skills. The degree also includes elective intermediate studies that prepare for a Master’s degree.

Applications in mechanical engineering vary from the smallest micromechanical devices to massive equipment and structures. They can be mass produced consumer- or one-of-a-kind products. However, the B.Sc. degree is independent of any specific applications; it provides skills in mechanical engineering for product design, manufacturing, service and maintenance.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS cr) consists of basic and intermediate studies (135 ECTS cr), modules preparing for the option (35 ECTS cr each) as well as a Bachelor's thesis with related seminars or communication studies (a total of 10 ECTS cr)

At the end of the autumn term during the second year of studies students can choose as a specialization area: Motor Vehicle and Heavy Equipment Technology, Machine design, Materials engineering, Mechatronics and machine diagnostics, Structural engineering and construction technology, Engineering mechanics and Production technology.

Further information: See course structure diagram

Learning Outcomes: 

The degree programme in mechanical engineering aims to educate Bachelors- and Masters of Science for research, development, design, calculus, production management and maintenance positions. The programme also supplies skills needed in administration, sales and teaching positions.

The Bachelor’s degree aims to provide the student, not only with the knowledge included in the education, but also the ability to independently follow development in their field. It also establishes scientific thinking and working practices. In addition to providing occupational skills the Bachelor’s degree initiates a continuous learning process and enables applying knowledge to working life while also providing sufficient communicative and language skills. The education is based on scientific activity and common practices in the field. It also prepares the student well for pursuing 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: 

The student studies full-time, corresponding to 60 credits per year. This equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (180 credits) can be completed in three years, studying full-time. The studies are carried out as contact teaching. Studies include also an on-the-job learning period.

Language of Instruction: 

Teaching is in Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum.

Assessment methods and criteria for the studies: Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Bachelor’s thesis and the maturity test shall be written as the final work in the degree. A Personal Study Plan PSP is compiled for each student, considering student’s prior learning and work experience.

Grading: a numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course. In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. The grades of Master’s Theses shall not be considered when determining the average of advanced studies. 

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: 

In the Bachelor phase, the degree programme of mechanical engineering concentrates on basic level tasks of mechanical engineering. A Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering can place oneself in a wide range of engineering tasks in industry or public administration.

Access to Further Studies: 

A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is well prepared to continue with a Master’s education.

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

To be awarded a bachelor's degree, a student must complete the required studies and bachelor's thesis, write a maturity essay demonstrating language proficiency in the language in which the student has been educated (Finnish or Swedish). The student shall demonstrate the satisfactory level of proficiency in Finnish and Swedish required in the Act (424/2003) section 6 subsection 1. The student is also required to demonstrate the level of proficiency in at least one foreign language needed to follow developments in the field of study and to operate in an international environment. The diploma for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Technology/Architecture) is awarded on request and issued by the Education Dean of the Faculty.

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.

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)294 482081
juhani.niskanen (at)


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.