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

Medical and Wellness Technology, Bachelor of Health Sciences, 180 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

The degree programme in Medical and Wellness Technology is based on studies in technology, science and biomedicine. Bachelor of Health Sciences graduates have wide multidisciplinary education with a problem-based thinking and solving profile. The combination of biomedical studies together with technology and science is the unique feature of this programme. Studies are strongly integrated to research of the department, which is internationally recognized at the field of bone and articular cartilage biomechanics and imaging. New innovations are more often created between across different disciplines. The Degree programme in Medical and Wellness Technology provides excellent multidisciplinary basis to working as a specialist and in development as well as doctoral training.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

Studies include compulsory general, basic and intermediate studies and optional studies so that the total extent of the degree is at least 180 ECTS credits. Studies are recommended to be performed according to the attached indicative timetable. The letter Y at the end of the course code refers to general studies, the letter P to basic studies and the letter A to intermediate studies.

Learning Outcomes: 

After graduation in the Bachelor's Degree Programme, a graduate is able to

  • identify the key structures and functions of human organs
  • use mathematical methods to describe and analyze technical problems
  • apply the terminology and concepts of mathematics and physics to describe the functioning of human organs
  • conduct basic technical measurements and analyze results
  • design simple software by using different programming tools
  • identify invocation potential of technology in the treatment of diseases and promotion of health
  • use and apply the obtained knowledge with creative and critical manner in the working tasks of the field
  • communicate independently using the domestic language, and communicate with international audience using at least one foreign language
  • take responsibility for independent working tasks, work as a team member, and use communication skills in own working tasks as well as in communication with outsider audience
  • follow and interpret trends and developments in the field, and develop own know-how accordingly
  • identify needs to improve own knowledge, and use different learning and working methods for developing own know-how continuously.  
Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

The student can propose his or her previous studies as part of the Bachelor’s degree. This kind of studies can be e.g. studies of Math, Physics, Chemistry or Biomedical engineering completed in vocational high school or university.  Prior practical training in the field can also be included in the Bachelor’s degree. Recognition of prior learning is done individually with the study advisor and the final decision of the inclusion to the degree is made by the programme director.

More information: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)



Modes of Study and Teaching: 

The student studies full-time, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits per academic year. This equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (180 ECTS credits) can be completed in three years, studying full-time. The studies are carried out as contact teaching. A part of the courses can be completed as e-learning (5%).

Language of Instruction: 

The degree is mainly completed in Finnish. The language of instruction can be English in some courses.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the basic studies, intermediate studies, advanced studies and elective studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final or mid-term exams. Also other assessment criteria are used, including work reports, study diaries etc. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Bachelor’s thesis 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: (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. The grades of Pro Gradu Theses and Diploma 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: 

Bachelor’s degree provides basis in Maths and Science to be utilized in future’s technological applications of wellbeing solutions. The graduate works typically in projects that cross different disciplines, such as medicine and engineering.

Access to Further Studies: 

With accomplished learning outcomes the student has readiness for Master'S degree education in Medical & Wellness Technology, and general readiness for master's level education and life-long learning. 

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

In order to graduate, the student is required to have passed all the courses included in the degree, to have completed the Bachelor’s thesis and the maturity test in acceptable manner and to have handed out the degree certificate request to the faculty’s office according to instructions given by the faculty.

In addition, the student must show the required level of Finnish and Swedish language skills according to Act (424/2003, section 6, subsection 1) and the required level of knowledge in one foreign language to be able to follow the field specific development and work in an international environment (Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6).

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 in Health Sciences does not qualify for a specific profession or duty. The graduated can operate as an expert in different fields including education, research and with tasks involved with industry and health care.

The degree provides language proficiency required of personnel in public bodies in accordance with the Language Proficiency Section 6: Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 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: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Project Manager
Product Specialist
Research Coordinator
Product Developer
+358 (0)294 486001
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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.