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, Master of Health Sciences, 120 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

The degree programme in Medical and Wellness Technology is based on studies in technology, science and biomedicine. Master of Health Sciences graduates have wide multidisciplinary education with a problem-based thinking and solving profile. In addition the student will profile his or her core know-how during the master studies by choosing one of the three specialization modules: Biomedical technology, Medical imaging or Health technology.

Studies are strongly integrated to the 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 intermediate and advanced studies, advanced module’s studies and optional studies. The student executes compulsory studies, studies of chosen specialization module (at least 25 ECTS) and optional studies so that the total extent of the degree is at least 120 credits. Studies are executed according to the personal study plan.

Learning Outcomes: 

After graduation in the Master's Degree Programme, a graduate is able to, in addition to the know-how obtained in the Bachelor's degree,

  • obtain and evaluate critically novel knowledge and special know-how in the field, and use and apply it independently and creatively in the medical technology research and development (R&D) in the field of own specialization studies
  • conduct research work by using scientific research methods
  • produce new knowledge for the needs of industry and society
  • participate in the industrial R&D and expert tasks in the field
  • set personal goals and work independently as well as in a team in order to achieve goals
  • communicate clearly and analytically viva voce and by writing 
  • extend and deepen own know-how independently in the spirit of lifelong learning.
Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

The student can propose his or her previous studies as part of the Master’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 to the Master’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 (120 credits) can be completed in two years, studying full-time. Majority of the studies are carried out as contact teaching.

Language of Instruction: 

Finnish and English. The master level courses are instructed mainly in English, though study attainments can be completed also in Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The studies consist of the intermediate studies, advanced studies and optional studies. Studies are executed according to individual timetable depending on the optional studies. 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. Master’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: (Koulutuksen johtosääntö pykälä 17: University of Oulu Rules of Procedure, article 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: 

The Master’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 occupational profile is often international.

Access to Further Studies: 

The Master’s degree gives a competence and good multidisciplinary basis to the postgraduate doctoral degree education.

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 Master’s thesis (35 credits) 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 Master’s Degree in Health Sciences does not qualify for a specific profession or duty, but the graduated can operate as an expert in different fields (see the section Occupational profiles of graduates). 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: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Project Manager
Product Specialist
Research Coordinator
Product Developer
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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.