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

Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing, Bachelor of Science (Technology), 180 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

After the discovery and inventory of a mineral deposit by geological studies, its exploitation requires many kinds of technical and expertise. Mining Technology is an engineering discipline that deals with the technological solutions to extract mineral and rock resources from their natural occurrences. In spite of recycling of metals, increasing metal consumption has made exploitation of ore deposits more and more important. In addition to cost-effective excavation and transfer of material from open pits or underground workings, attention must be paid to the safety to humans and environmental protection.

Mineral processing refers to a number of interrelated procedures that are all aimed at extracting valuable material from their ores. There are four main types of mineral processing, each of which uses a different method to separate valuable materials from ore gangue. The four different methods involve the reduction of ore particle sizes, the separation of particles by size, concentration of wanted minerals, and the removal of liquids from the solid minerals.

The BSc in Technology degree will give the basic knowledge on the main concepts, theories and methodologies in the mining field, and will equip the students with basic skills for doing research, including data collection, management, organization and interpretation, and presentation of the results with different communication tools.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The Bachelor of Science degree is a joint degree for all students of the degree programme. It consists of 180 ECTS credits divided into basic and intermediate-level studies, complementary studies, and the Bachelor’s thesis and related information studies. For more detailed information, see the course structure diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

The goal of mining technology and mineral processing degree programme is to educate professionals to work in mining industry. These professionals know the principles of safe and economical mining and are capable to plan and manage operations according to them.

In the first three years of degree programme the Bachelor-degree is completed, which is uniform for all the students. It gives very good and wide opportunities for further studies and produces readiness for basic level planning and operating duties.

The degree consists of mining technology, mineral processing, process engineering and geoscience studies, general studies on mathematics and natural sciences. In addition the degree consist of studies, which develop personal skills.

Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

The recognition of the prior learning will take place in the beginning of the studies. If the student already has a University or other degree, and if he/she would like to utilize his/her earlier studies, he/she has to contact the teaching staff of the faculty.

Please note that University of Oulu has defined the main principles followed by everyone, but each field may have its special features. Link (in Finnish) (equivalent page in English is under construction). Koulutuksen johtosääntö (University of Oulu Rules of Procedure, in Finnish) gives information on recognition of prior learning in article 27.

Modes of Study and Teaching: 

Studies are full-time corresponding to 60 credits per year. The Bachelor's degree studies (180 ECTS credits) can be completed in three years, each year corresponding to 60 credits. This equals 1600 hours of student workload per year. Most of the studies are carried out normally by contact teaching. They include lectures, seminars, practical laboratory courses and field courses. Examinations are arranged after each lecture course and later they can be done on common exam days of the faculty. Laboratory training commonly involve filling laboratory note books. The obligatory practical work training is usually conducted during summer work. During the third year, students write their Bachelor’s thesis.

Language of Instruction: 

Teaching is mainly in Finnish. Some courses may be given in English.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

Student studies the basic studies, intermediate studies, advanced studies and elective studies 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 portfolio tasks, continuous assessment, work reports 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.

The assessment is often based on the grades of final or mid-term exams. Grading scale is normally 1–5. In some cases the scale “pass/fail” is used. In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of each study unit.

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: 

After completing the B.Sc. degree, the students will normally continue their university studies with advanced-level courses to gain the degree of Master of Science in Technology. Having the B.Sc. degree, it is possible for the undergraduate to participate in basic-level design tasks and operational tasks in mining and process engineering.

Access to Further Studies: 

The degree qualifies students to continue their studies for the degree of the Master of Science in Technology, in which they can specialize either in mining technology or mineral processing.

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 as required by 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) is awarded after the student has submitted the relevant application form to the faculty and issued by the Education Dean of the Faculty.

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),

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: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 481444
saija.luukkanen (at)


Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the
Application Period: 
March 16th 2016 – April 6th 2016 (15.00 / 3 pm UTC +3)