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

Degree Programme in Nursing Science

Students selected to the degree programme in nursing science have nursing science as their major subject. The degree programme leads to the degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc), comprising 180 ECTS Credits, and further to the degree of Master of Health Sciences (MHSc), comprising 120 ECTS Credits. After completing the Master's degree, the student is eligible for applying for further academic education of licentiate degree and doctoral degree.

Those graduating from the programme work as experts in demanding leading positions in social and health care in planning, development, research, teaching and management on both national and international level.

The employment situation of newly graduated students has been good. By their choice of minor subjects, students can plan their studies to qualify for various positions, such as director of nursing, first-line nurse manager or unit manager, or for clinical nursing work. The degree programme in nursing science provides students with skills that enable them to apply scientific knowledge and methods, work as experts and developers in their own field and to pursue post-graduate studies. Studying involves intensive, long-term work in collaboration with a group of fellow students and teachers. The studies are completed according to the Personal Study Plan drawn up in collaboration with their personal tutor. The studies are integrated in research groups of nursing science.

In learning, the aim is for students to be able to analyze and examine the foundations of nursing science in a critical manner, and to be able to persuade their listeners of the significance of nursing science in health care and in society today and tomorrow. Learning is enhanced with the use of varied teaching and evaluation methods.

During their studies the students are asked to give feedback for each study unit, for each academic year, in connection with small group supervision and with a nationwide Bachelor’s Degree feedback form. The feedback is processed in the planning committee for education in the Institute of Health Sciences and it is used for developing the quality of study units, curriculum and education.

Juha Sarkkinen

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Expert in Social and Health Care
First-line Nurse Manager
Director of Nursing
Unit Manager
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 48 5601
Outi.Kajula (at)


Next Application Period: 
March 16th 2016 - April 6th 2016 (15.00 UTC +3)

The degree programme is applied for through the The language of instruction in the  programme is Finnish. Applicants have to both apply in Finnish and be able to study in Finnish. Applicants are asked to prove their Finnish language skills in the admissions process. Information on studies in English is available here.