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 Physics

Physics is a science which aims to give scientific answers to fundamental questions about the universe. These answers have great cultural significance because they constitute the only means of forming a world view that is rational and based on reality. In addition, they have vitally important practical significance, since our current well-being is fundamentally based on the knowledge given by physics and the applied sciences based on physics.

At the University of Oulu, a physics student can freely choose a major subject from an exceptionally wide selection of different physical sciences. The available major subjects are physics, theoretical physics, biophysics, geophysics and astronomy. (In the degree programme of physics, geophysics is studied up to the Bachelor’s degree, after which the study for the Master’s degree, with geophysics as the major subject, continues in the degree programme of geosciences.) The teaching is based on the latest scientific research and it especially emphasizes independent problem solving skills. The diverse teaching methods – including lectures, exercises and laboratory works – are complemented by small research projects, tutoring, personal guidance by the teachers, and active counselling.

The scientific research practised by the physics research groups is of high quality and genuinely international, and the joint unit formerly comprised of the research groups, the Department of Physics, was nominated as an official “Centre of Excellence in Research” within the University of Oulu. Graduates from the Department of Physics of the University of Oulu have been very successful in finding employment. Their employers include small and large companies, public administration, several schools and universities, and many research institutes in Finland and abroad. The degree programme in physics consists of a 3-year bachelor’s degree and a 2-year master’s degree.

Janne Koivuniemi

Basic information

85 (+10 Subject teacher)
Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Physics Teacher
Product Developer
Medical Physicist
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 481311
juhani.lounila (at)
+358 (0)294 481285 (at)


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

The degree programme is applied for through the The language of instruction in the degree 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.