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.

Other Master's Programmes (2016-2017)

Master's Programme in Archaeology

Archaeology explores people and their culture through material culture, for example artefacts, remains and traces of constructions and other ancient human activities. Archaeology is multidisciplinary by nature. An important aim of archaeological research is to understand and explain past human life and cultural change.

The study programme involves past societies globally and particularly the cultural heritage of Northern Finland and other Northern Circumpolar Regions. Students are expected to understand universal cultural processes as well as the various techniques of handing source materials. A primary objective is to attain the ability to conduct archaeological research independently; to gather data, carry out analyses, make interpretations, and present results in written form.

There are currently four main lines within the discipline at Oulu: prehistoric, classical and historical archaeologies, and bioanthropology. Archaeology is associated with a variety of exchange programmes with several foreign universities at which students can attend special courses for the duration of a few months. Minor subjects for archaeology students can be found beyond the Faculty of Humanities also in the Faculty of Science.

Basic information

Name of the Degree: 
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration of studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Museum Researcher
Museum Curator
Museum Manager
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483230
vesa-pekka.herva (at)
+358 (0)294 483361
timo.ylimaunu (at)
Tuition fees for citizens of non EU/EEA member states: 
No tuition fee


Next Application Period: 
December 15th 2015 - January 29th 2016 (15.00 UTC +2)

The master's programme is applied for through the The language of instruction in the master’s 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.