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 Biology

Biology is a wide discipline and it studies living systems, organisms, including their structure, functioning, evolution, distribution and interrelationships. Biological sciences do not have clear boundaries but they interact closely. Main application areas are forestry, game and fisheries, nature and environmental protection, agriculture and medicine. Students learn the basic phenomena and mechanisms of life from molecules to ecosystems. The studies also give the basic information of evolution and diversity of living organisms; the characteristics, structure, functions and regulation of genes, cells and organisms and the behaviour of organisms and their interactions between the biotic and abiotic environment.

Graduated biologists from Oulu are versatile experts! They are able to analyse, represent, make conclusions and apply skills in their own special field (ecology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology or environmental research or as a teacher) with the help of diverse methodological proficiency and good basic knowledge.

Basic information

Name of the Degree: 
Master of Science (MSc)
Duration of studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Subject Teacher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 481530
annamari.markkola (at)
+358 (0)294 481491
minna.vanhatalo (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 / 3 pm 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. Information on studies in English is available here.