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 Early Childhood Education

It is possible at the Faculty of Education to file an application to complete only the degree of Master of Arts in the Early Childhood Education Programme. The major subject in this programme is education, especially early childhood education. The scope of the degree is 120 ECTS credits.

The Early Childhood Education Programme is a broadly based pedagogical programme that aims to enhance the welfare of children and families. The Master's degree provides abilities to function in expert duties in early childhood education, adult education, research, administration and development.

The basis for the Early Childhood Education Programme is provided by the diversified duties in early childhood education. The diversity of early childhood education encompasses the following areas, among others: the duties of a kindergarten teacher, early childhood education training and planning, early childhood research and dissemination of knowledge about early childhood, and management of various early childhood education organisations.

The major subject in the Master's degree contains advanced studies including a Master's thesis. The degree also encompasses language, communication and orientation studies, minor subject studies and other studies. The students must be prepared to engage in full-time study.

Kati Leinonen

Basic information

Name of the Degree: 
Master of Arts MA (education)
Duration of studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Kindergarten Teacher
Preschool Teacher
Head of the Kindergarten
Line Manager
Trainer / Educator
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 484211
eila.estola (at)
+358 (0)294 483645 (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 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.