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 Finnish Language

Finnish Studies contains courses concerning the use, structure, development, and variation of the Finnish language. Particular focus areas at the University of Oulu are sociolinguistics, especially northern Baltic-Finnic minority languages, Finnish as a second and foreign language and cognitive semantics. The aim of the subject is to educate versatile professionals in various aspects of language especially for the needs of Northern Finland.

The subject by itself does not prepare for a specific profession: in addition to Finnish Language, students need to select suitable minor subjects based on their future professional goals. Engaging in research while studying and participating in possible projects increases a student's chances of landing a job of his/her liking.

Studies of Finnish Language in the Faculty of Humanities are intended for students who either are native speakers of Finnish or have near-native competence in Finnish. The subject does not offer language courses in Finnish, but rather the curriculum includes different linguistic approaches to the Finnish language. Students having BA from a foreign university with Finnish as their major subject can apply to a master’s program.

Kati Leinonen

Basic information

Name of the Degree: 
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration of studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Communications Coordinator
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483471
harri.mantila (at)
+358 (0)294 483471
harri.mantila (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.