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)

History, Master of Arts, 120 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

History as a science and a subject is characterised by broadness and diverseness. In this increasingly integrated world, history forms the basis for knowledge of the world and understanding today’s problems and changes at both global and local levels. Research and education in history focus particularly on encounters between cultures and examination of phenomena and questions related to the Northern identity and life in the North, from antiquity to the present.

The goal in studying is to master the main features of historical development and learn to comprehend and study history and present historical information. Studying is comprised of textbook exams, lectures, online courses, various seminars, written and oral exercises, essays and theses and independent research. Sufficient language skill is one of the most important prerequisites for studying many areas of history. Passive language skill – the ability to understand text written in a foreign language – is of prime importance. History students not only specialise in a research topic they are interested in, they also acquire a strong base for a variety of careers, based on a well-rounded education and a history-oriented mind-set. Studies may also include practical training periods. Studying provides qualification for many social jobs in education and research; archives, libraries and museums; culture and education departments; the information sector and international organisations.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

Master's degree: Major subject History (120 ECTS credits) consists of the following modules

  • 36 ETCS cr Intermediate Studies in History (=Intermediate Studies apart from Focus Areas 700421A. Pro Seminar included)
  • Other Studies in History (= Critical Reading 2 ETCS cr and a book exam in Methodology 2 ETCS cr)
  • Advanced Studies in History and Master’s Thesis (40 + 40 ETCS cr)

Further information: see Course Structure Diagram.

 

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completing their Master’s degree, students have

  • deep knowledge in the field of history, especially from the point of view of how scientific knowledge is produced, presented and assessed
  • capacity of analysis and synthesis in the context of a vast array of information from different kinds of sources
  • research skills in the field of history
  • good written and oral communication in one’s native language
  • critical and self-critical abilities in a way that developing professional skills in the field becomes an elemental part of the student’s professional identity
  • information management skills
  • ability to work autonomously and keep the set timetables
  • capabilities for independent project design and management.

 

Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

The recognition of prior learning follows the main principles as defined by the University of Oulu.

More information: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 

Modes of Study and Teaching: 

Studies are to be carried out fulltime. The average input needed for studies of one academic year is 1600 working hours, which is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. Studying fulltime, the entire degree (120 ECTS credits) can be completed in two years. The studies are primarily carried out as contact teaching, but some of the courses can be completed by independent learning (book examinations, essays) or by distance learning. The alternative methods are explained in the study unit descriptions.

Language of Instruction: 

The language of instruction in the major subject is Finnish. Other languages of instruction depend on the minor subjects the student includes in the degree.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the advanced studies and elective studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and with written assignments and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final exams and term papers. Also other assessment criteria are used. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Master’s thesis shall be written as the final work in the degree. A Personal Study Plan PSP is compiled for each student, considering student’s prior learning.

Grading: (The University of Oulu Education Regulations 17§): a numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course. When assessing doctoral dissertations and licentiate’s theses, verbal grading kiittäen hyväksytty (Approved with Distinction), hyväksytty (Approved) tai hylätty (Rejected) can be used. In numerical scale zero stands for fail.

In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. The grades of Pro Gradu Theses and Diploma Theses shall not be considered when determining the average of advanced studies.  Separate provisions have been laid down for assessing the proficiency in Finnish and Swedish language required in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

 

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

Many history students specialise to become archivists, who can find jobs in both the private and public sectors. The library sector is also a possibility, especially if the student studies subjects in the library and information sector. Some historians are also employed in the museum sector. A journalist’s profession has been one of the most popular career choices; history as an all-round educational subject provides a very good base for this work. The all-round educational nature of history also provides a base for work in the municipal or national government sector, which has employed some historians even in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the EU. One trend that has become popular in recent years is for historians to enter the private sector and work in ICT companies and organisations. At the same time the significance of content production has grown in recent years.

Access to Further Studies: 

The Master’s degree is required for the commencement of postgraduate studies and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. At the University of Oulu, the postgraduate studies are coordinated by University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

A Master’s degree includes Advanced Studies in the major subject (80 ECTS credits) and studies in minor subject(s), language and communication studies, training, or other studies (in total 40 ECTS credits). The Advanced Studies include a Master's Thesis (40 ECTS credits). A maturity test (0 ECTS credits) will be administered on the basis of the thesis.

The study modules included in the degree must be compiled in Oodi (the official student register). This is done by the person responsible for compiling studies in the subject in question. Diplomas are granted by the Dean of Education and distributed to the graduates in the official graduation ceremony. The ceremony is usually held once a month, apart from July and August. Students should register for the graduation ceremony by filling in a form and submitting it to the Faculty Student Affairs. The forms, as well as detailed information on graduation ceremony dates and closing dates for applications, can be found on the website http://www.oulu.fi/humanities/node/19505

 

Qualification Requirements and Regulations: 

All education in the University of Oulu is based on the principles of the joint European credit transfer system (ECTS) which facilitates the transparency of education and the recognition of degrees at an international level. All degrees awarded from the University of Oulu are recognised by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

The Master’s degree (MA) is a qualification for doctoral studies as well as a general qualification for many jobs in the civil service. If a student has completed the pedagogical studies as a minor subject (60 ECTS credits), the Master’s degree provides the qualification for teaching positions in primary and secondary schools and other educational institutions. The pedagogical studies are included partly in the Bachelor's and partly in the Master's degree. The prerequisites for obtaining a teacher’s post in Finland include a completed Master's degree and required studies in the teaching subject(s). The certificate of the eligibility (teacher’s certificate) is attached to the Master’s degree diploma.

The language proficiency requirements of the degree qualify the student for employment in the civil service according to the section on language proficiency, 6 §.

Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6: Language proficiency

1. The student must demonstrate in studies included in education for a lower or higher University degree or otherwise that he/she has attained:

(1) proficiency in Finnish and Swedish which is required of civil servants in bilingual public agencies and organizations under Section 6(1) of the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and which is necessary for their field; and

(2) skills in at least one foreign language needed to follow developments in the field and to operate in an international environment.

2. The provisions of subsection 1 do not concern a student who has been educated in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or a student who has been educated abroad. The language proficiency of such students shall be determined by the university.

3. For special reasons, the university may either totally or partially exempt a student from the requisite language skills referred to in subsection 1.

 

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
120
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish
Graduate Profiles: 
Archivist
Journalist
Researcher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 48 3301
kari.alenius (at) oulu.fi

Applying

Applying Information: 
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.

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