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 Literature

Literature – novels, poems, plays – can be seen, in a way, as research. Literary art works study those linguistic and narrative means that can be used in order to represent and mediate human experience. Literary research aims at mapping those means through historical and theoretical approaches. Literature is perceived as an aesthetic and linguistic phenomenon, which is connected to its cultural and social surroundings. One can study literary classics as well as experimental postmodern poetry, science fiction as well as children’s literature, fantasy novels as well as creative non-fiction.

 The methods of analysis and interpretation that have been developed within literary studies may be applied, for example, also to the in-depth study of media texts. In addition to the literary theory, analysis, and history, the discipline of Literature offers introductions to creative writing and reading therapy. If one chooses to be a teacher of Finnish language and literature, then one of the subsidiary subjects will be Finnish language. In other cases, the student may choose his or her subsidiary subjects from a wide range of possibilities.

In master level, the focus is on the development of scientific thought. In research seminar students prepare themselves to the writing of master’s thesis. Also compulsory is a course on literary theory supporting the theoretical basis of masters’ thesis. From optional courses, one can choose, for example, from literary theory, methods of teaching literature, creative writing, and work practice, or from courses on philosophy and literature, cultural identity or northern literature.  

Juha Sarkkinen

Basic information

Name of the Degree: 
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration of studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483331
kuisma.korhonen (at)
+358 (0)294 483336
nina.tyolahti (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.