Study guide's LTK - Medicine, 2011-12 information (E)

General information Instruction Examinations Courses


Admission requirements

The admission requirements for the degree programme in Medicine comprise the Matriculation Examination Certificate or the upper secondary vocational education and an entrance examination. Equivalent foreign education also give general eligibility for degree programme in medicine. Foreign applicant's admission is based exclusively on the results of the entrance examination.

All applicants to the degree programme in Medicine have to attend an entrance examination, which is held in Finnish or in Swedish and is based on Finnish or Swedish literature. If a foreign applicant wants to answer in Swedish to the entrance examination, she/he has to demonstrate language proficiency in Finnish. The teaching is given in Finnish language.


Qualification awarded

The degree programme in Medicine leads to the degree of Licentiate of Medicine ( lääketieteen lisensiaatti), which Corresponds M.D. degree in Angloamerican countries.


Educational and professional goals

The goal of the studies towards the degree of Licentiate of Medicine is to provide the students with such knowledge, skills and psycho-social abilities that will enable them, after graduation, to successfully function as experts, developers and team participants and leaders in hospitals as well as in primary health care. An additional goal is that a graduate will have the prerequisite skills for research work and post-graduate study as well as the ability and motivation for lifelong learning. The instruction, which emphasizes the regular updating of knowledge, has a strong connection to scientific research. The contents of instruction have been derived from the goals, and they are under constant evaluation and development.


Access to further studies

In Finland a student may obtain the degree of a Doctor of Medical Science ( lääketieteen tohtori) or / and the Specialist degree in Medicine ( erikoislääkärin tutkinto). Students can apply for doctoral studies after the completion of the higher academic degree (Licentiate of Medicine).

The degree of a Doctor of Medical Science is a postgraduate degree in medicine. The doctorate may take 3 - 4 years full time study. An accepted thesis is required as well as theoretical studies.

The Specialist degree is a professional postgraduate degree. In Finland there are 49 specialist degree programmes. The specialist education in medicine takes 5 to 6 years after permission granted by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health ( Sosiaali- ja terveysalan lupa- ja valvontavirasto, Valvira) to practice as a physician in Finland. It consists of theoretical lectures, working in hospitals and health centers and an examination.

For more information on postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine contact:

Head of Postgraduate Affairs
Eija Ruottinen
Faculty of Medicine
P.O. Box 5000
Fin-90014 University of Oulu
Tel. +358-8-537 5106
Fax +358-8-537 5111


Structure of the degree programme

The minimum extent of the Licentiate of Medicine degree is 360 credits. One Finnish credit equals to one ECTS credit. The average input of 1600 working hours needed for studies of one academic year is equivalent to 60 credits. Medical studies are pre-scheduled and the training is organized in such a manner that with full-time attendance the degree can be taken in six years.

The degree programme consists of basic, intermediate and advanced studies, optional studies, language studies and compulsory practical training.

The preclinical stage lasts for two years (Semesters 1-4) and mostly consists of general studies. The completion of clinical studies takes four years (Semesters 5-12). During this phase students focus on the occurrence, onset, diagnostics, treatment and prevention of various diseases. Bed-side teaching is part of students' daily routine.

Most of the courses are compulsory for all students. Some study modules, especially thesis in advanced studies, can be chosen according to the student's own interests. It is also possible to begin scientific research work before graduation.

The total amount of practical training is 30 credits. Obligatory clerkship means two weeks' practical training in Internal Medicine and two weeks in Surgery (total 6 credits). Elective clerkship can be chosen according to the interests of the student (total 24 credits). Four weeks of the practical training is done in the health centres and is included in the curriculum.


Examination and Assessment Regulations

Assessment is based on examinations, exercises, essays, field work, clinical work, reports or any other method determined pedagogically appropriate for the particular course. All the exams can be retaken. Additional information is given from the organizing subject.

Grades used for assessment of the courses are: 5 (excellent, ECTS A), 4 (very good, ECTS B), 3 (good, ECTS C), 2 (satisfactory, ECTS D), 1 (sufficient, ECTS E), 0 (fail); pass or fail.


ECTS departmental Coordinator

Ms. Virpi Parkkila (leave of absence)
Ms. Pirkko Lumme
University of Oulu
Department of Internal Medicine
P.O.Box 5000
FIN - 90014 University of Oulu
Tel. +358-8-315 4125
Fax +358-8-315 4139