Curriculum and Equivalence between curriculums

The instruction belongs to the following themes

By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

The curriculum of your degree programme specifies the structure and learning objectives of your degree, as well as the learning objectives, content and competence assessment methods of the modules and courses included in the degree. Get to know the curriculum of your degree programme right at the beginning of your studies and plan your studies using the instructions on the Personal study plan page. By selecting your degree programme from the menu above, you will see a link to the entire curriculum of your programme. You will also see the degree structure of your degree programme as well as information on the modules and courses in Sisu after you have completed the study plan. The degree structures are also presented on the page Structure and scope of the degree programme.

Teaching is carried out in accordance with the curriculum. For each module, one or more methods of completion (e.g., lecture course, exam, seminar) are usually arranged during the academic year, and after their successful completion, you will have completed the course in question and will receive a grade.Teaching programmes for each academic year are published in two parts:

  • The preliminary teaching programme is published in March.  Preliminary teaching programmes contain information on which courses can be completed during the academic year, in which period, in which language and what their method of completion is. Preliminary teaching programmes for degree programmes are published on the page Where can I find courses? and for the Language Centre on the page Language education at the Language Centre.
  • The final teaching programmes are published in Sisu and Courses as a rule by the end of June. However, due to the coronavirus situation, the teaching programmes for the academic year 2021–2022 will be published on an exceptional schedule: the teaching programmes for the autumn term will be published by the end of July and for the spring term by the end of November. Final teaching programmes contain information on the schedules, facilities, teachers, languages ​​of instruction, methods of completion and enrolment.

The faculty councils make decisions on the curricula, and the curricula are valid always for three academic years. Currently all teaching is arranged according to the 2020–2023 curricula.

If you are studying according to the previous (2017–2020) curriculum or you have older previous studies, please check the equivalence table of your own degree programme to see the equivalent studies in the new curriculum. When the curriculum period changes, you are entitled to transfer to complete your studies in accordance with the new curriculum. The faculty council can set a deadline after which students must transfer to complete their studies in accordance with a more recent curriculum.

You can find the curricula for the doctoral programmes on the page Scope and structure of doctoral degrees.