Studying in open university

Below you can find the essential information about studying in Metropolia’s Open UAS.

Contacts in various situations


How to use Lukkarikone

  1. Type the course code (eg. SX00BN69-3001) in the field "Search word" and press "Search".
  2. Click the symbol before the course name and you'll get a list of the calendar reservations for the course. NB! The timing period in the course information is not always accurate. Always check the actual schedule.
  3. Add the course to the "Study basket" by pressing the "+" sign before the name of the course.
  4. The course is transferred to the course basket in the left bottom.
  5. Repeat the steps 1.-2. with all courses you are interested in.
  6. When you have all courses in the study basket, press "View schedule".
  7. Now you can see the calendar view for the current week. By browsing the weeks you can see the teaching times for each week. If you wish to see all teaching times at once, choose the list –view. In the calendar view you can see the possible overlaps the easiest.
    Please note, that you are not able to save the schedule in the Schedule Machine, but you can print it (pdf online or paper).

To be noted

  • There may always be changes in the schedules, so check the schedules few days before the course starts.
  • The list view in the calendar shows only classes ahead.
  • The overall information about the Study Paths and Modules may be published earlier than the schedules. Only the timing period and the method of implementation (contact teaching / virtual) are mentioned in the information.

NOTICE! Metropolia on focusing its operations on four campuses during 2018-2019. These campuses are: Leppävaara (Vanha Maantie 1), Myyrmäki (Leiritie 1), Arabia (Hämeentie 135 and 161) and the new Myllypuro campus, that is built next to the metro station at the moment. This will cause changes in the teaching premises and also in the course schedules and teaching methods during year 2018-2019. More specific information on paths and modules, please contact the path/module contact person. In terms of individual courses, please contact the Head of Degree of the degree in question to which the courses belongs.

If you have already been accepted to studies and have activated your Student ID:

  1. Log in to Lukkarikone with your Student ID and password in the upper right corner.
  2. Choose Settings –tab, where you can choose e.g. your default schedule. The view shows you those courses where you have been accepted.

You can also create and save your own schedule:

  1. Log in to Lukkarikone with your Student ID and password in the upper right corner.
  2. Type the course code (eg. SX00BN69-3001) in the field "Search word" and press "Search".
  3. Add the course to the "Study basket" by pressing the "+" sign before the name of the course.
  4. Repeat the steps 2.-3. with all courses you are interested in.
  5. When you have all courses in the study basket, press "View schedule". Now you can see the calendar view for the current week. By browsing the weeks you can see the teaching times for each week. If you wish to see all teaching times at once, choose the list –view. In the calendar view you can easily check if there are some courses overlapping timewise.
  6. Go to the SETTINGS –tab and save the schedule with the name of your choosing.

Course Descriptions

Individual courses

The detailed descriptions of the individual courses can be found in the Study Guide. The link to the guide is above the course supply table of each field.

Study Paths and Modules

The detailed descriptions of the study paths and modules for spring 2018 can still be found on the course supply pages by the field of study. The path and module info pages are linked to the supply page, from which there is further a link to the descriptions of the courses in the Study Guide.
In Open UAS there are available individual courses, modules and paths. Modules and paths are combined from courses.

The certain version at a given time is called an "implementation".

There is general information attached to the course, e.g.:

  • assessment criteria
  • learning objectives
  • contents
  • prior knowledge requirements

There is additional Information attached to the implementation are e.g.:

  • evaluation scale
  • evaluation criteria
  • literature
  • location
  • student's workload
  • teacher
  • teaching methods
  • timing
  • tuition language
  • virtual vs. contact

Instructions on how to use the Study Guide:

  1. Copy the beginning of the course code, of that course which you wish to search from the Study Guide, e.g. TX00DG07-3001, copy TX00DG07. You can find the codes from the course offering.
  2. Use the link to access the Study Guide and search for the course with CRTL + F with the code on question.
  3. Choose the course.
  4. In the top of the course information you can see in orange all the different implementations of the course that are offered. Click the implementation that you wish to see, e.g. course TX00DG07, click the implementation 3001. NB! The other implementations might not be offered as open studies.
  5. Please note, that some of the information is for the degree students only, e.g. enrollment periods mentioned in the implementation info are only for the degree students. The enrollment periods for open studies are mentioned in connection to the open studies course offering.

Student ID

All Open UAS students will get instructions on how to activate the Metropolia student ID when signing their enrollment. The instructions can also be found here: IT Services' instructions.You need either a netbank user ID or a mobile certificate fro the activation. If you have neither, you can collect your student ID from any Metropolia's Student Affairs Offices against official identity card during Office opening hours.

With the student ID, you can access to the following services:

  • • Email (mainly in form forename.surname @ metropolia . fi)
    • Helpdesk services (IT support)
    • Library services
  • Moodle e-learning platform (if used on the course)
  • OMA service (e.g. personal student information, course workspaces and grades)

Open UAS students have the same rights regarding passes, the use of special facilities etc. If these are required for completing the course, you're entitled to them.

Student services


Open UAS student have the right to use all Metropolia libraries and their services. You can get the library card from the library by showing your ID card. Libraries also have studying premises and computers for students to use.

Information Systems and Helpdesk

Metropolia's Helpdesk supports students in problems related to information systems and student IDs.

In order to get help, the student must create a service request (logging requires a student ID) or if the student ID doesn't work, send email to helpdesk metropolia fi.

More information on Metropolia's information systems and IT Services on their wiki pages.

Student Welfare

Metropolia's Open UAS students are entitled to the services of Metropolia's counselling psychologist and student wellbeing advisors. However, Open UAS students are not entitled to student health care services.


Metropolia's Open UAS students are entitled to use the gyms in Metropolia's premises meant for staff and students. However, Open UAS students are not entitled to use the sport services offered by Metropolia's student union METKA.

Benefits and financial aid

Student Financial Aid and Student Benefits

Studies in Open UAS are considered part-time, and therefore Finnish Kela student financial aid is not granted. For this reason, Open UAS students are also not entitled to student benefits, e.g. student discount in Metropolia's student restaurants or student discounts for public transportation. For more information about student financial aid or other forms of student support, please contact Finnish Kela or Finnish Employment and Economic Development Office.

Other possible support:

Meal Discount

Open Study Path students are entitled to a meal discount in Metropolia's Sodexo student restaurants. The price of the meal for these students is 4,54 €. Metropolia's Student Affairs Office sends the meal discount cards for the students. Open Study Module students are not entitled to the discount.

Unemployment and Open Studies

Before applying for Open UAS, all unemployed persons receiving unemployment cover should discuss with Finnish Employment and Economic Development Office if the open studies affect their unemployment cover or if there is some financial support available for the studies.

Note! Possible statements by Metropolia for aid applications can be given only to students accepted in Metropolia's Open University, not for applicants on waiting list. All requests should be sent to avoinamk metropolia fi.


Metropolia's Open UAS students are insured by Metropolia.

Materials and information


Open UAS contact persons use always the email address given by the student when enrolling to the courses. Teachers use mostly student's "" address.

If you wish to receive all your study related emails in same address, make the necessary forwarding settings in your email.

Course workspaces in the OMA service

All courses have own their workspace in the OMA service. The workspaces are listed in OMA. Open studies student is automatically a member of the workspaces for the courses he or she has enrolled and accepted in.

Teachers use workspaces for informing students about current matters, course materials and literature. The emails from the workspace are sent to the students' Metropolia email address.

If some other e-learning platform (e.g. Moodle) is used on the course, the teacher informs about it. The same OMA user ID also works in Moodle, but the teacher usually needs to give the key to the Moodle workspace (if it's not an open one).

Virtual studies

Instructions for the completion of a 100 % virtual courses can be found from the course description and in most cases from the course workspace in OMA. If needed, you'll get more information from the teacher.

Directions for Written Assignments

The Well-being degree unit of Metropolia has created instructions for written assignments for the degree students. These instructions apply to all Metropolia's open students. See the directions (in Finnish).

Study guidance

General study guidance is available only for students in open path studies.

Guidance is given usually by the tutoring teacher, Programme Coordinator or the Head of the Degree Programme. Further information about the guidance will be given to path students in the beginning of the studies.

Matters regarding a specific course should always be asked from the teacher in question.




Evaluation of studies and transcript of records

The following competence scale is used in evaluation:

5 excellent
4 very good
3 good
2 very satisfactory
1 satisfactory
0 fail

or optionally just pass or fail (H/0)

More info in OMA (requires password)

Transcript of Records

A transcript of records will be sent by the Student Affairs Office to students who have completed studies during the last year. Transcripts of records by request to present students for free --> charged for students not present after 31st July 2017 and onwards, request to Metropolia's archive arkisto metropolia fi

Exams and re-exams

If the course includes an exam, the student who fails a course may re-sit the exam twice, and a student who passes a course may re-sit the exam once in the the next possible retake(s). If the assessment is based on a form of performance for which the assessment method cannot be repeated, the student cannot attempt to raise his or her grade.

Open UAS students enrol to the exams and re-exams independently. When attending to both actual exam and re-exam, it's necessary to be on time. It's not possible to take part into any exam if you arrive late. Identification is verified from all students attending to any exams, which is why students need to have an identity card with them when attending exams.

All re-exams of the courses are organised on a specific day informed beforehand and each re-exam day has it's own enrolment period. Instructions at Metropolia's OMA: For Student > Studies > Planning and Completing Studies > Re-examinations

Re-exam outside the original study time

If the re-exam is organised outside of the original study time, in addition to the re-exam enrolment, Open UAS students must ask for extension for the study right via avoinamk metropolia fi. The study right is then continued by the Open studies contact person, or otherwise the student ID won't work.