Degree programme

Environmental Engineering


Expertise in environmental issues

Make an impact and solve local or global environmental problems as an environmental engineer. Our Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering is designed to educate international professionals for the energy and environmental industries.

The studies focus on the environment. After graduating as a Bachelor of Engineering, you will be able to steer the processes of industrial and public production and services in a sustainable manner. For example, you will learn how to treat waste and water, and investigate and monitor contaminated soil, water and air. Our practical approach ensures you will know how to carry out sampling and analyses in field and laboratory.

Innovative thinking plays a major role in the degree programme. Studying in an international community and atmosphere will give you unique possibilities to gain confidence and work in various working environments. In addition, you will have a great chance to grow your network with experts all around the world.

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Degree earned

Bachelor of Engineering


Bachelor's degree (University of Applied Sciences)

Planned duration

4 years

Extent of studies

240 ETCS credits




TAMK Main Campus

Form of learning

Daytime teaching

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens

9 800 €

Study objectives

This degree programme is designed to educate internationally oriented environmental engineering professionals. Our graduates find their working places from many different fields, examples for work opportunities vary from soil and grounwater remediation and environmental monitoring to different management duties. Field of employers interested in our graduates is diverse, ranging everything between regional and state environmental administrations, private companies and NGOs.

After graduating as a Bachelor of Engineering you will:

  • Be able to design and implement surveys and field studies involving environmental monitoring and remediation, form evidence-based conclusions and make suggestions for further actions.
  • Be able to steer different processes of industrial and public production and services in a sustainable manner.
  • Have skills and competence to construct and develop quality, environmental and sustainability management systems for organisations.
  • Know how to monitor emissions into air, water and soil, treat and monitor contaminated soils, wastewater or water, and carry out environmental sampling and analyses in field and laboratory.

Studying in an international atmosphere gives you unique possibilities to gain the confidence to work in different working environments, both as a team member and independently, all around the world.

In the optional professional studies, you can achieve advanced knowledge and skills for working towards your personal career goals. Close collaboration with the Tampere University, enables you to choose free choice and other professional courses from a wider selection.

More about the language of instruction

The official language of the degree programme is English, but good communication skills in Finnish are essential if you are planning to stay and work in Finland. This is true for both Finns and non-Finns. Finnish language studies at different levels are offered in the curriculum of the degree programme and you are encouraged to take also other Finnish courses during your studies.

Study contents

The build-up of your skills and competences is divided into four annual themes:

First year: During the first study year, you start to create a strong foundation in natural sciences, understanding the structure and function of the environment, and applying environmental thinking in engineering. You will gain and apply basic skills in environmental sampling and analyses, and be conversant with the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes. You will achieve the competence to work as an assistant in simple, routine environmental monitoring and management duties.

Second year: The second study year is devoted to strengthening general engineering skills and gaining skills in environmental engineering and management practices. You will have the competence to assist under supervision in monitoring and management projects in the environmental engineering industry. You will become familiar with waste management, environmental emissions, environmental monitoring, and industrial processes. You will also be well informed about occupational health and safety regulations and other working life tools, and will thus be ready to start your practical training.

Third year: During the third study year you continue deepening your environmental engineering skills and building competence in project work and practical environmental engineering tasks. You will have the competence to work as a team member in environmental monitoring and management projects and various jobs in the environmental engineering industry. It is possible and recommended to complete the second part of your practical training abroad. You will be capable of applying and deepening your knowledge and skills in practical areas of working life.

Fourth year: The fourth study year is time for advancing your competence in selected study modules and preparing yourself for working life challenges. This is the last study year, after which you will have the competence to monitor and report on environmental quality (air, water, soil) for industry and public administration bodies. You will be competent to work in an international environment, develop industrial processes in environmental monitoring, and carry out environmental management and development tasks. You will gain specialised expertise in some field of energy and environmental engineering, and will be capable of developing the field for a company or organisation.

Choosing a field of specialisation

During the third study year and after you have completed all of your basic studies, you can choose altogether 26 ECTS credits of studies from the advanced study modeule for specialisation. The courses with the greatest demand will be implemented in the autumn term of your fourth study year. In addition, the cross-institutional studies enable TAMK students to choose from the courses provided by Tampere University. Suitable courses can be flexibly included to the curriculum also from other higher education institutes.

The advanced study modules have a selection of courses from themes listed below:

  • Environmental Forensics and Consulting
  • Energy Technology and Management
  • Logistics and Environment
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Bioeconomy Products and Services

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees for those students who

  • have started their studies before 1st August 2017
  • are citizens of EU/EEA/Switzerland
  • have an EU Blue Card
  • have a continuous residence permit card in Finland, Type A permit
  • have a permanent residence permit card in Finland, Type P permit
  • have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)
  • have an EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland

If you are unsure about whether you'd be subject to tuition fees, check the 'Am I required to pay tuition fees?' section on the application site.

The degree carries a tuition fee of EUR 9 800 / academic year for non-EU/EEA students. Applicants must submit relevant documentation together with their application.


EARLY BIRD -scholarship: If an accepted student confirms the allocated study place within 7 days from the publication of results, their first year tuition fee is reduced by 50%.

Academic award -scholarship: Studies completed at the end of each year, together with a high enough GPA awards students with 25-50% reduction to the following year's tuition fee.

Academic excellence -scholarship: At the time of graduation, students may be eligible for significant Academic Excellence scholarships. These scholarships are governed by the TAMK's R&D Fund. They can be based on final thesis quality, excellence in project work, exceptional practical training success or other grounds set by the Fund.

Structure of studies

The extent of the degree programme is 240 ECTS credits and it takes four years to complete.

The structure of the studies:

  • Basic and Professional Studies (180 credits)
  • Practical Training (30 credits)
  • Bachelor's Thesis (15 credits)
  • Free-choice Studies (15 credits)

Final project

The aim of the Bachelor's thesis (15 credits) is to develop and demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and expertise to a task pertaining to your professional studies. The task undertaken has to conform to the needs of working life, and develop professional practices, knowledge and skills.

The second part of your practical training period is a good time to look for the thesis project. It is recommended that the project should address a challenge facing the organisation where you do the practical training. There are also other alternatives; the thesis can be done as part of TAMK's research, development and innovation operations, or as a project for an internal or external customer.

Career opportunities

We often say to our students that the job titles you will have in future, are not necessarily even invented yet. Environmental engineering is a fast growing field, due to which our graduates have preparedness to work in many different fields.

As a Bachelor of Engineering you will have an access to many challenging, international work opportunities. Since the programme has a strong international dimension, you will be well placed to find a job abroad.

In Finland, Bachelors of Engineering typically work in consulting companies engaged in different environmental projects, such as soil and groundwater remediation. In other types of organisations, they can have environmental management duties or they can work as research assistants. In addition, municipalities and state environmental administrations employ TAMK graduates for various administrative jobs. Also the third sector (for example NGOs) is an important employer. Some of the graduates also establish their own business.

Occupational titles: environmental engineer, environmental planner, environmental coordinator, environmental manager, project manager, project engineer, project coordinator, research engineer.


As a TAMK student you have the opportunity to complete part of your degree abroad in one of TAMK's partner universities, of which we have over 300 in more than 50 countries. Practical training can also be done anywhere in the world; you are free to arrange your training placements to suit your own international career plans. For Finnish nationals, both a semester of study abroad and a practical training placement abroad are required parts of the degree programme.  For students of other nationalities, study and training periods abroad are highly recommended but not required.

The degree programme is an inspiring and multicultural learning environment. Half of the students are Finnish and the other half comprises international students from other European countries, Asia, North America, South America, and Africa. Other means of guaranteeing a truly international and multicultural study experience are to immerse yourself in language studies, peer tutoring for other international students, friend-family activities and international projects and themed weeks.

As a student enrolled in this degree programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for a double degree at Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. If accepted, you will spend a full academic year at Ostfalia UAS and get a degree certificate from both TAMK and Ostfalia UAS on completion of your double degree.

Co-operation with other parties

The degree programme has a lot of national and international cooperation partners, including universities and research institutions, NGOs, and companies. The studies include several company visits to see the processes and sites important to the profession. Project studies, practical training and thesis projects are mainly done in cooperation with partners and businesses. The degree programme is also active in RDI projects where multidisciplinary partners are important co-workers.

As a degree student of TAMK, you have the possibility, when enrolled as present, to select studies also from the curriculum of Tampere University to include in your degree within the framework of your study plan. With these cross-institutional studies and shared projects you can create a personalised study portfolio with extended knowledge and skills. As a student of TAMK, a national study portal provided by the Finnish universities of applied sciences is also open for you.

Postgraduate study opportunities

The Bachelor of Engineering degree gives you eligibility for Master's degree programmes in many universities offering programmes in environmental science, management or engineering. There is a possibility to continue all the way to the PhD level.

Below you can find the applications this degree programme is in. Carefully read through the admission criteria in the application that suits you best. The admission criteria for the possible transfer student application and open path application will be released in the spring 2019.

For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please contact our Admissions office. For questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact Mr. Mika Nieminen, mika.nieminen(at) 

Apply in joint application to higher education
Joint application for higher education spring 2019
Application period I 9-23 January (3 pm Finnish time)

Admission is based on entrance examination or SAT score. Click to see the admission criteria.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility for the degree programme is given by the general eligibility for bachelor’s degrees in universities of applied sciences in Finland.

For further information see the Studyinfo website Who can apply.

Language skill requirements

Sufficient English language skills are also required for degree programmes conducted in English. English language skills will be evaluated as part of the entrance exam.


The 2019 intake for Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering is 34.

Admission procedure

Study places

Study option

Total intake

Entrance examination

SAT score

Bachelor of Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering




*In addition, 4 study places will be distributed between the two selection methods.

Applicants are ranked and admitted based on the entrance exam points or the SAT score.

Entrance exam

The national entrance exam for the Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering is arranged in Finland on 15 April 2019. The exams outside of Finland are organised via FINNIPS network in March 2019.

All eligible applicants are invited to the examination. Invitations to the examination are sent to the e-mail address given on the application form.

Please look for more information about the entrance exam under the section Entrance examination.

SAT score

If you are applying with SAT score, TAMK Environmental Engineering requires you to take the SAT, which includes a Reading test, a Writing and Language test and a Math test. Essay is not required. Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not accepted. Only new SAT scores taken after 1 March 2016 are accepted.

An applicant applying with the SAT score must have both of the following SAT test sections with the following minimum points completed:

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing minimum 400 points
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  • Mathematics minimum 500 points

The lowest accepted SAT score total is 900 points. Students are selected in order of best points.

You must deliver your SAT score by 10 April 2019. That is why the SAT should be taken no later than on the March 2019 test date. Check registration deadlines on the SAT website; the registration closes approximately one month before the test dates:

The SAT score must be sent to TAMK UAS Admissions Office directly from the College Board. Please fill in the institution code 6960 when you register for the SAT. You can also order score reports at any time after your test through your online account. More information can be found on

Selection between applicants with equal points

If two or more applicants earn the same admission points, they will be ranked in order of preference

If the admission points are still at a tie after ranking applicants based on the above-mentioned criteria, the application system will automatically draw the order.

Entrance exam

The national entrance exam in Finland is arranged on 15 April 2019. All eligible applicants are invited to the examination.

The entrance examination lasts for 3 hours and it measures applicants’ study capability and suitability in the field of technology, as well as English language skills. The language test is obligatory to all and it is evaluated on the scale pass/fail. If an applicant fails the language test, (s)he cannot be admitted. Applicants may not use calculators during the exam. The entrance examination result is only valid for the one specific application period. It is possible to score a maximum of 40 points in the entrance exam. The applicants must score a minimum of 10 points in order to pass the exam.

Entrance exams outside of Finland

The entrance exams outside of Finland will be organised via the FINNIPS network. The country selection for spring 2019 can be found on the FINNIPS website. The exams will take place in March 2019.

Invitations to the entrance exam

All applicants will be invited to sit the entrance examination. Applicants choose the exam country on the application form. The invitations will be sent based on this information. Invitations to the examination are sent to the e-mail address given in the application.

Applicants must participate in all examination sections. If an applicant skips a section, the entrance examination will be failed.

Entrance exam cooperation

Universities of applied sciences organise entrance exams in cooperation. Degree programmes belonging to the same entrance exam group accept entrance exams completed in the other universities of applied sciences. Applicants must sit the entrance examination at the unit providing the programme choice highest up in their application preferences participating in admissions cooperation, and the location of the examination may not be changed. TAMK participates in the national entrance examination cooperation.

Special arrangements for entrance exam

If you have special needs which should be taken into account when arranging your online interview/entrance exam, please fill in the application form and deliver it with the other required enclosures to TAMK Admissions Office by 30 January 2019 (3 pm Finnish time).

You need to describe your special needs and the grounds for special arrangements in the application. Please enclose any relevant copies (e.g. medical certificate).

Application form (opens in December)

If you do not deliver the application in time, TAMK has no obligation to make any special arrangements. If the need for special arrangements arises or is discovered between the end of the application period (23 January 2019) and the online interview/entrance exam, you must deliver the special arrangement application without a delay to TAMK Admissions Office.

The special arrangement decision only applies to one application round.

How to apply

Application step-by-step

  • Check your eligibility for the degree programme of your choice.
  • Apply via portal during 9 - 23 January 2019 (3 pm Finnish time).
  • Upload the requested attachments to the application form.
  • Take part in the entrance exam.
  • Accept the offered study place.
  • Join the TAMK community!

Online application

The electronic application form is available during the application period 9 - 23 January 2019 (3 pm Finnish time) in the Finnish national application portal

Note that your e-mail address is only valid for filling out one application. You cannot fill out additional applications with one e-mail address.

Please note that the order of preference is binding and it cannot be changed after the application period ends. You can be admitted only one study place. The application system will offer a study place which is highest in your order of preference, and to which you have received enough admission points in order to be admitted.

Order of preference and scholarships

You may apply to other universities or UAS's in Finland in the joint application. Please note that you must mark the order of preference on your application, and the order is binding. This means that you cannot accept a place from your third choice if you are accepted to your first or second choice.

Non-EU/EEA citizens: If you wish to qualify for the Early Bird -scholarship at TAMK, you must have TAMK as your first choice and you must accept the offered study place within 7 days from the time that student selection results are published.


Application documents

A degree completed outside of Finland
You have to upload the required certificate copies to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest. If your original degree certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to upload a copy of its' authorised translation. The authorised translation has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator’s signature and stamp.

International matriculation examination (IB, EB, RP/DIA)
You have to upload the diploma and the official translation (RP/DIA) copies to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.

Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990
You have to upload the matriculation examination certificate to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.

Graduates of spring 2019
You have to upload a stamped and signed document from your school stating that you are graduating by the end of the academic year to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest. If you are applying with IB diploma and graduating during the academic year 2018-2019, submit a Predicted Grades or equivalent by 10 April 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest to the highest study option's UAS' Admissions Office.

If you are applying with other than above-mentioned degree, you don’t have to send certificate copies during the application period.
The certificate copies are checked from those who are accepted as students and the copies have to be sent by 8 July 2019. If applying with international matriculation examination and graduating during the spring term 2019, you have to deliver the final diploma copies (Transcript of Grades for those completing IB diploma) by 12 July 2019.

Document proving exemption of tuition fee

All applicants must upload a copy of one of the following documents to establish their citizenship and/or residence status to their application form. This pertains to the legislation on tuition fees for those accepted students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland or holders of certain residence status in Finland. In case you hold a residence permit, upload that copy instead of passport copy, as it will also exempt you from payment of tuition fees.

You must upload the copy to your application form by 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.

All submitted documents must be ones carrying a photograph, so they can also be used to establish identity. The copy must be fully legible and the photo must be identifiable.

Indicate which document you are referring to:

  • Passport ID page or ID card of EU/EEA/Switzerland which states citizenship
  • Passport ID page (all other citizenships)
  • EU Blue Card
  • EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
  • Type A permit (continuous residence permit in Finland)
  • Type P permit (permanent residence permit in Finland)
  • Type P-EU permit (EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence in Finland)

SAT score report

If you are applying with SAT score, your SAT score must be delivered to TAMK Admissions Office by 10 April 2019. The SAT Test should be taken no later than on the March 2019 test date.

The SAT score must be delivered to TAMK UAS Admissions Office directly from the College Board. Please fill in the institution code 6960 when you register for SAT.

You can also order score reports at any time after your test through your online account. More information can be found on

TAMK's Bachelor degree: school certificate copies of admitted applicants

All admitted applicants (regardless of the country of the educational background) have to send the school certificate copies to TAMK Admissions Office by 8 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.

This does not concern academic year 2018-2019 graduates, whose final diploma cannot be submitted by the given deadline. These applicants can be given an another deadline by request. However, academic year 2018-2019 graduates have to submit a document from the educational institution/instant in question stating that the applicant has graduated/passed the final exams by 8 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest. Student selection is conditional until TAMK has checked the admitted students’ original final school certificates. TAMK may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the certificates by the deadline or if you have given false information.

If your original degree certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to send a copy of its' certified translation. The translation has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator’s signature and stamp.

Admission results and appeals


Results for August 2019 intake will be published on 7 May 2019 at the earliest and on 28 June 2019 at the latest.

All applicants

  • See their results by logging into portal
  • Receive an e-mail/a letter stating their result and points
  • Admitted applicants receive also a notice of admittance by e-mail

Confirm the offered study place in time

Admitted applicants must confirm their study place by 8 July 2019 (3 pm Finnish time) at the latest by logging into portal. If the confirmation has not been done by the set date and time, the applicant will lose the offered study place.

Non-EU/EEA students: To qualify for the Early Bird -scholarship you must have TAMK as your first choice institution in Finland and accept the offered study place within 7 days!

Confirmation of the study place is binding and cannot be altered or cancelled.

If you are later admitted from the waiting list, you have 10 days to confirm your study place. Please read your e-mail regularly in order to receive the possible admittance e-mail in time. The final day of admittance is 31 July 2018.

Original certificates

The original certificates will be checked at the beginning of the studies. Student admission is conditional until TAMK has checked the admitted students' original school certificates at the beginning of the studies.

Original certificate delivery instructions are given in the admission letter. TAMK may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the original certificates by the set date or if you have given false information.

One study place

You can only accept one study place among Bachelor's/Master's degrees in Finland starting during the same academic semester (1 Aug-31 Dec/1 Jan-31 Jul). Even if you register as absent or quit your studies, you cannot accept another study place during the same academic semester.

Applicants who are accepted to the degree programme which they placed highest in the order of preference on the application form, cannot choose a study place from lower preference options at confirmation stage.

This is a national policy to ensure that as many applicants as possible get a new study place annually.

Enroll for studies

When accepting the study place, you also have to register as present or absent to your studies at TAMK on the portal.

According to Finnish legislation, first-year student may register as absent for the first academic year for the following reasons only:

  1. Finnish military service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
  2. maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  3. the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

If you register as absent, you must prove the legal grounds for your absence. TAMK requires you to present these documents by 8 July 2019 (3 pm Finnish time). Documents must be delivered to TAMK Admissions Office.

If you register as absent in your first academic year, but fail to deliver sufficient clarification regarding the grounds for your absence within the deadline, you will lose your right to study.


If you believe that there has been a mistake in the student selection or the set admission criteria have not been applied correctly, you can submit a written request for rectification of the student selection decision addressed to TAMK Board of Examiners within 14 days after the student selection results have been published.

Always check the admission criteria of the programme first and contact TAMK Admissions Office before writing the request. If the issue cannot be solved by the admissions officials, you are advised to submit a written request for rectification.

Form and content of request for an administrative review:

The document requesting an administrative review shall indicate the particular decision for which the review is requested, the amendment that is being sought in the review requested and the grounds for requesting the review. (Administrative Procedure Act, Section 49d)