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Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering

Are you interested in the state of the environment, environmental safety, clean technology, environmental management and sustainable development?

The Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering (EE) provides you with a wide approach to the professional field of environmental technology. 

Supplementary application!

Application period 29 July – 8 August 2024.

Tuition fees & scholarships

Bachelor’s degrees 10 700 euros / academic year for students from outside the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

Full-time studies


Starting places: 20 Length of education: 4 years Upcoming application periods: 29.7.-8.8.2024 Applying and admissions criteria –

Degree titles

  • Bachelor of Engineering

Make a future – take a degree in Environmental Engineering

You learn about the causes, consequences and prevention of environmental problems from local oil spill to global problems, such as climate change and microplastics in waters.

There is an ever-growing need for environmental management and engineering expertise. Environmental technologies (green technologies, clean technologies) are among the most rapidly developing technology fields.   

You could become a part of this field that needs internationally competent professionals for the future! And did you know that the programme is free for EU/EEA students?  

New way to complete degree studies

This is a new way to complete degree studies. The courses mostly involve online learning. You only need to spend the second year of the studies in Mikkeli, Finland. That second year has a very strong practical orientation: You take samples and carry out analyses working with real cases using modern equipment.  After the second year, all the rest of your studies can be completed online.  

In addition, you can include exchange studies as part of your degree. This gives you a truly international degree. However, it’s always possible to complete your practical training and theses in your home country or home city.  

In the beginning, the only thing you need is the motivation to study in the environmental field. We train you to be a professional.  

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Environmental engineering is about finding technical solutions to the environmental problems that we are facing now!

  • cleantech
  • environmental management
  • environmental safety
  • green engineering 
  • sustainable development

Why study Environmental Engineering at Xamk?

Structure of studies

The degree programme educates environmental professionals with competence to apply environmental technology in their duties. The studies focus on   

  • environmental protection and remediation  
  • various aspects of environmental technology: air protection, water supply and treatment, contaminated soil and environmental monitoring  
  • sustainable development and the circular economy.  

The studies also involve various environmental technologies used, for example, in water acquisition and treatment and in cases of air pollution and contaminated soil.   

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization   

You can enhance your own professional orientation by practical training (30 ECTS credits), bachelor’s thesis (15 ECTS credits), optional professional studies (30 ECTS credits) and by optional other studies (15 ECTS credits).  

Optional studies include, for example, courses in the following:  

  • forestry  
  • entrepreneurship studies   
  • other environmental engineering related studies  

You can create your own personal study plan in an electronic form which serves as a planning tool for the studies. The implementation is followed-up in cooperation with a Studies Coordinator.

Even though you can complete most of your studies through online studies, the second year of the studies is very practical. This means going to the field, taking samples, carrying out analyses and interpreting the results. In other words, we learn through real assignments. Our environmental laboratory is very important in that process. We can perform very sophisticated analyses and measurements with modern measuring equipment.

The degree programme language is English. Teaching, assignments, exams and the bachelor’s thesis are carried out in English.  


The environmental field is very multidimensional and its operations relate to all sectors and industrial fields of society. Traditionally, the field highly depends on the state and municipal administration and legislation, but research, development and innovation (RDI), consultation and conservation are its integral parts, too. The importance of the environmental field is continuously growing due to emerging environmental problems.  

Bachelor´s thesis

Bachelor’s thesis provides you with the opportunity develop and show abilities to apply research knowledge and to use suitable methods to define and solve research problems. In addition, you learn skills to work independently as a high level professional.

The thesis process covers 15 ECTS credits, and the thesis is written and presented in English. All theses base on written contracts with external organizations, and at the same time, they are projects for the development of business life.

Environmental Engineering laboratory

Career opportunities

The field of environmental engineering is expanding and developing rapidly around the world for ensuring good living environments in the future.

After graduation you can work in different positions of environmental research, supervision, planning and management. You may solve recycling related problems, improve and increase recycling solutions for cities, or conduct investigations and manage remediation processes in contaminated areas.   

Other tasks could involve water and soil sampling, environmental monitoring, or you may plan and organize water acquisition and treatment processes. Your employers will be private companies, development agencies as well as research and development organizations.   

As a student, you develop skills you need to succeed in today’s professions.  

Environmental Engineering studies give you competence to work as a specialist in private companies, development agencies, associations and educational and research institutions. There is an ever-growing need for environmental management and engineering expertise.  

Professional positions are, for example, the following:

  • consultant
  • quality manager
  • environmental advisor
  • environmental manager
  • environmental planning officer
  • environmental protection assistant
  • environmental specialist
  • environmental supervisor
  • instructor
  • planning, research or development engineer
  • project engineer

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We have over 11 500 students, and we offer 9 Bachelor’s degree programmes in English, 2 Master’s degree programmes in English, open UAS courses, global talent acquisition programmes and summer school courses.

You can also apply for exchange or double degree studies at Xamk.

Are you interested in practical learning? Would you like to study in modern facilities with top-class teachers? Are you attracted to new ways of teaching and learning? If you said yes, Xamk might be just the place for you.
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2. Excellent programmes with working life orientation
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Xamk follows the BOYD policy (Bring Your Own Device) which means that students primarily use their own devices like laptops and smartphones in their studies.

Xamk provides students with recommendations for the required hardware for their studies, and students are responsible for acquiring the devices independently and at their own expense. Teaching is planned and implemented according to these hardware recommendations. In some programs where specialized software is needed that cannot be reasonably used on personal devices, part of the instruction is conducted in the computer labs on campus. Microsoft Office products are available to you for free for your studies.

At Xamk, we support students in all aspects of their studies. You will receive assistance in completing your studies, developing your skills, and maintaining your well-being and ability to study. Our entire staff is dedicated to supporting your well-being.

Support for learning and completing your studies: teachers, internship supervisors, student services, E-campus, and other support services.
Support for skill development and career planning: teachers, student advisors, student well-being specialists, and Xamk support services.
Support for well-being and study ability: study psychologists, student well-being specialists, special education teachers, student health services, tutors, Xamk Sports, the student union Kaakko, and school chaplains.

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Xamk’s campuses are located in Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli, and Savonlinna. Some degree programs are offered entirely online.

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Metsätalouden ja ympäristöteknologian koulutusyksi
Arto Sormunen
Principal Lecturer

There is a path for you after Xamk to enter a master’s program of Aalto University!

Have you completed an UAS bachelor’s degree of engineering at Xamk with good grades? Have your optional studies especially enhanced your competence in mathematics and science? This kind of background gives you an opportunity to continue studies in Aalto University’s two-year-long master’s programmes in the field of technology and engineering.

The application process of the master’s programmes is competitive in nature. Admissions mainly base on the recognition of competences acquired in previous studies. There is no entrance examination.

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