Blended studies

Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering

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Xamk - the students' university of applied sciences

The high-quality, contemporary education offered at Xamk is implemented in close cooperation with the working life. Worklife-oriented education enhances your skills of lifelong learning and you are given the competences required in developing society and the working life. You can study during weekdays (weekday-based study path) or speed up your studies by taking weekend courses or online courses (time-saving path). You can integrate on-the-job learning in your studies (work-integrated path) and also include courses that the other degree programmes on all Xamk campuses have to offer. The core competences of your degree also include entrepreneurship, digital technology and Russia studies. Personal guidance to support your studies and health care services are available on all campuses.

Employment and career opportunities

During the degree programme studies, you are coached for administrative or expertise positions in the public or private sector. The studies will give you the skills for managing environmental matters of an organisation while taking into consideration the concepts of economic, environmental and social responsibility. In the working-life, your tasks may also include supervision of work, teaching or consultation.
You will be able to plan your future career path at an early stage of your studies as part of your personal study plan. The practical training coordinator or the mentor teacher will assist you in the selection of different options. You can choose 60 credits worth of studies which support your career path. Practical training in the spring and summer allow you to familiarize yourself different jobs and sectors.

Curriculum objectives

The objective of the Xamk curriculum is to guarantee you the know-how required in the working life. Student-oriented learning, quality, competence demand of the working life and flexibility are the crucial aspects of the curriculum.
The core of the competence-based curriculum forms a study structure which allows you to make personal choices to build your own career path. The flexible progression of your studies is made possible through year-round course implementations, online studies and integration of work and studies (formalisation of learning).

Degree programme learning outcomes

The bachelor’s degree programme in Environmental Engineering gives you a wide professional perspective to the environmental field. You will understand the causes and consequences of environmental problems and how the problems can be prevented. In order to ensure a good living environment, internationally competent professionals of environmental technology and management are needed.
The aim of the degree programme is to coach students for administrative or expertise positions in the public or private sector. In the working life, the tasks can include planning and organizing environmental matters taking into consideration the concepts of economic, environmental and social responsibility. The tasks may also include supervision of work, teaching or consultation.
During your studies, you will become familiar with e.g. environmental protection, environmental safety, measuring and monitoring techniques, environmental sampling and environmental management. Environmental technologies (green technologies, clean technologies) are one of the most rapidly developing fields of technology. You will become a professional in a field that needs internationally competent operators for the future development.
In addition, as stated in the Xamk strategy, entrepreneurship, Russia expertise, digitalization, communality, international perspective, study counselling and students’ well-being are emphasized in all university activities.

Degree studies

The degree programme offers the students an international as well as national perspective, which enables them to plan their careers for different kinds of working environments. During their studies, the students can participate in different kinds of projects carried out in cooperation with the working life. In many courses, the laboratory is an important learning environment. There you can do laboratory work related to chemistry, microbiology, and measurement and monitoring technology and complete related environmental engineering studies. Laboratory facilities also offer excellent opportunities for project studies and various research and development projects, which recruit students as trainees and thesis writers.
The degree programme has been organized in co-operation with the teachers at Xamk, but also hearing the opinions of working-life representatives and other experts. The curriculum work is included in the responsibilities of the environmental technology teaching staff (with teachers of mathematical sciences). The person in charge of coordination of the process is the Head of Degree Programme. The selection of content for modules and courses was based on the recommendations from course lecturers.
Ultimately, all people are personally responsible for their learning. We encourage students towards goal-oriented and self-initiative learning, participation, development of study skills, and adaptation of inquiry-based approach for the development of their own work.


The aim of the assessment is to support your learning and make it visible. The assessment is focused on the accumulation of knowledge, skills and competences. These are defined in the European and national frameworks of reference (EQF and NQF). Xamk uses an EQF and NQF application (assessment guidelines for students' know-how and skills (bachelor's level) in the assessment of your studies. Courses are assessed on a scale of Fail/1 - 5 or pass/incomplete. A grade of 1 is given for a satisfactory achievement.
The module assessment is conducted through qualitative methods, for example, self-assessment, peer assessment or assessment discussion led by the teacher. Modules are not assessed with grades. Instead, the aim is to help you acknowledge the comprehensive development of you competencies.

Student counseling

Student counseling supports your professional growth in acquiring the skills necessary in the working life. The counselling supports you at the different stages of your studies and improves your individual and independent learning skills. You are encouraged to make responsible and independent decisions in your studies.
Your personal study and career plans are build on the objectives of the degree programme and on the knowledge and skills acquired in the past. You will evaluate your progress and update your personal study plan at counselling meetings that take place at least once a year. In these meetings, your career plan, course options, practical raining, thesis and international studies are discussed.
You do not need to study again what you already know. In order to save time, you can demonstrate and get a recognition for the previously acquired skills, allowing you to focus on learning new skills and gaining new knowledge from your studies. Prior learning is valuable and can be made visible through the recognition process. You can apply for the recognition process if you have acquired degree-related competence in other educational institutions. If you have acquired degree-related competence at work or in your free time, you can apply for a proficiency test. It is essential that the previously acquired skills meet the aims of the degree programme and the particular course. Work experience gained during studies can also produce relevant learning. This learning can be integrated into your studies (formalisation of learning at work) provided that you have made an appropriate plan and agreed on the integration in advance. In this way, work practice and theoretical knowledge interact.
A course called Professional Growth supports your studies allowing you to discuss and reflect on the goals and progression of your studies and grow professionally by interacting with other students and teachers. Partners from the working life have a significant role to play as part of the studies are implemented by means of co-operation projects, practical training and thesis writing.
At the early stages of your studies you will be guided by tutor students. These senior students will familiarise you with the study facilities, practices and student community at Xamk and show you around the city where you are studying.
Your well-being is very important for all of us. During your studies, you have the support of the entire Xamk staff. There is a student affairs office and student health care on all Xamk campuses. Xamk is a comfortable, communal and safe educational environment.

Learning environments

Xamk offers excellent facilities to support your learning. A significant part of studies take place outside the classroom. Innovation and project environments (e.g. Xinno, Xentre, CampusIT and Logistiikkaverstas Logistics Workshop), different kinds of simulation environments and teaching restaurants, eLearning environments and working-life and RDI projects will facilitate your learning. You can also conduct your studies in two authentic local environments: in the forest and at sea.
All theses written in the degree programme are working-life-oriented, and all staff play an important role in the maintenance of industrial relationships. Third- and fourth-year studies may also include project work which entails a variety of development tasks to be completed outside the university facilities. Many of our courses are instructed by expert lecturers, and studies may take place in various locations including excursions and seminars.
The studies the degree programme in Environmental Engineering enable participation in the various RDI projects of Xamk which employ researchers, teachers, students of different fields and representatives of the working-life. Learning through RDI is based on the genuine development needs and problem situations in the working-life, and the learning outcomes strongly relate to the production of new information and operation methods. The learning process is a combination of theory and practice where students can strengthen their own research and development skills and incorporate these skills as part of their future professional expertise. The studies in RDI projects can be carried out as agreed in the degree programme curriculum and the students’ personal study plans.
Learning is a communal process by nature. It takes place through participation in the community’s activities and highlights the learning of the individuals and the community. Among other things, learning involves a dimension of experience, which is why attention is also paid to reflecting upon the experiences gained.
The learning community and learning environment help learners develop their self-direction and cooperation skills.

International perspective

Some of the degree studies can be completed abroad, and students are encouraged to go on international exchange and practical training. The studies completed abroad are included in the students’ personal study plans which are made together with mentor teachers and international coordinators. You also have the opportunity to participate in short-term group exchange such as the Neptune Network where every year 6 students from a co-operation network of different nationalities (Dutch, English, French, Italian) make up project teams to work on a specific annually changing theme.
You can also complete international studies by participating in the International Summer Term organized by Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with other universities of applied sciences in the region of Eastern Finland. Part of the studies of the degree programme can be completed at a foreign higher education institute holding a cooperation agreement with Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences.

Quality evaluation and development

Quality is valued at Xamk, and the staff and all students are involved in the development process. The focus is on constantly improving the quality of teaching and councelling, keeping the learning environments interesting and the content of degree programmes relevant.
We collect a significant part of the feedback data used in the development processes with surveys targeted at our students, our staff and interest groups. As a student, you play an essential role in the development of your degree programme. During your studies, you respond to several surveys. The course feedback, both mid-term and end-term, is a part of the Quality Management System as well as the preliminary survey upon admission and the education development survey and the graduation feedback questionnaire at the end of the studies.
The staff and the students discuss the feedback on different feedback forums, where they can agree on new actions and discuss the impact of earlier development measures. These forums serve as a means to voice the students’ opinions about Xamk operations and plans for development. The following picture illustrates the path of the course feedback.

You can find more information about the evaluation and development of quality on the students’ intranet, Student.