The Degree Program in Sustainable Solutions Engineering offers you tools to manage major challenges of our time, such as climate change and sustainability. The approach is holistic; you will learn to manage technologies in a sustainable way by adopting a circular economy perspective.
The LAB University of Applied Sciences is one of the leading actors in Finland in the fields of environmental technology and circular economy. The graduates of the program will work as technological experts, project managers, quality and security developers, and sales engineers in Finland and globally. Entrepreneurship is also a career alternative.
At LAB, you will study sustainable solutions engineering in an international and innovative environment. The first 1.5 years of the studies will be organized in Lahti. After the mandatory courses, we will encourage you to complete your studies with different methods of learning. You can even finish your degree online. To facilitate your adaptation to the new learning environment and processes, we will regularly arrange individual orientation consultations for you to prepare your personalized curriculum.
Every student has a chance to participate in student exchange in one of our partner universities. Graduates may continue their studies at the Master’s level at LUT University.
The Degree Program in Sustainable Solutions Engineering offers you tools to manage major challenges of our time, such as climate change and sustainability. The approach is holistic; you will learn to manage technologies in a sustainable way by adopting a circular economy perspective. The LAB University of Applied Sciences is one of the leading actors in Finland in the fields of environmental technology and circular economy.
At the beginning of the studies, you get familiar with the principles of natural and physical sciences, environmental technology, circular economy, and sustainable development as well as their interaction with climate change, biological and technological cycles. These form the foundation to deepen your competence development during your further studies. The professional studies include topics, like resource and material efficiency, digital tools, quality and project management, built environment, product design, and responsible business relevant in the perspective of sustainable solutions and circular economy.
During your studies, you have a chance to deepen your knowledge in the selected topics during the internship (30 ECTSs is obligatory) and doing your final thesis, as well as in the different applied development projects and online studies. One of the main learning outcomes is the development of entrepreneurial and teamwork skills. This will enhance your ability to figure out business and development challenges to advance your own career opportunities and working life. In our renewed circular economy and material laboratories and projects are done with the close connections of working life gives you also the opportunity to test ideas in practice.
The whole degree is possible to be studied online
We will encourage you to complete your studies with different methods of learning. The structure of our curriculum is flexible. The whole degree is possible to be studied online. However, we will also organize 15 ECTS modules as optional studies in which you can participate in our Lahti campus, Finland. Each of these modules is arranged in two months periods, which makes the entry more flexible. Furthermore, our different intensive weeks like Summer and Winter Schools as well as other degree program courses are available for you. The wide variety of different online courses will help you to arrange your own schedule.
The degree program of Sustainable Solutions Engineering is built upon a strong knowledge and needs to face up the main future challenges of our time, climate change, and sustainability crises. To study at LAB University of Applied Sciences is very flexible but challenging. Due to the structure of our curriculum and pedagogical methods we can quickly adapt to different situations and needs. Our new campus and circular economy laboratories offer you also the possibility to deepen your knowledge also in practice. We have very good international and national networks with other universities and working life which will promote your career development in many ways. Every student has a chance to participate in student exchange in one of our partner universities
Structure of studies
- Core studies 15 ECTS
- Professional and complementary studies 180 ECTS
- Practical training 30 ECTS
- Thesis 15 ECTS
The earned qualification is an undergraduate degree (a bachelor’s degree). After earning the degree, you can apply for work in private sector businesses as well as public sector organizations that require an applicable university degree.
More about the language of instruction
The program is taught in English. In addition, we offer you an excellent opportunity to study foreign languages extensively. If your mother tongue is other than Finnish, you have a perfect chance to study Finnish in different ways with us.
The bachelor’s degree program includes a 15-ECTS thesis. This can either be a research-based project or a so-called functional thesis project. The thesis project aims to broaden and deepen your professional expertise and knowledge and provide you with the expertise needed to operate in development tasks in your field. The thesis project improves information retrieval and problem-solving skills.
The thesis can be conducted as a project commissioned by an external organization or as part of a development project. The thesis project can be carried out individually, in pairs, or in a group, including a written report. At its best, the thesis project can serve as a pathway to your future career.
We offer you excellent opportunities to gain valuable international expertise and language skills for your future career. Future workplaces and positions require multicultural skills, language skills, and international understanding. Learning takes place in an international, multicultural environment. Our degree students come from all over the world.
You can complete part of your studies at our partner institutions in different countries around the world or do your practical training abroad. Every year, we welcome a large number of students from different countries, so the program is genuinely international.
Co-operation with other parties
Your studies will be closely connected with the development of working-life practices, together with businesses and work communities. Multidisciplinary working-life projects and different learning environments, such as student cooperatives, will strengthen your connections with authentic working-life interactions throughout the program
At the LAB University of Applied Sciences, our goal is to renew the working life and ways of working. Together with our partners, we test new innovations and ways of doing things.
Our focus areas are sustainability, design, innovations, and health.
The graduates of the program will work as technological experts, project managers, quality and security developers, and sales engineers in Finland and globally. Entrepreneurship is also a career alternative.
Postgraduate study opportunities
After earning a bachelor’s degree and having two years of professional work experience, you are eligible to apply to the university of applied sciences (UAS) master’s degree programs. You are also eligible to apply to master’s degree programs offered by universities.
About the School
LAB University of Applied Sciences operetas in Finland in the cities of Lahti and Lappeenranta. The new institution will start its operation on 1 January 2020.