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Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Chemistry and Technology

The bachelor’s degree programme in Environmental Chemistry and Technology provides the student with extensive knowledge in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and excellent employment possibilities in Finland and abroad.

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering

Study type: Daytime studies

Duration: 4 years, 240 credits

Campus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola

Places: 15

Application period opens: 04.01.2023

Application period closes: 18.01.2023

Studies start in autumn 2023

Teaching language: English

Programme description

Centria University of Applied Sciences co-operates closely together with the local businesses. Kokkola has the largest concentration of inorganic chemical industries in the northern countries. This means that there are various practical training possibilities, study projects and topics for bachelor’s theses available, as well as lots of work possibilities for students and graduates. 

Chemical engineering studies begin with the basics, so you don’t need any previous studies or work experience in the chemistry field. The studies start with core studies where, in addition to chemistry studies, you have extensive studies such as natural science and mathematics, languages, communication, finance and management.

You will study chemical and process technology, which includes courses on automation technology and energy technology. Circular economy thinking, ethical responsibility, the financial orientation of the chemical industry, and the development of profitable businesses will also be part of your future expertise after you have completed your chemical engineering studies at Centria. During your studies, you get to choose whether you want to specialise in Environmental Chemistry and Technology or in New and Traditional Fuel Production. 

The studies are offered in English as daytime studies. The teaching is organised as contact teaching on Talonpojankatu Campus in Kokkola on weekdays. In addition to theory classes, your studies include many laboratory practices, where you get to apply what you have learned in practice. We have well-equipped laboratories and diverse equipment. The laboratories will become familiar to you during your studies, as you will get to do different laboratory practices with your classmates soon after you start your studies. 

Centria has long traditions of cooperation with different operators in the industry. During your studies, you will have the chance to visit various companies and factories, join the classes of guest lecturers and participate in study projects offered by companies. Bachelor’s theses are also usually done for businesses in the industry. So, during your studies, you have excellent opportunities to network with work-life representatives and familiarize yourself with the actual work tasks of chemical engineers. Our students have excellent employment possibilities in our area, and many of our students get a summer job or a permanent job through a work placement, a bachelor’s thesis project or some other study project.

Additional information

You can find the curriculum here.

The engineering studies of environmental chemistry consist of core studies, profiling studies, which include specialization studies, optional studies, work placement and a thesis. The scope is 240 ECTS, and the length of the studies is around 4 years. 

Core studies 

  • Orientation studies 
  • Mathematics 
  • Sciences 
  • Languages and communication 
  • Industrial Economics and Leadership 
  • Practical training 

Profiling studies 

  • Chemistry 
  • Chemical Engineering 1 & 2 
  • Specialisation studies (2 options) 
    1. Environmental Chemistry and Technology 
    2. New and Traditional Fuel Production 
  • Optional studies 
  • Practical training 
  • Bachelor’s Thesis 

You can specialise either in Environmental Chemistry, in Environmental Technology or in New and Traditional Fuel Production. 

In Environmental Chemistry and Technology studies, you will dive deeper into energy and environment and environment protection. You will also familiarize yourself with wood chemistry and biotechnology. You will use Centria’s unique Chemplant pilot plant for learning new techniques. You get the chance to study environmental monitoring and cleaning techniques. You will also study the design of water and wastewater plants. You will also get to learn about environmental legislation and administration. 

In the specialisation option of New and Traditional Fuel Production, you will learn about oil refining and biofuel production. You will get to know process simulations and practice your skills in fuel production projects. 

After completing the degree programme you 

  • know chemistry and can apply it to industrial processes. 
  • know the unit operations and can proportion and analyse them, connect them to industrial processes and analyse the operation of the process. 
  • have a broad understanding of environmental questions. 
  • master the economy of production processes. 
  • understand the ecology and the impact of industrial and domestic activity on the surroundings. 
  • know how to apply BAT in planning. 
  • can choose and proportion cleaning equipment.  
  • can plan (individually or as a member of a group) water plants and wastewater plants. 
  • know the legislation and administration of the environmental field. 
  • have sufficient language skills for engineering work in an international setting. 

Internationalisation is a natural part of engineering studies. Centria has about 130 partner universities around the world, and you can go on an exchange during your studies at one of our partner universities. The exchange period can be one semester or the whole academic year. It is also possible to do practical training abroad. 

Centria’s chemical engineering students can also complete a double degree at one of our partner universities in Austria or France. This possibility is worth taking advantage of – especially if you are interested in an international career in the field of chemical engineering or if you want to gain international experience. 

We encourage you to seize the different internationalisation possibilities Centria UAS offers as many employers expect good linguistic abilities and appreciate international know-how. 

At Centria, students complete a part of their studies in development projects that are carried out for different businesses, so you get to network with employers already during your studies. Besides, chemical engineers have great employment opportunities, and many students get permanent positions already during their studies. 

Our bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry and technology gives you the know-how to work in different positions in Finland and abroad. Centria’s chemical engineering alumni work in different chemical engineering positions in factories and plants. Some of our alumni work in sales and technical support positions, administrative positions, and as teachers. The work possibilities are vast as chemical engineering expertise is needed in many different fields and positions. 

Your future occupational titles can be 

  • R&D engineer 
  • project engineer 
  • production engineer 
  • purchase engineer 
  • advisor in environmental technology.  

After you have completed your bachelor’s degree and you have gained at least two years of work experience, you can continue your master’s level studies in one of the Finnish universities of applied sciences.  

The Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius offers the possibility to study for a master’s degree in chemistry and chemical engineering. You can also continue your studies at a university abroad.

First joint application 2023

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses the following student selection methods during the first joint application 2023: 

International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam: 75% of study places

Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA): 25% of study places

International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam

International UAS Exam is a joint digital entrance exam of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), used for selecting students to English-conducted study programmes leading to a Bachelor’s degree.

The entrance examination assesses the applicants’ abilities to study at UAS. The entrance examination does not contain any pre-reading materials or pre-tasks.

The entrance exam consists of two phases organized remotely online:

First phase: written examination on 8th February 2023

Second phase: group interview on 6th – 17th March 2023

Please read more information about the selection methods on the UASinfo website.

Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA)

It’s possible to be selected through certificate-based student selection if you have: 

  • A minimum grade C in advanced English (degree programmes in the field of business and engineering)
  • A minimum grade C in advanced English and basic syllabus grade C or advanced syllabus grade A in Mathematics (degree programmes in the field of engineering)

SAT application

Applicants who in their past have completed the SAT tests (new version taken after March 2016) can also apply in our SAT application round on 1st December 2022 – 28th February 2023. Please read more information and the admission criteria here.

Please notice that some applicants are obligated to pay tuition fees. If you are not an EU/EEA- citizen or if you do not have a document that exempts you from paying the tuition fees, you are obliged to pay them.

More information including the tuition fees, who is obligated to pay them, and scholarships can be found here.

How to apply

Joint application 4.–18.1.2023

While the application is open you can apply to the degree programme in Studyinfo.

Applying with SAT scores

The next application period for degree programmes conducted in English for applicants who in their past have completed the SAT tests (new version taken after March 2016), will be arranged between 1 December 2022 and 28 February 2023.

Applying during transfer application 1.-15.5.2023 and 1.-15.11.2023

It is possible to apply to Centria UAS during the transfer application period if a student wants to transfer from one field of study to another within Centria UAS or a student wants to transfer from another Finnish university of applied sciences to Centria.

Applying with open UAS studies 1.4.–31.5.2023 and 1.10.–30.11.2023

Students who have completed studies in the Open University of Applied Sciences (UAS) may use the open UAS pathway to apply for degree student status.

Applying with an incomplete degree 1.4.–31.5.2023 and 1.10.–30.11.2023

If you have studied in Centria UAS or in another university in Finland but you have not yet finished your degree, you can re-apply for the same or related degree programme to finish your degree.

Check your eligibility

following education will give applicants eligibility to apply for Bachelor´s programmes:

  • the studies required for graduating from the Finnish upper secondary school or a Matriculation Ex-amination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification covering 120 credits or 180 competence points or a corresponding earlier Finnish vocational degree covering at least 80 credits;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification;
  • a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question;
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree.

Student Stories

  • – Martin Hansen, Opiskelija

    Centria as a study place is one of the best I’ve ever been, because it’s so down-to-earth.

Contact information

More information about the degree programme from the head of the degree programme:

Staffan Borg

Yliopettaja (kemia)



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