Your studies consist of 240 credits (ECTS) that you carry out over four years. One credit corresponds to 27 hours of studies or work. The programme is structured so that you can complete 15 credits over a period of 10 weeks. Four study periods of 10 weeks make up an academic year, and as a student you are expected to perform 60 credits per academic year.

General studies 30 cr
Subject studies 120 cr (consisting of basic studies 30 cr and professionally oriented studies 90 cr)
Practical training 30 cr
Degree thesis, methodology and seminars 30 cr
Extension studies 30 cr

The curriculum for the education in Energy and Environmental Technology is based on competences and structured in study units, which means that the studies should be carried out in a certain order. Individual study plans are made as required in order to facilitate your studies. Through your choice of extension studies, practical training periods and degree thesis you can tailor your education based on your own interests. The overall planning of your studies is supported by regular contacts with your teacher tutors and amanuensis. 

You can apply for accreditation of previous studies at other institutions of higher education. Use form 6 to apply for accreditation of relevant studies that correspond to entire courses at Arcada. One form for each course you wish to have accredited should be filled out. Applications should be made during periods 1, 2 and 3 during the first year of study at Arcada.

General studies

The general studies (30 cr) introduce you to your subject and higher education studies in general. Language studies in Finnish, Swedish and English are also part of your general studies.

Subject studies

Your professional studies consist of 30 credits basic studies and 90 credits professionally oriented studies. The basic studies in energy- and environmental engineering consist of extensive studies in mathematics which provides you with an important basis for the development of your professional competence. The professional studies focus on three separate areas; Building technology and planning, Energy and heating and HVAC technology. During your work practice and your thesis work you will gain further knowledge and practical experience.

Extension studies

Your studies also include extension studies, which complement the general and professional studies. These include 30 credit units in total and consist of two topic modules of 15 credits each. The modules can be taken during each study year, but are recommended to be taken during the second and third year.

You can choose between the following modules of extension studies, some of which are offered as exchange- or distance studies:

Wind- and solar power
Building technology
Foreign languages

Course outside these can be discussed with the Degree Programme Director, who after consideration approves an individual study plan. It is also possible to complete extension studies at another institution or as exchange studies in a foreign country. More information on studies abroad can be found here External link.

Students may also finance their own extension studies through open universities after the approval of the Programme Director. A great opportunity for extension studies is provided through studies abroad. There is a great deal of flexibility here giving you the opportunity to define your own relevant package. However, the planned courses should be discussed and approved by the Programme Director before travelling. Courses studied abroad may possibly also compensate professional studies. More on studying abroad can be found here External link.

An interesting alternative for those aiming at continuing their studies in a Master’s Degree Programme (universities) after graduating at Arcada is to do so called ”bridge studies” (siltaopinnot/brostudier) within a Master level programme. These studies can also be accepted as extension studies at Arcada. Student should contact Amanuensis or Programme Director for individual study planning.

Practical training

The practical training consists of 30 cr and can be executed all at one time or in separate parts also outside the scheduled study periods. The practical training may consist of so called work practice (total of 30 cr), and have the character of junior HVAC engineer, or it may consist of introductory practical training and work practice. The introductory practice might contain work as a fitter, joiner, or similar, in the building-, electricity- or HVAC-field. You obtain 1,5 cr/week of full time work or 38 hours.

Your Degree Programme Director and Amanuensis answer questions regarding the practical training. After the practice period you need to submit a brief report on the contents of the position and reflections on the studies (3-4 pages). You must also submit a copy of your work certificate and a calculation of the credits that should be registered as practical training.

Forms for practical training contracts in Swedish, Finnish and English, work practice certificates as well as general guidelines can be found below.

Thesis and Methodology

The course module for the degree thesis (30 cr) includes both thesis, methodology studies and seminars.

  • The thesis is written in the end of your studies.
  • You begin working on your thesis by choosing a subject and a supervisor, and by making a thesis plan, which your supervisor accepts.
  • Normally the process of writing a thesis takes from 6 months to one year.
  • After successful examination of the Degree Thesis, the student will give an oral presentation at Arcada Thesis Forum.

The Degree Thesis is an independent research project that you undertake under the supervision of a lecturer or programme director. The work should display that you as part of your professional competence have ability for conceptual evaluation of important issues within the field. The two courses in methodology prepare you to successfully complete a thesis. In the thesis you need to demonstrate the following: theoretical knowledge of your subject, an ability to carry out practical research or project work, an ability to critically analyse the results and relate back to the theoretical knowledge, as well as an ability to present the results as a written academic report.

The qualitative level of the degree thesis should correspond to at least the requirements of a Bachelor thesis, i.e. according to EQF level 6 (European Qualification Network External link). The work should show balanced judgement, subject knowledge and ability to come to insight.

Here you find a writing guide for the thesis

The topic for the project should ideally be found in cooperation with working life or from current projects at Arcada. The topic of the thesis must be approved in advance by the Programme Director. Students are required to complete the below thesis application form.

Appendix 8: Thesis application form

At Arcada there are degree theses of many different kinds. The goal is that your thesis should be structured so it supports your own competence and interests and can lead to new, more innovative approaches and innovations within your field. Topics for a thesis can be discussed and planned in the Methodology course or between students and the relevant lecturer at any time. A list of possible thesis topics is attached below and can be discussed further with the relevant lecturer. Our research activities and co-operation projects with the industry offer great opportunities for thesis projects of your own design. For topics see: External link 

Many choose to write their degree thesis for an external commissioner. A degree thesis is considered to be commissioned if there is a written agreement about at least one of the following: The commissioning party pays either Arcada or the student for the work, the degree thesis has got a supervisor on the part of the commissioning party (external supervisor), or the commissioning party intends to utilise the results in its activity. In these cases there must be a written contract between the commissioning party, the student and the supervisor. 

Also read the general information about the degree thesis. Here you find information about the timetable which shows the required dates for final thesis submission (approval) and graduation. The official last submission date of a thesis is mid-April for graduation before the summer. Most Supervisors are not available in June or July.