Degree Requirements  

After completing your study in Materials Processing Technology, you will be awarded a certificate with title of qualification: - Bachelor of Engineering.  

The degree statute is based on Finnish Polytechnics Act 932/2014 and the Polytechnics Decree 1129/2014. In order to receive a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Processing Technology, you are required to complete 240 credits which incorporate module-based studies, practical trainings and a thesis work. 

Structure of studies 

Studies in the Materials Processing Technology Programme are structured based on modules. These modules include: 

General studies  

The general study module introduces you to your subject and in general to studies in higher education. Professional language studies in Finnish, Swedish and English are parts of your general studies. (Courses defined in your study plan) 

Professional studies 

Your professional studies consist of a 30 credits basic module and 90 credits of professionally oriented studies.  

The basic module can be thought of as mostly incorporating core and advanced mathematics. The mathematics and other science courses in the basic module are designed to support your professional study modules.  

The professional study consisting of design, materials and materials processing modules is established on ranges of engineering disciplines that interconnect mechanical engineering with sustainability. You will study the key engineering approaches followed in sustainable product design and development. As part of the process in a new product development, you will study selection of sustainable materials. In addition, you will study conventional and state-of-the-art material processing technologies. 

Your extension studies complement your general and professional studies. These include 30 credit units in total that consist of two modules with 15 credits each. In your curriculum, you have ranges of options to choose modules. This includes advanced materials design, circular economy, Finnish language or even course completed in other UAS. Extension study modules are dynamic and are yearly updated in our curriculum. Therefore, any selected study module is structured to be completed within the study year. Foreign Students who are weak in Finnish are highly recommended to take Finnish for Beginners 1, 2 and 3. This may greatly assist in finding a position in Finnish companies. Any student wishing to take extension study modules/courses other than what are mentioned above, should obtain approval from the Programme Director first and make an individual study plan. This includes the following: 

  • Courses studied abroad through exchange are accepted as part your extension studies. It may also compensate your professional studies.

  • An interesting alternative for those aiming at continuing their studies in a Master’s Degree Programme after graduating at Arcada is to do” bridge studies” (siltaopinnot/brostudier) at Master’s programme level. These studies can also be accepted as extension studies at Arcada. Required studies should be checked from the Master Programmes targeted 

  • Financing your own open studies at other University of Applied Sciences 

Thesis and Methodology 

The course module for the degree thesis includes a 15 credits thesis work and 15 credits of methodology studies. The Degree thesis is an independent research project that you undertake under the supervision of a lecturer. The courses in the thesis module will guide and instruct you how 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 thesis topic should ideally be found in cooperation with the working life or current projects at Arcada. At the end the thesis, you will present your work at public presentations. 

Have a look at departments common timetable which shows the required dates for final thesis submission (approval) and graduation. The official last hand in date of a thesis is mid-April for graduating before the summer. Most Supervisors are not at Arcada in June or July. 

 The quality of your thesis has to meet the requirements of an education at a bachelor’s level, in accordance to EQF level 6.

Thesis application  

Your thesis begins with you applying for a thesis title and submitting a thesis plan. Thesis topics can be selected from our laboratory webpage, or proposed, in case of working with companies.

For thesis works which are done for companies, a contract must be signed jointly by the company, student and supervisor. The degree thesis will be commissioned if there is a written agreement

Thesis project is usually done at the end of your study. The process of writing thesis takes from 6 months up to one year. After a successful completion of your thesis you will present your work and write a maturity exam.

Work practice 

The practical training (30 credits) should give knowledge and experience in relevance to working life and the programmes studied. This may include the engineering, managerial or economical operations in companies or other organisations. As a student, you are responsible for finding your own work practice position. Earlier engineering-related work practices gained before studying at Arcada may also be compensated. 

The introductory work practice will give a basic orientation into working life. The professional work practice should give a greater exposure to industries or organisations linked to materials processing technology. It may often lead to a thesis work in the same field of specialization. 

Practical training may be completed at any time during the study periods. It is however recommended sometime in late May after the last examination in period 4. Practical training can be completed in Finland or in another country. 

A formal work practice application form (see below) should be submitted (via email) for approval to the Programme’s work practice supervisor and lecturer before the commencement of work. This is not compulsory, especially in the middle of summer, but recommended, in order to agree about the acceptability of the work place. Students will obtain 1.5 credits per week of full-time work or 38 Hours.  

Generally, the following practicalities hold while doing work practice: 

  • A contract made among the student, the programme and a company is recommended for students who do not receive pay while doing work practice in a company.  

  • At the end of the work, a letter from the employer or certificate on work practice form (see below) showing the amount of working hours per week, number of working weeks and description of the work made is required to be submitted to the practice supervisor along with a 1200 word report.