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.

Professional studies

Your professional studies consist of 30 credits basic studies and 90 credits professionally oriented studies. The extensive studies in mathematics give you an important basis for the development of your professional competence. The professional studies focus on material science, materials processing and product design. 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 (recommendation). The modules can be taken during each study year, but are recommended to be taken during the fourth year.

In the curriculum you can choose between the following modules: Entrepeneurship, Foreign languages, Advanced Materials and Design, Project, and Online/External courses (courses in other universities or UAS). In addition you can also take some approved courses (TBD) from the International Business (in English).

Any student wishing to take other extension study modules/courses than what are included in the curriculum/mentioned above, should obtain approval from the Programme Director first and make an individual study plan.

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 with a Finnish company.

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.

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 Amanuesis or Programme Director for individual study planning.

Work practice

The practical training (30 cr) should give knowledge and experience relevant to the materials processing industry. This may include the engineering, managerial or economical operations of companies. You are as a student responsible for finding your own work position. Earlier work practice, completed in an Engineering field, before studying at Arcada may also be compensated.

The early work practice will give a basic orientation in a practical industrial environment. Later work practice ideally should give greater exposure to industries 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 students study time. It is officially scheduled and recommended however for 10 credits per year in the curriculum. It could be some time in late May after the last examination in period 4, or June, July or August. 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 before the commencement of work to the Programme’s work practice supervisor and lecturer (M. Andersson). 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.

Work practice application

For students who do not receive pay, then a contract is recommended to be made between the student, Programme and company.

Practical training contract

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.

Certificate of work practice

Please find general guidelines for work practice here:

Guidelines for working life

More information on work practice can also be found here.

Thesis and Methodology

The course module for the degree thesis (30 cr) includes the thesis (15 credits) and methodology studies.

  • 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. Courses in thesis methodology and research methods 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 report is presented in a public presentation (Thesis Forum). The quality of your thesis has to meet the requirements of an education at a bachelor’s level, in accordance to EQF level 6 (European Qualification Framework).

Please find a writing guide here.

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

Thesis application form

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: https://famnen.arcada.fi/lab/

For thesis works which are done for companies, a contract must be signed by the company, student and supervisor (see form below). These are registered as projected works in the thesis register in ASTA by the Supervisor. 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. For more info see: http://start.arcada.fi/en/degree-thesis

For more information about the degree thesis see here. Especially look at the Departments common timetable which shows the required dates for final thesis submission (approval) and graduation. This means the official last hand in date of a thesis is mid-April for graduation before the summer for most Supervisors. Most Supervisors are not at Arcada in June or July.