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The world needs people who have the courage and skills to tackle environmental and sustainability challenges around us and find solutions. Be one of us!

Our two-year Master's Programme educates professionals in environmental engineering and circular economy. With us you will learn about processes and technologies to produce clean water, to recover nutrients and metals, to produce renewable energy and biochemicals, and to minimize pollution and to support sustainable use of natural resources. You will thus become an expert in promoting environmental sustainability.

To be a successful student in our Master’s Programme, you should have a background in an applicable field of engineering, for example in environmental or energy engineering, biotechnology or natural sciences. We appreciate proficiency in mathematics, a strong motivation and vision for the future.

Our courses provide a wide range of topics from molecular biology level up to waste and wastewater treatment and their automation. This allows you to sharpen your focus on, for example, sustainable environmental technologies, digital applications, advanced bioprocesses, bioenergy and biorefining, or governance for the circular economy. The professional training and Master’s thesis work allows you to start building your career and networks in the environmental sector.

With the acquired tools and understanding of environmental sustainability, and with the engineering mindset, you will have excellent career opportunities in different fields of environmental engineering. The graduates can be employed for example as process engineers, consultants or project managers in industries and municipalities. If you want, you may also continue your studies towards a doctoral degree.

Information about studies

  • Type: Master's degree
  • Degree earned: Master of Science (Technology)
  • Planned duration: 2 years
  • Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
  • City: Tampere
  • Campus: Hervanta Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 €

Study objectives

The focus of Environmental Engineering (MSc) programme is to educate experts in environmental engineering, highlighting individual study plans and career pathways.

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering, you will, for example, be able to:

  • Understand the potential to promote environmental sustainability using systems thinking and engineering mindset.
  • Understand partnerships between decision-makers, business, organisations and individuals and therefore collaborate and discuss with different actors and stakeholders.
  • Design water, wastewater, and waste treatment processes.
  • Develop systems to promote the circular economy, for example in nutrient recycling and renewable energy production.
  • Evaluate the environmental impacts of processes and products using life-cycle assessment tools.
  • Interpret and report scientific data and draw conclusions.
  • Use language, communication and collaborative skills in a professional setting.

More about the language of instruction

The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. In addition, students are required to complete a course in the Finnish language. The course provides them with an introduction to everyday Finnish and Finnish culture.

Study contents

The studies are composed of three blocks:

  • The common core studies are compulsory for all students. They give you the basic information you need at the beginning of your studies when you explore the different opportunities for choosing your major studies. Common core studies also include guidance in writing and presenting your Master’s thesis.
  • The major studies are a combination of compulsory and complementary courses. The compulsory courses process engineering, life cycle assessment, design of water treatment processes, environmental governance and living lab working – give a basis of sustainability thinking and engineering practices. Complementary courses can be selected from our wide range of topics from molecular biology level up to waste and wastewater treatment processes and their automation. This allows you to choose a field of specialization, for example, sustainable environmental technologies, digital applications, advanced bioprocesses, bioenergy and biorefining, or governance for the circular economy. The topic of your Master’s thesis can be chosen to reflect your specialization theme and the experience that you acquired during the traineeship.
  • You may also select up to 10 ECTS of courses based on your own interests. These can be for example language or communications studies. TAU offers a wide variety of courses to select from.

Structure of studies

The Master’s programme (120 ECTS) may be completed in two years of full-time study. The curriculum consists of common core studies (15 ECTS), major studies (95-105 ECTS – include 30 ECTS on Master’s thesis) and elective studies (0-10 ECTS).

Students with a previous degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) without additional university-level studies are typically required to take complementary studies, such as courses in mathematics, depending on their background.

Career opportunities

After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in the different fields of environmental engineering and circular economy. Our graduates are eligible to work for example in municipalities, companies and organizations as a developer, process engineer, consultant, researcher or project manager in positions where knowledge and skills in environmental engineering are required. Following the successful completion of the programme, you will also be eligible to apply for admission to doctoral programmes in Finland or abroad.

Co-operation with other parties

In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.

The professional traineeship is organized in collaboration with local companies and municipalities.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students at Tampere University.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • Which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • From the relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • From an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally.

Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Environmental Engineering the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:

  • Biotechnology, Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering. Applicants with other BSc degrees in related fields may be considered.

Applicants who have completed their degree in Finland must meet the minimum cumulative GPA set by the programme to be eligible. The minimum is the same as in the admission to the same Master’s degree programme offered in Finnish.

  • Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK): 3,50/5
  • Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto): 3,00/5

When counting the cumulative GPA weighted by ECTS only the courses (include thesis) with numeric grade value are taken into account. Applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s degree must meet the minimum cumulative GPA when applying and after graduation.

Language skill requirements

All applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

The minimum English language test result requirements

Test name & Minimum test result

  • TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with no section below 20
  • IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5
  • PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 42
  • C1 Advanced: C
  • C2 Proficiency: C1
  • Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only these studies are accepted. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions.


A maximum of 25 students is admitted to the Environmental Engineering programme.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.

The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.

Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.

All students with a degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. Admitted students will be informed on these studies in detail when the studies start in the autumn of 2020.


The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.

In this programme, applicants are ranked based on the admission points they receive for previous qualifications, English language skills and other relevant factors that support the application.

Admission points (maximum 100 points) are given in the following categories:

  • Previous qualifications maximum 60 points
  • English language skills maximum 10 points:
    • 5 points: e.g. TOEFL 92 / IELTS 6,5 and if proven by previous studies accepted by Tampere University
    • 10 points: e.g. TOEFL 103 or higher / IELTS 7,5 or higher
  • Other relevant factors that support the application maximum 30 points
  • CV/Résumé and the motivation letter submitted with the application constitute the basis of admission points given in this category.

How to apply

Application step-by-step checklist
  1. Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply three programmes at the same time.
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
  4. When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application. Application period 4 December 2019 at 8:00 GMT+2 - 15 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  5. Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post, according to the country specific-requirements if applicable. Documents must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 31 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
  6. Wait for the admission results to be announced in early April 2020.
  7. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
  8. Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing your arrival in Finland.
  9. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Online application form

The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 4 December 2019 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 15 January 2020 at 3 pm (GMT+2).


You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.

You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.

Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 31 January 2020.

There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.

Admission results and appeals

Admissions results will be announced in early April 2020. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

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