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Natural Resources and the Environment

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Study plan

Yearly theme and competence goals

Description and structure of the degree

The extent of the degree programme in Sustainable Development is 240 ECTS credits and the duration of the studies 4 years. The studies must be completed within at the most one year beyond the extent of the designated time. The studies consist of required common basic studies, basic and professional studies in the degree programme, in-depth methodological studies, elective studies, optional studies, work placement, Bachelor thesis and maturity test. 

Working life readiness and competence developed during the degree programme studies

Sustainable development is a wide social adjustment needed on local, regional and international level. The aim of sustainability is to be able to safeguard worthy life prospects for all living creatures and also the ones yet to born. The aim of our degree programme is to train skilfull entrepreneurs to act in all social forums and sectors - especially in refinement and services - so that the interaction between man and nature would be sustainable.
The didactic objective of the degree programme is to develop the theoretical, operational and interactional preparedness of our students so that they are able to prevent and diminish human-related environmental problems.

Studies in the degree programme

The basis of the degree programme is multidisciplinary. It includes natural and social sciences with anthropological additions. The origin of environmental problems is understood as a result of human action, which means that the spectrum of human actions needs to be studied in in order to understand and confront these problems  .

The degree aims to create and use open learning environments and the students are acquainted with local and regional environmental actors and programmes already while studying. Understanding the global nature of environmental issues and the development of international skills is appreciated in the degree programme. There is a variety of internationally oriented studies conducted in English of which the students can choose 15 ECTS. Also all students have the possibility to travel abroad as exchange students or/and tutor foreign exchange students.

The degree programme fulfills principles that give our students the possibility of versatile studies, wide collaborational networking, skills to combine multidisciplinary information and action and the recognition of value-based starting points. The use of distance learning forms alternatives to learning methods.


The student’s commitment to studying - taking responsibility for their learning, choices and future is boosted with student counselling. All groups have their own tutor-teacher who follows the students' development and aids them in finding their best personal methods of learning and building their personal study plan - to help find their path.
The degree programme promotes the birth of projects that serve learning purposes and enables the student’s possibility in participating in developing the degree programme on many levels.

Student counselling is provided by counsellors, tutor-teachers and tutor-students.

Evaluation and feedback

The evaluation supports the development of know-how and gaining needed competencies. The method of course evaluation is agreed in the beginning of each course and is written in the course realization specification. 

The programme uses a variety of evaluation methods to review the quality of the programme content and delivery. The main method of feedback is a Feedback Day which is organized once a year in the spring term. Students’ confidential comments will be analyzed and discussed as part of the developing process of the degree programme. 

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