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Environmental Engineering

Tampere University
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2023
Tampere University

About this program

Environmental Engineering

Our two-year Master's program 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 expert in promoting environmental sustainability.

To be a successful student in our Master’s program, 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 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.

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Admission requirements

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a master’s program at Tampere University, you must have:

1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree

  • an applicable bachelor’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland
  • a bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland which provides eligibility for equivalent University master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
    • with a minimum scope of 180 ECTS credits, three to four years of full-time study
    • from a relevant field for the master’s degree program that you’re applying to
    • from a recognised institution of higher education

2. A good command of the English language for academic purposes.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

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

  • Environmental Engineering or other applicable field with proficiency in mathematics and either chemistry or physics. Applicants with other BSc degrees containing environmental engineering studies may be considered. Examples of such degrees: biotechnology, chemical engineering, energy engineering or civil engineering.

For more information about admission requirement, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • 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.
  • 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 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, or governance for 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.
  • Elective studies: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.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Degree earned

Master of Science (Technology)

Extent of studies

120 ECTS

Study objectives

The focus of the Master’s program in Environmental Engineering is to educate experts in environmental engineering, highlighting individual study plans and career pathways.

After completing the Master’s program 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 circular economy, for example in nutrient recycling and renewable energy production
  • Evaluate 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

Continuing studies

Following the successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to apply for admission to doctoral programs in Finland or abroad.

Career paths

After completing the program, 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.

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Tampere University

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