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Environmental Chemistry and Technology
Tutkinto: Bachelor of Engineering
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus:4 years, 240 credits
Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 15
Haku alkaa: 5.1.2022
Haku päättyy: 19.1.2022
Direct application with SAT results 1.12.2021–28.2.2022

It is an intrinsic part of life and you will find it in everything you see, experience or feel around and within yourself. Chemistry connects. Chemistry is a natural science that develops all the time and connects different fields and people. Chemistry is the most creative field on earth. How will we meet the demand of food, natural resources and energy for the growing population on earth? Clean water, renewable fuel and pharmaceuticals are chemistry.

- Chemical Industry Federation -


The bachelor’s degree programme in Environmental Chemistry and Technology provides the student with extensive knowledge in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and excellent employment possibilities in Finland and abroad. You will get a holistic view of life-cycle thinking and material flows in industrial planning and other fields of society.


Centria University of Applied Sciences co-operates closely together with the local businesses. Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP) is the largest concentration of inorganic chemical industries in the northern countries. This means that there are various work placement possibilities, study projects and topics for bachelor’s theses available, as well as lots of work possibilities for students and graduates.

Chemical engineering studies begin with the basics, so you don’t need any previous studies or work experience from the chemistry field. The studies start with core studies where, in addition to chemistry studies, you have extensive studies such as natural science and mathematics, languages, communication, finance and management. You will study chemical and process technology, which includes courses on automation technology, energy technology and plant design. Circular economy thinking, ethical responsibility, the financial orientation of the chemical industry, and the development of profitable businesses will also be part of your future expertise after you have completed your chemical engineering studies at Centria. During your studies, you get to choose whether you want to specialise in Environmental Chemistry, in Environmental Technology or in New and Traditional Fuel Production.

Centria has long traditions in co-operation with different operators in the industry. During your studies, you will have the chance to visit various companies and factories, join the classes of guest lecturers and participate in study projects offered by companies. Bachelor’s theses are also usually done for businesses in the industry. So, during your studies, you have excellent opportunities to network with work-life representatives and familiarize yourself with the actual work tasks of chemical engineers. Our students have excellent employment possibilities in our area, and many of our students get a summer job or a permanent job through a work placement, a bachelor’s thesis project or some other study project.

After completing the degree programme you

  • know chemistry and can apply it to industrial processes.
  • know the unit operations and can proportion and analyse them, connect them to industrial processes and analyse the operation of the process.
  • have a broad understanding of environmental questions.
  • master the economy of production processes.
  • understand the ecology and the impact of industrial and domestic activity on the surroundings.
  • know how to apply BAT in planning.
  • can choose and proportion cleaning equipment.
  • can plan (individually or as a member of a group) water plants and wastewater plants.
  • know the legislation and administration of the environmental field.
  • have sufficient language skills for engineering work in an international setting.


Structure of studies

The engineering studies of environmental chemistry consist of core studies, profiling studies, which include specialization studies, optional studies, work placement and a thesis. The scope is 240 ECTS, and the length of the studies is around 4 years.

The studies are offered in English as full-time studies. The teaching is organised as contact teaching on Talonpojankatu Campus in Kokkola on weekdays. In addition to theory classes, your studies include many laboratory practices, where you get to apply what you have learned in practice. We have well-equipped laboratories and diverse equipment. The laboratories will become familiar to you during your studies, as you will get to do different laboratory practices with your classmates soon after you start your studies.

You can specialise either in Environmental Chemistry, in Environmental Technology or in New and Traditional Fuel Production.

In Environmental Chemistry studies, you will dive deeper into energy and environment and environment protection. You will also familiarize yourself with wood chemistry and biotechnology. You will use Centria’s unique Chemplant pilot plant for learning new techniques.

In Environmental Technology studies, you get the chance to study environmental monitoring and cleaning techniques. You will also study the design of water and wastewater plants. You will also get to learn environmental legislation and administration.

In the specialisation option of New and Traditional Fuel Production, you will learn about oil refining and biofuel production. You will get to know process simulations and practise your skills in fuel production projects.


Occupational possibilities

At Centria, students complete a part of their studies in development projects that are carried out for different businesses, so you get to network with employers already during your studies. Besides, chemical engineers have great employment opportunities, and many students get a permanent position already during their studies.

Our bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry and technology gives you the know-how to work in different positions in Finland and abroad. Centria’s chemical engineering alumni work in different chemical engineering positions in factories and plants. Some of our alumni work in sales and technical support positions, administrative positions, and as teachers. The work possibilities are vast as chemical engineering expertise is needed in many different fields and positions.

Your future occupational titles can be

  • R&D engineer
  • project engineer
  • production engineer
  • purchase engineer
  • advisor in environmental technology.


International Centria

Internationalisation is a natural part of engineering studies. Centria has about 130 partner universities around the world, and you can go on an exchange during your studies in one of our partner universities. The exchange period can be one semester or the whole academic year. It is also possible to do a work placement abroad.

Centria’s chemical engineering students can also complete a double degree at one of our partner universities in Austria or France. This possibility is worth taking advantage of – especially if you are interested in an international career in the field of chemical engineering or if you want to gain international experience.

We encourage you to seize the different internationalisation possibilities Centria UAS offers as many employers expect good linguistic abilities and appreciate international know-how.


Postgraduate studies

The Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius offers the possibility to study for a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

How to apply?


Spring 2022 first joint application round

The next application period for degree programmes conducted in English will be arranged between 5 January and 19 January 2022. The offered programmes and more information about them can be found here (English page) or here (Finnish page). The application period will end on 19 January 2022 at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2).

For applicants accepted in this application round, the studies are set to begin in August 2022.

More information concerning the application process for applicants applying with a qualification completed outside Finland can be found here

Application link

Behind the link, choose Joint application. 


SAT application round

The next application period for degree programmes conducted in English (all except Nursing), for applicants who in their past completed the SAT tests (new version taken after March 2016), will be arranged between 1 December 2021 and 28 February 2022. SAT application round is for applicants applying with a qualification completed outside Finland. More information can be found here.

For applicants accepted in this application round, the studies are set to begin in August 2022.

Application link

Behind the link, choose Separate application and Direct application with SAT -results. 

More information about studies

Principal Lecturer Staffan Borg 
tel. +358 44 725 0312


More information about admission

Admissions Services 
tel. +358 40 808 6604 


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