Environmental Chemistry and Technology

Tutkinto: Bachelor of Engineering
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus:4 years, 240 credits
Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 15
This programme is currently running at Centria UAS - No intake in 2017 (more information coming during the spring 2017)

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 degree programme in Environmental Chemistry and Technology provides the student with a wide knowledge in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. You will get a holistic view on life-cycle thinking and material flows in industrial planning and other fields of society.

In your studies you will learn how plants should be planned, automatized and run safely for the environment - minimize environmental impact and methods of cleaning exhaust gases and wastewater as how to plan clean water plants.

Kokkola has the largest concentration of inorganic chemical industries in the northern countries, which gives the students an excellent ground for industrial careers. In the 21st century, Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP) and the whole of Kokkola have developed into a major chemical cluster. In the past five years, 413 million euros have been invested in the KIP area, employing more than 2,200 people. All in all, enterprises in the KIP area account for 5.3 per cent of the total exports of the Finnish chemical and metal industry. The region’s global corporations, leaders in their respective fields, have fine-tuned their process expertise to be at the top of the world in Kokkola.

The graduated engineers usually start their careers as research or development engineers in industrial projects. Some engineers start in production, purchase or sales tasks. National and local environmental authorities need engineers with knowledge in environmental questions. Some of our graduates end up working as teachers in vocational schools.

In the specialization option Environmental Chemistry and Technology the students will gain education in environmental issues like recycling of materials, production of energy, handling of wastewater, cleaning of air, planning of water plants, environmental management and process planning. The unique Chemplant pilot plant is used for learning of new techniques.

Our other specialization option is New and Traditional Fuel Production where the students learn about traditional oil refineries, but also about new methods for making renewable biofuels.

Occupational titles

R&D- engineer, Project engineer, Production engineer, Purchase engineer, Advisor in Environmental Technology

Co-operation with companies

Air Liquide Finland Oy, Boliden Kokkola Oy, Enfucell Oy, Freeport Cobalt Oy, Maintpartner Oy, Neste Oil Oyj, Nordkalk Oy Ab, Kokkola Power Oy, Oy Woikoski Ab, Tetra Chemicals Europe Oy, Yara Suomi Oy, UPM-Kymmene Oyj, Stora Enso, Olvi Oyj, First Quantum Resources (Pyhäsalmen ja Kevitsan kaivokset), Belvedere Resources (Hituran mine), Terraframe Mining Talvivaaran kaivos, LKAB (Pohjois-Ruotsi), Boliden Kylylahti, Akkuser Oy, RecAlkaline Oy, Enfucell Oy, SSAB, Mäkelä Alu Oy, Keliber Oy

In the future your work could be found for example from Cabb Oy, Freeport Cobalt Oy and Boliden Kokkola Oy.

Postgraduate studies

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


Entrance examination                          40 points


SELECTION METHOD 2: SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (only available to those applying with a Finnish matriculation examination certificate)

Alternative 2B

School performance                            60 points (matriculation examination grades)

Entrance examination                          40 points

Total                                                   100 points

The minimum acceptable score for the entrance examination is 10 points. Admission scores will be calculated for all applicants, if possible, using both of the selection methods applicable to the programme in question and selection will be carried out on this basis.

Points awarded for school performance will be calculated in the same way as for the Degree Programmes in Engineering and Laboratory Sciences provided in Finnish/Swedish.


Scoring school performance

Points awarded for school performance are based on the matriculation examination certificate. The grades on the matriculation examination certificate will be obtained for the applicant register directly from the Matriculation Examination Board.

School performance points will be calculated according to individual subjects on the matriculation examination certificate (mother tongue, best of advanced syllabus languages, mathematics and best of the following general subjects: physics, chemistry and biology).

Candidates for the matriculation examination do not need to enter the grades on the matriculation examination certificate on their application forms, as these will be collected directly from the Matriculation Examination Board.

Matriculation examination certificate







Mother tongue







Best advanced syllabus language test







Mathematics, advanced syllabus







Mathematics, basic syllabus







General subject test in physics







General subject test in chemistry







General subject test in biology







*    Mother tongue is equivalent to the A1 language on an IB Diploma and to the language corresponding to mother tongue on EB and RP Diplomas.

**  only one of the two

*** only one of the three


Conversion formula for EB, IB and Reifeprüfung Diplomas

Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate (IB), a European Baccalaureate (EB) or a Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma will convert their diploma grades according to the following conversion table:

EB Diploma

IB Diploma

Reifeprüfung Diploma

Finnish matriculation examination



Other subject-specific test




7 (Excellent)

13–15 points

Laudatur (L)




6 (Very good)

12–10 points

Eximia cum laude approbatur (E)




5 (Good)

8–9 points

Magna cum laude approbatur (M)




4 (Satisfactory)

7 points

Cum laude approbatur (C)




3 (Mediocre)

5–6 points

Lubenter approbatur (B)




2 (Poor)

4 points

Approbatur (A)



Information about the entrance examination countries can be found at http://web.centria.fi/applicants/how-to-apply/entrance-examinations.


Basic instructions about the examination:

The examination consists of two parts:

Part 1: Mathematics, logical deduction, Physics and Chemistry, learning prerequisites.

Part 2: English language.

The total duration of the exam is 3 hours. There is no break between the two parts. 

You may only bring your writing material (pencil, sharpener, rubber and ruler) to the examination. Calculators or any other electronic devices as well as formula books or dictionaries are not allowed. 

Student stories - Environmental Chemistry & Technology


An unforgettable and wonderful studying time

I am starting my last year of studies at Centria, and I must say that I have enjoyed studying here! I think that the programme was well designed and all the know-ledge I have accumulated will serve me in my future career.  

I believe that environmental problems are, and will continue to be, a serious issue on the global scale. It is the main reason I decide to pursue my studies in this field. I hope that I can contribute in the fight against pollution and help protecting the environment.

One of the biggest industrial parks in Northern Europe is located in Kokkola. There are many local companies dealing with environmental treatment. The teachers have connections to these companies and many of them have also been working in this
industry, which means that they can provide us students with real hands-on example and know-ledge from the working life. We therefore get practical know-ledge, which is backed up by theory.

Thanks to their connections, the teachers organize visits to the local companies and different kinds of activities and projects together with them. I very much appreciated being able to see in action the machinery which was mentioned in my books, for instance.

Kokkola is a quiet seaside and environmentally friendly city. I think a peaceful atmosphere is very suitable for studying, which is the case here at Kokkola! The landscapes are very beautiful, especially during the summer. It might not be a big city, but it has everything you need!

I think you will grow to love Kokkola pretty fast when you come here!

Yan Zhenxing

More information about studies:
Principal Lecturer Staffan Borg,
tel. +358 44 725 0312


More information about admission:

Admissions Office, tel. +358 40 8086604, admissions@centria.fi


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