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Natural resources and the environment

Agriculture students in front of a tractor. Photo: Olli Häkämies

The degree titles of UAS Bachelor’s degrees in Natural Resources and the Environment (240 ECTS credits) are

  • Bachelor of Natural Resources Agriculture (agrologi AMK)
  • Bachelor of Natural Resources Forest Engineering (metsätalousinsinööri AMK)
  • Bachelor of Natural Resources, Horticulture (hortonomi AMK)
  • Bachelor of Natural Resources, Environmental Planning (ympäristösuunnittelija AMK).

You can study the field in Finnish, Swedish and English.

The programmes within the field of Natural Resources and the Environment prepare experts in agriculture and forestry, horticulture, landscaping and landscape design as well as the environment, working with the sustainable use and development of natural resources. Graduates find employment as entrepreneurs, within trade, industry and advisory services, as specialists in administration and various organisations, within R&D projects and at vocational institutions.

Examples of job titles include:

  • landscape designer
  • recycling advisor
  • rural advisor
  • rural entrepreneur
  • forest services supervisor
  • forest advisor
  • forest and natural resources co-ordinator
  • landscape manager
  • environmental designer
  • environmental inspector.

What do the studies comprise?

Different university of applied sciences (UAS) focus the contents of education differently. Common features of all programmes include competences relating to natural resources and their sustainable development and use, as well as business, working community and internationalisation competences. Studies consist of core and professional studies, elective studies, work placement periods and a Bachelor’s thesis. Studies involve intense co-operation with representatives of the world of work. Students create networks with the world of work already during their studies through various projects, during work placement periods and in connection with preparing their Bachelor’s theses.

It is possible to complete part of the degree by studying at partner higher education institutions abroad. Work placement periods consolidate practical professional skills, strengthen business competence and focus development of expertise individually. In the Bachelor’s thesis process, students consolidate their own specialisation and apply the knowledge and skills that they have learnt. The programmes available in Natural Resources and the Environment offer specialisation in horse management, sustainable development, agricultural and rural industries, agriculture, landscape design, forestry and horticulture. As educational responsibilities, contents of studies and specialisations vary, it is advisable to check the provision of different UAS carefully during the application phase.

Master’s degrees

A UAS Master’s degree in Natural Resources and the Environment (60 ECTS credits) provides capabilities to work in demanding managerial, development and expert assignments within the field. Depending on the provision of the UAS, the degree titles of the Degree Programme in Rural Development are

  • Master of Natural Resources, Agriculture (agrologi, ylempi AMK)
  • Master of Natural Resources, Horticulture (hortonomi, ylempi AMK)
  • Master of Natural Resources, Forest Engineering (metsätalousinsinööri, ylempi AMK)
  • Master of Natural Resources, Environmental Planning (ympäristösuunnittelija, ylempi AMK).

The degree title of the Degree Programme in Business Operations in Forestry is Master of Natural Resources, Forest Engineering (metsätalousinsinööri, ylempi AMK).

It is also possible to complete a UAS Master’s degree in Swedish.


The joint application period for English-language Bachelor’s Degree programmes is annually in January.