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Master's Degree Programme in Urban Sustainability, Insinööri (ylempi AMK): 60 ECTS
Master of Engineering

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Degree title and level

Master in Engineering

Study objectives

Urbanisation and the challenges generated by climate change act as a background for the programme, which focuses on solutions for a future sustainable urban environment. Understanding the impacts of urbanisation increasingly requires a multidisciplinary approach in design and management processes. The programme offers students from diverse backgrounds opportunities to work on workplace challenges and apply scientific research in practical situations. The programme aims to provide more extensive professional competence for students with prior work experience in their fields. The programme consists of blended learning, intensive periods and individual contact session days. In the thesis, the student can focus on deepening their professional competence on the selected topic and to apply research data to practice.

The goal of the programme is to offer students a multidisciplinary outlook on urban environments. The future workplaces will require new kinds of skills and competence. Students are expected to adopt, manage and develop a multidisciplinary approach concerning the urban environment and its development.

Study contents

The main topics of the professional studies cover interactive development of the urban environment, climate change and its impact on the environment, processes of a sustainable urban environment and the utilisation of positioning information. Students can choose complementary courses from the professional studies of the Lahti UAS Master’s programmes or from multidisciplinary studies, which are provided as a shared offering. Elective courses can also be selected from equivalent programmes of other FUAS Universities of Applied Sciences (Laurea and HAMK).

The research areas cover diverse topics related to urban environments. Research is workplace-oriented and aims to apply the results of environmental studies to practice when developing and managing the environment. The selection of research methods is based on the objectives.

Structure of studies

The professional studies consist of 20 ECTS, complementary studies 10 ECTS and the thesis 30 ECTS.

More about the language of instruction *www

The lectures are delivered in English jointly with an English-language Master’s group, but the exercises and thesis are prepared in Finnish. Personal guidance is provided in Finnish.


The thesis may cover different types of demanding topics related to the urban environment, taking into consideration aspects concerning adjusting to climate change and the management thereof. The thesis will take a look at national and/or international practices and examples. The thesis should be a workplace-oriented project, Preparing the thesis requires an ability to work independently, form a suitable theoretical basis, apply source materials with a critical approach and draw conclusions on the results.

Qualification *www

The programme leads to a Master of Engineering degree, which corresponds to a Master’s degree at an institute of higher education.


An international dimension is central in the programme. Lecturers will visit from partner institutes, and the instruction includes international examples and practices. Students will have the opportunity to enrol in international student exchange.

Co-operation with other parties

The programme is being developed in cooperation with public and private sector organisations, including private companies and public institutions. Some of the partner companies operate internationally. Cooperation is also ongoing with the FUAS Universities of Applied Science (Laurea and HAMK) and other educational institutions.

Research focus

The programme content has been influenced by research and development projects in the sector, such as a project for developing an international joint degree, which aimed to combine the perspectives of environmental research, administration, and planning in a shared educational model. Key focus areas in research and development include the development of the properties of greenbelt areas and management of drainage water, future learning environments, energy and material efficiency, as well as circular economy and cooperation with educational organisations and communities of African countries.

Career opportunities

The programme and degree will offer students opportunities to prepare for new kinds of challenges in public and private sector careers. The student’s prior degree, work experience and thesis in the Master’s programme will impact these opportunities. The degree will promote the student's employment opportunities in positions matching their educational background in the environmental sector.

Students will be able to plan, manage and assess a demanding development task in an urban environment. They will know how to apply interactive methods in project planning and implementation.

Postrgraduate study opportunities *www

Upon completion of the programme, the student may continue studies both in Finland and internationally. Students should investigate what kind of special requirements scientific institutes of higher education place on graduates from an UAS Master’s programme (possible complementary studies).