General information


In the degree of Bachelor of Natural Resources, the students learn to develop rural entrepreneurship comprehensively. As its key core competence areas, the degree programme includes study modules concerning e.g. animal husbandry, crop farming and forestry. The studies of the degree are future-oriented, and the students focus on e.g. bioeconomy and internationalisation.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.


Targeted competence

The goal of the education is to ensure that Bachelors of Natural Resources are experts in bioeconomy. They can use renewable natural resources to produce food, energy, products and services. They can develop entrepreneurship based on bioeconomy in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

In addition to this general goal of the degree, Bachelors of Natural Resources have the following competences in different fields after graduation:

Agricultural and forestry production
Agricultural and forestry production is a key core competence area of the degree.  After acquiring this field-specific competence, Bachelors of Natural Resources are able to cultivate land, keep and develop cattle, and use agricultural machinery safely. In addition, the ecological and economical utilisation of forests is studied in this competence area.

Countryside as an operating environment
In this competence area, countryside is discussed extensively, past the region and up to the issues of international rural policy. The EU aid schemes for rural companies as a part of international and partly also national rural policy are a central part of this competence area.

Business competence and entrepreneurship
A competence area of the degree with extensive content, in which the students acquire the skills for managing and developing rural companies. A systematic approach and profitable operations in entrepreneurship are key contents in this competence area.

Environmental competence
All Bachelors of Natural Resources must be aware of the environmental impact of their own activities when making plans for the future, especially in entrepreneurship, but also in different kinds of development work.

Expertise in the field
Bachelors of Natural Resources are experts in their field. This means an ability to delve straight into the core of enterprise and development work in their field when operating in different situations.

In addition to the field-specific competences mentioned above, all students at universities of applied sciences develop common competences during the learning processes. These include: Learning skills, information management competence, entrepreneurship skills, working life skills as well as internationalisation and communication skills.

As an example of these competences graduates with a Bachelor’s degree are capable of undertaking entrepreneurial activities by seeking customer-oriented, sustainable and financially profitable solutions by also taking responsibility for their own actions and their consequences. The Bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural and Rural Industries include the competence “Business Activity and Entrepreneurship” that supports this. It is focused in particular on rural entrepreneurship, its management and carrying out profitable activities.

Internationalisation in a Bachelor's degree programme includes the ability to act in a multi-cultural operating environment as well as the ability to act independently in Swedish and in one foreign language (English). In addition, the degree programme focuses on the international opportunities of the field. Some of the studies in the Bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural and Rural Industries are also carried out in English, study trips are made abroad, and a foreign location can be selected as a practical training place.

​Degree profile

The Bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural and Rural Industries at JAMK University of Applied Sciences offers students an opportunity to focus their expert competence in bioeconomy and rural entrepreneurship by emphasising the profiles of entrepreneurship, bioeconomy and the internationalisation of our University of Applied Sciences. The rural entrepreneurship studies focus on managing a company and finding technological, economical and sustainable solution options for production.  A student can study courses in English as well as study or complete practical training abroad. Most of the practical training is carried out in companies in the field.

Structure of studies in Peppi

​Individual courses


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and admission

Structure and completion of studies

The studies start with common basic studies as well as basic information on the key basics of the core studies. For entrepreneurship and internationalisation, the studies also progress from basics towards a deeper mastery of the issues. Towards the end of the studies, the core studies include fairly extensive courses focusing on the planning of production and resources. The practical training periods, 15 cr + 15 cr, occur during the summers I and III of the studies. Partly during the third and fourth study year, the studies are focused according to the students' own interests by studying rural entrepreneurship or development and business activities of bioeconomy.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

Full-time and part-time studies


To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Employment and further studies

​Professional profiles of graduates with examples

It is common for those who have completed the degree of Bachelor of Natural Resources to become an entrepreneur in the field of bioeconomy, and especially an agricultural and rural entrepreneur. The bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural and Rural Industries enables finding work in various advisory and expert positions in bioeconomy (e.g. animal husbandry, crop farming, bioenergy). Various official positions offer Bachelors of Natural Resources opportunities to work e.g. as municipal agricultural secretaries, environmental secretaries, and inspectors with Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. Bachelors of Natural Resources can find work in teaching positions, agricultural trade, financing and insurance positions, as well as project manager/specialist in research and development projects.


Further studies

The students may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme. A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university Master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in Master’s degree level programmes.

In addition, the University of Applied Sciences offers continuing education possibilities in specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. A student who completes an upper post-secondary degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). All further studies must be applied for separately.

Those who have graduated from the bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural and Rural Industries also have the opportunity to complete a master's degree from a university of applied sciences and transfer to the master's degree programmes of the University of Helsinki in the same field.

​Other information


The process of curriculum planning began with a student questionnaire, which studied the importance of the current competences of the degree in the construction of the degree.  It gave an overview of how different issues should be emphasised. The preparation has involved all of the teachers and the advisory board of the field, which gave its support to the work that has been done in its meeting on 3 October 2014. The emphasis on internationalisation in the studies was praised in particular. In addition, the advisory board requested that the limitations of land use, such as land use planning issues, would be included in the curriculum concerning all students. The members of the advisory board include, among others, representatives of business activity in the field, trade, financing and central adviser organisations.

Contact information

Jukka Nikkilä, Programme Coordinator, +358 400 279 591
Tuumalantie 17
FI-43130 Tarvaala