​General information

​Description

A master’s degree in the natural resources field is for those of you who aim for career development and want to advance your competence in the fast developing field of bioeconomy. After completing the degree programme in bioeconomy development, you can work in demanding expert and development positions in bioeconomy. You can apply a holistic approach to assessing changes in the operating environment and mapping and developing the business opportunities created by these changes from a bioeconomy perspective.

​Degree level

Master’s degree (EQF 7)

​Starting group code

​YLB17S1

​Degree-related qualifications

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

​Studies

​Targeted competence

In the degree programme in bioeconomy development, you will develop your own competence as a specialist as part of a multidisciplinary discovery learning team. You will study the methods for developing and reforming services, processes and operating models that promote change and growth in the field of bioeconomy from the ecological, technological, financial, cultural and social perspectives. You can anticipate the national and international development of bioeconomy and develop business operations in the field and development models based on needs you have recognised in your area and organisation.

Degree profile

The goal of the education is that the graduates of the degree programme are experts in advanced bioeconomy development on a demanding level, who

  • Have mastered the multidisciplinary knowledge base of bioeconomy and have an extensive understanding of the relationships between the ecological, technological, financial, cultural and social perspectives in terms of changes in bioeconomy and the related business.
  • Possess a comprehensive, critical and development-oriented work approach when operating as an expert on bioeconomy development in various public, private and third sector organisations.
  • Can analyse and anticipate changes in the national and international bioeconomy operating environment.
  • Can develop and reform procedures, methods and processes that promote the growth of bioeconomy at the level of the individual, community and region.
  • Produce new information connected to bioeconomy development that has practical applications.
  • Can assess the cause and effect relationships between the general development of bioeconomy and limited development measures with a critical and holistic approach.

​Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Accreditation

The Prior Learning Recognition Procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and the Study Guide.

​Degree programme application and selection

Information about applying for degree programmes and student selection (only in Finnish)

​Structure and completion of studies

The studies include advanced specialisation studies, elective studies and a thesis, or a working-life development assignment. The studies consist of courses that have been collected into larger competence areas.

Your studies in bioeconomy develop will include advanced studies, vocational studies, elective studies and a thesis. Advanced vocational studies and research and development studies give competence to discover, strengthen and develop the processes that promote the shift to a bioeconomy society. Advanced vocational studies aim to improve your competence to generate bioeconomy business by combining existing processes and raw materials in a new way according to customers’ needs and taking the ecological, technological, financial, cultural and social perspective into account. You can use the elective studies to strengthen your skills in language and entrepreneurship studies, for example. In addition, you can acquire competence required for your thesis by completing professional studies in other fields.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the learning objectives of the course. Assessment decisions are based on the assessment criteria provided in the course descriptions. Courses are assessed on the assessment scale specified in the course description. According to its purpose, the scale may be either of five steps: 5 (excellent), 4 (very good), 3 (good), 2 (satisfactory) and 1 (adequate) or a pass (P)/fail (0). Completion of the course has been failed (fail (0)) if the student does not achieve the minimum outcomes set for completion of the course.

The student has the right to know how the criteria apply him or her. Course performance is recorded in the transcript of records no later than one month after the declared time of completion of the course and always before the end of the school year.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Forms of study

Part-time studies

Study in the degree programmes is rooted in the principles of inquiry-based learning and teamwork in courses as well as in the completion of the thesis.

​Graduation

Being awarded a Master’s degree certificate requires the student to 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

A master’s degree in the natural resources field is for those of you who aim for career development and want to advance your competence in the fast developing field of bioeconomy. After completing the degree programme in bioeconomy development, you can work in demanding expert and development positions in bioeconomy. You can apply a holistic approach to assessing changes in the operating environment and mapping and developing the business opportunities created by these changes.

You can work as a bioeconomy expert and development coordinator in public and private organisations.

Further studies

The master's degree of the university of applied sciences is a Master's degree of a University. The graduate may get the opportunity to continue their studies in the scientific or artistic studies of universities (§ 37/558/2009). Students can also continue for example by applying for the corresponding follow-up training programs at foreign universities. The University of Applied Sciences also offers continuing education opportunities for specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.

​Other information

​Planning

The starting point of creating the degree programme’s curriculum has been the views on future competence needs of the companies and development organisations that have been involved in the RDI activities of the Institute of Bioeconomy, along with national strategic policies for RDI. During the preparatory phase, statements on the curriculum were requested from the experts mentioned above, stakeholders and the advisory committee of the Institute of Bioeconomy.

​​Contact information

Jyrki Kataja, Specialist, +358 40 566 1034
firstname.lastname@jamk.fi
Tuumalantie 17
41300 Saarijärvi