Degree level and field of study

Master’s degree (EQF 7), Agriculture and forestry

Starting group code


Study methods

Part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Kataja Jyrki

Kataja Jyrki

Asiantuntija, Specialist
Biotalousinstituutti, Institute of Bioeconomy
Teknologia, School of Technology
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In the Degree Programme in Bioeconomy Development, students gain capabilities for anticipating the development in the bioeconomy sector and developing business models in the sector while taking ecological, technological, economic, cultural and social perspectives into account. Students will develop their expert competence as part of a multidisciplinary discovery-based learning team and learn to assess the cause and effect relationships between the general development of bioeconomy and delineated development measures with a critical and holistic approach.

Key learning outcomes

The student masters the multidisciplinary knowledge base of bioeconomy and has an extensive understanding of the relationships between different perspectives in terms of changes in bioeconomy and the related business. The student is capable of producing new information related to bioeconomy development that has practical applications. The student is able to assess the cause and effect relationships between the general development of bioeconomy and delineated development measures with a critical and holistic approach.

Professional growth and know-how

The studies include advanced professional studies, elective studies and a thesis, i.e. a working life development assignment. The studies consist of courses and wider competence areas. The structure of the studies (60 credits) is as follows:

• Shared master competence (5 credits): Research-based development
• Expert core competence (50 credits): Bioeconomy, man and society (5 credits), New Technologies in Growing Bioeconomy (5 credits), Ecological basics of Bioeconomy (5 credits), Economy and operating environment of bioeconomy (5 op) and Master’s thesis (30 p)
• Complementary competence (5 credits): Can be freely selected from the other courses included in the Degree Programme in Bioeconomy Development, from the courses of JAMK’s other master’s degree programmes, or studies completed in other universities or universities of applied science.

Working life cooperation and learning

The learning tasks of the courses can, and are even recommended to, be completed in response to the needs of one’s own work community. Development tasks concerning one’s own work community can also be taken up in the courses as learning tasks to be jointly resolved.

Theses in the natural resources and the environment sector are usually working life development assignments.


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).


To be awarded a Master’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.

Degree-related qualifications

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

Professional profiles of graduates

The Degree Programme in Bioeconomy Development provides the capabilities for working in demanding expert and development duties in the bioeconomy sector. Graduates also work as entrepreneurs in the sector. The focus is on the degree programme’s holistic approach to assessing changes in the operating environment and mapping out and developing the business opportunities arising from these changes.

Examples of work duties:

• product manager, sales manager or salesperson in the field of commerce
• expert or supervisor in consulting organisations
• project manager, project planner or expert in the service of research and development projects
• rural agent or rural director in the service of municipalities or cities
• inspector, planner or supervisor in rural and environmental administration
• teacher, instructor or trainer in institutes of education and training organisations.

Further studies

A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. The graduate may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37). Studies can be continued by applying for corresponding post-degree education at universities abroad, for example. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.


The degree programme has been planned in collaboration with working life.

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