Bioeconomy specialization studies: 30 cu in Eastern Finland

Skills objectives:

After completing the studies, students will:

  1. be able to identify, evaluate and develop new bioeconomy services and products according to consumers’ current and anticipated needs
  2. have mastered the biomass streams related to production as well as bioeconomy side streams and their potential uses, while taking into account the characteristics of the biomass and utilising the possibilities of circular economy and digitalisation
  3. be able to combine existing processes from different fields and identify new production and utilisation processes for biomass
  4. be able to manage bioeconomy innovation processes
  5. be able to network with other regional, national and international operators and create new networks
  6. be able to evaluate the societal, ecological, cultural and social impact of bioeconomy
  7. know the key principles and methods of sustainable management of biomass production and use, including legislation.

Programme structure

The University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, and Savonia University of Applied Sciences will provide the bioeconomy specialization studies in Eastern Finland. The training will be carried out in modules. Each module is assigned to a certain university, which is responsible for the teaching.


The programme comprises three modules:

  • Business and regulation of bioeconomy (10 cu)
  • Processes of bioeconomy (10 cu)
  • Complementary studies (10 cu)

The module “Business and regulation of bioeconomy” is mandatory for everyone and comprises the following courses:

  • Bioeconomy project (2 cu)
  • From fossil-based economy to bioeconomy (2 cu)
  • Bioeconomy foresight and innovations (3 cu)
  • Bioeconomy as network economy (3 cu)

Students will select one ten-credit-unit course from the “Processes of bioeconomy” module and register as students at the university that offers the course.

Courses available in the “Processes of bioeconomy” module:

  • Expertise and leadership of change in forest bioeconomy (University of Eastern Finland)
  • Side streams of bioeconomy (Savonia University of Applied Sciences)
  • Biorefining (University of Eastern Finland)
  • Bioeconomy and energy (Karelia University of Applied Sciences)

In addition, students can choose ten credit units of complementary studies. These studies will be agreed in the personal curriculum, which will be drawn up at the beginning of the studies. Complementary studies can include other ten-credit-unit course from the “Processes of bioeconomy” module or other suitable courses offered by the universities in the consortium.