Bachelor of Natural Resources

Degree: Bachelor of Natural Resources
Field of study: Natural Resources
Extent: 2 years 240 credits
Location: Raasepori
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At Novia UAS the Degree Programme in Sustainable Coastal Management is offered in English. The programme is 2 years and comprises 240 credits *. The programme is meant for students who have already completed at least 2 years of university level studies in a related field (120 credits, for details see general eligibility). These earlier studies will be accredited and included in your degree. The studies are completed as full-time studies in Raseborg. The programme is suitable for students who would like to change the field of studies or supplement their existing university degree with a Bachelor Degree in Natural Resources.

Eligibility criteria: 120 credits of previous university level studies in a related field. 

Study objectives

The study programme, that is one of the few Bachelor Programmes in Europe focusing on Coastal issues, prepares students for working with issues that actually matters. The student will in particular be able to:

  • Analyze environmental challenges and give suggestions for constructive solutions to the sometimes wicked problems.
  • Understand the interplay of natural resource management issues and the environment.
  • Recognize the potential of the Bioeconomy sector, with particular focus on how new innovation can both contribute to solving environmental challenges and enhance the economy.

The curriculum is multidisciplinary and places equal focus on Environmental and Social Sciences and explores the links between coastal problems and other challenges that our planet is facing currently such as marine pollution, deforestation, waste water management etc.

Active learning and practical training are seen as keys to success for developing self-reflecting and able professionals that can interact in truly multi-cultural teams. The students are more responsible for their own learning and in that way they develop entrepreneurial skills and pro-activeness which enables them to easier place themselves on the work market

The language of instruction

The programme is in its entirety taught in English.

Study contents

Special focus is put on the coastal area and on the Baltic Sea, but the programme gives a broad environmental understanding that can be useful in several environmental careers. The curriculum consists of courses like Coastal Ecology, Sustainable Coastal Management, Environmental Impact Assessment and Fisheries Resource Management that give a good basis for the students in various environmental careers.

During the studies students are involved in project courses like Sustainable Coastal Management and Bioeconomy Innovation. In the project courses, the students get to work with assignments that are given by real clients. For example, students are working with Marine litter inventories for an NGO in Turku and with a fisherman trying to find usage for trash fish whilst addressing the eutrophication in the Baltic Sea.

Structure of studies

The eligibility criteria is 120 ECTS (two years) of previous higher education studies in a related field (Natural Resources, Business, Economics, Technology or Biology).

The studies consist of:

  • Core studies 120 ECTS (2 years of previous higher education studies will be accredited)
  • Professional studies 75 ECTS
  • Practical training 30 ECTS (Equaling 5 months)
  • Thesis 15 ECTS

Final project

In the final year of the studies, students undertake an independent thesis work, which consists of 15 credits. Students can also start collecting data and work towards compilation of thesis earlier especially if you work with marine topics.

Usually students do some kind of study, an experiment, survey or similar as the basis for their thesis. Students can work with an external client, who acts as a second supervisor.

A student is free to choose a particular aspect of coastal zone management and/or natural resource management to focus on. However, the student is recommended to have a discussion with the faculty members before embarking on the thesis.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) as a Decision Support Tool for Selecting Potential Landfill Sites
  • Wind Power Acceptance among young People
  • Assessing the Water Footprint of Tofu Produced from Organically Cultivated Crops
  • Marine Resource Planning in Finland

Evaluation of the thesis not only includes writing but also presentation of one's work for experts and an open audience and critical assessment of another student's thesis.

Career opportunities

During the first year our students make a career plan for themselves that serves as the basis for designing the individual curriculum and preparing them for their career ventures.

The market for future professionals is growing with increasing career opportunities for coastal planners, consultants, project leaders, GIS-planners, sustainability or environmental coordinators in private sector, environmental officers or environmental inspectors in public sectors, both in Finland and internationally.


Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has completed a Bachelor’s degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a first-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level d.


Students conduct their studies in a team of students from several different countries. A natural part of the studies is to enhance multicultural working skills. The programme enables the students to create an international network that is useful throughout their career. Many of our students also choose to go on long or short exchange periods, to study or for practical placement.

We have partners in Netherlands, Germany, France, Iceland, Norway, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Italy, China etc.

Co-operation with other parties

Parts of the studies are implemented as projects, often in cooperation with local actors or companies. The external company or NGOs serves as a client in the projects conducted by our students.

The programme has the following core partners, public partners; the Natural Resource Institute of Finland and the Forestry Administration, Companies: Ramboll, Fiskars and FinnEcosolutions, NGOs; Natur och Miljö and Keep the Archipelago Tidy.

Research focus

The research focus area of Campus Raasepori is Natural Resource Management. At the Campus we have our own research team that are focused on Bioeconomy, Marine Ecology and Behavioral Ecology. The students can do their practical training together with our researchers if there is a suitable project.

Postgraduate study opportunities

Quite many of our graduates choose to pursue a Master's degree. Our graduates are studying at Natural Resource or Environmental Master Programmes at Helsinki University, University of Jyväskylä, University of Eastern Finland and at various Erasmus Mundus, Master Programmes. There are several Coastal Management Master Programmes in Europe, we are for example cooperating with University Centre of Westfjords in Iceland that gives a Master Programme in Coastal and Marine Management.

Read more about applying to Novia UAS here.