Climate Smart Agriculture
Field of studies
- Natural Resources and Biotechnology
- Bachelor of Natural Resources
- Direct Application 2024, Bachelor's
- Finnish Joint Application 2024
Type of education
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Bachelor Level Studies - EQF 6
- Contact Lessons
Find ways to produce tomorrow’s food with Climate Smart Agriculture!
Are you interested in sustainability and agriculture? Would you like to learn how our food is produced and what are the best practices for it? Join us in Mustiala campus and deepen your knowledge of different ways we can change the world with agriculture! In Mustiala, you will study in a historically beautiful scenery with tomorrow-proof technology, not to mention our research- and educational farm with hectares of fields.
You will learn to analyse, develop and manage effective, safe and sustainable plant and animal production in changing climate, and to work with current uses and developments of diverse technologies, technological applications and digital tools in agriculture.
Qualification provided by education
As a graduate you can work within the agricultural branch in e.g. production, business, services, advisory, education and research. Typical jobs include farm manager, agricultural expert, research technician, teacher or project manager.
Structure of studies
Climate Smart Agriculture programme offers you a broad knowledge of the agricultural branch and rural industries. You will study sustainable plant and animal production, agricultural technology and digitalisation, organic methods, bioeconomy and circular economy as well as rural entrepreneurship in hands-on trials. You can choose to deepen your knowledge in e.g. dairy industry, crop production and rural development. You will learn research work, smart solutions, project development and innovation.
Our studies are often based on real situations and problems that are provided by diverse businesses and organizations in the agricultural branch. This gives you a hands-on approach on the studies. A key learning method is teamwork in different projects, and you get to develop your competence in different teams.
We also encourage entrepreneurial mindset, and improve your skills needed for running your own company, create entrepreneurship that is based on higher education, and renew and develop existing businesses.
Also, you will study in a vary of learning environments, and a major part of studies happen on the campus’ own research- and educational farm. The farm, that has entirely organic production since 2020, includes a cowhouse and 185 ha of fields with different crops. You can read more about the farm from this webpage.
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- Studies Begin: Autumn 2024
- Places of Studies: 3
- Application Begins: Dec. 1, 2023 at 08:00 AM UTC+2
- Application ends: May. 31, 2024 at 03:00 PM UTC+3
- Prior education: Studies at the Open university of applied sciences
- Studies Begin: Autumn 2024
- Places of Studies: 2
- Application Begins: Nov. 1, 2023 at 08:00 AM UTC+2
- Application ends: Nov. 15, 2023 at 03:00 PM UTC+2
- Prior education: University of applied sciences Bachelor’s degree
For Students Living in Finland
Study Paths – Open Studies Leading to a Degree
In our Study Paths, you will complete studies that are part of a degree program as a student of the Open University of Applied Sciences, alongside degree students. Once you have completed the required amount of studies with the necessary grades, you can apply to become a degree student and continue your studies to completion as usual. Check more information:
Students outside of Finland: As Open University Studies are not leading to a degree it is not possible to get a residence permit only for that purpose.
3 reasons to Study Climate Smart Agriculture!
You will acquire good skills in agricultural field, with focus on sustainable plant and animal production, agricultural technology, and use of organic methods.
Opportunity to acquire experience working on field, animal sheds and a close connection with other farms and agri-sector
Flexibility to tailor your personal study plan, in order to meet your needs and requirements
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Studying in Finland
Finland is a great place to study! Here are some information for international applicants:
Full-time Studies, Contact Lessons
Your studies will proceed at a steady pace in a familiar student group here on campus. You get to develop your competence in different teams and in close connection to the world of work. Studying is full-time and the student is committed to working every weekday.
Full-time studies as contact lessons are part of HAMK’s Studymode 8-16. You can read more about our approach to studying here:
As a student of Climate Smart Agriculture programme, your home campus will be Mustiala.
Mustiala Campus, Tammela
Located in a historic and tranquil rural setting, Mustiala is HAMK’s oldest campus. Our story began here in 1840 when the first agricultural school in Finland was established on this campus. Today, amidst the old and picturesque buildings, there has evolved an advanced organic farming educational and research farm, providing students with a practical learning environment. The campus features its own barn, over 50 cows, and even 185 hectares of farmland.
The Mustiala Campus is located 2 kilometers away from the Municipality of Tammela, where you will find the nearest grocery store and restaurant. The city of Forssa, where there are more services and activities, is located 10 kilometers away. There is no public transportation between the Mustiala Campus and Tammela, so you will need your own bicycle or car for convenient travel outside the campus.
Studies Tailored to You
Your degree consists of 240 credits and includes four core elements:
The core competence studies, or core competence modules as we call those, form the foundation of your degree and professional skills. These studies are designed to support your development as a professional in your field and provide a solid groundwork for future elective studies.
Part of your degree consists of profiling competence modules, enabling you to build expertise in your chosen direction according to your own goals. These studies offer opportunities to broaden, deepen, and enhance professional skills and personal development.
Your work placements are divided into two periods, both 15 credits. The first one is a work placement period during growing season and the second one is a work placement in a rural expert position. You will experience the work placements during your first and second year.
Before the work placement, you will set a professional development goals to yourself in cooperation with the employer and us. You can work in different tasks in a practical working environment, either in Finland or in another country, to apply and advance your professional skills and identity. You’ll take an active, responsible role in the working community and develop your self-evaluation skills.
Your thesis is a development or research project you work on towards the end of your studies. It helps you get better at what you’ve learned and shows how you can use that knowledge. It’s worth 15 credits, and you get to pick a topic that interests you and fits your career plans. It aims at solving problems emerging from the workplace. We encourage you to choose a real problem to solve from a company, to put your skills into practice and create new solutions for your industy.
As a student at HAMK, you can tailor your degree to suit your interests and goals. You have the option to choose various studies from us and around the world, and complete the required studies in different ways.
Explore more about the content of the program and learn about planning your studies at HAMK:
Innovative Study Options that We Offer
At HAMK, we develop new, innovative ways of study. Our goal is to provide you with versatile expertise that you can develop in various directions. We hope to inspire you to try something completely new!
Entrepreneurship is about recognizing opportunities, innovation capability, and the ability to create something new. In an entrepreneurial university, learning happens through collaboration and experimentation!
Design Factory is an operational and learning environment that brings together businesses, students, teachers, and researchers. Join projects where you develop new solutions together with students from various fields!
RUN EU -studies
HAMK is part of the RUN-Europe University, comprised of nine European universities. You can leverage the fantastic opportunities provided by RUN Europe University for accumulating international study experiences!
Exchange studies are a unique opportunity to explore the world. We encourage all our students to seize the chance and go abroad for an exchange. Will you go too?
HAMK’s Study Selection
We offer you a wide range of studies that you can choose as part of your degree. You can also select modules from other degrees at HAMK. Or why not utilize the expertise you’ve gained previously, for example, from scouting!
As a student at HAMK, you have the opportunity to take courses at other universities as well! It’s called cross-institutional studying, aiming to allow you to study comprehensive units that support your own goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
From here you can find answers to frequently asked questions from Climate Smart Agriculture programme!
Our Climate Smart Agriculture degree programme is tailored to be taught face to face, in campus, in order for our students to acquire the best experience and knowledge. A typical day might include classroom and (crop) field teaching, teamwork, lab work, as well as teaching and tasks preformed in our cowshed (cow house). Therefore, you would have to be present in Mustiala campus and we recommend you to apply for accommodation either in our campus student dormitories or search for accommodation in nearby towns such as Tammela or Forssa. Our staff can assist you in the process.
Being a student is a full time commitment and responsibility. However, depending on your status and/or residence permit, you might be able to work part-time. The priority should be your study progress and campus attendance. It has to be kept in mind that classes are usually starting between nine or half past nine until afternoon (including lunch break). There might be one or two days without teaching during the week, but that means that normally those days are dedicated to teamwork and writing reports or performing different tasks for the upcoming week.
Yes, it is possible to graduate earlier than four years. It depends on your motivation and eagerness to progress in your studies. With a bit of effort and determination, it would be possible to graduate after three years, or in some cases, even two and a half years! You should possess determination and always be pro-active. HAMK staff will help you to tailor your own personalised study plans, and will be happy to guide, assist and answer your questions.
After graduation you can work for example in processing industry; production; logistics, sales and trade in agricultural field; research, innovation and development in agricultural sciences; education; official functions or advisory / consultancy fields and so on.
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Are you already familiar with the field by previous higher education studies and have gained expertise through work? For students who are independent learners and have great studying skills, we offer opportunities alongside traditional degree studies that allow you to accelerate your degree progress.
24 / 7 – Fast Track for Studies
If you have prior education or work experience, and you are determined and pro-active, you have a chance to graduate faster through our 24/7 -study mode.
Read more about HAMK’s 24/7 -study mode:
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