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Information and Communication Technology, Circular Economy

Field of studies

  • Circular Economy
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • IT and ICT

Registration periods

  • Direct Application 2024, Bachelor's
  • Finnish Joint Application 2024

Teaching language

  • English

Type of education

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Academic level

  • Bachelor Level Studies - EQF 6

Campus

  • Forssa

Teaching format

  • Contact Lessons

What goes around, comes around! Create a sustainable tomorrow with technology.

Combine ICT engineering and circular economy in our degree programme, where you will learn about data-analytics, the Internet of Things and smart technologies that you can use to create sustainable products and services of the future. With sustainable technology, you can have a critical impact on preventing climate change by utilising natural resources responsibly for people’s wellbeing.

Objectives

You learn to use information and communication technology to advance circular economy and sustainable development in our global society. 

Qualification provided by education

You will become an expert on circular economy who can work in manufacturing, engineering and design offices or public sector for example as a circular economy engineer or data analyst.

Structure of studies

In our Information and Communication Technology, Circular Economy programme, you combine an engineer’s information technology studies with circular economy that helps to develop our society. 

You get a strong basic knowledge in data analytics, IoT, smart systems, sensors, cloud services and how to use them to benefit circular economy. At the same time, you learn about sustainable products and services that utilise renewable natural resources. 

Smart and ecologically sustainable systems are needed in all fields of industries. That’s why you get to do real corporate development projects with students from other fields in international environments. Our business projects have been about water, energy and waste management, material efficiency and sustainable utility of natural resources. 

Earlier our students have created for example a hologram that tracks water consumption, helped local businesses with data-analytics and developed new ways to utilise motion sensors and leftover textiles.

Specialization options

You can complete your core studies with studies from for example 3D modelling and printing, machine learning and AI or global sustainability. In 3D modelling our students have designed and printed for example wind turbines that can produce enough ecological energy to charge a phone.

Your studies include work placement and a thesis. In your work placement you have an opportunity to practise in real-life working environments in companies. In your thesis you research a subject that interests you in an analytical and solution-oriented way, often for a company in your own field.    

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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 in Information and Communication, Circular Economy!

Phase 1. Master information and communication technology. 

Phase 2. Use said technology to advance circular economy. 

Phase 3. Make the world a better place. 

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Studying in Finland

Finland is a great place to study! Here are some information for international applicants:

Study Methods

Full-time Studies, Contact Lessons

You will study mainly on Forssa campus, but occasionally also online. Your studies proceed at a steady pace with your own study group. Working together is important part of studying. You will study approximately eight hours a day, five days a week – lessons take place Mon-Fri, between 8am and 4 pm. Studying consists of lessons and lectures, exercises and projects, visits and visitors, independent work and group work, getting and giving feedback

Full-time studies as contact lessons are part of HAMK’s Studymode 8-16. You can read more about our approach to studying here:

Campus

As a student of ICT Circular Economy programme, your home campus will be Forssa Campus.

Vanha punatiilinen tehdas joka nykyään kampus. pääsisäänkäynti ja edessä vihreitä istutuksia.

Forssa Campus

Our campus in Forssa is situated in a renovated 1850s cotton spinning mill, respecting its cultural history. The vibrant campus area is located near the city center and other amenities. The park area surrounding the campus, the nearby flowing Loimijoki river, and the old red-brick buildings together create one of Finland’s most beautiful campus settings.

The study spaces are cozy and well-lit. The campus offers various-sized spaces suitable for both teaching and independent study.

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

In core competence studies you learn about subjects like digitalization in circular economy, data analytics and smart sensor systems.

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.

Profiling studies include moduls like 3D modelling and printing, Machine learning & AI and Global Sustainability.

The extent of the work placement is 30 credits. Work placement should be carried out at least in two parts.

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 you. 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!

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Entrepreneurial university

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

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

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?

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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!

Opiskelija seisoo aulassa kannettava tietokone kainalossaan ja katsoo suoraan kameraan.
Cross-Institutional Studies

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 about Information and Communication Technology, Circular Economy programme!

Circular economy is sustainable growth and development of the world. It’s a way to utilise already existing resources and materials more efficiently. Instead of creating products and services from new materials, we can utilise already existing services more diversely and reuse for example waste materials in new ways. You can read more about in Sitra’s website. https://www.sitra.fi/en/topics/a-circular-economy/ 

No, you don’t! There are no requirements for prior knowledge for this programme. You learn everything you need during the studies. Earlier knowledge can be useful but more important is a positive attitude towards learning new things.  

The future looks bright. ICT is a diverse choice and circular economy opens even more doors. ICT is used in every field and circular economy is a rising trend, so knowledge of that is needed in all fields across the world.  

You can work while you’re studying but it’s important to think what you everyday life is and how studying and working go with other parts of your life. In full-time studies you study mostly during the days and in part-time studies, mostly at night. You can read more about the different forms of studying here.  

Sustainable development is a global thing. In the programme you will explore the topic’s international point of view through different projects and working students from other English programmes. If you want, you can do your internship or part of your studies abroad.  

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Graduate faster?

Are you already familiar with the field by previous higher education studies and have gained expertise through work? For students who are intepended learnerns and have great studying skills, we offer opportunities alongside traditional degree studies that allow you to accelerate your degree progress.

24 / 7 – Fast tract for studies

Read more about HAMK’s 24/7 -study mode:

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