Bachelor’s Degree, Full-Time Studies ...

Degree Programme in Laboratory Engineering

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Engineering Tools 1
Functions and Matrices 3
Particle and Fluid Mechanics, Thermophysics 3
Algebra and Geometry for Laboratory Engineering 3
Basics of Measuring and Reporting 3
Learning Skills and Laboratory Related Software and Applications 5
Laboratory Techniques 1
Introduction to Chemistry 5
Occupational Safety and Laboratory Technology 5
Chemistry Practice 1 5
Engineering Tools 2
Differential Calculus 3
Integral Calculus 3
Oscillations and Wave Mechanics, Atom and Nuclear Physics 3
Electrostatics and Magnetism 3
Laboratory Works of Physics 3
Laboratory Techniques 2
Chemistry Practice 2 5
Microbiology 3
Laboratory Course in Microbiology 5
Working English for Engineers 3
Laboratory Techniques 3
Biochemistry 5  
Physical Chemistry 5  
Organic Chemistry 5  
Analytics 1
Chromatography 5  
Spectrometry 5  
Instrumental Analysis 5  
Swedish Language, Written 2  
Swedish Language, Spoken 2  
Analytics 2
Laboratory Course in Instrumental Analysis 5  
Laboratory Course in Organic Chemistry 5  
Laboratory Course in Biochemistry 5  
Technical English for Professionals 3  
Practical training, Part 1
Practical Training, Part 1 10  
Bio- and Environmental Technology
Methods in Biotechnology 5    
Environmental Project 10    
Project Work 5    
Planning of the Operation of the Laboratory
Leadership, Manager Skills and Business Skills 5    
Laboratory Quality and Statistical Methods 5    
Laboratory Maintenance and Operational Planning 5    
Project Management, Finnish Language and Communication 5    
Research and Development 5    
Method Development and Validation 5    
Optional Advanced Professional Studies
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Practical training, Part 2
Practical Training, Part 2 20      
Bachelor's thesis
Bachelor's Thesis 15      
Elective Studies
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The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year and length of studies is 3,5/4/4,5 years. Planned syllabus may change during studies.

The title of the graduating students of Degree Programme in Laboratory Engineering is Bachelor of Engineering. The scope of the degree programme is 240 credits (cr) and it takes 4 years to complete. COMPETENCIES DEVELOPED THROUGH THE STUDY PROGRAMME

Engineers graduating from Degree Programme will have a strong foundation in natural sciences and after graduation the capacity to develop into professional experts. Laboratory Engineering studies focus on chemical analytics, demanding instrumental analysis, the different aspects of biotechnology, including the theoretical studies and methodology of microbiology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, environmental monitoring and laboratory quality management. Basic engineering studies are included in the Degree Programme of Laboratory Engineering.

In Laboratory Engineering studies the emphasis is in initiative, self-direction, group, project and co-operation skills, and mastering and developing diverse array of analysis methods. A significant part of the learning takes place in a laboratory environment where the students work in teams. The Degree Programme also provides skills for continuous competence development. The work in the field of Laboratory Engineering requires comprehensive management, innovation and problem-solving skills. In addition, the key areas of expertise include quality management and quality know-how, as well as environmental awareness. The studies provide students with wide-ranging competency in the research, production, design and development tasks.


The Laboratory Engineering studies will enable the student to work in various research institutes, governmental laboratories, industrial laboratories, including the pharmaceutical, food, wood processing and chemical industry laboratories, as well as in environmental and life science research laboratories. The job may consist of managerial and specialist tasks, research, product development or quality control tasks, or purchasing, sales and customer service tasks.


The main values of the Degree Programme are professionalism and responsibility, high quality and reliability of laboratory analytics, as well as promotion of human and environmental welfare. The contents of the programme have been developed together with representatives from business life.


The studies consist of theoretical studies, laboratory exercises, project work and supervised practical training. The studies develop skills for independent work and information search. The aim is to develop an investigative work approach by working in modern learning environments that resemble working life laboratories. Students will establish links with the working life through various study projects, and finally by implementing a thesis project that conforms to the needs of working life. The graduated student needs to have good oral and written language skills particularly in the English language. Also good communication skills are needed in this field. The study material on most of the courses is in English and the language learning is integrated into professional studies. Many of the Laboratory Engineering professionals work in international working environments, which is why the students are also offered courses taught in English, as well as lectures given by visiting experts from foreign universities. The students also have the opportunity to complete part of the degree abroad in one of TAMK's partner universities. The recommended time for student exchange is the 3rd study year.

The studies are divided into annual themes, and each study year into four study modules. In the project studies that develop working life skills the students work in multidisciplinary working environments and cooperate with other students from various fields. Some of the study modules are common with other degree programmes. International studies or work in corporate projects can be included into study modules.


The first year of studies focuses on acquiring basic knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences as well as getting acquainted with the field of laboratory technology. After the first year the students are able to act in the learning and working environments of the university, and are aware of their education and their future profession. Students are able to use the communication and information gathering skills, as well as mathematical and scientific knowledge as a basis for professional studies. The student knows how to work safely in laboratory and is able to perform simple chemical analyses according to the given instructions.

After the second year, the students know the most common biochemical, microbiological, synthetic and chemical analysis methods and know how to use the main laboratory analysis equipment. Students are able to apply their skills in working life. The students are able to choose optional and free-choice studies according to their own interests.
After the third year, students are able to work in a laboratory as a member of a project team and independently carry out, design and develop laboratory analyzes using demanding chemical and biotechnological analysis methods. The students are familiar with the planning of laboratory activities and operations and quality management. The students have deepened their knowledge of laboratory work in the special fields by selecting optional and advanced studies according to their own interests.
After the fourth year of study, students are able to apply their skills in working life, to design and implement a research and development project and report it in the form of a thesis. The investigative work approach has developed in the thesis project. Students are able to critically analyze experimental research data.