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The Bachelor's degree programme in

Materials Processing Technology


Bachelor of Engineering




4 years


240 ECTS

Language profile


The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Materials Processing Technology is taught in English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA-area are required to pay tuition fees. The cost is 8 500 euros/academic year for bachelor’s degree studies in English.

Scholarship is available for this degree programme (only for applicants that are required to pay tuition fees). Read more about tuition fees and scholarships here.


You can familiarize yourself with the current curriculum and courses below, but keep in mind that changes might be made for the next academic year.

More detailed information about the degree programme can also be found at Arcada’s digital study guide

Are you curious about sustainable product development? Would you like to learn how to design, develop and analyze smart and sustainable products by selecting the right engineering materials? Do you look forward to using theoretical knowledge in material processing, analyses and testing?

The degree programme in Materials Processing Technology at Arcada has a clear focus on developing sustainable products using the principles of mechanical engineering. You may already have heard about products with smart or functional properties. In many cases the smartness actually lies in the materials. Polymers often offer the perfect combination of properties – the light weight, mechanical strength, elasticity and low costs of processing are just a few benefits of polymer-based material solutions. During your studies, modern polymer technology and processes are combined with sustainable product design and development. In engineering design and analyses you will learn how to use various modelling, finite element analyses and simulation software.

Material and engineering specialists are needed in practically every business field, from the manufacturing industry to their supply chains, as well as in the public sector. Our degree programme opens the doors to a booming field where engineers are in constant demand. 

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Open Path Studies

Application for Open Path studies:
1.8. - 8.8.2019

6 study places


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In short

What you will learn

  • Polymer technology and processes
  • Designing products and components
  • Modern engineering IT softwares, such as AutoCAD, Mastercam and SolidWorks
  • Modern methods of manufacturing, e.g. 3D printing
  • Choosing functional and cost-effective materials
  • Sustainable development within materials technology

Examples of future positions

  • Process Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Laboratory Engineer
  • Material Engineer
  • Sales Engineer

From a student's perspective


Chia Palkonen

Studies Materials Processing Technology

- The days of an engineering student at Arcada UAS are filled with mathematics, chemistry, mechanics, language studies – and a lot of computer programs and design. We work to find new solutions and ways to process different functional materials, for example plastics. A great deal of the studies also have focus on the sustainable aspects and how we can reduce our ecological footprint. I find this very important, and so do my classmates. You can do so much just with recycled material, like 3D printing, that we have our own lab for here at Arcada.


Julian Kollataj

Has studied Materials Processing Technology

- A degree from the course in Process and Materials Technology opens for an incredible number of career choices. To me, it is about acquiring good technical skills to pave the way for a future as an industrial designer. To figure out how I can best contribute something unique and creative in the industry, I must first understand the functional materials I work with

High Quality, Hands-on Education

We need to save energy and fresh water

Sustainable material choices are needed all around us in our daily lives. Our society needs to save energy and fresh water, as well as minimize waste from consumption and the production of daily products. During your studies you will learn about bio-based polymers as sustainable material choices, and the efficient and cost-effective use of materials in general. You will also become familiar with current product applications for conserving energy and fresh water resources. 

An international approach

The increasingly international focus of today's labour market is clearly reflected in the degree programmes Arcada offers. The degree programme in Materials Processing Technology is for example closely tied to its parallel programme in Swedish (Process- och materialteknik). The idea is to utilise structural networks and learning experiences from the counterpart programme, and also to familiarise international students with the Finnish labour market in a genuinely multicultural environment.

A modern and safe study environment

Arcada’s plastics engineers put their skills to work in a machine laboratory that simulates a plastics factory in miniature. Students learn to master the entire process, from understanding the properties of various materials to product design and the manufacturing of plastic products. The Plastics Laboratory is equipped with all key machinery used in the plastics industry. 

The Department of Energy and Materials Technology 

What’s the sum of a miniature sized plastics factory, an energy lab, a chemistry lab, over 280 eager engineering students and a number of innovative teachers and researchers in environmental and energy engineering and materials processing technology? Well, the answer is fairly simple: The Department of Energy and Materials Technology at Arcada.

At our department we believe in students and researchers working side by side in projects that aim to develop everyday practical products and finding hands-on solutions to problems that our world is facing. We co-operate with e.g. Helsingin Energia, The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Chalmers University of Technology, Umeå University, Dalarna University and The Finnish Real Estate Federation.


Mirja Andersson, PhD

Head of Department

+358 (0)207 699 570

Silas Gebrehiwot

Programme Director, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering