Content and Teaching Methods

What does the programme offer?

The programme prepares students for a challenging future, by introducing them to a wide range of factors and in particular be able to:

  • Understand and compare international trends in environmental management as applied to integrated coastal zone management
  • Understand how to use integrated assessment and management tools and techniques to achieve continuous improvement in environmental outcomes in response to the effects of accelerated climate change and associated environmental impacts 
  • Understand the interplay of agricultural, industrial, infrastructure, urban development and coastal management. Also visualise how these links may change under any climatic, social or environmental change.

Curriculum Content

The curriculum places equal focus on environmental and social science and tries also to explore the links between coastal problems and other aspects that our planet is facing currently such as climate change. Participatory learning and practical training are seen as keys to success. Read the curriculum here

Teaching Methods

Novia University of Applied Sciences strives for 'learning by doing' which entails that the students are given ample opportunity to carry out small to large projects. Projects can range from small research projects to large scale projects that are assigned by companies. And through these projects students earn a valuable insight into how a professional actually works. This prepares the students for the future and gives them right tools to handle situations. Besides this, staff members hold regular lectures, seminars (by invited experts), group discussions, computer practical classes and organize field trips to various places. Students are encouraged to give seminars to eliminate fear of public speaking. All courses are made available to students through a virtual platform called 'Moodle', which can be accessed, both on and off-campus.


Students are supposed to work 27 hours/ each credit and ca 40 hours a week. A student may work individually, in small teams or in larger groups depending on the given assignment and/or project.

Course Evaluation

Students are evaluated for each course by a lecturer, either through an exam or test, on the basis of testimonials that students write or on the basis of finished assignments, and/or projects (individual or group).

Practical Training

Work placement equalling 30 credits is a compulsory part of the studies. Students usually undertake both paid and unpaid traineeships in Finland or abroad. The school sees this as an excellent opportunity for students to make new friends, contacts and grow acquaintance with working professionals. Depending on the duration and destination, the university provides financial support in the forms of Erasmus (within Europe), Nordplus (within Nordic countries) or other fellowships. A full traineeship gives a total of 30 credits (or 20 weeks of work). Students are free to choose their prospective employers (can range from several government and non-governmental organizations, municipalities and private companies or ideal organizations), but a traineeship should be approved by the Head of degree programme.


In final year of studies, students undertake an independent thesis work which consists of 15 credits. Students are free to decide what particular aspect of the programme that they want to focus on in their thesis. Usually, a student works under a supervision of an expert within that field. A good thesis is a culmination of what you learnt in the classroom, your practical experience and your own critical thinking put in a bigger context.

Some Useful Links

1. UN (Millennium Development Goals)
2. UNESCO (Education and sustainability)
3. EU (Integrated Coastal Zone Management)
4. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment