Environmental engineering

The environment and different environmental issues are increasingly important in the world.
Independent of their background, engineers need basic knowledge in this field. The minor is aimed for students who want to include different aspects of environmental engineering as a part of their studies. It offers a selection of courses from which the students can individually choose an optimal combination for their needs. The minor introduces the students to the basics in environmental engineering and provides a good foundation for future studies and practical challenges in the field.

Courses included in the programme

Choose four courses:

  • Industrial Ecology, 5 ECTS, Starts 29.10.2018 2018 (D)
  • Air Pollution Control Enginering, 5 ECTS, Starts 29.10.2018 (D)
  • Environmental Load of Industry, 5 ECTS, Spring 2019 (D)
  • Energy technologies in process industry, 5 ECTS, Spring 2019 (C, D)
  • Combustion Chemistry, 5 ECTS, Starts 29.10.2018, week 44 (I)

The minor introduces the students to the basics in environmental engineering and provides a good foundation for future studies and practical challenges in the field.

Industrial Ecology:

The focus in the course is to learn to use the tools of industrial ecology and to apply them to industrial activity. The course also provides skills to analyze the interaction of industrial, natural and socio-economic systems and to judiciously suggest changes to industrial practice in order to prevent negative impacts.

Air Pollution Control Engineering:

This course treats air emissions, where they originate from (industries, energy sector, etc.), how they affect human health and how they are measured and monitored. You will also learn to choose and design control technologies for four major air pollutants i.e., particulates, VOCs, SOx and NOx. The course also discusses motor vehicle emission problems, specific air pollutants (CO, lead and HAP) and indoor air pollution.

Environmental Load of Industry:

The course will familiarize the student with the environmental issues connected to different industrial processes (chemical, wood, metallurgical, energy, etc.). After attending the course the student is able to identify the essential features of environmental load of different processes and the main legislation connected to environmental management of different industrial sectors.

Energy Technologies in Process Industry:

The course introduces students to power generation in Finland and recent trends in the energy sector.

Different power and heat generation techniques with focus on energy solutions for the process industry are studied. The steam cycle in power plants is analyzed in detail, and techniques for increasing the overall efficiency of power plants are reviewed. Other techniques for power generation, such as gas turbines and diesel engines, are also treated. An introduction to techniques for analyzing measurements and data related to power generation processes is given.

Combustion Chemistry:

The challenges of combustion processes are today more and more related to chemistry.

The course introduces industrial-scale combustion systems and the chemistry associated with the formation of main emission components. It introduces fundamental tools, including the use of state of the art software, for studying gas phase chemistry in combustion processes and gives knowledge that is relevant for designing future environmentally benign combustion processes.

Suitable for:

Courses are suitable for master’s level students with basic knowledge in chemistry and engineering.

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Professor in charge: Prof. Riitta Keiski, University of Oulu

Contact person in practical matters: Docent Mikko Helle, Åbo Akademi, (mihelle@abo.fi)

Other teachers:

  • Prof. Tapio Salmi, Åbo Akademi
  • Prof. Anders Brink, Åbo Akademi
  • Jan Kronqvist, Åbo Akademi
  • Niklas Engblom, Åbo Akademi
  • Virpi Väisänen, University of Oulu
  • Satu Pitkäaho, University of Oulu
  • Niina Koivikko, University of Oulu

Type of study unit:






Host university

University of Oulu


Åbo Akademi

Methods and location

C=Classroom study in Turku, D=Distance study, I= Intensive studies

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