Environmental engineering

The environment and different environmental issues are increasingly important in the world. Regardless of their background, engineers need basic knowledge in this field.

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.

It is aimed for students who want to include different aspects of environmental engineering as a part of their studies. The minor offers a selection of courses from which the students can individually choose an optimal combination for their needs.


Courses included in the programme

Choose four courses to complete your minor studies:

= Contact learning
= Online learning
= Blended learning (online & contact learning)
University of Oulu: Industrial ecology (488203S), 5 ECTS. 2.9.–25.10.2019.

Apply before Aug 4, 2019

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 analyse the interaction of industrial, natural and socio-economic systems and to judiciously suggest changes to industrial practice in order to prevent negative impacts.

Upon completion of the course, the student:

  • will be able to use the tools of industrial ecology and apply them to industrial activity.
  • can analyse the interaction of industrial, natural and socio-economic systems and able to judiciously suggest changes to industrial practice in order to prevent negative impacts.
  • can also analyse the examples of industrial symbioses and eco-industrial parks and able to specify the criteria of success for building eco-industrial parks.

More info: https://weboodi.oulu.fi/oodi/opintjakstied.jsp?OpinKohd=7450098&haettuOpas=-1

Åbo Akademi: Combustion Chemistry (OO00BQ83), 5 ECTS. Intensive studies 28.10.–1.11.2019.

Apply before Oct 6, 2019

Intensive studies organised in Turku.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic chemistry and chemical principles.

This course:

  • Introduces industrial scale combustion systems and the chemistry associated with the formation of main emission components
  • Introduces fundamental theoretical tools, including the use of expert software, for studying chemistry in combustion processes
  • Provides theoretical basis for working in academia or industry with chemical issues of combustion processes

After completing this course, the students are expected to be able to:

  • Define terms and concepts relevant to industrial combustion
  • Describe the basic principles of industrial combustion systems and the chemistry within them, including the formation of main emission components
  • Apply fundamental chemical theories for interpreting emissions from combustion processes
  • Analyse combustion-related problems using expert software by following given instructions

More info: http://studiehandboken.abo.fi/sv/course/OO00BQ83/6154

University of Oulu: Air pollution control engineering, 5 ECTS. 28.10.–20.12.2019.

Apply before Oct 6, 2019

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. The course gives students tools 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.

Upon completion of the course, the student:

  • is able to explain what kind of air emissions originate from certain industries and power plants, and can explain their effects on environment and health.
  • can describe how air emissions are measured.
  • is also aware of common air pollution control systems for different emissions (particulates, VOCs, SO2, NOx) and is able to design air pollution cleaning devices.
  • is able to describe the main laws related to air emission control.

More info: https://weboodi.oulu.fi/oodi/opintjakstied.jsp?OpinKohd=7450125&haettuOpas=-1

University of Oulu: Environmental load of industry (488221S), 5 ECTS. 6.1.–6.3.2020.

Apply before Dec 11, 2019

The course will familiarise the student with the environmental issues connected to different industrial processes (chemical, wood, metallurgical, energy, etc.).

After completing the course, the student:

  • is able to identify the essential features of the environmental load in different types of industry (chemical, wood, metallurgical etc.).
  • is able to explain the type, quality, quantity and sources of the emissions.
  • is familiarised with the main emission control systems and techniques in different industrial sectors.
  • can explain the environmental management system of an industrial plant and is able to apply it to an industrial plant.

More info: Course teacher Virpi Väisänen (virpi.vaisanen@oulu.fi) and https://weboodi.oulu.fi/oodi/opintjakstied.jsp?OpinKohd=37753708&haettuOpas=-1

Åbo Akademi: Energy technologies in process industry (AS00BQ78), 5 ECTS. Spring 2020.

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 analysed 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 analysing measurements and data related to power generation processes is given.

After completing the course is the student expected to be able to independently analyse, formulate and solve questions related to energy technology within the process industry.

Instead of online learning you can also choose contact studies in Turku.

See additional info on Åbo Akademi’s course page.

Åbo Akademi: Environmental engineering and design (AS00BQ71), 5 ECTS. Spring 2020.

The course gives the student detailed insight into a selection of processes representing state of the art technologies for control of air and water emissions. Specific examples treated are the design and operational costs of baghouse filters, scrubbers for marine applications, scrubbers for CO2 removal and sorbent-based filters.

After a completed course, the student is expected to be able to independently analyse and solve different air and water pollution problems.

The course is also available as contact studies.

See additional info on Åbo Akademi’s course page.

Course pages

After registration you will be able to login to Åbo Akademi’s Moodle.

Professor in charge: Riitta Keiski, University of Oulu (riitta.keiski@oulu.fi)

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

Other teachers:

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

Type of study unit



5–25 ECTS

Teaching semester


Host university

University of Oulu

Open for degree student


Open for non-student



Åbo Akademi

Level of studies


General prerequisites

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

Teaching methods

Online & contact learning





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