Life-cycles of things may save the planet
This mid-career Master’s degree requires 2 years (24 months) of work experience after Bachelor’s.
This Master’s programme aims to enable you to apply the ideas of circular economy and risk management into your professional work. You start the process with Designing new products and services by thinking about the whole life cycle and sustainability, from cradle-to-cradle. The accommodating the principles of circular economy to the current infrastructure, industrial processes, structures and products, requires not only innovative thinking but also the management of risks.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) has a pivotal role in ensuring safe and sustainable products and services for the end-users and it enables experts from all fields to collaborate and learn from each other. The curriculum combines innovative teaching methods, network of experts and international atmosphere in order to bring people, skills and ideas together to meet the need for sustainability.
Circular economy challenges the traditional view of industrial processes, where processes and services are seen as linear processes. Closing the loops requires thorough thinking of how to replace materials and processes in safe and sustainable ways. You will become familiar with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a tool for improving existing products and services and on the other hand, a tool for integrating sustainable design with new products and services. Reuse and recycling of materials requires expertise in material handling and understanding the risks involved with harmful chemicals and physical properties.
Cross-curricular themes, risk management and circular economy, are revisited during all courses. Cradle-to-cradle thinking is supported by the use of LCA software that will be used throughout the studies in order to bring quantitative measures needed in management and monitoring. Engineering solutions are seen only as one component in solving the challenges in circular economy. In order to apply tested technical solutions, communication and skills in leadership are needed. Global megatrends are the context for the studies, where social, economical and ecological dimensions are considered together.
The degree programme is worth 60 credits with emphasis on studies required to develop and innovate safe and sustainable products, processes and services with management of risks. The study time is 1.5 years, containing five intensive study weeks (four days per week). You need to be present at the intensive weeks. In addition, you need to plan time on learning online – and to think.
The graduates will be able to be managers and specialists in demanding tasks in circular economy and risk management. The degree gives a qualification for a public appointment where Master’s degree is required.
To be eligible to apply to this study option of TAMK’s Master’s Degree in Risk Management and Circular Economy, you must hold a Bachelor of Engineering or other suitable higher education degree and have a minimum of two years’ (24 months) work experience in the field after completing the degree.
You have until 31 July 2020 to complete work experience requirement.
Work experience must be informed as full months. Part-time work will be converted into full-time such that 150 hours or 20 full working days (at least 7 hours per day) correspond to one month of work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained from the same employer. Work experience will only be accepted if it is verified by a work certificate provided by the employer. Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if the applicant can produce a certificate stating that he/she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme for entrepreneurs.
Applicants who have completed a vocational college degree or higher vocational degree in Finland (in Finnish: opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto)
For applicants who have completed a vocational college degree or higher vocational degree in Finland (opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) before completing the required Bachelor’s degree, work experience completed after the lower degree will also be accepted. Applicants are still required to have a minimum of two years’ work experience, and it has to be from the relevant field.
If the applicant has completed a vocational college degree or higher vocational degree in Finland (opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) before completing the required Bachelor’s degree and has the required work experience between these degrees, the required Bachelor’s degree must be completed so that the applicant can send a copy of the certificate to TAMK Admissions Office by 15 July 2020 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.
Degree completed outside of Finland
If you apply with a degree completed outside of Finland and you are NOT an EU/EEA-citizen, the degree has to be completed by the end of the application period (22 January 2020). You need to upload the copy of your degree certificate to your application form by 29 January 2020 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest. If your original degree certificate is written in other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to upload a copy of its translation. The translation has to be done by authorized translator. The translation must be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator’s signature and stamp.
Language skill requirements
Sufficient English language skills are required for degree programmes conducted in English. English language skills will be evaluated as a part of the pretask and the interview.
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