Bachelor in Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering


Program Description


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 program in Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering at Arcada has a clear focus – functional materials and engineering design. 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 lightweight, 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 development and design, and you become an expert in product innovation based on functional materials.

Our degree program opens the doors to a booming field where engineers are in constant demand. 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.

What you will learn

  • Polymer technology and processes
  • Designing products and components
  • Modern engineering IT software, 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

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 freshwater resources.

An international approach

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

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 program (only for applicants that are required to pay tuition fees).


We also offer scholarships for Bachelor's level studies. The scholarship covers a maximum of 50 percent of the tuition fee. Based on his or her study achievements, the paying student can be granted a scholarship starting from his or her second year onwards. To be eligible for a scholarship, you need to complete 60 ECTS credits during the academic year.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

Arcada is a multi-professional university of applied sciences (UAS) with campus located in Arabianranta, Helsinki. We offer high quality practice-oriented higher education at both Bachelor’s and Maste ... Read More

Arcada is a multi-professional university of applied sciences (UAS) with campus located in Arabianranta, Helsinki. We offer high quality practice-oriented higher education at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels as well as further education in Swedish and English. Read less