Bachelor's Degree

Become an Automation and Robotics professional

Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Engineering

Are you interested in automation and robotics? Want to get a high-quality technology education in Finland?

Our programme of Automation and Robotics will provide you with a strong basic competence in automation and electrical engineering and good skills for continuous professional development. You will study the whole degree in English, and internationality will be a part of your daily life.

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240 ECTS credits
Annual intake
Application period
03.01.2024 - 17.01.2024
Bachelor of Engineering
Study modes
Full-time studies

Key learning outcomes

The Automation and Robotics degree will provide you a strong basic competence in automation and electrical engineering and good skills for continuous professional development.

After completing the Automation and Robotics programme, you will be able to design automation, robotics, measurements, drives, controls, and user interfaces for production lines and enterprise products. You will be familiar with the different levels of automation implementation in an industrial plant and the key sub-processes of industry. You will also be able to plan and implement control systems and assess different alternatives for steering and adjustment solutions. You will also gain expertise in programmable logic, fieldbuses, factory networks, distributed digital automation systems, functional safety, PC-based systems, and user interfaces.

After graduation, you will be able to use robotics and machine vision to create solutions for automating and improving production efficiency. You will also master the key design tools that you can use to design applications for control objects. You are familiar with the principles and practices of field equipment, automation, and instrument electrical design standards. You will also learn the basics of functional safety, which will help you assess the risks of planned solutions. You will also learn how to use and program laboratory equipment that is similar to industrial equipment.

Study contents

In automation technology studies, you will also study the basics of electrical engineering, electronics, and information technology.  In electrical engineering, you will learn to calculate various electrical circuits and acquire an understanding on matters related to electrical safety. In electronics, you will be able to, for example, design a simple embedded device. In information technology, you will learn about programming, information systems, and information network technology. 

The basic studies in automation technology include the basics of logic programming as well as measurement, adjustment and process technology. In the automation system modules, you will review system packages consisting of programmable logic, fieldbuses, factory networks, distributed digital automation systems, and user interfaces. During the design-oriented study units, you will study field equipment, automation, and instrument electricity design. In discrete automation and motion, you will learn about the equipment, control systems, and application programming tools used in manufacturing. One main focus is the utilisation of robotics and machine vision. 

Bachelor of Engineering, 240 ECTS credits

  • Basic studies 24 ECTS credits (working life competence)
  • Vocational studies 161 ECTS credits (mathematics, physics, information technology, basic studies in electrical and automation technology, automation application and equipment design and implementation, robotics and projects)
  • Elective studies 10 ECTS credits
  • Internship 30 ECTS credits
  • Bachelor’s thesis 15 ECTS credits

Bachelor’s thesis

In your bachelor's thesis, you will demonstrate your competence to apply your knowledge and skills in a practical expert task, related to vocational studies. The thesis is completed at the end of the studies and consists of a theoretical portion and a practical research or development project. In other words, this is an independent thesis with a scope of 15 credits. As a rule, the thesis is carried out in cooperation with working life, and it ought to solve problems arising from work-life demand.

For the bachelor’s degree, you must also write a maturity test on the subject area of your thesis, which demonstrates your knowledge of the field and language skills.

Lessons, projects and teamwork

In addition to theoretical lessons, the degree programme includes a wide range of laboratory, project and group work. Virtual implementations are also available for some study units. Student work is designed to respond to future tasks in working life as well as possible, and some of the projects can also be implemented as commissioned by businesses.

Career opportunities

When you graduate from the Automation and Robotics degree programme, you will have excellent employment opportunities because automation technology is a highly developing area of technology, and the automation of industrial production lines is constantly growing. Automation is increasingly used for the control of production lines, industrial plants, buildings, transportation, and machinery. Various robotics and machine vision solutions are also constantly increasing.

Experts in automation systems are needed, for example, in the operating and supervision of industrial processes. As an automation engineer, your tasks may include purchase, definition and design of systems and equipment as well as product development, programming, and operation and maintenance tasks. Your tasks may also include management and administration, sales and marketing, technical purchasing, customer service or training and consulting. Your workplace may be an industrial plant, equipment supplier or engineering office. You will most likely work in international projects, initially as a member of a project group and with sufficient experience as a leader of a project group.

Professional titles

An automation engineer can have, for example, the following professional titles:

  • Automation Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Commissioning Engineer
  • Service Engineer
  • Sales Engineer

Further studies

After completing the university of applied sciences degree and gaining two years of work experience, you can apply for master's degree studies. Alternatively, you can apply for master's degree programmes in universities, master's degree programmes in foreign higher education institutions or, for example, a technical university that can credit some of your university of applied sciences degree studies.

At Jamk, you can also supplement your competence with various adult education programmes, such as specialization training, a diploma in higher education, or other units, which are available from individual seminar days to broader study modules.

Holders of a master's degree can also apply for postgraduate degrees at universities. Universities assess the criteria for admission of degree students on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply in January

Short step-by-step instructions on how to apply. The students for Automation and Robotics are selected from one selection queue: International UAS Exam: 100% of study places

1. Application time 3 – 17 January 2024 by 3.00 pm on

You can apply with upper secondary school certificate or with a higher education certificate. You can also apply even if your secondary school degree certificate is completed during the spring of applying (high school / senior secondary school certificate). Jamk uses also discretionary admission.

Apply online 3 - 17 January 2024 by 3.00 pm Finnish time (UTC+2) on

To be selected by the International UAS Exam, you must submit an English language proficiency certificate by 24 January 2024, 3.00 p.m. Finnish time.

2. Deadline for the enclosures 24 January 2024 by 3.00 pm

The required enclosures need to be attached to the online application form by 24 January 2024 by 3.00 pm Finnish time (e.g. as pdf/jpg/png -files).

To be selected by the International UAS Exam, you must submit also an English language proficiency certificate by 24 January 2024, 3.00 p.m. Finnish time.

3. International UAS Exam

International UAS online Entrance examination concerns Jamk's International Business, Tourism Management, Nursing, Purchasing and Logistics Engineering & Automation and Robotics.

The International UAS Exam will be held online on 6 March 2024.

The entrance examination assesses the applicants’ abilities to study in universities of applied sciences. The entrance examination does not contain any pre-reading materials or pre-tasks. In order to be invited to the second phase group interview, you have to pass all the exam sections. Applicant must score minimum points in order to be selected for admission.

English language profiency certificate

To be selected by the International UAS Exam, the applicants have to prove their English language skills by 24 January 2024, 3.00 pm Finnish time. Read more from How to Apply for Bachelor's degrees (Who can apply? -> International UAS Exam: English language requirements) .

Identification documents

The applicant needs a valid, acceptable identification document to be able to participate in the International UAS Exam. The following documents are accepted as proof of identity:  

  • A biometric passport (ICAO 9303 standard com pliant)
  • A biometric EU/EEA identification card (ICAO 9303 standard compliant)

The passport/identification card has to comply with the ICAO 9303 standard. Other passports/identification cards are not accepted.

  • You have to submit the number of your biometric passport or EU/EEA identification card to the application form during the application period.
  • In addition, you have to attach a copy of that document to your application form on 24 January 2024 at 3:00 pm Finnish time (UTC+2) at the latest.
  • You must attach a copy of both sides of the EU/EEA identification card to your application form.
  • If the information you submit is incorrect or you do not submit this information to the application by the given time limit, you cannot identify yourself in the exam.

Read more about identification and up to date information at 

4. Results and accepting the study place

Results are announced end of March at the earliest and on 31 May 2024, at the latest.


  1. accept the study place on
  2. enrol for attendance/non-attendance on
  3. NON-EU/EEA citizens: pay the tuition fee payment as soon as possible
  4. start the residence permit (if needed) application process immediately in April to be able to start your studies in August. The residence permit application process might take time over 2 months, so be in time!

The final deadline to accept the study place, enrol for attendance and pay the possible tuition fee is 11 July 2024 by 3:00 pm Finnish time. There are no tuition fees for Finnish or other EU/EEA citizens.

Studies will begin in the middle of August 2024. Please, arrive to Jyväskylä, Finland by that time!

How to apply for Bachelor’s Degrees

Application timetable and selection criteria for bachelor's degree programmes conducted in English. Apply 3 - 17 January 2024 by 3.00 p.m.!

Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee concerns non-EU/EEA degree students who study in English-taught Bachelor's or Master's degree programme. Scholarship available.

Admission Services

Admission Services will assist you in all matters related to applying for degree programmes.

Contact information

Ari Kuisma

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
IT, Institute of Information Technology
Teknologia, School of Technology