Bachelor of Engineering, Automation Engineering

Become an international expert in automation in one of the best schools in Finland!

Do you want to start an international career in engineering? Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) is the place to do it. SeAMK’s technical education is ranked among top 3 in student satisfaction in Finland for several years in a row, thanks to the professional staff and state-of-the-art laboratories. All courses in the Automation Engineering programme are taught in English.

SeAMK offers an international and innovative environment and great opportunities whether you seek for exchange programmes, double degree studies or even to continue at the Master level. Our engineering students have one of the highest employment percentages in Finland, and our learning environment is seamlessly connected with the local industry.

As an automation engineer, you have a world of career opportunities ahead of you. Our students have found various careers in the field of production, sales, research and development, supply chain management and many have even decided to stay within SeAMK as teachers. SeAMK is known for its entrepreneurial approach to studies, and our university offers great platforms for future business owners.

The best university for our students

The success of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) as a university valued by students continues in the 2023 results of the nationwide graduation feedback survey (AVOP), where SeAMK ranked second. This adds to an impressive streak over the past five years, during which SeAMK has secured three consecutive first-place positions and one third-place ranking. According to the graduates of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, SeAMK has the best learning environments and working life connections in Finland. In teaching, studying, study satisfaction, study support services, and feedback and evaluation, SeAMK ranked second. The ranking in the top three also came in career counselling and thesis. In this nationwide survey, students evaluate and give feedback on completed studies. (Source:

The best automation engineering education

SeAMK’s automation engineering education received the highest score in the comparison of the national graduation feedback survey (AVOP). (Source:

Automation engineering studies

  • Degree: Bachelor of Engineering, Automation Engineering
  • Length of studies: 240 ECTS credits, 4 years
  • Number of study places: SeAMK Direct May Application 20

How to apply

You can always find upcoming application periods on Admissions page. Information on eligibility (who may apply), admission criteria and the application form can be found on Studyinfo website. 

Programme objectives and overview

Automation Engineering studies at SeAMK are designed to meet the future requirements of industrial operations. Alongside full skillset of traditional automation engineering capabilities, you will get strongly involved with computer science and programming. SeAMK is known for the research and development in the field of Industrial Internet and Digital Manufacturing, which also shows in our education.

Your studies include common studies for all SeAMK students regarding international working and communication skills, entrepreneurship, and research project skills. Common studies provide you with needed basic capabilities in language, mathematics and physics skills. Professional studies include a group of basic automation engineering and computer science courses, after which you can focus on various modules to deepen your knowledge. These modules vary between information technology, business studies, industrial internet and many more. Your degree is finalised with two practical trainings and of course a thesis work – all of which are typically carried out as real life assignments for local companies.

Structure of studies

During the first year your studies will cover predominantly the common studies focusing on building your abilities to study and work in an international and entrepreneurial environment, but we will mix in already some basic level professional studies to ensure you get the flavour of automation engineering as soon as possible!

Second year will mostly finalise your common studies, while adding more professional studies, including first professional modules. You will also start to work on your first project studies. Starting from second year you can also add some elective courses like production simulation or computer aided manufacturing.

Third year will deepen your professional studies to ensure you are ready for your first practical training happening at the end of third year. At this stage you are predominantly studying professional studies utilizing our great laboratories and doing assignments from local companies within the courses.

Fourth year finalises the remainder of your professional modules, lets you build your career opportunities in the second practical training and closing your studies with the thesis work. Quite often the practical training converts naturally into a thesis work place, ensuring you are researching modern day industrial challenges with full support from both the company and our university.

City of Seinäjoki – Entrepreneurial, active and affordable city for students

The SeAMK Campus is located in the Frami area of the city of Seinäjoki. There students from all faculties of SeAMK can interact and enjoy one of the most modern and beautiful campuses in Finland. Student housing and the city centre are a convenient walking distance from the campus. The Frami area is also home to several high-tech companies, which helps you get familiar with your future employers.

The fast-growing city of Seinäjoki is the heart of the South-Ostrobothnia region in the western part of Finland and is easily accessible via public transportation through major routes. Even though the capital of Helsinki is less than three hours away by train, choosing to stay and live comfortably in Seinäjoki can be much more convenient and affordable.

FINEEC Excellence. The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) has awarded SeAMK the Quality Label for Excellence in higher education for enhancement work of an exceptional quality.

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