Home>Applying>Studies Taught in English>Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management

Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management

Higher education in Finland is known for its high quality. Studying at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (in brief: KAMK) offers you the opportunity to study a bachelor degree in English in a multicultural environment. Our students appreciate the individual guidance from the teachers and supporting staff which is enabled by small study groups. All our activities are arranged on one compact campus area near the town centre, surrounded by excellent facilities for those eager to do sports or just to enjoy the beauty of the nature.  

Degree title  Bachelor of Sports Studies
Extent of Studies  210 credits
Duration  3,5 academic years
Number of Study Places   20
Studies begin  end of August every year
Language of Instruction  English


Sports and Leisure Management studies at KAMK

The aim of the Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management is to train students to become sports specialists who understand that sports and exercise contribute significantly to the well-being of individuals and society.

During your professional studies you will create commercial sports and leisure services, implement products and events, instruct sports sessions and provide exercise and nutrition counselling. Entrepreneurial competence is the central theme of the studies along with experiential activities and smart solutions

Expand and deepen your professional sports competence with further specialization studies (30 credits), where you can study commercializing sports services, exergaming, tourism or sports coaching, among other specialized subjects. You can also accomplish this 30-credit package abroad in one of our many partner universities and benefit from their expertise, for example in sports coaching, health promotion or business.

The studies include two separate practical training periods, which can be accomplished abroad, support your transition into working life and develop your professional expertise. We also offer you opportunities to complete the studies in alternative ways and at work. This means that you can genuinely influence how, when and where you will complete the studies and may be able to graduate more quickly.

For those interested in setting up their own business one day, we offer participation in a start up programme to develop entrepreneurial skills.  

Graduates of this programme will be suitable for employment in sports and leisure organisations, associations, clubs and businesses and they will possess the know-how to run their own sports and leisure enterprises.  Your future job title might be Sports Instructor, Coach or Personal Trainer, for example, but you will be also able to work in different kinds of development, planning or training tasks within the field of sports or activity tourism. You can also work in managing and organizing sports events and activities. 


Learning Environment for Sports

The learning strategies are varied; depending on the subject they may include: lectures, PE demonstrations, seminars, individual tutorials, workshops, case study, group work, project work and research. Interactive learning, team-based course work and small group sessions form an important element of the learning process of the Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management. The students are also often offered possibilities to participate in planning and arranging different events locally. Participating in real-life events and projects provides students the opportunity to practice the skills they've learned in theory and to prepare for the working life.


The campus is located near the town centre, surrounded by excellent sports facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports. If you live on campus, you can just step outside to go jogging in the nearby forest, or skiing in winter.  A student-run start-up company KAMK Sports offers different kinds of Fitness lessons and sports activities for all students.

A combined exercise and well-being facility on campus includes a gym, a testing and musical exercise area where Spinning bikes and a climbing wall are also located. In addition, we have a testing area comprises of test bikes and aerobic fitness testing, bone exercise monitors, Pedometers and device for measuring body composition.  

SmartGym Concept

The SmartGym Concept is a unique model based on new knowledge and competence. SGC introduces students to ‘exergaming’ (exercise + gaming) as a national and international phenomenon and its potential benefits in future job markets. The concept enables students to work intensively in work-based projects and to network with the best people in the industry.

It produces cross-disciplinary expertise in exercise and health promotion using game technology combined with a business and technology-oriented perspective. In addition to the SmartGym (a gym equipped with digital exercise solutions), the concept’s activities include work in partners’ development projects. This genuinely international provides you with the opportunity to work with partner universities around the world.



The Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences provides the opportunity to study in an international and sports-oriented atmosphere – here you can experience all four seasons and pursue sports and physical recreation outdoors and indoors. Our compact campus area offers state of the art equipment and an excellent study environment. Internationality is a strong theme in the studies, we host a number of exchange students yearly and offer our students a variety of exchange opportunity around the world. 

The Vuokatti all-round holiday and sports resort with excellent opportunities for cross-country and downhill skiing, swimming, hiking, bowling and tennis to name just a few, is only 35 kilometres from Kajaani.

Read more about Studying in Finland.

How to Apply for this Programme?
The application period is in January yearly and the studies start at the end of August. Please see "Applying for Studies taught in English" for more detailed information on the application process.

Apply KAMK
Apply here!
Find more information and fill in the online application here!
Sports structure
Contact Information

Admissions Services

Tel. +358 (0)44 7101 229
Email. admissions(at)kamk.fi