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Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management

The fully English-taught Sports and Leisure Management degree at KAMK is a unique degree in Finland. We offer you a versatile degree that develops your professional skillset and competences in coaching and leadership but also in instructing, health enhancing, sport tourism and exergaming, with a global outlook. Our students will be doing part of their coaching studies in collaboration with Vuokatti Sports Institute, an international training centre for all year round training.  

NEW!! The second year of studies will take place in Vuokatti, famous Finnish sports-oriented village 30 km from Kajaani. During the second year of studies, you will deepen your knowledge in the fields of well-being promotion, coaching, testing and sports events. Vuokatti is known as a unique year-round paradise for top sports, active people and holidaymakers.

Our compact university of applied sciences offers you the synergy between the degrees in Sports and Business, bringing together the professional side of sports with the know-how applied to sports business. The degree is a combination of practice and theory, providing you with the strong theoretical background to succeed in the practical work.  During the studies, you will gain real-life work experience from hands-on projects with local companies and two practical training periods. This will enhance your opportunities to find employment opportunities after graduation.

Entrepreneurial competence is the central theme of this study program, along with experiential activities and smart solutions. Our facilities' small-town environment allows us to create individualized educational paths that are custom-fitted to students’ future career desires and also allowing you to graduate more quickly. Beginning in autumn of 2021, students are able to choose between various specializations including arctic sports and tourism, event management or marketing communications to develop their personalized academic path.

For those interested in setting up their own business one day, we can offer the opportunity to participate in a start-up programme that’s designed to develop entrepreneurial skills. 

Sports Facilities

Our campus offers excellent sports and exercise facilities! The Vimpelinlaakso Sports Park, tennis hall, athletics/ski stadium, ice-rink, ball-games facility and forest running tracks are all located next to the campus. Kajaani’s other municipal services are also situated close by, as the town center is only 2 km away. A famous holiday and sports destination Vuokatti is located only half-an-hour drive away. 

Study places
210 ECTS
3,5 years
Degree Title
Bachelor of Sports Studies
Further information
Admissions Office, +358 40 654 8475, admissions(at)
Students are often also offered opportunities to participate in the planning and arrangement of different events locally. Participating in real-life events and projects provides students with the opportunity to practice the skills they've learned in theory, and to prepare for real working life.

Separate application round 27 April - 4 May for studies starting in autumn 2022.

Read more about the degree in Studyinfo-service


Entrance Exams

The entrance exam will be arranged online 11 May.

Read more about the entrance exams and admission criteria

During the studies, you will be developing your sports and coaching competences, but also communication, leadership and marketing skills. You will also learn to work on hands-on projects and arrange events. To support the sports competence gained from the professional studies, you will specialize in arctic sports and tourism.  In the Arctic Sports and Tourism specialization you will learn about active and passive sport tourism and identify the key characteristics of adventure experience creation process as well and learn to plan and implement nature-based activity programmes. In addition, the studies include customer-oriented approach to commercializing sport tourism and utilizing sport technology and trends to meet the customer’s needs. 

However, at KAMK, the School of Business includes degrees in Tourism, Business and Sports allowing you to select courses and modules from other fields as well, such as marketing or event management.

You can also accomplish the professional studies abroad in one of our many partner universities as an exchange student and benefit from their expertise, for example in sports coaching, health promotion or business. 

Read more about the content of the studies: Study Guide

Graduates of this programme will have attained skills that make them suitable to be employed in a variety of sports and leisure organisations, associations, clubs and businesses, and they will also possess the know-how to run their own sports and leisure enterprises. 

Your future job title might be Sports Instructor, Sports Consultant, Coach or Personal Trainer, for example, but you will be also able to work in different kinds of development, planning or training roles within the field of sports or activity tourism, or work in managing and organising sports events and activities.

The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens at KAMK is 6 000 euros per academic year. There is no tuition fee for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students. The payment is done at the same time when accepted student confirms his/her study place at KAMK. It is not possible to pay in installments.

On their first year, the students applying through Joint Application or Separate Application round, may take advantage of the Early Bird scholarship by accepting their study place offer and paying their tuition fee within two weeks after receiving the letter of acceptance. The early bird scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee and is directly used to reduce the tuition fee. This means that the student pays 3 000 euros for the first year.

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If you have questions regarding the degree program, please contact our admissions office:
tel. +358 40 654 8475

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