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Degree Programme in Restaurant Entrepreneurship

In this degree programme you will learn about restaurant entrepreneurship by

  • running projects and later establishing own companies
  • producing and developing services using Service Design Methods
  • networking with the student restaurant BarLaurea and other development hubs


Graduates will have a broad understanding of entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry and gain practical knowledge of all the basic functions of restaurant business. Graduates of this programme will have essential skills in teamwork, communication and project work. Graduates are practically oriented and can work as entrepreneurs or in different organizations and companies as experts and managers.

The international hospitality and service field is a dynamic and fast growing sector that needs people with managerial competences (in planning, organizing and communicating) and creative and analytical skills needed to drive innovation.  The Restaurant Entrepreneurship degree programme focuses on developing these skills and on helping students to acquire the knowledge and entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a range of hospitality and service business sectors such as for example producing services in the field of accommodation, event management and food business.

As a student, you will apply theoretical concepts to real-world cases and practical assignments. In particular you will learn how to implement service design methods in innovation and development projects. Through work on versatile projects and development hubs, such as the student restaurant, BarLaurea, students are able to acquire the entrepreneurial skills and professional competence needed in the service sector.  In addition to service business studies, the degree programme offers a wide range of studies in communication and interaction, since the capability to network and understand the needs of customers is a core competence. Students will also gain competences to operate successfully in the modern digitalized business environment.

The degree programme in Restaurant Entrepreneurship (210 ECTS) consists of core competence (150 ECTS) and complementary competence (60 ECTS) modules.

Students can also choose study modules from other Laurea campuses and degree programs (Service Business Management, for example), other universities in the area as well as partner universities abroad.

Core competence (compulsory studies) 150 ECTS

Flexible Customer Service 30 ECTS

  • Introduction to Finnish Language and Culture -1  5 ECTS
  • Quality in Food Services 10  ECTS
  • Professional Communication Skills  5 ECTS
  • Intercultural approach to Design Thinking  10 ECTS

Business and Entrepreneurship in the Service Field 30 ECTS

  • Customer Oriented Services  5 ECTS
  • Customer  Relationship Management   5 ECTS
  • Cost Accounting and Pricing in a Service Company  5 ECTS
  • Service Business and Marketing   10 ECTS
  • Operating Environment in a Service Company   5 ECTS

Service Innovation Developer 30 ECTS

  • Business Game  5 ECTS
  • Corporate Social  Responsibility 5 ECTS
  • Service Innovations  10 ECTS
  • Developing Service Systems 10 ECTS

Expert in Work Community  30 ECTS

  • Placement -1  15 ECTS
  • Placement -2   15 ECTS

Expert in Development and Workplace Innovation 30 ECTS

  • Career Planning  5 ECTS (2+2+1)
  • Research Communications and Project Management Skills  5 ECTS
  • Research and Development Methods   5 ECTS
  • Bachelor's Thesis  15 ECTS

Complementary competence (specialization studies) 60 ECTS

Complementary studies: module scope 15-30 ECTS focusing on

  • Producer of Event Services
  • Tourism Service Developer
  • Innovating Food Services

Career Opportunities

  • entrepreneur in restaurant business
  • entrepreneur in event business
  • entrepreneur in accommodation business
  • project manager
  • event manager
  • restaurant manager
  • hotel manager
  • service design planner
  • customer service officer
  • marketing and sales assistant 
  • service specialist

Exchange Studies

Laurea exchange programme is a part of the internalisation of studies. Laurea has a network of around 250 international cooperation partners around the world. The network includes higher education institutions, companies and other organisations. Students will have an opportunity to study or do traineeship at one of the partners institutions of Laurea. Visit our SoleMOVE System to find out more about the partner institutions for your degree program. Our exchange planning officer will guide you through the process. Read more about student exchange programme at Laurea's partner institutions.


You will study Restaurant Entrepreneurship at Laurea's Leppävaara campus in Espoo which is located only a short twenty minute train ride away from Helsinki. There are about 2000 students studying at the campus in ten different Bachelor's degree programmes and five Master's degree programmes. For more information about the campus, visit the campus introduction page.

Espoo is the second largest city in Finland and it has over 280 000 citizens. Espoo is home for some of Finland's largest companies such as Nokia and Rovio. Espoo is one of the most innovative cities in Europe and was selected as the most intelligent community in the world in 2018. For more information about the city, visit Espoo's website.



Next application period

Next application period July 2nd to July 16th 2018 (supplementary application round).

Studies will begin on August 27th 2018.


Bachelor of Hospitality Management

Duration of Studies

210 ECTS, 3.5 years

Tuition fees for Non-EU /EEA students 

€8000/ academic year
Read information about available grants >>


Espoo (Leppävaara)

Language of study


Contact persons

Mari Koski
Head of Student Affairs

Sirkka Antinluoma
Senior Lecturer




Laurea alumnus Aarni Tuomi conducting research into robotics in the restaurant industry<img alt="" src="/update/Laureankuvat/Tiedotekuvat/Aarni%20Tuomi.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Laurea alumnus Aarni Tuomi conducting research into robotics in the restaurant industry
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