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
- 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
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.