School of Chemical Engineering

School of Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering solves the biggest problems of our time

Studies in chemical engineering offer a unique combination of natural sciences and technology. Unlike many other sectors, chemical engineering not only explores how nature works, but also develops new technologies. These technologies solve the major problems of our time, such as climate change and the adequacy of natural resources.
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Chemical engineering students at Waraslähtö-event in August 2021

Graduates of chemical engineering understand what needs to be done to safeguard a clean environment and sustainable development, and they know how to do it. They develop solutions that replace plastic, sustainable battery technologies and recycling of raw materials, among other things. The effects of innovations in chemical engineering can be massive even on a global scale. 

Join us if you want to change the world! Ninety-nine per cent of graduates find employment in jobs corresponding to education, from consumer brands to large industries.

Bachelor's programmes at the School of Chemical Engineering

Application period for Bachelor's Programme in English is 3.— 17.1.2024. 

Application period for Bachelor's Programme in Finnish is 13.— 27.3.2024.

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Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (Technology), Master of Science (Technology)

Local and global challenges caused by global warming, pandemic events, or over consumption are becoming more and more complex and urgent. Interdisciplinary actions are needed to solve them. The Chemical Engineering major offers a highly multidisciplinary education including mathematics, computational tools, chemistry, biochemistry, life sciences, and chemical engineering.

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Kemian tekniikka, tekniikan kandidaatti ja diplomi-insinööri

Haluaisitko päästä konkreettisesti luomaan jotakin uutta ja hyödyllistä: biohajoavia muoveja, vettähylkiviä pintoja tai yhä parempia lääkeaineita? Kemian tekniikka on jännittävä ala, jossa kemiasta tuttuja ilmiöitä sovelletaan monialaisesti tieteessä ja teollisuudessa. Haasteet, joihin kemistien ratkaisukykyä tarvitaan, liittyvät luonnonvarojen kestävään käyttöön, kiertotalouteen ja puhtaan veden, ilman ja ravinnon riittävyyteen. Kemian tekniikan diplomi-insinöörit ovat kestävän kehityksen ja vastuullisen kuluttamisen edistäjiä, joiden osaaminen on sekä Suomessa että maailmalla erittäin ajankohtaista ja arvostettua.

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Master’s Programmes at the School of Chemical Engineering

Master's programmes at the School of Chemical Engineering

Application period: 30.11.2023 — 2.1.2024

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Bioproducts Engineering, Master of Science (Technology)

The conversion of bio-based resources into recyclable bioproducts is of crucial importance now and in the future.

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Biotechnology, Master of Science (Technology)

Biotechnology experts work in many industries from chemical to food, helping the society in its way towards a carbon-neutral bioeconomy.

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Chemistry and Materials Science, Master of Science (Technology)

The development of new molecules and materials has an essential role in building a more sustainable future.

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Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering​, Master of Science (Technology)

Across all industries, the importance of environmentally responsible process design, development, and implementation is rapidly growing.

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Check all the bachelor's programmes at Aalto University here.

Aalto Joint Master’s Programmes

Master’s Programmes at Aalto University with more than one school involved. At least one major/specialization option at Aalto School of Chemical Engineering.

Application period: 30.11.2023 — 2.1.2024.

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Industrial Energy Processes - Advanced Energy Solutions, Master of Science (Technology)

Interested in a career in energy for our society? Want to be involved in the development of industrial energy solutions of the future? The Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions may be the perfect match for you.

The Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability major gives students a basic and advanced understanding of the industrial energy processes, outlines the main challenges energy solutions in industry are facing today, and introduces possible ways towards a sustainable future.

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Creative Sustainability, Master of Science (Technology)

Complex sustainability challenges, such as the climate crises, the loss of biodiversity, poverty, and inequality, call for new mindsets and skills. The Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of design, business, and materials and chemical engineering.

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International Design Business Management, Master of Science (Technology)

IDBM is a pioneering and renowned study programme that truly embodies the vision of Aalto by integrating design and technology with global business development. Through transdisciplinary teamwork and real-life business challenges provided by our prominent industry partners, the programme prepares students as the next generation of creative professionals. IDBM is uniquely positioned as the only programme offered in all six schools of Aalto, allowing programme graduates to earn a Master’s degree in either business, design or technology.

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Life Science Technologies - Master of Science (Technology)

The Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies educates a new generation of engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs who are committed to improving human health and wellbeing through development of innovative scientific and engineering solutions. The programme has a strong focus on the technological aspects of Life Sciences and is closely connected to the world-class research at Aalto University in the fields of biological data analysis and modelling, bioinformatics, bioelectronics and biosensing, biomedical engineering, human neuroscience and neurotechnology, biomaterials engineering and synthetic biology.

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Joint international Master’s Programmes

International double/triple degree Master’s Programmes with partner universities from different parts of Europe.

You can find the application deadlines for each programme on the programmes' websites below.


Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (EIT Raw Materials), Master of Science (Technology)

Students will acquire an understanding of the full raw materials value chain and create a mindset for innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on sustainability. The programme covers the following themes: substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimized performance, material chain optimization for end-of-life products, and product and service design for the circular economy.

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Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy (Bioceb), Master of Science (Technology)

As the first European joint programme focusing on bioeconomy, the Master’s Programme in Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy (Bioceb) trains future research and innovation managers leaping to the forefront of the sustainable development movement. They are well-prepared for tackling global challenges like climate change mitigation and the preservation of biodiversity.

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Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT), Master of Science (Technology)

Real-world energy challenges, collaborative solutions, sustainable tomorrow - a pathway for an exciting future in sustainable energy and environmental work. This is a joint program leading into double Master's degree.

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European Mining Course, Master of Science (Technology)

The need of mineral-based materials is growing globally, partly related to the new green technology. Applications such as windmills and electric vehicles need traditional metals, but also many high-tech metals that support the environmentally sustainable future. Re-use of metals is important part in the materials cycle, but it will not satisfy the increasing demand of metals. Minerals need to be extracted from the earth’s crust far into the future. The European Mining Course (EMC) aims to train experts who possess wide-ranging skills and abilities to respond to this demand.

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The studies and research at the School of Chemical Engineering focus on:

  • forest industry technology
  • chemical engineering
  • industrial biotechnology
  • materials science and nanotechnology
  • metal and mineral processing and
  • energy technology.

The job descriptions of our graduate students are versatile and range from the metal, electronics and wood processing industries to the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food industries.

What could you study at Aalto University?

Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering

Find our Doctoral Programme below or check all the doctoral programmes at Aalto University here.

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Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering

The Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering comprises six research fields. The Departments of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2), Chemistry and Material Science, and Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering are jointly responsible for the programme.

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Student life

At Aalto University, we know that a world-class education is only part of the experience. We offer a tremendous student life, an international landscape and a thriving community. As an Aalto University student, you have excellent opportunities to become more internationally orientated and globally competent during your studies.

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    Litium ion batteries. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

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    Biomaterial scaffolds. Photo: Alexandra Zuhlke

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    Chitin nanocrystals from crab shell. Photo: Wenchao Xiang

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    Lattice materials. Photo: Luc Saint-Pierre

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    Multielectrode array meantmade from silicon wafer substrate. Photo: Joonas Heikkinen

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    Textile colours from nature. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

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    Wood and cellulose fabric. Photo: Marianna Granatier

    Nanocellulose yarn that captures hormones from waste water. Photo: FINNCERES

    Wood-based cellulose fibre yarn. Photo: FinnCeres

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    Shimmering wood. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

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