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Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology - Chemical Engineering

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. This program will provide you with a modern chemical engineering background that allows you to contribute to the development of solutions for a more sustainable future society.

This unique combination of skills opens up exciting future career opportunities in academic or cooperate research, applied engineering, or management. A chemical engineer with a responsible mindset can have a huge positive impact on the quality of lives for many and help to protect our environment.
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Bachelor of Science (Technology) + Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

7.1.2021 – 20.1.2021

Language of instruction:



3+2 years, full-time


General eligibility for higher education

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


180+120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Chemical Engineering

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €12000/y (Bachelor’s studies) + €15000/y (Master’s studies)

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Admission to Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology, Bachelor and Master of Science in Technology (3 yrs + 2 yrs)

General description

In the Chemical engineering major in Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology students learn the basic skills and knowledge required for a transition from an oil-based to a sustainable society. Utilizing natural resources is vital for a sustainable way of living and will be crucial for future economic growth, as it will provide also new business opportunities.

The focus of the major is on biotechnology and biomaterials, complementing the strong basics in mathematics and programming obtained in the basic studies. Harnessing the tools offered by chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology and engineering the major introduces how bio-based “thinking” will help in finding novel solutions to make this world more sustainable and create innovative products and solutions for applications ranging from construction materials and textiles to biofuels and medicine.

This combination of skills is very unique and allows you to specialize in many fields of chemistry and biotechnology as well as life science related topics in your future Master studies.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction in the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology and the Chemical Engineering major is English, meaning that all courses and exams are in English. Students with sufficient proficiency in Finnish can also choose the 20-25 credit minor subject of the bachelor’s degree in Finnish.

Studies at the master’s level can also be completed entirely in English.

Duration of the studies

By completing the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology, you will earn a Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree (180 ECTS), or tekniikan kandidaatti in Finnish. The degree is designed to be completed in three years.

After graduating from the BSc Programme the student automatically has the right to continue studies in selected master's programmes. By completing the Master's programme in field of Technology in Aalto University, you will earn a Master of Science (Technology) degree (120 ECTS), or diplomi-insinööri in Finnish.

Content of the studies

The bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) is composed of basic studies of the programme (65 ECTS mathematics, programming, industrial engineering and management, obligatory languages, Aalto studies, orientation), the major in chemical engineering (65 ECTS including BSc thesis and seminar), the minor (20-25 ECTS) and elective studies (25-30 ECTS). See the current programme curriculum on the student portal Into.

You will get basic knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry. Furthermore, you will be introduced to material sciences and polymer technology, renewable raw materials, product design, and related industrial processes. Your studies will be completed through a Bachelor thesis with a topic relevant to your studies.

Tracks/majors within the programme

The major in the bachelor's degree is Chemical Engineering.


The study environment in Aalto University is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. Aalto University also offers diverse possibilities for developing one’s global competence by e.g., completing part of the degree abroad in an international partner university, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.

After graduation/Post graduate opportunities

After graduating from Chemical Engineering major in Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology, you are directly entitled to enter the following MSc majors.

Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering (School of CHEM):

· Biomass refining

· Fibre and Polymer Engineering

· Sustainable Metals Processing


With a few additional courses (currently lectured in Finnish), the student can also be selected to other majors in

Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering (School of CHEM):

· Biotechnology

· Chemistry

· Chemical and Process Engineering


Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies (School of SCI):

· Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering.


Graduates can work at the interface of natural sciences, engineering and programming within the chemical engineering or biotechnology industries or in a field related to life sciences.

Career opportunities

This major gives you opportunity to select various MSc level study paths, after which many doors are open to you. You can for example:

· Select a researcher career focusing on topics that interest you most

· Aim at chemical industry, which has a huge global impact, and in Finland covers about 1/5 of industrial production and export

· Serve society in various ways

Focus areas of research

Students have the opportunity to interact with leading researchers in their respective field, and be involved in frontier research projects.


Aalto University has close links with the corporate world: our academic staff collaborates with Finland’s largest companies and the University supports the creation of smaller innovative startups around its campus. This collaboration ensures that our education is close to the needs of companies and helps our graduates to kick-start their professional career.

Aalto University also has several student exchange agreements with other universities around the world. You will have opportunity to participate in student exchanges and our staff will be available to guide you through this process.

Contact details

For enquiries regarding the application process and application documents, please contact [email protected].

For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies, please contact the Learning Services of Aalto University School of Science, [email protected].

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