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

Industries are rapidly shifting towards processes that enable the sustainable production of chemicals and materials. In the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Master’s Programme, you learn the much-demanded skills to develop these modern processes that are crucial for achieving the global sustainability goals.
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Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

30 Nov 2023 – 2 Jan 2024

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Chemical Engineering

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies) Read more

Applying to master’s programmes

Webinar | Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Want to hear more about the Master's Programme in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering? In this webinar recording the programme representatives will introduce the programme and answer questions regarding the studies in the programme.

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In today’s world, environmental, social, and economical sustainability as well as process safety are at the very core of the development of processes where raw materials are converted to other chemicals, metals, and fuels. Industry experts are expected to know how to, for example, improve processes’ energy efficiency and advance towards a circular economy by reducing waste and recycling products.

In the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (CME) Master’s Programme, the main focus is on sustainable process development and implementation combined with the responsible use of natural resources. Students graduated from the programme have the necessary skills to work in varying process fields, such as the metallurgical, chemical, energy, forest, food, and pharmaceutical industries as well as the energy sector. Graduates are set for an exciting and meaningful career that enables them to accelerate the green transition.

On top of the skills acquired from their chosen major, our graduates have the same basic knowledge of the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering field. All our graduates are able to:

  • Apply engineering, natural sciences, and mathematics to solve complex problems in a chemical or metallurgical engineering context.
  • Design sustainable industrial-scale processes.
  • Aid the transition towards the use and production of renewable and recyclable resources.
  • Make decisions based on raw materials’ criticality and availability.
  • Select and design unit operations and processes for industrial applications.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in multidisciplinary groups to design economically feasible, safe, and ecological industrial processes.
  • Use computer-aided tools for process modelling, simulation, and control.
  • Follow the development of the field as well as acquire and use new scientific, technological, and societal information.
  • Devise and communicate strategic outcomes that meet academic, industrial, and societal requirements.

Language of instruction

In the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Master’s Programme, the language of instruction is English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Aalto University’s tuition fee for master’s programmes taught in English is 15 000 euros per academic year. Tuition fees apply to citizens of countries other than those of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

Aalto University has a scholarship programme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. The scholarship may cover 100% or 50% of the tuition fee.

More information on tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available at the Scholarships and Tuition Fees webpage.

Structure of studies

 The two-year Master’s Programme in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits:

  • Major studies (60-65 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (25-30 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

All the compulsory and specialisation courses are intended to be completed during the first year. The second year is dedicated to elective studies and the Master’s thesis. You can choose practically any combination of elective courses – from Aalto as well as other universities in Finland and abroad – that supports your studies and suits your interests.

Teaching methods

In this programme, teaching methods vary from lectures to laboratory work and process simulation with computer-aided tools. Students have the opportunity to use their acquired skills in a practical setting and develop new processes themselves. Additionally, many courses are carried out in cooperation with companies in the form of, e.g., industry assignments and projects.


The Master’s Programme in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering offers two majors students can choose from:

1. Chemical and Process Engineering

The Chemical and Process Engineering major is based on a multi-scale perspective of underlying physical and chemical phenomena in chemical processes. You will have the opportunity to focus on:

  • Heat and mass transfer, fluid dynamics.
  • Unit processes, such as chemical conversion and development of new materials.
  • Unit operations, such as purification technologies, utilisation of side streams, and separation of valuable materials.
  • Process system engineering covering process modelling, simulation, and control.

2. Sustainable Metallurgical Engineering

Without metals, there would not be modern cities, energy, transportation, smartphones, or

many other products that are today considered the standard for quality living. Metals have been and will be one of the main pillars of a modern society and economy.

The Sustainable Metallurgical Engineering major is the only major in Finland focusing on the sustainable production and recycling of metals and minerals. Students develop a deep scientific understanding of these fields and are set for a career that allows them to truly make a difference in the world. Within this major, you can focus on:

  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Minerals engineering
  • Sustainable minerals processing and engineering
  • Metallurgical thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Circular economy in metals and other materials

Get to know our professors

Get to know us: Ville Alopaeus

Ville Alopaeus has worked as a professor at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering since 2008. Researching separation processes and process modelling, Alopaeus aims to contribute to the transition towards a renewable energy and materials environment.

Professori Ville Alopaeus.

Jukka Niskanen brings polymer engineering expertise to Aalto University

Previously a researcher in Canada and Japan, Niskanen’s research involves the entire life cycle of polymers – from synthesis to the creation of finished materials, their properties, but also their post-use recycling.

Professori Jukka Niskanen kemian tekniikan korkeakoulun laboratoriotiloissa.
The people of the School of Chemical Engineering


Aalto University is known for its international study and research environment. Every year, Aalto welcomes thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad. Additionally, many of the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering professors and researchers have international backgrounds and experience, bringing their global networks close to the students.

At Aalto, students can improve their global competence by, for example:

  • Completing part of the degree, e.g., a minor, abroad in one of the international partner universities as an exchange student.
  • Choosing courses with an intercultural approach, learning foreign languages and/or becoming a student tutor for international students.
  • Conducting practical training or the Master’s thesis outside Finland.
  • Taking summer courses abroad.

Further study opportunities

The Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Master’s Programme provides a great foundation for doctoral studies.

Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering

Career opportunities

A shift towards sustainable manufacturing processes is occurring in all business and industrial contexts. Thanks to this, graduates from the Master's Programme in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering can act as experts in industrial fields covering metallurgy and chemical production as well as in the forest, pharmaceutical and food industries and the energy sector.

As our graduate, you may work as a:

  • Production and Design Engineer
  • Industrial R&D Professional
  • Scientist at academic and research institutes
  • Safety and Sustainability Expert
  • Industrial HR Manager

Aalto University has well-established career services that support students’ employment in Finland and abroad. Thanks to the flexible curriculum, many Aalto students work already during their studies and guarantee themselves entry positions before graduation.

Research focus

The Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering focuses on sustainable utilisation of raw materials as well as designing and developing more efficient processes for new materials and products. The department is in a key position in research related to:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Materials technology
  • Metals processing
  • Efficient energy technologies

You can read more about the research at the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering here.

Co-operation with other parties

At Aalto University, students may choose their elective study modules and combine science, technology, business, and arts. Students can supplement their studies with courses from other Aalto schools and programmes as well as courses offered by other universities, including international. This multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, friendships, networks, and ever so often, startups.

One of the strengths of the Master’s Programme in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering is close cooperation with the industry – from industry assignments, projects, and special courses with lecturers from the industry to conducting the Master’s thesis at a company. This level of cooperation is rather rare especially in the metallurgical field.

Evaluation criteria for the Master’s Programme in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Applicant evaluation process

The applicants are first evaluated based on Aalto’s general eligibility requirements (found on Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria decided in advance for each study option.

The selection process for those who meet the general eligibility criteria is described next. First, the applications are evaluated based on the following (critical) criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • Relevance of previous studies
  • Suitability

Only the applications that fulfill the requirements for these criteria will be evaluated against the full set of evaluation criteria.

After the evaluation of the remaining criteria below, the best applicants will be selected based on the joint evaluation of all criteria.

  • Recognition and quality of institution
  • Other areas of competence

The programme does not have a minimum quota to be filled, and not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted.

Study option-specific documents

The documents required from all applicants are listed on In addition, applicants to this programme are requested to provide the following study option-specific documents (if applicable):

Contact information

School of Chemical Engineering

For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents, and language tests, please contact [email protected]. If you want more information about the content of the programme and studies at the School of Chemical Engineering, you can reach out to our Learning Services: [email protected]

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