Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Chemical and Process Engineering

From natural sciences to sustainable and profitable chemical process industries
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1.12.2021 – 3.1.2022




2 vuotta, täysipäiväinen


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120 opintopistettä


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EU/ETA-alueen ulkopuoliset kansalaiset, €15000/v (maisteriopinnot)

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Study objectives

The Chemical and Process Engineering major is based on a multi-scale perspective of underlying physical and chemical phenomena in chemical processes. If you want to become an engineer with a deep knowledge on how natural sciences are applied with the best engineering practices in areas such as chemical process industries, fuel refineries and urban mining – join us!

This major gives you capabilities to design feasible, energy efficient and sustainable chemical processes and products with the help of modern tools. Our graduates can act as experts in for example chemical processing and reaction engineering in various industrial fields.

Chemical and process engineering Lab

Language of instruction

In all majors in the Master’s Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering the language of instruction is English. It is also possible to complete some courses in Finnish or Swedish.

Study contents

Students in the Chemical and Process Engineering major are part of a larger student community in the Master’s Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering. All students in the programme participate in the Academic Learning Community course (3-5 ECTS) which helps students set their personal goals for effective learning, collaborate in a multicultural and multidisciplinary learning environment. Students in the Chemical and Process Engineering major then take common compulsory courses totaling to 35 ECTS. The core courses introduce students to separation and purification technologies, process and product design, reaction engineering, process dynamics and control and conversion processes. Laboratory work and process simulation tools will become familiar during the major studies. In addition to the core courses, students choose a total of 25 ECTS from a wide range of specialisation courses.

The Chemical and Process Engineering major will provide you with a wide variety of different skills and knowledge.

You will have an understanding of:

  • Design of sustainable processes
  • From idea to production
  • Environmental impacts
  • Combining chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering
  • Global sustainability and wellbeing in future


You will have skills in Chemical Engineering on:

  • Separation and purification technologies
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Product, process and reactor design
  • Empirical work
  • Digitalization
  • Process control
  • Conversion processes
  • Work life skills
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Student Veera Petäjäniemi: 'Through research, I can make an actual impact on the world.'

Veera Petäjäniemi graduated in 2021 from the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Chemical and Process Engineering. She is currently working as a Process Development Engineer at Fermion, a Finnish manufacturer of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API).

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Major or specialization fields

Students in the Chemical and Process Engineering major take 25 credits of specialisation courses. These courses are divided into the following areas:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Plant Design
  • Process Systems Engineering

Students are free to choose which areas they want to focus on.

Tuition fees 

The tuition fee is €15 000 for non-EU/EEA students. Further information on the tuition fees and the scholarship system: Tuition fees and scholarships

Structure of studies

Overall, the Master’s Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering – Chemical and Process Engineering comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Major dependent studies (63-65 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (25-27 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

Final project

Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. Master's theses are typically performed in cooperation with industry or in the research project(s) of the department(s) of the school.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Chemical and Process Engineering major, you will have the skills and knowledge to work as a pacesetter of your field in various managerial, planning and research duties serving industry or related stakeholders, the scientific community or public sector. You may work as a:

  • Industrial R&D professional
  • Production and design engineer
  • Production engineer with automation emphasis
  • Scientist for academic and research institutes
  • Safety and sustainability expert
  • Industrial HR manager

You might work in engineering companies, the chemical or forest industry, oil and biorefineries, metal refineries, with wastewater treatment or instrumentation.

You will be an expert in environmentally friendly products and production technologies, circular economy and bioeconomy!

Aalto University has well-established career services to 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. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, working as a springboard for founding a company.

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The study environment in the programme is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The international atmosphere can be seen in everyday life at the School of Chemical Engineering, where approximately 35 percent of academic personnel and 20 percent of master’s students are from abroad. Our teaching methods support networking with people from diverse backgrounds.

Aalto University offers many possibilities for students to develop their global competencies. Students can, for example:

  • complete part of the degree, e.g. a minor, abroad in one of the international partner universities as an exchange student
  • choose courses with an intercultural approach, learn foreign languages and/or become a student tutor for international students
  • conduct practical training or Master’s thesis outside Finland
  • take summer courses abroad
  • benefit from several funding options available for internationalisation

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through their studies, but also through multiple free time events, celebrations and extracurricular activities around the campus. Active tutoring programs and support services work hard to help international students integrate to the Nordic culture and feel at home in Finland.

Co-operation with other parties

One of the strengths of this major is the close cooperation with industry: from industry assignments, projects in courses and special courses with teachers from the industry to conducting the Master’s thesis in a company. Furthermore, field trips and excursions to companies and research institutes of the field give new perspectives to studying. We recommend that you to participate in these activities to enhance your position in the international job market. Many of the Finnish companies in the field operate internationally. In addition, departments have academic co-operation with high quality international universities and organizations.

Students can include multidisciplinary studies to their degree by choosing courses from the fields of arts and business within Aalto University. They can also take courses from other Finnish universities via The Flexible Study Right Agreement (JOO).

Aalto University is well-known for bridging the disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus and freedom of choosing elective courses across the University bring students from different fields together. This spontaneous multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

Postgraduate study opportunities

The Master’s programme in Master’s Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering – Chemical and Process Engineering at Aalto is considered a great foundation for doctoral studies.

School of Chemical Engineering

Major Chemical and Process Engineering is a part of the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering. The School of Chemical Engineering combines natural sciences and engineering in a unique way. This allows the results of our research to be refined a long way and put into practice as ready products and processes. Each innovation secures both our renewable and non-renewable natural resources for the future.

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Programme-specific admission requirements

Applicants are first evaluated based on Aalto’s general eligibility requirements (found on https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes). Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies are then evaluated according to the evaluation criteria below. 

Applications are first evaluated based on the following (critical) criteria. 

  • Academic performance 
  • Relevance of previous studies 

Only the applications who 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
  • Suitability
  • Other areas of competence

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

Evaluation criteria for Chemical and Process Engineering

Study option-specific documents

The documents required from all applicants are listed on https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes. In addition, applicants to this programme are requested to provide the following study option-specific documents (if applicable):

Complementary studies

Students admitted to the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering may be required to take complementary studies, max 20 credits. Complementary studies may not be included in the degree of Master of Science (Tech).

The content and number of the complementary courses depend on your previous studies. The complementary studies will be set latest in September.

Contact information

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

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

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