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).
Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Chemical and Process Engineering
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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.
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.
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
- Process control
- Conversion processes
- Work life skills
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
The School provides education for a wide range of responsible future professionals. M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates in technology work in diverse positions in Finland's largest industrial sectors, in the metal and electronics industry, wood processing industries as well as chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food industries. The research and teaching are supported by an extensive international academic and industrial cooperation network.
The focus areas of the education are the sustainable use and processing of natural resources and new materials, including their technical applications. In the studies towards the major, students acquire advanced knowledge in a specific area of biotechnology, chemical technology or material science and technology. The education leading to a master’s degree is based on the professional practices of fields requiring expertise in science and technology and on scientific research generating new knowledge. Students may choose their minors or elective study modules so that their degree is a combination of technology, business, and art, typical of Aalto University.
Students will adopt a responsible, goal-oriented and systematic way of working, and develop skills to work as experts in their area of specialisation both independently and in cooperation with experts of different fields, also in an international working environment. They will be able to express themselves clearly and unambiguously both orally and in writing and to tailor their communication to the target audience.
The School of Chemical Engineering trains Masters of Science (Technology) who have the skills and knowledge to work as pacesetters of the fields of biotechnology, chemical technology and material science and technology in various managerial, planning and research duties serving industry or related stakeholders, the scientific community or public sector. The studies of the programme provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for applying scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently and for continuing to doctoral education.
Graduates of the programme will have achieved the key scientific and professional working methods of their area of specialisation and will be able to continuously deepen their knowledge by acquiring, evaluating and processing scientific, technical and professional information. They will gain the knowledge and skills to understand the challenges of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment and be able to use this knowledge in developing new solutions, also as members of multidisciplinary teams.
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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
- 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
|What is evaluated||GPA of the bachelor’s degree|
What we look for in an applicant?
|The applicant's success in his/her previous studies (those that give basis for applying to the programme) will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA). Applicants are required to have a GPA equivalent to a minimum of 3.0 (on a scale 1.0 - 5.0, 1.0 being the minimum passing grade).|
|Method of demonstrating competence||Transcript of records, degree certificate|
|What is evaluated||Content and quantity of previous studies in relation to the applied study option-specific requirements|
|What we look for in an applicant?||
BSc or equivalent degree in a relevant field in the natural sciences or engineering.
Relevant degrees (fields): Chemical engineering, process systems engineering, oil and gas engineering, energy technology, or environmental engineering.
Examples of key subjects: Fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, process design and modelling, process control and automation, reaction engineering, unit operations
Knowledge and skills: A strong background in chemistry and other natural sciences is required.
In addition to the studies giving basis to apply to the programme, other possible studies are also evaluated. However, the study option should provide genuinely new knowledge and enhance the career prospects of the applicant. Thus, applicants who already have a master’s degree in a closely related field will only be admitted with well-justified reasons which should be explained in the motivation letter.
|Method of demonstrating competence||Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)|
|What is evaluated||Recognition and quality of the applicant's previous institution|
|What we look for in an applicant?||The applicant's previous institution (where the degree giving basis to apply was completed) will be evaluated based on the recognition and quality of the institution.|
|Method of demonstrating competence||International and national rankings of higher education institutions|
|What is evaluated||Applicant’s further applicability to the study option, motivation and commitment for the studies|
|What we look for in an applicant?||
The applicant must clearly demonstrate genuine motivation to study the chosen field. The applicant must also explain how his/her previous studies support studying in the chosen study option and why he/she would be a good candidate for the study option. Please see further instructions for the motivation letter below.
The studies should provide genuinely new knowledge. If the applicant already has a master's degree, he/she should clearly indicate why he/she is applying to complete another master's degree.
|Method of demonstrating competence||Motivation letter|
|What is evaluated||Work experience and other acquired knowledge/achievements e.g. publications|
|What we look for in an applicant?||
The applicant's other relevant achievements or experiences are evaluated if documented in the application:
|Method of demonstrating competence||Curriculum vitae, recommendation letters, proof of employment, publications|
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):
- The lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of the application. In particular, we pay attention to your ability of critical reflection.
- Max. 1 page, should be written in English.
- Examples of questions to consider when writing the motivation letter:
- Why are you applying to this master’s programme and major?
- What do you expect to gain from your studies in the master’s programme?
- Why do you think you are a good candidate for this master’s programme? How will your previous education, work experience, knowledge and skills support your studies?
- What are the areas in terms of knowledge and competences you need to develop
most to successfully complete the selected studies?
- What are your professional goals? In which sector would you like to work in the future? How do you think this master’s programme would support the development of your professional profile?
- Why do you want to study at Aalto University and in Finland?
- In case the applicant already has completed another master’s degree in a closely related field or if he/she has a study right to another master’s or doctoral programme, he/she is asked to explain why he/she is applying to complete another master's degree.
- Max. 3 pages, should be in English.
- Any experiences/achievements cannot be evaluated solely based on the curriculum vitae. Applicants always need to submit supporting documents (e.g. proof of employment).
- Max. 2 recommendation letters.
- The letters should be in English and written by a senior member of academic staff.
- Work experience in a field related to the study option.
- Scientific publications in a field related to the study option.
- Please, provide DOI or other clear reference of your publication
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.
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]