Master of Science in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering

Aalto University

Program Description
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Master of Science in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering

Aalto University

About the Programme

The School of Chemical Technology 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.

Learning Outcome

The learning outcomes of the master's degree are based on the aims set for education leading to a Master of Science (Technology) as defined in the degree regulations of the School of Chemical Technology. The learning outcomes of the degree are further specified in the major- and course- specific descriptions of learning outcomes.

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 Technology 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.

Structure of Studies

The master’s degree programme consists of 120 study credits. This means two study years including master’s thesis.

The programme includes:

  • 65 cr major subject courses
  • 30 cr thesis
  • 25 cr electives


The degree programme offers seven majors with possibility to combine different fields with elective studies. The majors are:

  • Biomass refining
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Fibre and polymer engineering
  • Functional materials
  • Sustainable metals processing

Evaluation Criteria

The Master’s programmes offered by the School of Chemical Technology apply the following principles during the academic evaluation of eligible applications. These principles are revised annually.

The student selection process is competitive. The applicant’s suitability for the programme is evaluated. The best applicants are granted admission to the programme.

The selection of students is primarily based on the application documents. Not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted, CHEM Master’s programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled.

The programmes reserve the right to interview the applicants if it is necessary to clarify the applicant’s motivation or other information in the application.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 20, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
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The application period is 1 December 2015 - 15 January 2016.
Start date Sept. 2017
Finland Espoo
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The application period is 1 December 2015 - 15 January 2016.
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Duration 2 years