Master's Programme in Chemical Engineering for Water Treatment

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Programme in Chemical Engineering for Water Treatment

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Every day 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural wastewater is discharged into the water bodies. Especially, water treatment is inadequate in many parts of the world and legislations concerning the wastewaters are constantly tighten.

Moreover, sustainability challenges us to reflect on water treatment in different ways. Instead of focusing on end-of-pipe-treatment for pollution prevention, we should shift towards optimal resource utilization and enhanced water recycling. On this basis it is obvious that novel and sustainable materials and technologies for water treatment are needed.

In this Master's programme you will learn how waters are purified not only efficiently but also in a sustainable and economical manner. You will obtain knowledge and skills that can be used to solve water related challenges in the future. You will get competencies to act as professional in the rapidly developing, multidisciplinary area of water and the environment, or to continue your studies in doctoral programmes. You will also develop team working skills.

Teaching and research are carried out in close cooperation with industry, other universities and research institutions. In the programme you will be provided with extensive knowledge in different fields of the water sector.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Water purification is in the core of LUT's expertise. After completing this study programme, you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge in water treatment, and the specific knowledge and competencies necessary to have the expertise in the chosen area of specialisation.

Diverse teaching methods and multicultural and multidisciplinary study groups ensure that you will have good skills in team and project work, communication and languages, presentation, culture and leadership.

You will

  • have a comprehensive understanding of the BAT and future water treatment technologies, covering advanced oxidation and various separation methods
  • be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge in process and environmental analytics and monitoring
  • have adopted the principles of sustainability in the water treatment
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant theories and techniques, problem-solving skills, and ability to independently use knowledge, equipment and tools for the design and development of practical water treatment applications
  • be able to work with others in task-orientated groups participating and interacting in the group in a productive manner.
  • be able to logically think through a problem and solve it

Degree Structure and Studies

The Master's Programme in Chemical Engineering for Water Treatment is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, MSc. (Tech.), which includes 120 ECTS credits.

Degree structure include core studies, specialisation studies, minor studies and elective studies. Degree structure table will be published soon.

Core studies (20 ECTS credits) include courses on environmental and process monitoring, basics of process development, and language studies. Core studies include also a research project course where you and your team will address topical research questions in the field.

Specialisation studies (70 ECTS credits) include courses on the following topics

  • industrial water treatment and biological water treatment
  • advanced oxidation and electrochemical methods
  • solid-liquid separation and membrane filtration
  • adsorption and ion exchange

Minor studies. Minimum 20 ECTS credits

Elective studies. Minimum 10 ECTS credits.

Master's Thesis and Seminar (30 ECTS credits) is an approximately 6 months full-time research project where you will demonstrate your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. It is a part of the student's core subject studies. Master's thesis project is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Career Prospects

In the programme you will acquire practical skills and learn the latest information about chemical engineering approach to water treatment. You will be trained to work in international, multidisciplinary and multicultural environments.

You may find placements in

  • chemical and process industry (users or pure water) as well as technology companies focusing on water purification
  • municipalities: water treatment plants
  • research institutes: development of new water treatment processes and technology, novel separation and purification materials, water quality monitoring methods

You will also be given a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.

Higher education in Finland is free for students coming from countries within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees for Master's programmes. The amount of tuition fee is 10 000 €/Master’s programme.

Extensive scholarships are available. There are three categories of available scholarships: full scholarship (covers tuition fee and living costs), tuition fee scholarship covering 100 % of tuition fee, and tuition fee scholarship covering 50 % of tuition fee.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
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The application period for starting your studies in August 2016 is December 1, 2015 - January 27, 2016.
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Lappeenranta
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The application period for starting your studies in August 2016 is December 1, 2015 - January 27, 2016.
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Duration 2 years
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