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, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.

The programme includes core studies, specialisation studies, minor studies and elective studies.

Core studies (20 ECTS credits) include courses on advanced water treatment, biological waste water treatment, environmental and process analytics and monitoring.

Specialisation studies (60 ECTS credits) include courses on advanced oxidation and electrochemical methods, solid-liquid separation and membrane technology, and water treatment in mining. Specialisation studies include also a research project course where your team addresses topical research questions in the field.

Minor Studies (20 ECTS credits) include courses on either separation technology, green process technology or process design.

Elective Studies. Minimum 20 ECTS credits from any disciplines at LUT, including language courses.

The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is part of specialisation studies and it is an approximately 6 months full-time research project where you will demonstrate your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Double degree studies for students from the partner university

Students from the partner university are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

Chemical Engineering for Water Treatment programme's double degree partner university is St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia.

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 October 27, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
2 years
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Application Period: 1 December 2016 - 25 January 2017.
Start date Aug. 2017
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