In a rapid and ever-changing world, the role and impact of modern chemical processes have never been more important. But to ensure sustainability and economic viability in commercial products and processes, efficiency, flexibility, safety, and minimal environmental impact are of the utmost importance.
This master’s program will provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to refine these processes and streamline the conversion of commodities into finished products. You will investigate how to decrease the use of scarce natural resources and fossil fuels and replace them with renewable alternatives, how to turn waste into new products, minimize emissions and develop the next generation of exhaust treatments and renewable fuels. In these areas and many more, chemical engineers have an essential role to play in the transition to a sustainable society.
The program will equip you with comprehensive knowledge of aspects of chemical engineering central to the production of materials and energy. You will learn to design and evaluate sustainable and innovative processes and systems, and to plan, perform, and evaluate experiments at lab, pilot, and plant scales. You will also receive extensive education and training in critical analysis and modeling of new chemical phenomena, and look at questions and considerations in sustainability and environmental issues.
The courses in the program cover the bases of sustainable technology, the production of renewable materials, and efficiency in energy usage. More in-depth knowledge is obtained through three profile tracks available within the program: Sustainable development, Modelling and Design, and Forest Based Products and Related Processes. Topics such as process design, biorefining and cellulose technology form some of the fundamental areas of the program.
Most of the courses in the program will consist of group work with open-ended, complex, real-life scenarios. You will have the opportunity to try alternative strategies and evaluate your ideas in comparison with existing industrial solutions. You will be trained to identify and formulate problems, collect, interpret and critically examine technical data and information, and embrace challenges with a bold and fearless attitude, in a professional and international atmosphere.
Many industrial sectors recruit students who graduate from this program; some examples include pulp and paper, chemical, food and biotechnology, pharmaceutical, energy, recycling, battery production, and consultancy companies. Many new areas have emerged at the intersection between chemical engineering and other fields of engineering and science, and graduates of Innovative and sustainable chemical engineering have also new and exciting career opportunities in a wide range of fields.
Following graduation, you are qualified to work in research and the development of innovative and sustainable products and processes, production and process technology, and advanced technical support. In general, you can work as a project manager or team expert in developing new products and processes. You can also work as a process engineer and be responsible for operating large processes.
General entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, Technology, or Architecture
To fulfill the general entry requirement for a Master's program at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (minimum 3 years, 180 Swedish higher education credits) in either Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture.
All applicants must document their formal academic qualifications to prove their eligibility. Only documentation from internationally recognized universities will be approved by the Swedish Council for Higher Education which manages the website universityadmissions.se.
If an applicant is also a holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be to fulfill specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fulfill the general entry requirement on its own.
In your final year of Bachelor's Studies
Students in their last year of studies who don't yet have documentation of their soon-to-be-completed degree can be accepted.
Degrees that are constructed on one another cannot consist of the same course
Applicants who fulfill the general entry requirements for the second cycle (master’s level) programs and eventually specific entry requirements can be admitted to a master’s program. Applicants cannot be evaluated as unqualified in the qualifying academic merits which include courses from the program’s plan in those programs that they have applied for if that occurs.
Courses included in an earned first cycle degree (bachelor’s level) or professional qualification of at least 180 cr. (180hp) or the equivalent foreign qualification that are prerequisites for master’s qualifications may not be included in the higher qualifications. This also applies to prerequisite courses for master’s programs, regardless of whether they are included in the underlying qualification. *
*) Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology - first and second cycle qualifications.
Restrictions for Citizens from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Chalmers cannot admit applicants with citizenship of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea only to any program or course, due to the Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509 of 30 August 2017 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and repealing Regulation (EC) 329/2007.
For applicants with double citizenship of which one is of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the other of another country, the citizenship of the other country has precedence in this respect.​