Master in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment

General

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Program Description

The master’s programme in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment offers students a comprehensive education in the diverse field of chemical engineering with an emphasis on sustainability. Graduates will possess the engineering tools necessary to meet the future challenge of how best to use the available energy and finite natural resources.

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Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment at KTH

Students on the programme will gain advanced knowledge and skills in chemical engineering and obtain modern tools to analyse various processes. These processes can be anything from the production of biofuels and energy storage to the purification of drinking water and exhaust gases. Students will acquire competence through the whole chain, from raw materials to final product. The analyses of the processes often include aspects of chemicals, heat, electricity and the environment.

Year one and the first term of the second year consist of conditionally elective and recommended courses, allowing students to design their education to meet personal and professional goals. The remainder of year two consists of a compulsory project course in process design for industry and society. During the last term of the programme, a degree project is carried out either in industry, at a KTH department, or another university or research institute around the world.

Complementary skills such as problem-solving and teamwork are emphasised on many of the courses, as is written and oral communication. The courses are, therefore, to a large degree based on seminars and project assignments as a complement to traditional lectures. A majority of the courses include laboratory work in the research labs. The education is closely linked to the research conducted at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH in general, and the Department of Chemical Engineering in particular. The programme also has close links to Swedish industry, especially the motor vehicle industry through Scania and Volvo, and the utility industry through Fortum och Vattenfall. The programme provides an excellent basis for activities in countries outside Sweden, as most of the teachers have close contacts with foreign universities and companies. There are good opportunities to study parts of the programme abroad through student exchange with other prominent universities in the field of chemical engineering or degree project abroad.

This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH).

Topics covered

Thermodynamics, separation processes, transport phenomena, electrochemistry, batteries, fuel cells, environmental catalysis, exhaust gas cleaning, energy conversion and systems analysis of energy and resource systems, sustainability issues related to energy conversion, chemical production and resource recovery.

Career

The job market for engineers graduating from the programme is broad and international. Advanced skills in chemical engineering combined with an environmental focus provide an excellent basis for various careers in industry, government agencies and academia.

Chemical engineers with a specialisation in energy and the environment are very attractive for many different branches of industry, such as suppliers of energy and chemicals, the pulp and paper industry, the vehicle industry and in companies specialising in environmental issues such as the recycling of materials.

Programme graduates can be found in traditional Swedish industry, in small start-up companies, consultant companies, governmental institutions, research institutes and universities. Examples of companies that employ chemical engineers from KTH are energy-related companies such as Fortum, Stockholm Exergi and Vattenfall, companies in the pulp and paper industry, e.g. Holmen and Stora Enso and research institutes like RISE and IVL, chemical production companies like Akzo Nobel and Nynäs and car and truck manufacturing companies like Scania (buses and trucks), Volvo AB (buses, trucks and construction machines) and Volvo Cars (cars). A lot of graduates also continue their academic career with doctoral-level studies. The need for engineers with the competence offered by the programme will continue to be great in the future.

After graduation

Project leaders for development and production, production managers, quality assurance officers, product specialists, process engineers, or research engineers at a research institute

"There is equal emphasis on the project part and the exam part at KTH so we learn things better and in a more practical way. Every project is conducted in groups, so we learn group dynamics as well, which is another good thing."

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Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three sustainable development goals that best align with the focus of the master’s programme in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment are:

  • 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

The aim of these goals is the development of a sustainable society through innovation and technological advances. The programme provides tools for developing future sustainable systems for heat, electricity and material production and potentially environmentally friendly technologies such as batteries and fuel cells. The programme also provides the ability to develop new chemical engineering processes, such as sustainable resource recovery processes, which are one of the challenges in the transition to a circular economy.

Faculty and research

The master’s programme in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment is given by the Department of Chemical Engineering at the KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health. The Department of Chemical Engineering conducts research focused on some major themes: manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, functional surfaces, and environmental technology and energy conversions.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
  • TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.

Specific requirements for the master's program in Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment

A Bachelor's degree, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, in Chemistry or closely related subject including courses in:

  • Chemistry and Chemical engineering or closely related subject corresponding to at least 75 ECTS credits, of which at least 22,5 ECTS credits in Chemical engineering.
  • Mathematics corresponding to at least 20 ECTS credits.
  • Numerical analysis/Computer science corresponding to at least 9 ECTS credits.
Application documents

Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:

General documents

  • Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  • Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
Last updated Oct 2020

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