Master's Programme in Biorefineries

LUT University

Program Description

Master's Programme in Biorefineries

LUT University

The sustainable production of energy, food, chemicals, and materials is a major challenge today and for future generations.

The production has until now been based on fossil raw materials but this has, in turn, caused very serious environmental challenges.

The use of renewable raw materials where it is technically possible and economically feasible is one of the corner technologies for mitigating climate change and saving scarce natural resources.

Biorefineries cover a wide range of technologies and materials, and this programme examines these issues with an open mind and with a wide scope on not only technologies but also on the opportunities they offer in terms of new competencies, solutions, and critical assessments. In this Master's programme, you will specialise in biorefining and related industries or e.g. in the circular economy.

The Master's Programme in Biorefineries is delivered as flexible distance learning independent of place or time. It is well suited for people already in the working world in Finland or abroad, aiming for professional development and the upgrading of qualifications. This programme is a practical solution to practical lifelong learning.

Intended learning outcomes

Teaching in this Master's programme has been planned in close cooperation with the industry, and it takes into account the development directions and new opportunities in the educational environment.

Diverse distance teaching methods and students with versatile working experience ensure that you will study in a multicultural and multidisciplinary group. There are both Finnish and international students in this programme.

A graduate specialising in Biorefining will:

  • have comprehensive knowledge of the modern biorefining technology, products, and raw materials
  • have good knowledge of technologies integrated into biorefineries, e.g. wastewater treatment
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of sustainable solutions and technologies, problem-solving skills and the ability to design and develop practical biorefining applications
  • have the courage to create innovations and new technical solutions
  • possess project work and communication skills needed in the modern networked environment.

During your studies, you will learn to design and develop processes and production of materials based on modern biorefining technologies. You will have a unique opportunity to update your knowledge and studies concerning biorefining.

As a graduate, you will possess a unique set of skills for designing, planning, assessing and operating sustainable, environmentally friendly biorefining processes and products.

Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Biorefineries is a two-year programme that is delivered as distance learning. In addition to virtual instruction, the programme includes a couple of contact teaching days (seminars, laboratory work etc.) per academic year on the Lappeenranta campus.

The programme 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 include introduction courses to M. Sc. studies and research activities in the field of biorefineries and chemical engineering in general. They also include studies on the connection between technology and society.

Specialisation studies deal with, for example, alternative biorefineries and enabling technologies, e.g. solid-liquid separation, biological wastewater treatment, and bioeconomy. The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Minor studies (if any, depending on the extent of the specialisation studies) and elective studies can be freely chosen by the student. Some of the minor subjects at LUT are offered as online studies and minor studies in the circular economy. One of the recommended minor subjects for the students of the Master's Programme in Biorefineries is the LITO package – basic business studies targeted to other than business students and offered completely online as a joint effort of ten Finnish universities.

Career prospects

You will acquire the knowledge and skills to work in different fields of the biorefining industry, most typically in research, development, or various operations of biorefining sites and related equipment manufacturers globally.

You will also be able to work in project management and consulting companies, education, or assessing related laws, regulations, and actions taken by authorities. You will also gain knowledge on biorefining to be able to discuss future choices critically within the biorefining industry, to renew the strategy of your company, or to work as a decision-maker.

The circular economy is also a very closely related field: this Master's programme is not restricted only to the biorefining industry but applies more generally to industry related to the use of renewable resources.

You will also obtain a firm basis for continuing your studies in doctoral programmes.

How to Apply

You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:

  • Rolling Admission (1 October 2018−31 May 2019)
  • Regular Admission (3 December 2018−23 January 2019)
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated December 4, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
2 years
10,000 EUR
for Non-EU/EEA students
Jan. 23, 2019
(Regular Admission). May 31, 2019 (Rolling Admission).
Finland - Lappeenranta
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 23, 2019
(Regular Admission). May 31, 2019 (Rolling Admission).
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Aug. 2019
Finland - Lappeenranta
Application deadline Jan. 23, 2019
(Regular Admission). May 31, 2019 (Rolling Admission).
End date Request Info