Chemical engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field concerned with diverse materials and processes.

It covers many scientific and technological areas essential for human well-being, a clean environment and the sustainable use of natural resources.

In today's society, resources are becoming scarce and the environmental impact of manufacturing processes is a matter of growing concern. It is important to develop technology which is not harmful to the environment, to use natural resources rationally, and to minimise process waste.

Every day, two 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 legislation concerning the wastewater is constantly being tightened. 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 utilisation and enhanced water recycling. On this basis, it is obvious that novel and sustainable materials and technologies for water treatment are needed.

In this programme, you may choose to specialise either in Chemical and Process Engineering or Water Treatment.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing studies in this Master's programme, you will obtain sufficient scientific and technological knowledge for a career in chemical and process engineering in different fields of the process industry.

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. There are both Finnish and international students in this programme.

A graduate specialised in Chemical and Process Engineering will

  • have a solid theoretical background in core areas of chemical engineering
  • have strong engineering analysis and problem-solving skills
  • have practical engineering skills, such as the ability to make approximations and decisions under uncertainty
  • have the courage to create innovations and new technical solutions
  • possess project work and communication skills needed in the modern working environment.

During your studies, you will be able to create new sustainable solutions as a response to major global challenges. You will learn how to create, design, develop and promote innovations and new technology and to work in an international team.

As a graduate, you will possess a unique set of skills for creating sustainable, environmentally friendly chemical processes and products.

A graduate specialised in Water Treatment 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 of process and environmental analytics and monitoring
  • have adopted the principles of sustainability in water treatment
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant theories and techniques, problem-solving skills, and an 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.

During your studies, 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 become a competent professional in the rapidly developing, multidisciplinary area of water and the environment, and you will be eligible to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.

Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Chemical Engineering and Water Treatment 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, specialisation, minor and elective studies.

Core studies, 1 ECTS credit, include orientation course to Ms. studies.

In Specialisation studies, min. 80 ECTS credits, student selects to specialise either in Chemical and Process Engineering or Water Treatment:

Chemical and Process Engineering (81 ECTS credits) specialisation includes studies on biorefineries, modelling of unit operations, process intensification, product design.

Water Treatment specialisation (80 ECTS credits) includes studies on solution chemistry, membrane technology, biological wastewater treatment, solid-liquid separation.

In Minor studies (20 ECTS credits), a student selects one of the following minors:

  • Advanced Water Treatment (not for students specialising in Water Treatment)
  • Advanced Process Engineering (not for students specialising in Chemical and Process Engineering)
  • Biobased Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced Chemistry.

Elective studies: student can choose any courses offered by LUT to attain 120 ECTS credits.

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 programmes' double degree partner university is St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia.

Career Prospects

Chemical and process engineers play important roles in delivering innovations that take our world forward.

Specialisation in Chemical and Process Engineering

You will acquire the knowledge and skills to work in different fields of the process industry, most typically in research, development, and innovation functions of chemical companies and equipment manufacturers.

Other prospective positions include overseeing the construction of new plants, assessing the safety and environmental issues, supervising plant operations, etc.

You might find placement in the chemical, biomass refining, food processing or metallurgical industries. Graduates of this programme have found jobs in companies such as Outotec, UPM, Stora Enso, Norilsk Nickel, Orion Pharma, Dow, Kemira.

Additionally, the skills of chemical engineers are increasingly in demand outside the traditional process industry. You will also acquire a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.

Specialisation in Water Treatment:

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

You may find placement in:

  • the chemical and process industry (users of 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.

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)
Program taught in:
  • English
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