The master’s degree programme consists of 120 study credits. This means two study years including master’s thesis.
The programme includes:
- 3–5 cr course common (CHEM-E0100 Academic Learning Community) to all majors in Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering
- 60 cr major dependent studies
- 30 cr thesis
25–27 cr electives
|Academic Learning Community (3 - 5)|
Major studies (60 cr)
Aims of the master’s degree
The aim of the education leading to the degree of Master of Science (Technology) is to:
- provide students with in-depth knowledge of the field of the major and give them the knowledge and skills needed to understand the challenges of the field from the points of view of users, technical and social systems, and the environment;
- provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for operating as an expert and developer of the field;
- provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently;
- provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for scientific postgraduate education and
- provide students with the language and communication skills needed to follow the scientific development of the field and to engage in scholarly communication in the field of science and technology.
The education shall be based on scientific research and the professional practices of fields requiring expertise in science and technology.
General learning outcomes
The learning outcomes of the master's degree are based on the aims set for education leading to a Master of Science (Technology) as defined in the degree regulations of the School of Chemical Engineering. The learning outcomes of the degree are further specified in the major- and course-specific descriptions of learning outcomes.
The focus areas of the education are the sustainable use and processing of natural resources and new materials, including their technical applications. In the studies towards the major, students acquire advanced knowledge in a specific area of biotechnology, chemical technology or material science and technology. The education leading to a master’s degree is based on the professional practices of fields requiring expertise in science and technology and on scientific research generating new knowledge. Students may choose their minors or elective study modules so that their degree is a combination of technology, business, and art, typical of Aalto University.
Students will adopt a responsible, goal-oriented and systematic way of working, and develop skills to work as experts in their area of specialisation both independently and in cooperation with experts of different fields, also in an international working environment. They will be able to express themselves clearly and unambiguously both orally and in writing and to tailor their communication to the target audience.
The School of Chemical Engineering trains Masters of Science (Technology) who have the skills and knowledge to work as pacesetters of the fields of biotechnology, chemical technology and material science and technology in various managerial, planning and research duties serving industry or related stakeholders, the scientific community or public sector. The studies of the programme provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for applying scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently and for continuing to doctoral education.
Graduates of the programme will have achieved the key scientific and professional working methods of their area of specialisation and will be able to continuously deepen their knowledge by acquiring, evaluating and processing scientific, technical and professional information. They will gain the knowledge and skills to understand the challenges of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment and be able to use this knowledge in developing new solutions, also as members of multidisciplinary teams.
Language studies are mandatory according to Aalto degree regulation. This means 3 ECTS credits including both oral and written part. You can select courses that have letters O (for oral) and W (for written) in their name. In addition, basic Finnish courses can be applied here. If you have taken equivalent language studies in your bachelor’s degree, you do not have to take them in your master’s degree.
You can freely choose courses so that the extent of the degree is 120 credits. However, please note the language requirements mentioned above, if needed. If you wish, you may choose a minor as a part of elective studies. The content of the electives are confirmed in your study plan (HOPS).