Prospective master’s students from an Aalto bachelor’s programme

If you have graduated or will graduate from the Bachelor's Programme in Chemical Engineering, you can continue your studies at the Master level in the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering by applying to one of the programme's majors.

 Instructions for Aalto CHEM bachelor's students

Students are eligible to apply to any major of the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering. In some cases, students will be required to supplement their bachelor's studies with an additional 1–3 courses. More information on the requirements can be found here.

Students can apply to a major during the application period in early spring. An additional application period is organized in late spring.

The application period 2021:

Those who have or will received their bachelor's degree from another programme at Aalto University can apply to the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering under certain conditions.

 Instructions for other Aalto bachelor's students

Bachelor's students within the field of science and technology have under certain conditions the opportunity to continue his/her studies in the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering, please see the requirements

The application period 2021:

Bachelor's students within the field of science and technology mainly follow the same application procedure and criteria as CHEM bachelors. Instead of possible supplementary courses (which are required for CHEM bachelors), they need to fulfill these requirements.

Prospective master’s students from outside Aalto University

If you are a prospective graduate student coming from outside of Aalto University, you can apply to this programme through a separate application process which is organized once per year. Please find more information (general information, deadlines, application form) on the Applying to master's programmes website.


 The admission criteria in the School of Chemical Engineering 2020

School of Chemical Engineering admissions criteria 2020

Proposed by the degree programme committee on 7 May 2019.
Approved by the school academic affairs committee on 21 May 2019.

1. General

This document examines the admission criteria of the School of Chemical Engineering and is based on ‘Aalto University General Admissions Criteria (2020)’. The University Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) approved the ‘Aalto University General Admissions Criteria’ at its meeting of 14 May 2019.

2. Study options available for application, their languages, intake quotas and minimum requirements

The study options as well as their languages and minimum requirements (for engineering and architecture, or ‘DIA’) are discussed in the Academic Committee of Chemical Engineering, after which the dean’s proposal is forwarded to the university president for approval.

3. Transfer application procedure

Finnish universities admit transfer students, according to section 36 of the Universities Act (558/2009). ‘Transfer student’ in the Act refers to a student whose right to study is transferred from one university to another, or from one degree to another within a single university. This means that a student admitted to pursue e.g. a Master of Science (Technology) degree at Aalto University may transfer within Aalto to pursue a Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) degree instead. Students should apply for transfer during their first year of study, taking into consideration, however, absences permitted by law.

Aalto University’s general procedures concerning applications by transfer students are defined in Aalto’s general admissions criteria. According to the admissions criteria, students applying for transfer between Aalto University schools of technology (in an engineering field) may be evaluated for their past academic performance (grade point average), the number of credits earned and the number of transferable credits. The applicant must have earned by the end of June a minimum of 55 credits that can be transferred towards the basic or major studies of the degree and that have a grade point average of at least 3.5.

The school will specify more detailed assessment criteria for the study options as necessary. When deciding on the student places available, each study option defines an intake quota on the number of transfers.

The School of Chemical Engineering has more detailed criteria for evaluating transfer applications to the Bachelor's Programme in Chemical Engineering as follows:

  • The applicant must have earned by the end of June a minimum of 55 credits that can betransferred towards the degree and that have a grade point average of at least 3.5.
  • The following must be attached to applications for transfer: an official transcript of studies, adescription of courses the student will complete by 30 June, course descriptions from the university (if other than Aalto), the student’s plan for credit transfer and for completing his or her degree studies.

4. Changing degree programmes between Aalto schools of technology during the bachelor’s stage

If the student’s right to study towards a degree (e.g. a Master of Science (Technology)) is unchanged, the process concerns a change of degree programme, the rules for which are defined in the Aalto University general admission criteria. The process for switching degree programmes follows the same timetable and, when possible, the same admissions procedure as those used in other transfer applications.

Changing degree programmes between Aalto University schools of technology (in an engineering field) during the bachelor’s stage occurs according to the same assessment criteria as in other transfer applications. In switching degree programmes, the credits transferred are towards the degree, not towards the basic or the major studies.

Students who are switching degree programmes between Aalto University schools of technology, but within an engineering field, may be evaluated for their academic performance (grade point average), the number of credits earned and the number of transferable credits. The applicant must by the end of June have earned a minimum of 55 credits that can be transferred towards the degree and that have a grade point average of at least 3.5.

The school sets other criteria as necessary on the admission of transfer students into its degree programmes. A quota may be set on the number of transfer students into a degree programme.

More details on the criteria for transfers to the School of Chemical Engineering are as follows:

  • Applications for transfer to a degree programme must include: an official transcript of studies; a description of what courses the student will complete by the end of June; the student’s plan for credit transfer and for completing degree studies.

5. CONTINUING STUDIES IN THE MASTER’S STAGE

The practices for students continuing studies within one school is decided by that school and in the joint programmes of the schools according to the governance model of the programme.

Under the degree regulations of the School of Chemical Engineering, section 4: ‘Students admitted to pursue both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree may begin studies towards a master's degree when they have earned the bachelor’s degree or at least 150 credits towards it.’

5.1 Continuing studies towards a Master of Science degree after completing the Bachelor’s Programme in Chemical Engineering

Under the Aalto university general admission criteria, every bachelor’s programme specifies the master’s programme in which students may continue their studies. Students with a right to study at Aalto University in the field of technology may apply to another degree programme in the field of technology provided they meet the conditions specified in the admissions criteria.

Students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Chemical Engineering are eligible to apply to any major of the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering, although in some cases students will be required to supplement their bachelor major with an additional 1–3 courses (Attachment 1). The supplementary courses are counted towards either the major, minor or the electives of the bachelor’s degree.

The School of Chemical Engineering will organise 1–2 application rounds in 2021 for students who have earned or will soon earn a bachelor’s degree. Students announce their preferred major in the application. Admission to the major requires that the bachelor’s degree provides the student with the knowledge and skills required for continuing to the major (see Attachment 1 for the requisite courses). If there is a need to eliminate applicants in the admissions process to the major, the applicants will be ranked based on the time spent on the studies for the bachelor’s degree (credits earned per terms attended) and on their grade point average.

The first application round of 2021 is in January 2020 and applications should follow the detailed instructions given by Learning Services. Students who apply in spring 2021 will begin their studies in the master’s programme in autumn 2021. These students will have earned their bachelor’s degree, or at least 150 credits towards it, by 1 September 2021. The timing of the supplementary application round for 2021, if organised, will be communicated later.

5.2 Continuing studies towards a Master of Science (Technology) degree after completing the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology; Chemical Engineering major

Every bachelor’s programme specifies the master’s programme in which students may continue their studies. The Academic Committee of Chemical Engineering has approved paths to continue (Attachment 1) for Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering major students at its meeting 2/2019, 2 April 2019.

5.3 Continuing studies towards the same master’s degree, but in a programme not covered by the current right to study

A decision on transferring between Aalto schools of technology from the bachelor’s to the master’s stage was made by the University Academic Affairs Committee on 11 October 2016. The transfer practices of the School of Chemical Engineering’s study options have been approved by the Academic Committee for Chemical Technology (later Chemical Engineering) on 29 November 2016. The transfer procedures have been described on Into:https://into.aalto.fi/display/ensaannot/Continuing+studies+in+a+different+school+of+technology+after+a+Bachelor%27s+degree

The School of Chemical Engineering  has elaborated the decision of the University Academic Affairs Committee as follows: The new procedure applies to all students with a limited right to study.

6. Continuing studies in a different master’s programme leading to an M.Sc. (Tech.) degree or changing majors within a master’s programme

The School of Chemical Engineering has one master’s programme, the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering. The programme has seven majors, which constitute the study options available for application. As switching to another study option requires taking part in the master's-level admissions process, students who wish to switch between these majors must apply through that process. Other School of Chemical Engineering master’s programmes are joint programmes with their own procedures defined separately.

7. Continuing studies in the Life Science Technologies programme

The Master’s Programme in Life Science Technologies is jointly organised by the School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM), the School of Science (SCI) and the School of Electrical Engineering (ELEC). The criteria to be met by students of ELEC, SCI and CHEM who wish to continue in a major of the programme will be confirmed by the degree programme committee of Life Science Technologies.

Students who wish to continue studies at the master’s level in the Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering major in autumn 2021 shall declare their choice of this major in January 2021 according to the detailed instructions of Learning Services.

Students with other degrees or studies must apply to the Biomaterials Engineering major in the master’s- level admissions.

8. Continuing studies in the Advanced Energy Solutions programme

The Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions is jointly organised by the School of Engineering and the School of Electrical Engineering. It offers one major in the School of Chemical Engineering, that of Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability. The admissions criteria to the Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions are approved by the Academic Committee for Engineering.

Students who wish to continue studies at the master’s level in the Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability major in autumn 2021 shall declare their choice of this major in January 2021 according to the detailed instructions of Learning Services.

9. Criteria for academic evaluation

The academic evaluation of applications is done by the schools. The general admissions criteria specify that the academic evaluation criteria include the applicability of previous studies, academic performance, motivation and the potential of the programme to offer new knowledge to the student. The Academic Committee for Chemical Engineering approves the academic evaluation criteria by each year before the start of the application period.

10. Admissions criteria to the doctoral programme

The admissions criteria for the doctoral programme are approved by the Academic Committee for Chemical Engineering according instructions by Aalto University general admission criteria.