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Industrial Sciences: Chemical Engineering

Course Description

This master's programme includes a variety of disciplines. In addition to fundamental chemical-scientific course units, the curriculum includes the fields of socio-economics (company management, economics) and chemical technology (engineering, separation techniques, chemical process technology, industrial process technology, surface chemistry, environmental technology, etc.). A flexible cross-campus elective package and a master's thesis conducted in either a research-specific or industrial context enable you to focus your studies according to your specific interests and career goals.

Sustainable Process and Materials Engineering option

In the Sustainable Process and Materials Engineering option emphasis is placed on reliable technology that meets today's needs without jeopardising the welfare of future generations. This implies that materials and energy must be used efficiently, taking into account their impact on the environment. Thus, on the one hand this option is aimed at sustainable designing, development, and manufacturing of products and systems, and on the other it is aimed at development, properties, characterisation, production and processing of (new) materials.

This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Add an in-company or project-based learning experience to your master's programme

You can augment your master's programme with the Postgraduate Programme Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This programme is made up by a multifaceted learning experience in and with a company, with an innovative engineering challenge as the central assignment. It is carried out in a team setting, has a distinct international dimension, and usually requires a multidisciplinary approach. Entrepreneurs and students alike are encouraged to innovate, transfer knowledge and grow. It is a unique cross-fertilisation between company and classroom.


The Master of Industrial Sciences in Chemical Engineering is capable of:
· selecting, formulating, analyzing and answering appropriately a research question of his own choice based on a theoretical or practical problem in his area of technology while taking into consideration the paradigms and making use of appropriate research methodology.
· designing, implementing, testing, and improving industrial processes in a chemically and technologically responsible manner.
· researching, developing and applying new materials such as polymers, composites, metals and ceramics.
· integrating environment and safety in the various phases of a process supported by the principles of sustainable development.
· managing technology and communicating efficiently the results of his own work, study and research.
· continuing the process of self-education as well as coaching others in their development as individuals and professionals.
· integrating relevant research, work and/or study experiences acquired in a different environment either at home or abroad.
· functioning and cooperating in multidisciplinary and international teams through project work and through an exchange of views and opinions.
· recognizing and taking into consideration the ethical, economic, ecological and aesthetic aspects and implications of his actions

[[Career paths]]

The chemical sector (petrochemical, synthetic, pharmaceutical, etc.) offers a broad and fascinating field of work. On completion of this master's programme, you are equipped with the skills to lead and coordinate industrial production units and research, analysis and screening laboratories in technical-commercial, administrative and educational environments. You can also set up applied research and design activities on a self-employed basis.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with the following will be considered for admission: Bachelor of Industrial Sciences, option Chemical Engineering; Bachelor in de industriële wetenschappen, optie Chemie; Bachelor of Science/Engineering in Chemical Engineering. Applicants with the following can be granted admission subject to successful completion of a preparatory programme (possibly already including some master courses): Bachelor of Industrial Sciences with a different major; Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a different major; Bachelor of Science in a related field. More information: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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