Innovative and Sustainable Chemical Engineering

120 credits (MSc, 2 years )

In response to the necessary transition to a sustainable society and heightened global competition, modern chemical processes need to be energy- and material efficient, compact, flexible, less toxic, safe, environmentally benign and conducive to the rapid commercialisation of new products.
This programme provides you with advanced knowledge and the skills necessary to improve and develop innovative processes that are environmentally sustainable as well as technically and economically sound.

Programme description

Developing the processes that convert commodities into finished products, decreasing the use of scarce natural resources and fossil fuels and replacing them with renewable alternatives, turning waste into new products, minimizing emissions and developing the next generation of exhaust after-treatment and renewable fuels. These are some examples of where Chemical engineers play a central role in developing the processes and products needed for the transition to a sustainable society.
The courses cover the basis of sustainable technology, the production of renewable materials and the efficient use of energy. More in-depth knowledge is obtained through three profile tracks within the programme: Sustainable development, Modelling and Design and Pulp and paper. Biorefinery, CFD- Computational Fluid Dynamics and Process Analytical Technology are examples of courses focusing on emerging fields for Chemical Engineers.

After the programme you will have
  • Comprehensive knowledge of chemical engineering subjects central to the production of materials and energy.
  • The ability to design and evaluate sustainable and innovative processes and systems.
  • The ability to plan, perform and evaluate experiments on the lab, pilot and plant scale.
  • Competence in performing and critically analysing advanced technical modelling and simulations of chemical phenomena and processes.
  • Develop new sustainable chemical products and processes
  • Identify environmental and sustainability limitations of processes
  • Develop processes for producing chemicals and energy from renewable materials

Educational methods

In most courses, you will work in groups with open-ended, complex, real-life and case scenario problems i.e. solutions must be found for problems with incomplete and uncertain data. Students have many opportunities to try alternative solutions and evaluate their ideas in comparison to existing industrial solutions. Also, adjunct professors and guest lecturers from industry present their views on product and process development.

As a student you are trained to:
  • Identify and formulate problems and to apply knowledge to the problem-solving process.
  • Collect, interpret, critically examine, analyse and evaluate technical information.
  • Understand and analyse the connections between society, technology, the environment and economics.
  • Present results and information both in writing and verbally.
  • Have a “fearless” attitude and embrace new challenges.
  • Cultivate professional attributes, such as a willingness to make qualified estimations and assumptions and a readiness to face open-ended problems and uncertain data.
  • Work in an international environment and be culturally aware.

Connections to research and society

Chalmers holds a leading position in chemical process research and the programme provides a first-rate base for PhD studies in strong research areas as well as a broad education at the forefront of the new technologies that are required by the industry. Examples of active research areas at Chalmers include:
  • Particulate and porous systems, e.g. drying, granulation and coating processes of importance in pharmaceutical and food process industries.
  • Multiphase fluid flow and mixing with chemical reactions applicable for a wide range of industries.
  • New chemical processes and products from the forest industry such as the development of biorefining processes and renewable fuels.
  • Chemical and environmental performance of products and processes.
  • Catalytic reaction processes for biofuel production and exhaust aftertreatment.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Career opportunities

Many traditional industrial sectors recruit students who graduate from this programme; some examples include pulp and paper, petrochemical, food and biotechnology, pharmaceutical, energy and consultancy companies. Many new areas have emerged in the grey area between chemical engineering and other fields of engineering and science, and graduates of Innovative and Sustainable Chemical Engineering have many new and exciting career opportunities in a wide range of fields.
 
Following graduation, students are qualified to work within research and the development of innovative and sustainable products and processes, production and process technology and advanced technical support. In general, they work as project managers or experts on teams to develop new products and processes or as process engineers responsible for operating large processes. 

 
​Entry requirements (academic year 2014/15)
General entry requirements
To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.
General entry requirements in detail

Chalmers Bachelor’s degree
Are you enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Chalmers now or do you already have a Bachelor’s degree from Chalmers? If so, different application dates and application instructions apply.

Specific entry requirements
Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Chemical Engineering or Bio Engineering.

Prerequisites: Transport phenomena, Engineering thermodynamics, Process control engineering or Chemical reaction engineering and Mathematics (linear algebra, multivariable analysis, differential equations).

English Language Proficiency
The most common and important scores that are accepted are
  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
​Application 
Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Credits: 120
Duration: 2 years
Level: Second Cycle
Rate of study: 100%
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK/academic year
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.
Application Code: CTH-25009
*EU/EEA citizens are required to provide documentation of citizenship (external link)
Contacts
Questions regarding the application and admission process:
Chalmers’ Admissions, 
admissions@chalmers.se

Specific questions about the programme's content:
Derek Creaser, Director of Master's Programme, derek.creaser@chalmers.se

Student life and programme experiences:
Read about the experiences of students at Chalmerists’ Stories.