Innovative and Sustainable Chemical Engineering, MSc

120 credits (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.

Innovative and Sustainable Chemical Engineering​ master's at Chalmers

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 Forest Based Products and Related Processes. 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 and possibilities of processes
  • Competence in selecting sustainable pathways and processes for efficient utilization of biomass

Location: Campus Johanneberg

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.
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All courses are 7.5 Credits and students normally take two courses each study period. The program begins with 4 compulsory courses. A minimum of 4 of 7 semi-compulsory courses must be completed (see table). Students can, according to their interests, include elective courses from the program or even other master programs at Chalmers.

Students seeking more in-depth knowledge in a selected field are recommended to select courses based on the three profile tracks within the program.

During the last year, one can choose between a 60 Credits Master's thesis or a 30 Credits Master's thesis plus 30 Credits of elective courses.


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 at the intersection 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.

Connections to research and socie​​ty

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 to 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.

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Published: Tue 20 Oct 2020.