What will I learn?

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.

Structure of studies

The master’s degree programme consists of 120 study credits. This means two study years including master’s thesis. The programme includes:

  • 65 cr major subject courses
  • 30 cr thesis
  • 25 cr electives

Learning outcomes

After graduating from the major, the students:

  • are able to describe the global availability of biomass resources and can formulate scientifically justified arguments on the sustainable use of biomass.
  • can give an overall description of biomass structure, from macro structural aspects to microscopic and molecular level the emphasis being on the plant cell wall architecture and the structure and interactions of lignocellulosic components (cellulose, lignin, hemicelluloses, resins and inorganic compounds).
  • can identify the principal cellular organisms relevant in biomass refining and describe and apply the principles and practices in (bio)catalysis and explain how biosynthesis of plant cell wall constituents and cellular metabolites proceeds.
  • can model and simulate mass and energy phenomena in multiphase systems and are able to calculate material and energy balances of complex systems.
  • have thorough knowledge of the separation methods used in biomass refining, and based on this knowledge can formulate suggestions for practical applications.
  • can predict and describe chemical reactions of biomass components in different conditions and can design and perform experiments to test the hypotheses.
  • can give detailed scientific and technical descriptions on the industrial-scale mechanical, thermo-chemical, chemical, and biochemical methods for biomass fractionation into platforms (carbohydrates, lignin, extractives).
  • are able to suggest feasible and sustainable production schemes for value-added products from the platforms, including LCA analysis of the products.
  • can perform biomass fractionation experiments in practice and can use the most relevant analytical methods and equipment for analysing and characterising the products.
  • demonstrate an understanding of societal, economical, and environmental effects of engineering solutions.

Which department am I in?

School of Chemical Engineering

Study options

Full Time (120 ECTS; 2 years)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 16,832) per year
Start date

Expected September 2019

Venue

Aalto University

Otaniemi Campus,

Otakaari 24,

ESPOO,

Uusimaa,

02150, Finland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should hold a Bachelor's degree equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more to be eligible to apply. The degree must be of at least three years of full-time studies. The degree from a foreign university must in the awarding country give eligibility for corresponding Master’s level studies. An applicable degree may also be an internationally accredited university level MBA program. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic IELTS only) Overall Band Score 6.5 and Writing Band Score 5.5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) Total Score 59 and Writing Score 50; TOEFL IBT (Internet-based Test) Total Score 92 and Writing Score 22 or PBT (Paper-based Test) Total Score 580 and Writing Score 4.0 or PDT (Paper-delivered Test) Reading 22, Listening 22 and Writing 24; CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) - Grades A, B, C.

For international students

Applicants must have an appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Content of the previous degree

B.Sc. or equivalent degree in the natural sciences or engineering of a relevant field. Relevant degrees are e.g. in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology or chemical engineering or its subfields, such as process systems engineering, polymer engineering, food engineering or pulp and paper engineering.

The applicant's success in previous studies (those that give basis for applying into the programme) will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Preference is given to students with a GPA average equivalent to minimum of 3.0 (on a scale 5.0 max).

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic IELTS only) - Overall Band Score: 6.5; Writing Band Score: 5.5
  • TOEFL - Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT); Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT); PDT reading section 22, listening section 22 and writing section 24
  • CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) - Grades accepted: A, B, C
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic only) - Total score: 59; Writing score: 50

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