The Master’s Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering

structure of masters degree programme 2015

Figure 1. Structure of Master’s Degree Programme.

Degree structure

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

The Master’s Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering includes:

  • 4-5 cr course (CHEM-E0100 Academic Learning Community), common to all majors in Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering
  • 60 cr major dependent studies
  • 30 cr thesis
  • 25 cr electives

Aims of the master’s degree

The aim of the education leading to the degree of Master of Science (Technology) is to:

  1. provide students with in-depth knowledge of the field of the major and give them the knowledge and skills needed to understand the challenges of the field from the points of view of users, technical and social systems, and the environment;
  2. provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for operating as an expert and developer of the field;
  3. provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently;
  4. provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for scientific postgraduate education and
  5. provide students with the language and communication skills needed to follow the scientific development of the field and to engage in scholarly communication in the field of science and technology.

The education shall be based on scientific research and the professional practices of fields requiring expertise in science and technology.

General learning outcomes

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 Technology. 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.

Students will adopt a responsible, goal-oriented and systematic way of working, and develop skills to work as experts in their area of specialisation both independently and in cooperation with experts of different fields, also in an international working environment. They will be able to express themselves clearly and unambiguously both orally and in writing and to tailor their communication to the target audience.

The School of Chemical Technology trains Masters of Science (Technology) who have the skills and knowledge to work as pacesetters of the fields of biotechnology, chemical technology and material science and technology in various managerial, planning and research duties serving industry or related stakeholders, the scientific community or public sector. The studies of the programme provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for applying scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently and for continuing to doctoral education.

Graduates of the programme will have achieved the key scientific and professional working methods of their area of specialisation and will be able to continuously deepen their knowledge by acquiring, evaluating and processing scientific, technical and professional information. They will gain the knowledge and skills to understand the challenges of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment and be able to use this knowledge in developing new solutions, also as members of multidisciplinary teams.

Common studies

The common course (CHEM-E0100 Academic Learning Community) consists of following themes:

  • global challenges and business opportunities in sustainable use and processing of natural resources from the point of view of users and technical and social systems and the environment
  • multidisciplinary team in developing new solutions as a response for the challenges and opportunities – collaboration between the majors and other programs in Aalto schools, if possible

 Language studies

Language studies are mandatory according to Aalto degree regulation. This means 3 ECTS credits including both oral and written part. You can select courses that have letters O (for oral)
and W (for written) in their name. Also basic Finnsh courses can be applied here. If you have taken equivalent language studies in your bachelor’s degree, you do not have to take them in your master’s degree.

Professonal training

Students can also include training in their studies. The below training courses can be included in elective studies.

  • CHEM-E0130 Professional Training (3-5 cr.)
  • CHEM-E0135 International Professional Training (3-5 cr.)  

Detailed information about the contents of courses can be found from WebOodi (Courses/teaching --> Search --> search by course code or name). No login needed.

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