Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering
As a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, you will use your knowledge of chemistry and chemical engineering processes to develop new materials or to develop new sustainable production methods adapted to people and the environment. The combination of chemistry, technology and mathematics will give you the knowledge needed for designing a process from molecule to the full-scale production unit. As a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering you will be able to contribute to creating a sustainable society, for instance by working with development of production processes based on renewable resources. Knowledge of chemical engineering is vital for several global industries, for instance production of pharmaceutics, food products and pulp and paper.
A Bachelors degree of 180 ECTS cr. in Chemical Engineering, or equivalent, including the following:
- Mathematics 30 ECTS cr. covering basic one and multivariable calculus, introduction to vector analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra and numerical analysis and statistics.
- Basic Chemistry (min. 30 ECTS cr.) and Chemical Engineering (min. 40 ECTS cr.) totalling at least 90 ECTS cr.
- Basic engineering and natural sciences (min. 15 ECTS cr.) including mechanics.
- Course/s relevant to engineering 5 ECTS cr. in the humanities, social sciences or gender studies.
EducationYou will meet teachers who are active researchers working in projects together with industrial partners. The education is closely connected to the research and courses about different products from biomass, for instance paper, biomaterials and bioenergy are compulsory. You will also have the opportunity of taking other courses in chemical engineering or chemistry during one semester, for instance biotechnology, analytical chemistry or energy technology. There are good opportunities to take courses for one semester or write you final thesis abroad.
Form of InstructionInstruction is given in the form of lectures, classes, practices, laboratory work, and as project work under supervision.
ExaminationThere are no set examination periods, and generally no final exam at the end of a semester, an academic year, or a complete study programme. Examination usually takes place at the end of each course, module, or unit.
Professional ContactThe courses will have guest lecturers that work in the industry and are experts in their field. Courses during the first semester include study visits to nearby pulp and paper companies. In connection with projects students are introduced to one of the programme partner companies or any other suitable company, one of which may play a part in the completion of a degree project.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Pulp, paper, surface treatment and graphic technology (Obligatory)||15|
|Pulp Technology, Advanced Course I (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Paper Technology, Advanced Course I (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Surface Treatment and Printing of Paper Materials, Advanced Course I (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Pulp Technology, Advanced Course Part II (Elective)||7.5|
|Paper Technology, Advanced Course II (Elective)||7.5|
|Surface Treatment and Printing of Paper Materials, Advanced Course II (Elective)||7.5|
|Tissue Products and Technology (Elective)||7.5|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Optional course (Optional)||15|
|Optional course (Optional)||7.5|
|Optional course (Optional)||7.5|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Degree Project (Obligatory)||30|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.
Läsårs- och programvärderingar
Employment MarketWith a good knowledge of chemistry and its technical applications in design of processes and systems you have a competence that is attractive on the job market. As a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering you can work as a technical specialist, as a generalist or aim at a position involving management and supervision. It is likely that you will switch between different roles and tasks during you working career, for instance within development, production or marketing.
DegreeStudents who meet the general as well as special requirements will, on completion of the programme, be awarded a degree of Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. For examination and assessment regulations, see under the heading "Learning outcomes" (or "aims") in the programme study plan.
Further StudiesUpon completion of the programme, you may continue with doctoral studies in, for instance, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry. You will need to meet the prerequisites for doctoral studies of the subject chosen.
- Start Autumn 2016
- Mode of study Campus (Karlstad)
- Language Swedish
- Application code KAU-69303
- Study pace 100% (Day)