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Biomass Refining

Aalto University

24 months
15000 EUR/year
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The Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass Refining programme from Aalto University takes students to the front lines of renewable energy and biomaterials development.


Students choosing the Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass Refining programme from Aalto University as their major gain a deep understanding of biomass and its components on microscopic and molecular levels. The diverse and multidisciplinary study environment together with top-notch research centers and dedicated faculty prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career on the front lines of renewable energy and biomaterials development. 

Career opportunities

It is envisaged that in the coming years biomass conversion and biorefinery will be one of the main methods of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and replacing fossil carbon sources. As many businesses and sectors have or are looking to shift to renewable energy, there are plenty of opportunities for biomass engineering experts.  

Possible career paths may include:

  • Working in advisory, research, planning, or management positions in the forest or chemical industries or in equipment manufacturing companies chemical industry
  • Working as a consultant in engineering consultancy companies (e.g. Sweco, AFRY) 
  • Working as a renewable energy expert in big energy companies (e.g. St1, Neste, Fortum) 
  • Embarking on an entrepreneurial path and starting one’s own company
  • Following an academic path and becoming a researcher in the field

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainability in Bioproduct Industry
  • Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation 
  • Bioproduct Mill Recovery Processes 
  • Thermochemical Energy Conversion
  • Planning and Execution of a Biorefinery Investment Project 
  • Plant Biomass

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The applicant's success in his/her previous studies (those that give basis for applying to the programme) will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA). Applicants are required to have a GPA equivalent to a minimum of 3.0 (on a scale 1.0 - 5.0, 1.0 being the minimum passing grade).
  • Scanned colour copy of the original Bachelor’s degree certificate. 
  • Scanned colour copy of the original official transcript of study records.
  • If you have any other higher education degrees you wish to be taken into consideration in admissions, scanned colour copies of degree certificate and official transcript of records. 
  • Copy of a valid passport or an official government-issued identification card with photo and information on citizenship. 
  • Proof of language proficiency in the language of instruction of the study option. 
  • Portfolio (electronic). Most study options in the field of art and design, architecture and landscape architecture require an electronic portfolio in PDF-format. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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