Chemical Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
The Chemical Engineering programme at KU Leuven aims at applying chemical engineering principles to develop products and to design, control and improve industrial processes, taking into account environmental, safety and economical aspects.

About

With a focus on process, product and environmental engineering, the programme guarantees a solid classical chemical engineering background. In addition, it focuses on modern aspects of chemical engineering such as process and product intensification, energy efficient and sustainable processing routes, biochemical processes and product-based thinking.

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering programme at KU Leuven is primarily aimed at applying chemical engineering principles to develop technical products and to design, control and improve industrial processes. Students also learn to take environmental and safety issues into account during all phases of the process.

Two guiding principles of sustainable development – the rational exploitation of resources and energy, and the application of the best available technology – are emphasised, as is the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle”.

As a chemical engineering student, you will learn to think in a process-oriented manner and grasp the complexity of physico-chemical systems. Even more than other specialists, you will be asked to solve problems of a very diverse nature. Insights into processes at the nano and micro scale are fundamental for the development of new products and/or (mega-scale) technologies.

While students should have a foundational knowledge of chemistry, the underlying chemistry of the elements and components, their properties and mutual reactions are not the main focal points of the programme.

With a focus on process, product and environmental planet engineering, the programme does not only guarantee a solid chemical engineering background, it also focuses on process and product intensification, energy efficient processing routes, biochemical processes and product-based thinking rather than on the classical process approach.

Career perspectives

The chemical sector represents one of the most important economic sectors in Belgium. It provides about 90,000 direct and more than 150,000 indirect jobs. With a 53 billion euro turnover and a 35% share of the total Belgian export, the chemical sector is an indispensable part of the contemporary Belgian economy.

As a chemical engineer you will predominantly work in industrial branches involved in (the production of) bulk and specialty chemicals, oil and natural gas (petrochemical companies and refineries), non-ferrometallurgics, energy, waste treatment, food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The following professional activities lie before you:

  • design, planning and building of installations 
  • monitoring and optimisation of existing processes 
  • design/formulation and optimisation of products 
  • R&D of technical products, processes and devices
  • customer services, retailing 
  • management

Programme Structure

All courses are compulsory.

  • Transport Phenomena: Chemical Engineering Applications
  • Applied Physical Chemistry
  • Systems Analysis of Chemical Processes
  • Advanced Separation Processes
  • Chemical Process Design
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Process Control in the Chemical Industry
  • Biochemical Process Engineering
  • Chemical Process Design: Practical Chemical Engineering Design Problem
  • Hazardous Materials and Safety in the Process Industries
  • Design and Analysis of Multiphase Reactors
  • Materials in the Chemical Process Industries
  • Management Challenges in the Chemical Industry
  • Industrial Chemical Processes

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    94

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Academic Requirements

Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file Bachelor of Engineering: Chemical Engineering (or equivalent diploma). 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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