M.Sc. On Campus

Chemical Engineering

KU Leuven

24 months
6000 EUR/year
947 EUR/year
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The chemical sector is one of the most important economic sectors in Belgium. It provides approximately 90,000 direct jobs and more than 150,000 indirect. The Chemical Engineering master at KU Leuven will equip you with a solid background in classical chemical engineering while covering also the environmental, safety and economic aspects. 


The Master of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven guarantees you a solid chemical engineering background while also opting for a contemporary view on product intensification, energy-efficient processing routes, product engineering and biochemical processes.

You will learn to think in a process-oriented way and prepared to grasp the complexity of physicochemical systems. Furthermore, you will learn of processes at the nano and micro scale, which are increasingly fundamental for the development of new products and technologies.


While the classic petrochemically based technologies and products still have their value, our master’s programme focuses more on the current trends of process intensification and the circular (biobased) economy.

The master’s programme values interactions with the chemical industry and some courses are taught by guest professors from within the industry. The department was the first to establish an Industrial Advisory Board, drawn from the expert commercial sphere.

At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. The Chemical Engineering master programme has, e.g., a yearlong successful (dual degree) collaboration with Delaware University (US) and Ecole Polytechnique in Montréal (CA).

After Houston in the United States, the Antwerp Harbour region is the world’s second most important chemical cluster, and therefore employment prospects are very promising.

As a chemical engineer, you will predominantly work in industrial branches involved in the production of bulk and speciality chemicals. Professional activities in the sector include design, planning and building of installations (project engineer), monitoring and optimisation of existing processes (process engineer), design/formulation and optimisation of products (product engineer).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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
  • Chemical Engineering for Human Health
  • Management Challenges in the Chemical Industry
  • Water Technology
  • Powder Technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    947 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 947 EUR per year during 24 months.

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810 - 1280 EUR /month
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