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Chemical Engineering

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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 at KU Leuven will equip you with a solid background in classical chemical engineering while covering also the environmental, safety and economic aspects. 

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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.


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

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applications are evaluated by both KU Leuven admissions office and the relevant Master programme director. Admission is ultimately at the discretion of the faculty. GRE scores assist application processing and are strongly recommended.
  • Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file:
  • Bachelor of Engineering: Chemical Engineering (or equivalent diploma)


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