Master of Chemical Engineering (MSc)

KU Leuven Belgium

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About Master of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven

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. Your master's journey will equip you with a solid background in classical chemical engineering while covering also the environmental, safety and economic aspects.

What's the programme all about? 

The Master of Chemical Engineering 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 be 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.

Programme outline 

The programme consists of a core curriculum, specialisation courses and general courses drawn from a pool of non-technical supporting skills.

The core curriculum builds on knowledge obtained at the bachelor’s level and covers the foundations of chemical engineering. You will concentrate on both the classical and the emerging new trends. 

During the second year, the generic core is strengthened further. You opt for one of three specialisations: product, process or environmental engineering. The areas covered in the programme are designed to prime you for the major challenges within related industries.

In the final phase of the master’s programme you will undertake your master's thesis. You are assigned master’s thesis topics and select 5 preferred topics from a comprehensive list of relevant research areas.


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)

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