Studies and programmes

Welcome to be an expert in sustainable development!

The next round of applications, i.e. for studies beginning in the autumn of 2015, will be for the new master's programme. Its majors are currently under work. The master's programme will be taught in English. Further information about the programme, majors and applications will be published on this page in the autumn of 2014.

There is a great deal of cooperation between the school and the business world and employment prospects are good. The school trains Masters of Science with the ability to lead the way in biotechnology and chemicals and materials technology and to be leading experts in leadership, design and research tasks for industry and its stakeholders, the scientific community and public administration. The degree programme provides students with skills and abilities to apply scientific knowledge and research methods independently and prepare for postgraduate education.

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There are seven majors in the master's programme

The new master's programme will have seven majors:

Biomass refining

The key technological contents of the major is biomass fractionation through mechanical, chemical, biochemical and thermochemical treatment and further refining the fractions to fibers, polymers, chemical compounds and fuels or their reactants. The focus point of the major is the physiological function and structure of plants as well as the reactivity of the chemical components of lignocellulosic biomass in chemical, biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes.

This major applies knowledge of the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, and process technology.

Fiber and polymer engineering

This major concentrates on the structure, properties and engineering of fibers and polymers and on materials produced of them (fibers, composites, fiber networks, films, coatings, nanoscale structures, functional materials), as well as products (packaging, textiles) and their manufacturing techniques. The teaching focuses on natural materials, fibers and polymers, and polymer synthesis. The major rests on a foundation of research in material physics, chemistry and biomimetics, while also being connected to design through product solutions.

This major applies knowledge of material science and engineering and chemical technology.

Functional materials

This major deepens the students’ knowledge of material science, in particular of solid state physics and chemistry, surface and interface phenomena, and nano sciences. The key technological contents of the major are the development of novel functional materials for different purposes, such as energy production and storage, electronics and applications to mechanical engineering and medical technology. The major focuses on metals, ceramics, semiconductors, composites and hybrid and nano materials. Understanding the phases and phase transitions of matter creates the preconditions for understanding functional properties as well as for applying materials and developing them further.

This major applies knowledge of material physics and chemistry as well as material science and engineering on a broad scale.

Chemical engineering

This major investigates the production of chemical technology and its processes as a whole. The courses progress from unit operations and separation processes to unit processes, reactors and reaction technology, to the control and integration of unit processes, and to automation and industrial production management and profitability. Processes are planned with consideration given to regulations concerning industrial production, recycling, and the possibilities of industrial symbiosis. Students learn about the dynamics of production processes and energy and material balances by combining experimental methods to process simulation and process modelling.

The major applies knowledge of process and material science and engineering, and biotechnology.

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The School takes part in two Erasmus Mundus programmes:

EMMEP -European Mining, Mineral and Environmental Program

The Joint Master EMMEP is a two-year joint degree programme offered by five of Europe's leading universities in resource engineering and mining: Aalto University, Delft University of Technology, Miskolc University, RWTH Aachen University and Wroclaw University of Technology.

EMMEP builds on the strengths and the complementary expertise in Earth Science at the three universities per track. It offers you a combination of study and research, leading to an outstanding qualification in EMMEP. You can specialize in either Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering Course (EGEC), European Mining Course (EMC) or European Mineral Engineering Course (EMEC), and will receive a solid background in the specialisation area.

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SELECT - Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems

The master's programme in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT) offers advanced education in the field of sustainable energy systems for the future. SELECT aims at delivering education for high competency and quality engineering skills in the field, including industrial interaction throughout the programme.

The SELECT master's programme is a cooperation between:

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (KTH)
  • Politecnico di Torino, Italy (PoliTo)
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands (TU/e)
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech, Spain (UPC)
  • Aalto University, Finland (Aalto)
  • AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland (AGH)
  • Instituto Superior Técnico, Tecnico Lisboa, Portugal (IST)

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Incoming exchange students

Are you interested in exchange studies at School of Chemical Technology? You can find all the information needed here (

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Aalto University School of Chemical Technology
Street address: Kemistintie 1, Espoo, Finland

More detailed contact information

  • Questions regarding the application process or documents: hakijapalvelut [at] aalto [dot] fi
  • Questions regarding the content of studies and studies in the School of Chemical Technology: studies-chem [at] aalto [dot] fi
  • Questions regarding exchange studies and application process: international-chem [at] aalto [dot] fi

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