Master of Chemical Engineering

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Master of Chemical Engineering

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering is more than just chemistry: it is the application of chemical engineering principles to the development of technical products and to the design, control, and improvement of industrial processes. The result is the rational exploitation of resources and energy while respecting environmental and safety issues during all phases of research, development and operation.

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.

The master's Program in chemical engineering is primarily aimed at applying chemical engineering principles to develop technical products and to design, control, and improve industrial processes. While the underlying chemistry of the elements and components, their properties and mutual reactions, are important, these are not the main focal points of the Program. In contrast, you focus predominantly on taking these chemistry principles to a higher (industrial production) level by integrating and exploiting engineering and technology aspects.

You also learn to take environmental and safety issues into account during all phases of the process (research, development, design, and operation). Two guiding principles of sustainable development - the rational exploitation of resources and energy, and the application of the best available technology - are emphasised, as well as the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle".

Admission requirements

Language requirements:

  • Applicants enrolling for the first time at KU Leuven prove their English language proficiency by means of an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English Exam (CAE).
  • The minimum score required for IELTS is 7 (with no subscore under 6.5).
  • For the TOEFL internet-based test the minimum score is 94 (with no subscore under 22).
  • The minimum score required for the Cambridge English Exam (CAE) is 185 (with no subscore under 176).
  • Applicants with a university degree or high school degree earned in Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the USA are exempted from this requirement: the degree and transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire study was completed in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

  • 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
  • Industrial Chemical Processes

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English and Dutch.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 120 ECTS

Career paths

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), nonferrometallurgics, energy, waste(water) treatment, food, cosmetics, pharmacy, and biotechnology.

Apart from the traditional career options as project, process, product, or R&D engineer, your insight into complex processes will also be much appreciated in jobs in the financial and governmental sector, where chemical engineers are often employed to supervise industrial activities, to deliver permissions, and to compose regulations with respect to safety and environmental issues. As self-employed persons, chemical engineers work in engineering offices, as consultants or as entrepreneurs.

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KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

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As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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