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Chemical Engineering

Sapienza University of Rome
2 years
Master's degree
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Program description

Chemical Engineering

The curriculum “Chemical Engineering for Innovative Processes & Products" of the MSc in Chemical Engineering provides the student with a solid preparation and specialized knowledge in the fundamental theoretical and industrial aspects of chemical processes and operations and of materials technology. The particular focus is on micro/nano-scale aspects and on reduced environmental impact in the different application areas of (i) design, management and control of innovative industrial processes and plants; (ii) design and management of industrial processes for the sustainable production and processing of traditional and innovative materials; (iii) management of pollution prevention, environmental protection, and safety in process plants where substances are handled or produced.

Admission requirements

  • To be admitted to the Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering students must hold a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering or equivalent, eligible for the Italian laws. Moreover, they must possess specific prerequisites, which concern the curricula they attended during their Bachelors Degree and their personal preparation.

As far as the curriculum is concerned, the, students must have acquired a specific number of credits in various subjects:

  • not less than 42 ECTS in basic scientific subjects (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Computer science);
  • not less than 42 ECTS in Chemical engineering subjects (such as Materials engineering, Metallurgy, Thermodynamics, Transport phenomena, Chemical plants, Process control, Applied and Industrial chemistry, etc);
  • not less than 15 ECTS in industrial engineering (such as Fluid mechanics, Applied Mechanics, Electricity, Machinery, etc.).
  • For students holding a non-EU Bachelor degree, 1 ECTS corresponds to 10 hours of lectures.

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

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Program content

First year

  • Mathematical methods for chemical engineering
  • Non equilibrium thermodynamics with an application to the microscale
  • Separation processes with an application to lab-on-chips
  • Economics of technology and management

Elective courses

  • Applied metallurgy
  • Experimental techniques for materials characterization
  • Process and product safety in the chemical industry
  • Corrosion engineering
  • Principles of biochemical engineering

Second year

  • Water treatment processes and environmental technology
  • Computer aided process control
  • Theory and development of process design

Elective courses

  • Sustainable design of materials
  • Green chemistry and process engineering
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Transport phenomena in microsystems and micro/nano reactive devices

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is €1000 per year. 


Learning outcomes

The Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering aims to provide students with an advanced scientific and professional training, combined with an in-depth knowledge of engineering, which enables graduates to tackle the complex problems that occur during matter transformation processes.

The education is focused on the methodological insights that are necessary to develop investigation and design tools to analyse, design, manage, control, and optimize processes and plants, and to the scientific and technological advancement of the sector.

The two-year programs of the Masters Degree is organized so to include a group of characterizing and related subjects, which provide the knowledge and skills that are common to all Masters graduates. The programs also provides an additional group of characterizing subjects that focus on the in-depth study of the tackled subjects and on the acquisition of more specific knowledge regarding the practical implications that may be of a particular interest for chemical engineers.

Career opportunities

The employment opportunities of a Chemical Engineer are in:

  • Chemical production and processing plants.

In particular, depending on the sector of interest on which they have acquired a more in-depth knowledge, graduates may deal with:

  • Chemical substances, refineries, natural gas treatment, petrochemical plants, etc.;
  • Biotechnology, nutraceutical and cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. The treatment and preservation of food, the disposal and exploitation of production waste or any surplus from the agro-food industry, and the production of biofuels and energy;
  • Extraction and transformation of raw materials and the production and processing of metal, polymer, composite, ceramic (traditional and advanced) and glass material.

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Sapienza University of Rome

Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome

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