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Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering

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Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering

The master's degree in Chemical Engineering, which is equivalent to the engineering specialization in Industrial Chemistry, is intended for students who have obtained a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and want to acquire further training in this branch of knowledge. The course has a twofold objective: to complete students' basic training as a means of ensuring professional success in the chemical industry, and to provide the foundations for a career in applied research, examining problems related to the chemical industry.

The master's degree in Chemical Engineering is particularly compatible with the socioeconomic characteristics of Barcelona and its environs, which are home to much of Catalonia's chemical industry, including manufacturers of basic and intermediate chemicals, end-products and formulations. The chemical sector in the Barcelona area comprises production, sales and distribution of chemical, pharmaceutical and food products, a range of products from related industries, and extensive consultancy services, each with their implications in terms of environmental impact and energy use.

This course provides in-depth training in the general concepts and fundamental aspects of chemical engineering and places special emphasis on the requirements of those working in the transformative chemical industry, which is the predominant chemical activity in the Barcelona area, and in other closely related sectors, such as food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, energy and materials.

The training strikes a balance between chemistry and chemical engineering, which reflects the academic tradition of the Faculty of Chemistry.

The degree of experimental work involved in the course ensures a sufficient level of preparation for those who wish to continue to the doctoral program.

The languages of instruction for this program are Spanish 35%; Catalan 35%; English 30%.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

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

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Program content

  • Process Engineering
  • Unit Operations and Processes Engineering
  • Products Engineering
  • Economy and Chemical Processes
  • Management in the Chemical Industry
  • Experimentation in Chemical Engineering
  • Stay in Chemical Industry
  • Risks Analysis and Estimation
  • Catalysts Design
  • Particles Technology
  • Design and Operation of Discontinuous Plants
  • Industrial Processes and Ambient Management
  • Experiments Design
  • Projects Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Final Master Project


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.


The master's degree in Chemical Engineering provides prospective chemical engineers with the training they will need for professional practice in the chemical industry, one of the most important sectors in the Spanish economy.

Chemical engineers must be able to analyse and diagnose problems that may arise in chemical plants and in chemical processes in general, and know how to implement the most appropriate solutions, conceiving, designing, building and optimizing the functions of facilities and services required. Chemical engineers are required in all industrial plants where materials undergo changes of state, composition and energy content, which typify the chemical sector and related industries (pharmaceutical, biotechnology, materials, energy, food and environment).

Chemical engineers must also be able to take on varying responsibilities as part of a team, be good communicators, have the ability to adapt to change, and demonstrate a capacity for independent learning in order to stay up to date with developments in the profession. The ability to analyse, synthesize and integrate knowledge in order to make correct decisions is also essential.

Career paths

Chemical engineers are equipped to study, ensure the viability of, plan, manage, build, install, operate and maintain industrial facilities involving chemical, physicochemical and bioengineering processes (except those governed by specific civil engineering regulations) and the ancillary facilities and the equipment, machinery, apparatus and instruments involved.

Chemical engineers typically find careers in engineering companies (study, process and operation design, project management, technical evaluation, etc.) and in chemical companies and firms in related areas (management, operation and plant design, operation and maintenance of plants and equipment, studies, management, research, development and innovation, etc). They may also work as sales professionals, in insurance, as consultants, auditors, managers of integrated management systems (quality, environment, safety and health), in project evaluation and as legal advisors.

Public sector opportunities include university and secondary school teaching, research, development and innovation, management, inspection, and intervention and consultancy roles related to compliance with industrial and environmental legislation.

Independent chemical engineers are involved in diverse activities including project design, studies and assessments, audits, reports and certifications, and appraisals across a range of social and economic sectors.

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Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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