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Master of Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Program description

Master of Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Engineers in chemistry and materials sciences play a unique role in sustainable development. They manage resources, energy and the environment to develop and produce novel materials and chemical commodities. This master’s Program prepares you to face the demands of the modern technological employment field. With English as the working language, you are ready to start an international career and help shape the future.

Integration of Process Technology and Materials

This master’s Program aims to train students to become engineers employable in fields such as the petrochemical and polymer industry, pharmaceutical industry, food industry, biotechnology, inorganic bulk chemistry, extractive metallurgy and the recycling industry. The master’s Program encompasses two distinct profiles: Process Technology and Materials. In the Process Technology profile, the student is trained to operate in production units, consultant engineering firms and the environmental sector. The Materials profile covers production and development facilities for different types of materials. The master’s Program has a common core of 56 ECTS, ensuring a strong mutual interaction and integration between both profiles. The development of environmentally friendly and safe production processes for materials, the shaping and processing of materials into intermediate or finished products, and the optimal integration of materials in other disciplines are strongly related to the optimisation of environmenally friendly chemical processes in general.

Admission requirements

Language requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:
    • TOEFL iBT with minimum level: 79;
    • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5;
    • ITACE with minimum level: B2;
    • Cambridge English Qualification Scale with the following minimal level: 170;
  • Certificates and other proof of language tests may not pre-date the first enrolment by more than five years.
  • Having successfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as language of instruction, or having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution;
  • Having successfully completed Program units in higher education with a minimum of 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction.

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

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Program content

Common Core Chemical and Materials Engineering

Common Core I: compulsory courses

  • Molecular structural characterization and analysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Parameter Estimation and Modelling
  • Microstructural design and characterization of inorganic materials
  • Surface treatment: Processing and Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry: Reactions and Mechanisms
  • Polymer Materials
  • Unit operations

Common Core I: project

  • Project: Process technology
  • Project: Multifunctional Materials
  • Development Cooperation Project
  • Team Leader Project

Common Core II: compulsory courses

  • Environmental Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Reliability and risk analysis of industrial installations

Specific Courses

  • Profile Materials
  • Profile Process Technology

Master Thesis

  • Master Thesis Chemical and Materials Engineering

Elective Courses

Option 1: Internship

  • Internship (60 days)

Option 2: Elective courses

  • Industrial Techniques for Water Management
  • Micro- and Nanobiotechnology
  • Molecular and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering: Current Methods and Practices
  • Recycling of inorganic materials
  • Fuel Cells and Batteries
  • Surface physics and surface characterization
  • Internship (40 days)
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Manufacturing Technology I
  • Manufacturing Technology II
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Nanochemistry and -technology
  • Ceramics
  • Non-Destructive Testing of Materials
  • Materials Selection
  • Biocompatible and nanostructured materials
  • Advanced Thermal Analysis

Option 3: Entrepreneurship

  • Introduction to Business
  • Innovation Management
  • Management and sustainable development: constraints and opportunities
  • Seminar of emerging technologies
  • Introduction to entrepreneurship
  • English for Professional Purposes
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics, quality and supply chain management I
  • Business Aspects of Innovation in Materials
  • Technological Business Development Project
  • Technological Business Development Project
  • IP Management and Technology Transfer

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for EEA students is 835 €. The price for Non-EEA students is 2.500 €

Continuing studies

After graduation continue their academic career as a PhD researchers.

Career opportunities

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

Materials and chemical commodities are essential in many technological sectors. Graduates of our department are in high demand in various industrial sectors, and our
alumni are making an impact around the world in research, manufacturing, business
management and education.

Graduates are found in the biomedical biotechnology, chemical engineering, materials for energy, electronic, optical, (in) organic and metallic materials, the pharmaceutical industry, government positions and teaching.

The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts 16.000 students, 21%...

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

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