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Chemical Engineering

MSc in Engineering, 5 years, 300 hp (ECTS Credits)

We want to be able to use chemical processes to manufacture everything from pharmaceuticals to advanced materials. We want to develop more efficient, cleaner energy sources. We also want to ensure a good environment. In order to be able to do all these things, we must design environmentally benign processes and techniques.

To achieve these goals, we must be able to control chemical reactions atom by atom, or molecule by molecule, and we must be able to successfully convert this knowledge into a commercial process. This is exactly what we are doing in chemical engineering at LTH. Here, students obtain a broad base in science and technology, combined, for example, with mathematics, economics, IT and computer modelling.

The programme

The syllabus is divided into basic courses during the first three years and areas of specialisation during the final two years. The basic courses include compulsory courses in mathematics, chemistry, chemical engineering and economics, and some elective courses. Projects connected with industry are included early in the programme, with the main aim of applying knowledge in chemical engineering. There are many situations in the laboratory where students are able to apply their knowledge in chemistry and chemical engineering. Students are also given opportunities to  practise skills in other areas, such as presentation technique and working on projects in teams.

The areas of specialisation allow students to choose an area of advanced studies. The courses in the final two years often give greater freedom, but place higher demands on independence.

Areas of specialisation

Modern production requires knowledge on modern materials. In product development, it is necessary to know how the composition of a material is related to its properties. This area of specialisation allows students to direct their studies towards functional, inorganic and polymer materials. Students can deepen their knowledge in the composition, production, characterisation and properties of modern materials.

This area of specialisation has two main themes. One is focused on the development of active substances, and includes a considerable amount of organic chemistry. The other theme is the formulation of pharmaceuticals, in other words, how the medicine is administered. This area of specialisation is also available to students taking the Biotechnology Programme.

Process design
Courses in this area of specialisation provide the insight and skills required of a chemical engineer who wants to work with process issues in operation, product development, or the design of new processes. They also provide a basis for those wishing to develop towards marketing and sales.