M.Sc. Chemical and Materials Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) | Brussels, Belgium
The Master of Chemical and Materials Engineering has as a general aim to educate and form skilled scientific engineers who can bring an added value to all fields and facets of our society.

Description of Chemical and Materials Engineering

This Master offers

  • a unique interdisciplinary programme which prepares you for employment in a professional field related to chemical engineering, materials science or environmental technology.
  • a high level scientific education that prepares you to a wide range of job profiles, the possibility to work in close contact with professors who are internationally recognized in their own disciplines and favor interactive learning.

Become a skilled scientific engineer

The Master of Chemical and Materials Engineering educates students to become innovative engineers who will contribute to their profession and to society.

Engineers in chemistry and materials sciences play a unique role in sustainable development, where they must manage resources, energy and the environment in order to develop and produce novel materials and chemical commodities. Our graduates are prepared to face the demands of the modern technological employment field and for an international career with English as their professional language.

For you?

  • You are interested in the development of new materials and chemical processes and in the production of useful commodities
  • You are someone with the ambition to become a skilled engineer who can meet the technological challenges of the future
  • You are conscious of the environmental challenges of our world
  • You are interested in studying in an international environment in the capital of Europe

Job opportunities

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Non-EU students 21 June; EU students: 21 September
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2950 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 890 Year (EEA)

For this 2 years double degree programme the tuirion fees are as follows:

In the 1st year:

  • EEA students:890 EUR
  • Non EEA students: 2950 EUR

In the 2nd year:

  • EEA students: 620 EUR
  • Non EEA students: 2500 EUR
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The Master in Chemical and Material Engineering (120 ECTS) offers a solid core of courses in both of these engineering fields. The integrated and the multidisciplinary approach provides students up-to-date knowledge enabling them to propose innovative engineering solutions in numerous modern technological sectors. Students have the possibility to specialize in Process technology or Material Science.

The Master of Chemical and Materials Engineering program consists of two profiles: Process Technology and Materials Science

Profile: Process Technology

The Process Technology orientation trains students to become engineers who are employable and innovative both in production units (operation and optimization of production facilities) and in engineering groups (develop new production units that meet desired performance specifications). An emphasis is placed on the biotechnology and food industries. Students are also trained to identify, solve and avoid environmental problems including waste management, water, air and soil pollution.

Profile: Materials Science

The Materials Science orientation prepares students for the materials and materials technology sectors (metals, polymers, ceramics and composites). Students are trained to become creative engineers capable of designing sustainable multi-functional materials which meet specific applications. Students also have the capacity to contribute to the whole life-cycle of materials from their processing into semi or full end products using environmentally friendly and safe production processes to their recycling.

Requirements for Chemical and Materials Engineering

Academic requirements

Admission decisions for students from other institutions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file. Students with a bachelor in the same field of study have direct access after the evaluation of their application file. The admission for holders of another engineering degree is based upon evaluation and approval by the curriculum council.

Language requirements

Non EEA students/nationals need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed at least one school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed course units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 study credits where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed ASO secondary education in Belgium
  • having successfully completed one of the following language tests
    • TOEFL: 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based
    • IELS: minimum level academic module 6,5
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C
    • Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) with a minimal level of B2 of the Common European Framework

Work Experience for Chemical and Materials Engineering

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

VUB is registered with the Flemish government of Belgium as an institution of higher education.
The VUB programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO, Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie). This official organisation was established by an international treaty between the Flemish and the Dutch governments to ensure the quality of higher education in both the Netherlands and Flanders.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium

Belgium Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic and modern university offering high quality and affordable English-taught master degrees programs supported by outstanding research. With 13,000 students, of which 25% international, VUB is a middle sized university located in the heart of Europe. The two campuses have everything a student needs: extensive libraries, modern computer labs, sport facilities, restaurants, job and career services, cultural activities and language courses.