M.Sc. Chemical Engineering

Delft University of Technology

Application deadline: 1 April
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,835 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,916 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Society depends on products and processes that we often taken for granted but require knowledge starting with the molecule to make: goods such as cosmetics, food products and electronic equipment, as well as essential activities such as waste management and the design and production of pharmaceuticals and health care products.

What you will learn
The MSc in Chemical Engineering addresses a wide range of subjects at all levels: molecular science, including the emerging field of nanochemical engineering, the design and analysis of chemical reactors, and the application of chemical engineering in manufacturing processes, with a strong emphasis on innovative thinking. The programme stresses multi-disciplinary problem solving by means of a systematic approach, incorporating considerations of sustainability, economics and social welfare into the analytical process.

The fundamental goal of the Master's Programme in Chemical Engineering is to provide students with both a breadth and a depth of knowledge sufficient to prepare them for careers in research or to work in industry at either the design or operational level.

Programme tracks
Chemical Engineering offers three tracks:

* Molecular Engineering:
Molecular engineers are involved in the design and synthesis of products ranging from pharmaceuticals to building materials.
* Process Engineering:
Process Engineering involves the design and operation of manufacturing processes and is essential in our technology-dependent, industrialised society.
* Nuclear Science & Engineering:
Nuclear science and engineering encompasses the study and use of nuclear materials and the equipment that makes use of nuclear materials for medical, energy, and analytical applications. At TU Delft, the focus of the Nuclear Science & Engineering track is on nuclear engineering and its applications making use of radioisotopes.


Track Molecular Engineering
As a field of applied science, molecular engineering is barely fifty years old. Tracing its origins back to a time when scientists first came to believe that it was possible to manipulate atoms and to 'design' molecules, it now has broad applications in the development and manufacture of new materials and new devices, including, for example, nanocapsules, solar cells, energy storage devices and advanced polymers.

In pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics, materials science, and energy, molecular engineering has a crucial and increasingly important role to play. Although the words 'cutting edge' are often overused, molecular engineering is truly a cutting edge field of inquiry.

Track Nuclear Science and Engineering
Applications of nuclear science are key, of course, in the development of nuclear energy, but also in major breakthroughs in medical diagnostics and treatment; in sensing devices like smoke detectors for the home and environmental monitoring devices for chemical production facilities; in materials science; in important security activities like mine detection and de-mining, and explosives detection at airports; and in food safety measures, to cite just a few examples.

Track Process Engineering
From chipmaking to food processing, from petrochemicals to metallurgy, and from biotechnology to pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, chemical engineers design and manage the processes that convert raw materials into useful products.

Process engineers truly do keep the world moving and supplied, but in a world in which resources are sometimes scarce and where the environmental impacts of chemical and manufacturing processes are a matter of growing concern, process engineers are challenged to design processes that are elegant, efficient, environmentally responsible and sustainable. TU Delft's Process Engineering track equips chemical engineers to work in the real world, solving real-world problems to ensure that our technology-dependent society can continue to exist over the long term.


General requirements


A. A good university BSc degree with good grades on the key courses in a main subject closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying.
Exceptions: Management of Technology, Engineering and Policy Analysis and Science Education & Communication, to which all students holding a technology or science degree may be admitted.


B. A proof that you have nearly completed a BSc programme whose main subject is closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying.


A BSc Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum, or, when included, the specific requirements defined for the country in which you obtained (or are in the process of obtaining) your Bachelors degree


Proof of English language proficiency (certificates older than two years are not accepted):

* A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 90 (internet-based test). Please note that we only accept the TOEFL internet-based test.
* or IELTS (academic version) overall Band score of at least 6.5.
* or proof that you have passed the University of Cambridge 'Certificate of Proficiency in English' or the University of Cambridge 'Certificate in Advanced English'

As the whole process of collecting information, registering for the tests and receiving the test results may take several months, we advise you to register for the IELTS or TOEFL several months before starting your application.

It is allowed to send us a copy of your test results, please check the application documents for detailed information.

* For EU/EFTA nationals, the English language certificate may be submitted until 1 July provided that all other required hard copy documents are received before the application deadline of 1 April.
* Nationals of the Peoples Republic of China only: A Nuffic certificate as proof of your English language proficiency. In order to obtain the Nuffic certificate you will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test.
* Only nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement.


A clear and relevant essay in English (2,000 - 3,000 words) addressing the following:

* Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.
* Why you wish to pursue this programme abroad and/or in the Netherlands in particular.
* Why you are interested in TU Delft.
* If there are optional specialisations in the Masters programme of your choice: which specialisation(s) interest you most, and why?
* Examples of three Masters thesis topics that interest you and with an explanation of your particular interest.
* A brief summary (maximum 250 words) of the thesis work or the final assignment done for your Bachelors programme, including information on the credits earned, grade, and full workload.


Two reference letters in English, French, German or Dutch:

* one from from a professor or an assistant professor from the faculty from which you graduated.
* one from your employer, if you already have work experience.

If you have not yet graduated, please provide two letters from professors or assistant professors from the faculty at which you are studying.


An extensive résumé (curriculum vitae) written in English.


Proof of identity


Please note:

Applicants for Architecture Urbanism & Building Sciences, Design for Interaction and Integrated Product Design are required to upload a digital portfolio. Please note that only uploaded portfolios will be processed.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


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