Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass Refining, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #137 (QS) ,
The School of Chemical Technology combines natural sciences and engineering in a unique way. This allows the results of research to be refined a long way and put into practice as ready products and processes. This Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass refining programme is offered by Aalto University.


The School provides education for a wide range of responsible future professionals. M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates in technology work in diverse positions in Finland's largest industrial sectors, in the metal and electronics industry, wood processing industries as well as chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food industries. The research and teaching are supported by an extensive international academic and industrial cooperation network.

This Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass refining programme is offered by Aalto University.
Study programme

The learning outcomes of the master's degree are based on the aims set for education leading to a Master of Science (Technology) as defined in the degree regulations of the School of Chemical Technology. The learning outcomes of the degree are further specified in the major- and course- specific descriptions of learning outcomes.

The focus areas of the education are the sustainable use and processing of natural resources and new materials, including their technical applications. In the studies towards the major, students acquire advanced knowledge in a specific area of biotechnology, chemical technology or material science and technology.

The education leading to a master’s degree is based on the professional practices of fields requiring expertise in science and technology and on scientific research generating new knowledge. Students may choose their minors or elective study modules so that their degree is a combination of technology, business, and art, typical of Aalto University.

Students will adopt a responsible, goal-oriented and systematic way of working, and develop skills to work as experts in their area of specialisation both independently and in cooperation with experts of different fields, also in an international working environment. They will be able to express themselves clearly and unambiguously both orally and in writing and to tailor their communication to the target audience.

The School of Chemical Technology trains Masters of Science (Technology) who have the skills and knowledge to work as pacesetters of the fields of biotechnology, chemical technology and material science and technology in various managerial, planning and research duties serving industry or related stakeholders, the scientific community or public sector. The studies of the programme provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for applying scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently and for continuing to doctoral education.

This Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass refining programme is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Plant Biomass
  • Lignocellulose Chemistry
  • Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes
  • Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part II 
  • Thermochemical Processes
  • Catalysis 5 III-IV
  • Catalysis for Biomass Refining
  • Bioprocess Technology II 
  • Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation
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                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Credits
                  120 ECTS
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:


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                • Minimum required score (Grade C):


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                  Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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                • Minimum required score:


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                Academic Requirements

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: 3

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                • The applicant's success in previous studies (those that give basis for applying into the programme) will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. 
                • The applicant must demonstrate genuine motivation (motivation letter, max. 1 page) to study the chosen field and be committed to full-time studies with a plan to complete the Master's degree in two years’ time. 
                • The applicant must meet the mandatory language requirements of Aalto University.
                • Max. two recommendation letters can be attached to the application. Recommendation letter should be in English written by professor.
                • The applicant's other relevant achievements may be considered if documented in the application.

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  15000 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes.

                Living costs for Helsinki

                • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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