Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

By taking the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering you will learn how to implement a chemical reaction at a large scale. Circularity, sustainability, safety and the environment, e.g., the optimal usage of the energy required in a chemical production process, are key aspects. Graduates find jobs in the chemical industry which is very well represented in Belgium, as well as in scientific research and public services.

EUR-ACE® Master + CTI

EUR-ACE® Master (EURopean ACcredited Engineering Master)

The EUR-ACE label was accredited to this programme by the Commission des titres d’ingénieur (CTI), under the auspices of the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE).

EUR-ACE® is a framework and accreditation system that provides a set of standards that identifies high-quality engineering degree programmes in Europe and abroad.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
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Starting from a fundamental understanding of the reaction itself, the transport phenomena and physico-chemical properties, production processes are designed, constructed and optimised. The scope of the Chemical Engineering programme ranges from the micro-scale of the chemical reaction, and the mesoscale of the reactor and separation units to the macro scale of the entire process. Through electives, our students are given the chance to tailor the curriculum to their interests, either by means of a broadening or a deepening scope. Course units are either taught by recognised researchers in their field or by guest lecturers from the industry, introducing the necessary practical insights, particularly in chemical process design and process safety.

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The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) offers most of its Engineering programmes at Master’s level in English. This underlines the international ambition of the faculty, as well as the importance of an international education and multiple language skills for students.

For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.


The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering comprises two years (120 ECTS). General mandatory course units (72 ECTS) focus on the key aspects of the programme, such as:

  • Chemical Reactors
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Unit Operations
  • Chemical Process Design
  • Polymer Reaction Engineering
  • Process Safety and Control

Elective course units of a deepening and broadening nature (36 ECTS) allow the students to tailor their curriculum to their own interests. Work placements (both in academia as well as in industry) can be recognized as an elective. Pending approval by the Programme Committee, any course unit available in Ghent University’s education portfolio can be taken as an elective. The Master’s dissertation (24 ECTS) concludes the programme and exposes the student to the ongoing research and innovation at Ghent University.

Labour Market

As a Chemical Engineering graduate, you typically find employment in the chemical process industry. In addition, there are various career opportunities in the polymer, textile, food, pharmaceutical and environmental sanitation industry, where chemical transformations are implemented in the manufacturing process. Our graduates typically supervise a team responsible for (chemical) production and focuses on the improvement and innovation of processes and products. Other opportunities arise in engineering companies where you will be responsible for the design, construction and start-up of new production units. Furthermore, equipment design and construction companies employ many chemical engineers. Last but not least, universities and research institutes also recruit chemical engineers for academic positions. In short, our graduates awaits a bright future in the modern, diverse and international chemical industry which is strongly anchored in (the extended vicinity of) our region.