Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Technology

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Technology is a field of study closely connected to our daily lives: it encompasses the development and production of new materials, the synthesis of new drugs, monitoring and improving our environment, etc. The focus in this study programme is on chemical engineering techniques, metallurgy and plastics, macromolecular and industrial chemistry.

Master's Programme
1 year 60 credits
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
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Of all the fields of science and technology, chemistry is most entwined in everyday life. It encompasses the study, development, production and synthesis of (new) materials and products, using conventional and alternative raw materials. By looking for solutions to reduce polution, moreover, the field of chemistry guarantees the monitoring and improvement of our environment. As an industrial engineer specialized in chemical engineering technology you improve chemical processes, develop new products and monitor industrial processes. The Master's programme offers two specialisations: Industrial Chemistry and Plastics.

The Industrial Chemistry is multidisciplinary in nature: you will be trained to become a polyvalent engineer with competencies linked to industrial practice. You explore the complex interactions between science, technology and society. The main focus is on:

  • pure process knowledge and skills /chemical factors and parameters
  • physicochemical basics of techniques/technologies and the relevant use of materials
  • quantitative and qualitative quality control
  • health and safety aspects
  • environmental care (recycling, regeneration, etc...), including technical, legal and management aspects
  • social skills
  • research skills
  • internationalization

The Plastics specialisation is similarly multidisciplinary in its orientation, but focuses on the possibilities offered by plastics and composite materials, and on the way in which new applications come about. You study the coherence of the three product factors (material – manufacturing – design) and their relation to commercial and ecological aspects. In addition to the composition of plastics and more complex systems (blends, composites, multi-layer plastics, etc…), the choice of materials and additives, the theory and practice of the design on your own machines, you also study the mechanics of plastics machines and the integration of peripheral equipment. You learn to characterize plastics and assess test results. In addition, you also learn about degradability and recycling.

For whom

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


The master’s programme in industrial sciences: chemistry builds on the academic bachelor’s programme in the industrial sciences: chemistry. The master year comprises a number of general subjects such as industrial organic chemistry, introduction to polymere technology, process engineering, control theory, applied instrumental analysis and safety, welfare and environmental management. In addition, you choose a specialisation in industrial chemistry or in plastics. As a close to the programme, you will integrate all these aspects into your master’s dissertation.

Labour Market

Industrial chemistry

The Industrial Chemistry specialisation leads to creative jobs in the heavy chemical industry (including petrochemistry, industrial gases, the metals sector, basic chemicals, fertilizers), but also in the wide range of the fine chemicals industry and parachemistry, in sectors of (phyto)pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, detergents, coatings and paints, dyes, pigments and environment and recycling. A selection from the wide range of jobs includes: project engineer, process engineer, production engineer, chemical analyst, R&D engineer, process control coordinator, quality assurance coordinator, technical-commercial assistant, safety engineer, environmental engineer.


By means of a broad theoretical - but above all practical - study programme, you will be trained to become a polymer and plastics engineer with an eye for the environment and for quality. You act as a plastics constructor, plastics designer, as plastics or composite processor, as quality assurance coordinator or as a technical-commercial assistant. Industrial engineers specialized in chemical engineering technology also find employment in parastatal institutions, council services, research centres, universities or in education (secondary and higher education). 

Industrial engineers specialized in chemical engineering technology also find employment in parastatal institutions, council services, research centres, universities or in education (secondary and higher education).

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