Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

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

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 optimized. The program covers aspects from the micro-scale of the chemical reaction, over the meso-scale of the reactor and separation units to the macro scale of the entire process. Via elective courses, master students have the possibility to personalize the scope of their program by either broadening or deepening it. Courses are either taught by recognized researchers in their field or by guest professors from industry, bringing in the necessary practical insights, particular in chemical process design and process safety.

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

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 of Science in Chemical Engineering program comprises 2 years (120 ECTS). General compulsory courses (72 ECTS) focus on the key aspects of the program, such as:

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

Elective courses (24 ECTS) allow the student to personalize the program. A list with clusters of elective course (Economy, Chemistry, Fundamental Techniques, Materials, Technology) is available and also internships (both research and industrial ones) can be valorised as an elective course. Pending approval of the program committee, any course available in the UGent course catalogue can be taken as an elective course. The master thesis (24 ECTS) concludes the program and exposes the student to the research and innovation that is ongoing within Ghent University.

Labour Market

As a chemical engineering graduate, you are typically employed in the chemical process industry. In addition, various career opportunities are offered in the polymer, textile, food, pharmaceutical and environmental sanitation industry, where chemical transformations are implemented in the manufacturing process. A master in chemical engineering typically supervises a team responsible for (chemical) production and focuses on the improvement and innovation of processes and products. Other opportunities appear 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 jobs. In short, a master in chemical engineering has a bright future in the modern, diverse and international chemical industry which is strongly anchored in (the extended neighbourhood of) our region.