Master's programme in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment
The master’s programme in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment offer students a comprehensive education in the diverse field of chemical engineering with an emphasis on sustainability. Graduates will possess the engineering tools necessary to meet the future challenge of how best to use the available energy and finite natural resources.
Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment at KTH
Students on the programme will gain advanced knowledge and skills in chemical engineering and obtain modern tools to analyse various processes. These processes can be anything from the production of biofuels and energy storage to the purification of drinking water and exhaust gases. Students will acquire competence through the whole chain, from raw materials to product. The analyses of the processes often include aspects of chemicals, heat, electricity and environment.
Year one and the first term of the second year consist of conditionally elective and recommended courses, allowing students to design their education to meet personal and professional goals. The remainder of year two consists of a compulsory project course in process design for industry and society. During the last term of the programme, a degree project is carried out either in industry, at a KTH department, or at another university or research institute around the world.
Complementary skills such as problem-solving and team work are emphasised on many of the courses, as is written and oral communication. The courses are, therefore, to a large degree based on seminars and project assignments as a complement to traditional lectures. A majority of the courses include laboratory work in the research labs. The education is closely linked to the research conducted at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH in general, and the Department of Chemical Engineering in particular. The programme also has close links to Swedish industry, especially the motor vehicle industry through Scania and Volvo, and the utility industry through Fortum och Vattenfall. The programme provides an excellent basis for activities in countries outside Sweden, as most of the teachers have close contacts with foreign universities and companies. There are good opportunities to study parts of the programme abroad through student exchange with other prominent universities in the field of chemical engineering or degree project abroad.
This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH).
The job market for engineers graduating from the programme is broad and international. Advanced skills in chemical engineering combined with an environmental focus provide an excellent basis for various careers in industry, government agencies and academia.
Chemical engineers with a specialisation in energy and the environment are very attractive for many different branches of industry, such as suppliers of energy and chemicals, the pulp and paper industry, the vehicle industry and in companies specialising in environmental issues such as the recycling of materials.
Programme graduates can be found in traditional Swedish industry, in small start-up companies, consultant companies, governmental institutions, research institutes and universities. Examples of companies that employ chemical engineers from KTH are energy-related companies such as Fortum, Stockholm Exergi and Vattenfall, companies in the pulp and paper industry, e.g. Holmen and Stora Enso and research institutes like RISE and IVL, chemical production companies like Akzo Nobel and Nynäs and car and truck manufacturing companies like Scania (buses and trucks), Volvo AB (buses, trucks and construction machines) and Volvo Cars (cars). A lot of graduates also continue their academic career with doctoral level studies. The need for engineers with the competence offered by the programme will continue to be great in the future.
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Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three sustainable development goals that best align with the focus of the master’s programme in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment are:
The aim of these goals is the development of a sustainable society through innovation and technological advances. The programme provides tools for developing future sustainable systems for heat, electricity and material production and potentially environmentally friendly technologies such as batteries and fuel cells. The programme also provides the ability to develop new chemical engineering processes, such as sustainable resource recovery processes, which are one of the challenges in the transition to a circular economy.
Faculty and research
The master’s programme in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment is given by the Department of Chemical Engineering at the KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health. The Department of Chemical Engineering conducts research focused on some major themes: manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, functional surfaces, and environmental technology and energy conversions.