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MSc Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment

The master's programme in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment delivers extensive knowledge in the diverse field of Chemical Engineering with a focus on sustainability. Students acquire modern tools to analyse various processes, from the production of biofuels to the purification of drinking water. Graduates have the engineering skills needed to meet the societal challenge of how best to use our available energy and finite natural resources.

Application deadlines for studies starting 2022

18 October (2021): Application opens
17 January: Application closes
1 February: Submit documents and, if required, pay application fee
7 April: Admission results announced
August: Arrival and study start

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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 final product. The analyses of the processes often include aspects of chemicals, heat, electricity and the 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 another university or research institute around the world.

Complementary skills such as problem-solving and teamwork 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).

Topics covered

Thermodynamics, separation processes, transport phenomena, electrochemistry, batteries, fuel cells, environmental catalysis, exhaust gas cleaning, energy conversion and systems analysis of energy and resource systems, sustainability issues related to energy conversion, chemical production and resource recovery

Courses in the programme

Students

Find out what our student from the programme thinks about his time at KTH.

Adel from United Kingdom

"KTH provides very promising opportunities and valuable networking possibilities, giving you extra flexibility in achieving your future career. This programme is very precise in its scope and aligns well with my interests."

Adel from United Kingdom

Meet the students

Career

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.

After graduation

Project leaders for development and production, production managers, quality assurance officers, product specialists, process engineers, or research engineers at a research institute

Bart van Krimpen, Shell

"I currently work at Shell in the Manufacturing Support and Excellence Organization. In this role I provide technology support to the Gasification Units, which Shell operates in their Pernis and Rheinland refineries."

Bart van Krimpen, Shell

Meet the graduates

Sustainable development

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:

Sustainable development goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable development goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

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.

Professors

Associate professors

KTH's virtual campus tour

Vijay is a student at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH). In the virtual tour he and some other students will show you around KTH.

Webinar from the school

Watch the webinar about Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health from 12 November 2020. The webinar is hosted by Professor Eva Jonsson Malmström, Communication Manager Sabrina Fabrizi and student Katlin. 

Next step

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The current admission round for the programme is for studies starting autumn 2022. Apply before 17 January.

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