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Master's Degree Programme in Chemical and Process Engineering

Whether it’s medicines, food, chemical products, or modern energy sources such as bioethanol and hydrogen: Everything that’s produced industrially involves process engineering. The innovative developments in this field ensure that goods and products are available on a large scale. As a graduate of the Master's degree programme in Chemical and Process Engineering, you will not only keep an eye on technological aspects, but also on the ecological, economic and social components of industrial plants and processes at all times.

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Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: "Diplom-Ingenieurin" or "Diplom-Ingenieur" ("Dipl.-Ing." or "DI"), equivalent to the Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: German

The Master's Programme

In the broadest sense, chemical and process engineering involves all material transformations that take place in mechanical, thermal, or chemical processes on an industrial scale. For this reason, the Master's degree programme covers a broad range of content, including complementary technical and economic subjects and placing a focus on how this knowledge can be applied in practice.

During your studies, you will learn more about the theoretical and practical aspects of current topics in industry: 

  • You will familiarize yourself with the latest theories, principles and methods used in chemical and process engineering and the engineering sciences.
  • You will consider the ecological, economic and legal aspects of chemical and process engineering.
  • You will learn more, for example, about industrial separation processes, biorefinery processes, process technology, particle technology, applied analytics, industrial environmental protection, as well as develop concepts for plants in a wide range of industrial sectors.

In order to provide you with opportunities to pursue an international career, some of the courses are held in English.

Curriculum (in German)

Semester plan

     

Focus Areas

You will deepen your knowledge of chemical and process engineering in the following three compulsory modules:

  1. Fundamentals of Advanced Chemical and Process Engineering: topics include particle technology, process intensification, pumps and compressors.
  2. Business Economics: The module provides you with a comprehensive overview of basic areas of business administration, ranging from accounting to topics such as financing and controlling.
  3. Design Exercise: In this exercise, you will learn in how to perform practical planning and calculations for production plants: from profitability calculation and scheduling to basic and more detailed planning.

From the 1st semester and on, you will specialize in one of two areas of specialization. You can choose from among the following industrial topics:

  • Plant and Chemical Engineering – In this subject, you will deepen your knowledge of the design, operation and optimization of plants and processes.
  • Biobased Materials and Fibre Technology - You will learn how biobased materials are produced, processed and recycled, as well as the fundamentals of fibre technology, placing a focus on paper and pulp technology.

To broaden your studies, you will select in-depth courses from two out of a total of five elective catalogues.

Lisa Gössler
Lisa Gößler, Master's student in Chemical and Process Engineering

The large number of electives offered in the Master's programme allow students to pursue their individual interests and explore various aspects of chemical and process engineering. A chemical and process engineer’s career field is correspondingly versatile and offers a lot of room for innovation. Industrial environmental protection will play an especially large role in the future, and this is what led me to choose this degree programme.

Susanne Lux
Susanne Lux, lecturer in the master's programme in Chemical and Process Engineering

I’ve always been a curious person. I’ve always been fascinated by how things work and how processes occur. Chemical and Process Engineering offers the best foundation for satisfying this curiosity and gives me the opportunity to use the knowledge I gain to help shape and optimise processes sustainably.

Aspects of engineering and the natural sciences are optimally combined, opening up a wide range of career opportunities for our graduates. 

Patrick Leuk
Ulrich Hirn, lecturer in the master's programme in Chemical and Process Engineering

Chemical and process engineering will be needed to solve many of the challenges society will face in the next decades. These range from creating production processes for new, ecologically sustainable materials to the development of closed-loop processes for materials and goods and on to integrated energy use and storage.

Research

During your studies, you will have access to the first-class research infrastructure at TU Graz.

Among other things, you will have the opportunity to work on pilot plants and conduct research, for example, at the RCPE (Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering), the CEET pilot plant (Institute of Chemical and Environmental Engineering), or the CEET fuel cell and hydrogen laboratory.

Admission

1. Admission Procedure

Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemical and Process Engineering at TU Graz are admitted without needing to fulfil further requirements.

Graduates of other bachelor's degree programmes can obtain information and apply for admission by contacting studynoSpam@tugraz.at.

2. Admission

Information and Advice

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Career Prospects

Professional Fields

As a chemical and process engineer, you will plan, design and optimize plants to meet industrial production requirements. You can enter any and all economic sectors that involve the processing of raw materials on an industrial scale. Frequent employers of graduates include the following industrial sectors:

  • Petrochemical industry
  • Plant engineering
  • Plastics industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Bio-based industry
  • Biotechnology
  • Pulp and paper industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Metallurgy
  • Fuel cell and power plant technology,
  • Electronics industry
  • Environmental technology
  • Energy supply companies
Johannes Khinast
Johannes Khinast, lecturer in the master's programme in Chemical and Process Engineering

Chemical and Process Engineering is a degree programme that emphasizes versatility. Although basic principles are also taught at an upper academic level, chemic and process engineers can make decisive contributions to almost all areas of industry and society. This can be in environmental protection, automotive engineering, microelectronics, chemistry, battery research, or pharmacy – chemical and process engineers are important and in demand everywhere.

Martin Fruhwirth
Martin Fruhwirth, Master's student in Chemical and Process Engineering

I can recommend chemical and process engineering to anyone who likes to spice up their professional life with a little variety. In the bachelor's degree programme, you have the chance to immerse yourself in numerous subject areas. I’m currently pursuing a master's degree: In this programme, you deepen your basic knowledge and learn how to combine the topics. The great thing about it is how many different career options it gives you. You can work directly at the production site, in research, or in the area of simulation and programming.