Chemical Engineering (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Sustainability requires development within society which meets the needs of the current generation and leaves options open for the future. Economic, environmental and social goals are key to sustainability.

Sustainable chemical technology is concerned with using and transforming resources without harmful effects for future generations.

This degree programme lasts for four semesters and builds on the Bachelor's degree programme in Chemical Engineering. Students of this degree programme acquire in-depth knowledge of chemical engineering and research methodology.

Modules and degree programme structure

Students can choose from specialisations and elective modules, a project development course (3 weeks), a work placement in industry (12 weeks) and a Master's thesis (6 months).

The degree programme aims to cover a wide range of topics. In addition to acquiring expertise in sustainable chemical technology, students improve their knowledge of three core areas of chemical engineering that they choose to specialise in.

Students must pass the following modules:

Specialisation A: Sustainable chemical technology

Specialisation B: one of a choice of six specialisations:

  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Technical thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Mechanical process engineering
  • Separation science and technology

Specialisations C and D: two of a choice of eight specialisations:

  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Technical thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Mechanical process engineering
  • Separation science and technology
  • Energy process engineering
  • Simulation of granular and molecular systems

A choice of elective modules on a wide range of current, research-oriented topics allows students to define their own individual study profile. The elective modules catalogue is updated at the beginning of each semester.

More information is available in the module handbook and list of elective modules. 120 ECTS credits are required to successfully complete the Master's degree programme.

Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU

Good reasons for choosing this degree programme at FAU

  • Good career prospects
  • Gain initial professional experience during your studies through a work placement in industry
  • In addition to specialisation in sustainable chemical technology, you can choose three of your own specialisations from the following areas: chemical reaction engineering, technical thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, particle technology, separations processes, energy process engineering, and simulation of granular and molecular systems.
  • Laboratory work to strengthen theoretical knowledge
  • Project development course: students plan the project development for a complete industrial plant in small groups with the involvement of industrial partners

Master of Science (MSc) is an internationally recognised academic degree and a professional qualification. The Master's degree in Chemical Engineering qualifies graduates for doctoral studies and for a career in various fields:

  • In the pharmaceutical and (petro)chemical industry, iron and steel industry, plastics industry, wood and construction materials industry, glass and ceramics industry, paper and pulp industry, textile industry or food industry, at waste disposal companies and at energy companies (in research, development, production, project management, marketing)
  • At planning, manufacturing and installation companies for processing machines and plants (management, planning, sales)
  • At supervisory or approval authorities (management, implementation and compliance)
  • At technical associations and organisations
  • At public or private research institutions (project management, basic research)

Typical tasks are in process analysis, process development and optimisation, planning and construction, and analysis of damage and malfunctions. For example, graduates may be involved in designing sewage treatment plants, work at waste disposal companies or participate in innovative projects aiming to produce electricity from waste.

Admission requirements

There are several admission requirements.

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering with a grade of 2.5 or better, or with an average grade of 3.0 or better in at least four core subjects (see the examination regulations) qualify for admission. Applicants with a degree that is not fully equivalent and/or a final grade worse than 2.5 will only be admitted to the Master's degree programme if they pass the oral admission examination. The Master's Admissions Committee has the final decision on an applicant's suitability for the degree programme.

Furthermore, you must submit proof of German and English language proficiency of at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Link to examination regulations.

Consecutive degree programme for the following Bachelor's degree:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering

Related Bachelor's degrees/admission to the Master's degree programme possible with additional courses:

  • Life Science Engineering
  • Energy Technology
  • Clean Energy Processes (CEP)
  • Process Technology

Application via the online application portal campo. More information on the application procedure is available here.

Studying abroad

There are a wide range of possibilities for students who want to spend some time studying abroad. The most common option is to spend a semester studying at a university abroad. Students can make use of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering's partnerships and exchange programmes or find a university in another country themselves (as a free mover).

The Department's partnerships with other universities:

Erasmus+ programme

The Erasmus+ programme was set up by the European Commission to promote the mobility of students and lecturers in Europe. Chemical Engineering students can also take part in the programme and spend up to two semesters at a partner university. In order to study at a university in another country, there must be a cooperation agreement between the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the university abroad that you wish to go to. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has partnerships with universities in Castelló de la Plana, Budapest, Cosenza, Ljubljana, Perugia, Prague and Turku, four universities in Poland and three universities in Spain.

Degree program start date and application deadlines

Please find more detailed information on how to apply for a Master or advanced degree program on the following website:

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: Partially in English
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Admission: Qualification assessment