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Master's Program in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biotechnology

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Aalto University

About this program

Master's Program in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biotechnology

The Master’s program in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering – Biotechnology provides a strong multidisciplinary knowledge-base in biotechnology and bioengineering, and the tools for applying it in research and business environment. Biotechnology is gaining importance in our everyday lives and its impact on solving societal problems related to the environment, global warming and health are undeniable. Biotechnology is an enabling technology that ranges from the design of new biopharmaceuticals and production of novel biosynthetic materials and biochemicals to the use of cutting-edge synthetic biology concepts. Bioprocess development and modelling is an integral part of modern biotechnology.

English is the language of instruction for this program, but there is a possibility to complete some courses in Finnish/Swedish.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the program must first meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's Programs in Science and Technology.

The following principles apply during the academic evaluation of eligible applications. These principles are revised annually.

The student selection process is competitive. The applicant’s suitability for the program is evaluated. The best applicants are granted admission to the program. The selection of students is primarily based on the application documents. Not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted, CHEM Master’s program does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled.

The programs reserve the right to interview the applicants if it is necessary to clarify the applicant’s motivation or other information in the application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Common compulsory courses

  • Academic Learning Community

Compulsory courses

  • Biochemistry
  • Biolab I
  • Microbiology
  • Biolab II
  • Bioprocess Technology II
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Cell Factory
  • Biolab III
  • Bioprocess Optimization and Simulation

Specialisation courses

  • Concepts in Biochemistry
  • Cell- and Tissue Engineering
  • Systems Biology
  • Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Synthetic Biology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree. 

Continuing studies

Aalto University has well-established career services through which you can get employed in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find good positions with ease upon their graduation. An active entrepreneurship community is also present at Aalto, which can help as a springboard for founding your company. Finally, if an academic career is of interest, the Master's Degree in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering – Biotechnology is a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.

Career paths

The study option stands out with its close collaboration with industry, specifically in the form of real-life assignments and projects. Many industry collaborators also give lectures in various courses. Furthermore, field trips and excursions to companies and research institutes in the field provide new perspectives to learning. This keeps the alumni-student relations strong, forming a tight network that is welcoming of students, resulting in a high employment rate of fresh graduates. Most graduates begin to follow three typical career paths, ending up as either academically-oriented researchers, industry experts or entrepreneurs. Most of our students get the opportunity to write their master’s thesis at a company or in research institutes both within and outside Finland.

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Aalto University

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future....

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Aalto University

Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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