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Master's Program in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Sustainable Metals Processing

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 - Sustainable Metals Processing

Imagine a world without metals. Without metals, there would not be cities, energy, transportation and many products that improve our quality of living. Metals have been, are, and will be one of the main pillars of the modern society and economy.

Circular economy requires more sustainable, efficient, environmentally friendly and economic metals processing. The major study subject of Sustainable Metals Processing answers to these demands.

Sustainable Metals Processing is a fully integrated study program that combines metals and mineral processing technology based on scientific and engineering principles with economy and society. It covers the whole cycle of materials from acquiring raw materials to recycling end-of-life products. The focus is in the processes that make metals production and recycling possible.

This study field includes diverse multidisciplinary areas, spanning from theoretical metallurgy, experimental studies and process engineering to knowledge-intensive design and optimization of the processes, equipment, plant operations and product applications. The aim of the major is to introduce a broad way of thinking: whatever you do as an engineer, always include the economic, environmental and social aspects in it.

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

  • Fundamentals of Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Metal Recycling Technologies
  • Fundamentals of Minerals Engineering and Recycling
  • Fundamentals of Pyrometallurgy
  • Fundamentals of Hydrometallurgy
  • Process Modeling
  • Technical Innovation Project

Specialisation courses

  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Sustainability of Metals
  • Ore Dressing and Recycling
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Chemical Engineering

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 this program, students will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree. 

Continuing studies

Eligibility for doctoral studies.

Career paths

As a graduate of the program you will have the skills and knowledge to work as pacesetter of your field in various managerial, planning and research duties serving industry or related stakeholders, the scientific community or public sector.

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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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