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Master of Chemical Engineering (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

The chemical sector is one of the most important economic sectors in Belgium. It provides approximately 90,000 direct jobs and more than 150,000 indirect. Your master’s journey will equip you with a solid background in classical chemical engineering while covering also the environmental, safety and economic aspects.

What is the Master of Chemical Engineering all about?

KU Leuven's Master of Chemical Engineering guarantees you a solid chemical engineering background while also opting for a contemporary view on product intensification, energy-efficient processing routes, product engineering and biochemical processes.

You will learn to think in a process-oriented way and prepared to grasp the complexity of physicochemical systems. Furthermore, you will learn of processes at the nano and micro scale, which are increasingly fundamental for the development of new products and technologies.


The programme consists of a core curriculum, specialisation courses and general courses drawn from a pool of non-technical supporting skills.

The core curriculum builds on knowledge obtained at the bachelor’s level and covers the foundations of chemical engineering. You will concentrate on both the classical and the emerging new trends. 

During the second year, the generic core is strengthened further. You opt for one of three specialisations: product, process or environmental engineering. The areas covered in the programme are designed to prime you for the major challenges within related industries.

In the final phase of the master’s programme you will undertake your master's thesis. You are assigned master’s thesis topics and select 5 preferred topics from a comprehensive list of relevant research areas.


While the classic petrochemically based technologies and products still have their value, our master’s programme focuses more on the current trends of process intensification and the circular (biobased) economy.

The master’s programme values interactions with the chemical industry and some courses are taught by guest professors from within the industry. The department was the first to establish an Industrial Advisory Board, drawn from the expert commercial sphere.

At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. The Chemical Engineering master programme has, e.g., a yearlong successful (dual degree) collaboration with Delaware University (US) and Ecole Polytechnique in Montréal (CA).

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Career opportunities

After Houston in the United States, the Antwerp Harbour region is the world’s second most important chemical cluster, and therefore employment prospects are very promising.

As a chemical engineer, you will predominantly work in industrial branches involved in the production of bulk and speciality chemicals. Professional activities in the sector include design, planning and building of installations (project engineer), monitoring and optimisation of existing processes (process engineer), design/formulation and optimisation of products (product engineer).

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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