Programme details

What will you learn?

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The Master’s degree programme is organized in four learning areas:

The first learning area is dedicated to basic, scientific and industrial engineering education. You will study in-depth the numerical methods required to solve computational problems (numerical computation) and learn the fundamentals of structural mechanics for chemical engineering (construction of equipment for the chemical industry).

The second learning area focuses specifically on chemical engineering. You will study a variety of disciplines that present: 

  • the mathematical models commonly used to describe matter and energy transfer systems and processes (transport phenomena and computational fluid dynamics);
  • the scientific and methodological foundations for designing and controlling chemical processes and for identifying safety-critical behaviours (advanced control/environmental safety engineering); 
  • the equipment for conducting single operations in the process industry (multiphase equipment design);
  • the principles of operation and design of real chemical reactors, considering the influence of fluid-dynamics on kinetic conversion (chemical and electrochemical reactors);
  • the processes of the petrochemical industry, with the aim of fostering the ability to interpret a chemical process on an industrial scale and promoting the use of mathematical models suitable to represent a process (industrial chemistry and process simulation);
  • the chemical-physical fundamentals required to understand the major phenomena that take place in finely dispersed systems;
  • the methodologies used to estimate transport and equilibrium properties starting from the molecular structure of components (Applied Physical Chemistry).

The third learning area is dedicated to your specialized training. You will take optional courses and choose a specialist track.

The fourth learning area is dedicated to the preparation of your Master’s thesis. 

How will you learn it?

The Master’s degree programme is taught both in Italian and in English.

You will take part in face-to-face lectures, computational exercises in the classroom and in the computer lab, conducted independently or in groups, experimental laboratory tests under the supervision of experts (e.g. design and development of innovative chemical and physical processes),  guided study visits to industrial plants.

You will be able to study abroad by taking part in our Erasmus+ projects in Europe (Finland, France, Germany, Holland, UK, Spain, Sweden) and outside Europe (Canada, Chile, Japan, USA). You ca also pursue a double degree taking part in specific educational paths organized by Politecnico in the framework of international agreements with other universities, for example with the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (Montpellier, France), the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan - KTH - Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden).

The University will organize some open days where you will meet Italian and European companies and industries that offer internship opportunities. 

You will be able to choose to work on your thesis project in prestigious research centres or companies abroad.

What you can do next

Your career as an Engineer in chemical and sustainable processes begins here. You will be able to choose from a variety of career fields:

  • RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT in public and private research centres, as a staff member and/or R&D coordinator;
  • SUPERVISION OF PRODUCTION PLANTS in companies involved in industrial processing of matter (chemical industry, petroleum and petrochemical, metallurgical, pharmaceutical, food, etc.). In the same companies you may also be called to manage environmental and security issues; 
  • TECHNICAL COORDINATION in service companies and public administration;
  • FREE- LANCE PROFESSIONAL AND CONSULTANT in companies and groups that do not have the specific skills internally.

You will also be able to complete your academic education with a PhD programme.