Programme outline

Number of ECTS credits: 
120
Number of years: 
2
Study language: 
English
In cooperation with: 
Université Libre de Bruxelles: Brussels Faculty of Engineering (in short Bruface)
Faculty: 
Engineering
Campus: 
Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus
Deze opleiding in het Nederlands: 
Ingenieurswetenschappen: Chemie en Materialen

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Master of Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Master of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Profile Process Technology
Academic year 2017-2018
The Master of Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering (BRUFACE) (120 ECTS), offers two profiles: a profile 'Materials' and a profile 'Process Technology'. The programme is built up modularly:
1) the Common Core Chemical and Materials Engineering (56 ECTS)
2) the Specific Profile courses (30 ECTS)
3) the master thesis (24 ECTS)
4) electives (10 ECTS) from 1 out of 3 options

Each of the modules should be succesfully completed to obtain the master degree. The student must respect the specified registration requirements. The educational board strongly suggests the student to follow the standard learning track. Only this model track can guarantee a timeschedule without overlaps of the compulsory course units.

The VUB curriculum of the first semester of the second master year can be replaced by an alternative programme of 30 ECTS at a university abroad. This Mobility Window offers the students extra freedom and flexibility to tune the content of their curriculum with additional courses and research projects without delaying their study progress. This also gives them the opportunity to collaborate with experts from other universities for their thesis research.

Student who want to apply for this mobility window have to contact the president of the Curriculum Council Chemical and Materials Engineering one academic year in advance.

Common Core Chemical and Materials Engineering

The Common Core Chemical and Materials Engineering (56 ECTS) is spread over 2 years: 46 ECTS in the first and 10 ECTS in the second year. The Common Core emphasizes the interaction between process- and materials technology by a chemical (molecular) approach. The Common Core consists out of courses related to chemistry, process technology and materials and is the basis for the Process Technology and the Materials profiles.

Common Core I: compulsory courses (MA1)

These compulsory courses of Common Core I (41 ECTS) must be successfully completed in the 1st year of the model learning track.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 41 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Electrochemistry 1st semester 4
Microstructural design and characterization of inorganic materials 1st semester 6
Molecular structural characterization and analysis 1st semester 5
Parameter Estimation and Modelling 1st semester 5
Surface treatment: Processing and Analysis 1st semester 4
Unit operations 1st semester 7
Organic Chemistry: Reactions and Mechanisms 2nd semester 4
Polymer Materials 2nd semester 6

Common Core I: project (MA1)

Students have to select one of these projects. The project must be successfully completed in the 1st year of the model learning track. The choice is irrespective of the selected profile.
General enrolment requirement: corequisite: at least 41 ECTS of Common Core I: compulsory courses.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 5 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Project: Multifunctional Materials 2nd semester 5
Project: Process technology 2nd semester 5
Development Cooperation Project 1st and 2nd semester 5
Team Leader Project 1st and 2nd semester 5

Common Core II: compulsory courses (MA2)

These compulsory courses of Common Core II must be successfully completed in the 2nd year of the model learning track.
General enrolment requirement: prerequisite: at least 45 ECTS of the 1st year of the model learning track.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 10 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Biotechnology 1st semester 3
Environmental Technology 1st semester 3
Reliability and risk analysis of industrial installations 1st semester 4

Specific Courses Profile Process Technology

The profile 'Process Technology' (30 ECTS) consists out of 2 parts, spread over the 1st and the 2nd year of the model learning track: Process Technology I - 14 ECTS in MA1 and Process Technology II - 16 ECTS in MA2. The profile adds process technological courses to the common core.

Profile Process Technology I: compulsory courses (MA1)

Part 1 of the Process Technology profile (Process Technology I) includes 14 ECTS of compulsory courses in the 1st year of the model learning track.
General enrolment requirement: corequisite: at least 45 ECTS of Common Core I (compulsory courses and project).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 14 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Heterogeneous catalysis 2nd semester 4
Instrumentation for Process Technology 2nd semester 4
Modeling and Design of Multiphase Systems and Reactors 2nd semester 6

Profile Process Technology II: compulsory courses (MA2)

Part 2 of the Process Technology profile (Process Technology II) includes 13 ECTS of compulsory courses in the 2nd year of the model learning track.
General enrolment requirement: prerequisite: at least 45 ECTS of the 1st year of the model learning track.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 13 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Simulation and design tools 1st semester 4
(Bio)Chemical Process Design and Control 2nd semester 4
Design of chemical plants 2nd semester 5

Profile Process Technology II: elective courses (MA2)

Part 2 of the Process Technology profile (Process Technology II) also includes 3 ECTS of elective courses. Students have to select one of these electives. It must be successfully completed in the 2nd year of the model learning track.
General enrolment requirement: prerequisite: at least 45 ECTS of the 1st year of the model learning track.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 3 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Micro- and Nanobiotechnology 2nd semester 3
Molecular and Biomolecular Engineering 2nd semester 3

Master Thesis

The Master Thesis (24 ECTS) is compulsory. Registration for the Master Thesis is allowed provided that

1. the student doesn't have a combined bachelor-master enrollment

2. the student has already successfully accomplished 45 ECTS of compulsory courses of the master program (exemptions included).

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 24 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Master Thesis Chemical and Materials Engineering 1st and 2nd semester 24

Elective Courses

The elective courses are divided into 3 options:

- Option 1: Internship (10 ECTS)

- Option 2: Elective courses (incl. internship of 6 ECTS)

- Option 3: Entrepreneurship

The student has to select one option and at least 10 ECTS within that option. All options belong to the 2nd year of the model learning track.


General enrolment requirement for the electives: prerequisite: at least 45 ECTS of the 1st year of the model learning track.

Option 1: Internship

This option includes the Internship of 10 ECTS (60 working days). The Internship belongs to the 2nd year of the model learning track (MA2).

Registration for the Internship is allowed provided that
1. the student doesn't have a combined bachelor-master enrollment
2. the student has already successfully accomplished 45 ECTS of compulsory courses of the master program (exemptions included).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 10 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Internship (60 days) 1st semester 10

Option 2: Elective courses

This option includes masterspecific electives, including an internship of only 6 ECTS (40 working days). Students who select this option have to choose a minimum of 10 ECTS of elective course units from this list, in the 2nd year of the model learning track (MA2).
The selected courses (10 ECTS) must be different from the ones already enrolled for or completed within other modules in this programme. This means that students enrolled for the Process Technology profile, cannot select ‘Heterogeneous catalysis’ (4 ECTS) as elective within this module, nor ‘Micro- and Nanobiotechnology’ (3 ECTS) OR ‘Molecular and Biomolecular Engineering ‘ (3 ECTS). Students enrolled for the Materials profile, cannot select ‘Ceramics’ (4 ECTS) as elective within this module, nor ‘Non-destructive Testing of Materials’ (3 ECTS) OR ‘Materials Selection’ (3 ECTS).

Registration for the Internship is allowed provided that
1. the student doesn't have a combined bachelor-master enrollment
2. the student has already successfully accomplished 45 ECTS of compulsory courses of the master program (exemptions included).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 17 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Fuel Cells and Batteries 1st semester 3
Industrial Techniques for Water Management 1st semester 3
Internship (40 days) 1st semester 6
Manufacturing Technology I 1st semester 3
Materials Selection 1st semester 3
Polymer chemistry 1st semester 4
Advanced Thermal Analysis 2nd semester 3
Biocompatible and nanostructured materials 2nd semester 5
Ceramics 2nd semester 4
Environmental Engineering: Current Methods and Practices 2nd semester 3
Heterogeneous catalysis 2nd semester 4
Manufacturing Technology II 2nd semester 3
Micro- and Nanobiotechnology 2nd semester 3
Molecular and Biomolecular Engineering 2nd semester 3
Nanochemistry and -technology 2nd semester 4
Non-Destructive Testing of Materials 2nd semester 3
Recycling of inorganic materials 2nd semester 5
Surface physics and surface characterization 2nd semester 3

Option 3: Entrepreneurship

This option includes entrepreneurship related courses, that are complementary and broadening with respect to the profile. Students who select this option have to choose a minimum of 10 ECTS from this list, in the 2nd year of the model learning track (MA2).

Remark: it is not allowed to enroll for both 'Technological Business Development Project' (3 ECTS) and 'Technological Business Development Project' (6 ECTS).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 10 ECTS credits.