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International Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering – Sustainable Technologies and Biotechnologies for Energy and Materials (STEM)
University of Bologna


Address Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Via Terracini 28, 40131 Bologna, Italy
Tel. No. ++39 051 209 3726
E-mail address dicam.didattica(at)
Web address Course website
Course Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering – Sustainable Technologies and Biotechnologies for Energy and Materials (STEM)
Type of course Full time; International Degree Programme taught in English; Dual degree programmes.
Length of course 2 years – 120 ECTS
Date of commencement September 2017
Class size Approx. 40
Cost/Fees Approx. 3.295 €/year
Student grants / Financial assistance: University students may obtain economic support during their studies from the Emilia Romagna Region, the University of Bologna and other external bodies.
Student accommodation Not available
Exchange partner schools Columbia University in the City of New York (NY, USA)
Major recruiters of graduates of this programme Graduates of the programme will have the training to go on to work in numerous fields, including the conventional chemical and process industry (petrochemical, specialty chemicals, pharmaceutical), the wide-spread energy industrial sectors (up-stream and down-stream Oil&Gas, energy generation, green energy production), and many other specific sectors (material production, food technologies, industrial biotechnologies, etc.). Completion of the STEM Master’s degree can also lead to entering PhD. level studies.
Student profile 1. Ratio of National / Overseas students 50/50
2. Ratio of Men / Women 50/50
3. Age range 21-24
Admission requirements Call for applications for the Master's Degree Programme starting in September 2017: The minimum graduate admission requirement for the Master’s Programme is a bachelor’s university degree of three years’ duration or gained through the acquisition of at least 180 ECTS credits or other degree from accredited institutions recognized as equivalent. Applicants are accepted with Italian or International university degrees which include a suitable number of university credits in fundamental subjects for chemical, materials or process engineering, together with appropriate corresponding grades. Evaluation of suitability of applicants’ degree and curriculum is performed by the Master's Board which decides about their admission to the Programme.

Knowledge of the English language (level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference) is also required, which can be certified by:

- University of Bologna Linguistic Centre (CLA-UNIBO);
- Internationally recognized language certifications, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc. (minimum scores to be considered equivalent to B2 level being the following: IELTS 5,5; TOEFL PBT 507-557; TOEFL CBT 180-217; TOEFL IBT 80-99; Cambridge First Certificate (FCE); Trinity College of London ISE II);
- Entitled English schools.

Graduates in a degree Programme taught in English, English native speakers and graduates in English language and literature or equivalent are exempted from this assessment. The Degree Programme may require students to recover any initial deficit, if their knowledge of the English language is below the B2 level on admission. Please note that, although formally a possibility of accepting the application even without an official English certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) is open, the admission Board will not admit students without such certification unless specific conditions occur (e.g. an outstanding CV, specific relevant experiences after graduation, etc.). Thus, students are strongly advised to submit their application ONLY when they have a suitable language certificate, or there is a very high probability that the application is rejected.

For Non-EU citizens, an annual quota of places is set each year by the University of Bologna. For the STEM Programme, in the academic year 2017/2018, a maximum of 30 non-EU students will be accepted.

Please note: no entrance exam nor Italian proficiency test are required for the Master’s Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering.
Programme Director Prof. Valerio Cozzani
Contact for applications Dicam International
+39 051 209 3726


About The International Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering –
Sustainable Technologies and Biotechnologies for Energy and Materials (STEM)

A Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering is key to professional success in several modern and innovative industrial sectors. Smart materials, sustainable processes for energy production, industrial biotechnologies, and advanced pharmaceutical applications are only some of the examples of sectors where the expertise of chemical engineers is sought and highly rewarded. Furthermore, the conventional world-players as the chemical and Oil&Gas field are facing a context of increasing innovation and internationalization.

The international curriculum of the Master’s in Chemical and Process Engineering was built to meet these needs. In the first year, courses mainly address the basic issues of the Master’s studies: advanced thermodynamics and transport phenomena, sustainable process design, equipment design, and process safety engineering. In the second year, both compulsory and elective courses are offered on specialised topics:
    a) Materials and biotechnologies option: advanced knowledge in the areas where Key Enabling Technologies affecting our future society will be developed: materials science and engineering, as well as biotechnological processes.

    b) Off-shore engineering: courses on off-shore engineering and oil&gas technologies, with a specific focus on up-stream and mid-stream applications are offered in Ravenna, as well as internships (design and construction of Oil&Gas off-shore systems and facilities).
International agreements allow students to spend part of their studies abroad. A Dual Degree Agreement is active with Columbia University in the City of New York (USA). Applicants, upon completing successfully the programme, will obtain both the degree from the University of Bologna and the MS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University.

About The University of Bologna

The Alma Mater Studiorum, the oldest university in the Western world, paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research and a constant and increasingly broad international perspective.

Since its origins in 1088, Alma Mater has been student-centred hosting prominent figures from science and the arts. Based in five campuses (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini), with a branch in Buenos Aires, it offers a teaching catalogue diversified and tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 200 degree programmes among its 33 Departments and 11 Schools are offered to over 81,000 students. 5,000 graduates are enrolled in PhDs and 3rd cycle programmes.

As a comprehensive research university Alma Mater invests in the multidisciplinary cross-cultural approach and in the inseparable connection between research and teaching. One of the most active universities leading and participating in European research and academic cooperation projects, Bologna has formed knowledge alliances with industry and public/private organizations. It is a hub of international networks. Beyond its close European links, it enjoys multiple connections with America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The mission of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) is to create and develop advanced research in the areas of civil, chemical, environmental and materials engineering, starting from evaluation, design, construction and service of manmade structures and infrastructures (including industrial production facilities), through the study and characterization of the constituent materials, up to the environmental analysis and impact assessment of the footprint on the territory and the environment.

More than 320 people currently team up to DICAM research activities: approximately 105 academic staff, 45 technical, administrative and librarian staff and 174 Ph.D. students, research assistants and fellows.

The Department is based in the two main locations of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna, the historical building of downtown Bologna and the new building in the strategic urban development of Via Terracini, in the close outskirt of the historical downtown, which houses the largest part of the Laboratory facilities and many modern offices for Researchers and Professors. However, staff’s activity also takes place at the Campuses of Cesena and Ravenna. The Department encompasses 11 specialized laboratories, which represent a large propulsive element to the research in all the specific disciplines, as well as an essential element for the teaching activities.

The high quality, interdisciplinary nature and collaborative work of the research groups enable the Department to provide, worldwide, an effective answer to the demands of today’s modern society and of professional world.

The Department faces many challenges for its future. Continuing its quest for excellence, with real impact in science and technology, is a clear goal. This goal relies on people and this is the most important asset of DICAM. Now and for the future our mission is to make the Department an ever more challenging place to be for young researchers. For all of them, our warmest thanks for the privilege of leading an enthusiastic team.

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