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

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Via Terracini 28, 40131 Bologna, Italy

+39 051 209 3726

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Web address
Course website

Type of course
Full time; International Degree Programme taught in English; Dual degree programmes.

Language of tuition

Length of course
2 years – 120 ECTS

Date of commencement
September 2018

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.

Not available

Exchange partner schools
Columbia University in the City of New York (NY, USA)

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / Overseas students 50/50
2. Ratio of Men / Women 50/50
3. Age range 21-24

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
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.

Admission requirements
Call for applications for the Master's Degree Programme starting in September 2018: 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.

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 2018/2019, 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 details for application
Dicam International
+39 051 209 3726

University of Bologna

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 materials science and engineering, polymeric and composite materials as well as advanced properties of materials.

    b) Industrial Biotechnologies and Pharmaceutical Engineering option: advanced knowledge in biotechnological and pharmaceutical processes, equipment and operations.

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  • 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.