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Master of Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Autumn 2019

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Year of study 1 2
Search for study unit: ECTS 1 2 1A 1S 2A 1 2 3 4 5 1 2
CORE COMPETENCE 15                        
Bioeconomy and Cleantech 5
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 5
Systems Analysis and Development Methods 5
COMPLEMENTARY COMPETENCE 15                        
HR Management and Competence Development 5
Finance and Accounting for Managers 5
Elective Studies
(Select 5 ECTS)
Master's Thesis 30  
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 25 30 10 15 30 7.5 7.5 5 5 5 15 15

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Programme description

The Master’s Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology leads to the degree of Master of Engineering. The Degree Programme is a working life oriented programme targeted at Bachelors of Engineering. The aim of the programme is to make a Bachelor of Engineering who has gained experience in working life more prepared for taking on new challenges in the ever-changing operating environment, to enhance the ability to develop in expert and supervisor tasks that require good competence and to promote critical thinking, creative problem solving, initiative as well as teamwork and networking skills.

The Master’s Degree Programme concentrates on technology organization management and the advancement of the professional competence. Students have a chance to affect the content of their studies. Chemical engineering and biotechnology studies (2x5 ECTS) focus on the competence areas of chemical engineering research groups. As optional studies (5 ECTS), students can take Master-level (EQF 7) courses offered in the other Master’s Degree Programmes of Turku University of Applied Sciences or in other higher education institutions. Education in the Master of Engineering programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology gives a firm basis for the development of one’s own work as well as the development of the work community. It also strongly supports the advancement of one’s own career towards more demanding challenges.

Internationalization is based on assignments and on the student’s needs. The thesis may be linked with an international aspect, for example by participating in an international conference or seminar concerning the field. The international perspective also supports the requirements of language skills for completing the degree. Some parts of the teaching are given in English and a great deal of the assignment source material is from international professional and academic publications.

Career opportunities:
After graduating from a university of applied sciences, many professional engineers find employment in positions where the main focus is on technical competence and its development and application. As their careers proceed, some of them concentrate on technical expert tasks, while others focus on supervisor, project management, marketing and organizational development tasks, for instance.

After graduation, work duties may include, among other things, demanding supervisor, expert, education, development, research and product development tasks in process, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, research institutes or authoritative positions.
The degree enables one to apply for positions that require a Master’s Degree in engineering.

Possible jobtitles after graduation:
•production engineer
•process engineer
•product development engineer
•quality engineer

Postgraduate study opportunities:
The studies provide eligibility for further scientific studies. Universities may set conditions on granting rights for further studies in the form of, for instance, supplementary transitional studies.

Competence objectives

The Master’s Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is carried out in cooperation with business life and other Master’s Degree Programmes in management, engineering and technology. The pedagogic foundation of the programme is an innopeda®-based continuum of learning that combines learning by doing and applied research, development and innovation activities with the development needs of the working life.

The studies consist of advanced professional studies (25 ECTS), of optional studies (5 ECTS) and of a thesis (30 ECTS).

Advanced professional studies include studies about research methods, chemical engineering and biotechnology competence, HR management and finance and accounting. Students may further deepen or expand their competence by choosing courses in management, sales, project operations or research methods, for instance, as optional studies.

The planned length of the studies is 1.5 years and they are designed to be carried out while working full-time. Studies are organized as part-time studies. There will be two contact days per month. The studies emphasize community orientation and teamwork. At the very beginning of the studies, the student prepares an individual study plan (ISP) which is closely related to the implementation of the thesis.

Pedagogic approaches

The studies are realised as multiform learning, and there are primarily two days of contact teaching per month. The studies have been planned to be conducted alongside work, and their duration is about 1,5 years, but flexible solutions also support faster completion. In the early stages of studying, the student drafts a personal ISP and a thesis realisation plan.


The objectives for skill levels in a Master’s Degree are based on the legislation concerning universities of applied sciences and the European Qualification Framework (EQF). The level corresponding to a Master’s Degree is level 7. The assessment criteria for each course are described in its implementation plan. Performance requirements vary depending on objectives, content and method of implementation.

The courses and the thesis are assessed on a scale of 0 to 5. Assessment focuses on competence and its development. The course assessment methods vary according to the objectives of the study module. Assessment may focus on the outcome (for instance, a report or a seminar presentation), on the process (the student’s own activity and actions during the course) or on both. Students receive regular feedback on their performance from their teachers. Peer- and self-assessment as well as commissioner feedback on performance are also utilized. The degree assessment framework is used as the basis for the assessment.

The Degree Programme will be developed according to the principles of continuous improvement. In the development work, feedback from the students and working life as well as their initiatives have a key role. Feedback is collected with, for instance, student questionnaires and group-specific development discussions.