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Chemical engineering in Leuven

citbuildingThe Department of Chemical Engineering is responsible for the education of future chemical engineers and PhD's in chemical engineering. The programme in Leuven champions a combination of a profound 'chemical engineering' background, complemented with unique facets of internationally  significant topics. Therefore, you can become acquainted with product-oriented thinking as an addition to the more traditional process-oriented education. At the same time, modern aspects of chemical engineering, like process intensification, biotechnology and sustainable processes, gain a prominent position in the programme. For further information you can always contact programme director prof. Peter Van Puyvelde.





Click here for the information brochure for the for the education of chemical engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

The undergraduate program consists of two main parts. The first section is a comprehensive basis common to the various engineering disciplines. This consists of a package 'energy and matter', a package 'informatics' and a package 'mathematics'. The common thread in the bachelor is the P&O which has a prominent place in both the first and the second part of the bachelor.

After the third semester, the student has to choose between a major and a minor. As for chemical technology as a major, there are four different combinations possible. You can combine chemical technology with a classic minor (i.e. a minor consisting of 33 ECTS). The two possibilities here are materials sciences and mechanical engineering. Secondly, you can choose to combine chemical technology with a special minor (i.e. 18 ECTS from the minor and the remaining 15 ECTS from a different minor). For chemical engineering the two special minors 'living systems' and 'business management'. The links below lead to the specific information about the programmes but is only provided in Dutch.

Master of Science in Engineering

As of the academic year 2010-2011 an English master programme is organized. We are convinced of the significant added value of this English programme since the chemical sector is a highly internationally oriented sector, dominated by multinationals. It is also a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures and to prepare you for an exciting job in an international environment.

The programme (120 ECTS) is structured as follows (see attached list of courses):

  • a large common core (60 ECTS) that aims for a strong backrgound in chemical engineering
  • a selection (9 ECTS) of unique courses that makes our programme different from other chemical engineering programmes. Special attention is paid to product-oriented thinking, microbial processes and sustainability in energy and process intensification
  • a selection of an option (15 ECTS) that is a reflection of the research activities of the department: chemical and biochemical engineering, product engineering and environmental engineering
  • a package of general education courses (9 CTS)
  • the master dissertation (24 ECTS)

Erasmus Mundus master EURHEO

Erasmus Mundus EURHEOThe objective of EURHEO - European Masters in Engineering Rheology - is to offer an advanced education programme on rheology and its applications to different engineering areas.  EURHEO combines the expertise of six leading European Universities in the field of rheology and the syllabus is designed to provide its graduates with the necessary competences to understand the relevance of rheology in material science and engineering and to apply the knowledge gained in solving real-world engineering problems both autonomously and included in multidisciplinary research themes.

EURHEO is a full masters programma (120 ECTS) with a total duration of two years.  The study programme starts with the first 60 ECTS at one of the 5 host institutions.  The second year starts with taking 15 ECTS credits corresponding to the so-called common branche modules at the University of Minho (Portugal), followed by another 15 ECTS of advanced topical modules, taken at a host institution different than the one chosen in the first year.  The programme ends with a 30 ECTS master thesis project at the latter host institution.

For further information about the programme and admission requirements, please contact prof. Paula Moldenaers.


The department considers internationalization of paramount importance. This is illustrated not only by the introduction of an English master. To provide our students with the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and the area of expertise of another university there are several possibilities. This can range from an Athens-exchange where you have one week of training abroad, to an exchange of one or two semesters under Socrates/Erasmus. If you are interested, please contact our exchange coordinator, prof. Paula Moldenaers

Preparation programme for masters industrial sciences






Advanced academic programmes

Safety instructions

Safety in laboratories is important for a future chemical engineer.  The following links contain information about safety procedures and how to work with different chemicals.