Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Combine your creative and technical skills in a high profiled Chemical Engineering master. A profound theoretical knowledge base allows you to focus on experimental research and development of new processes and products or optimization of existing chemical related production for improving sustainability and decreasing environmental impact.

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One of the best engineering courses in the world

If you take an engineering education at Aalborg University, you will attend one of the best engineering education in the world! In 2018, our engineering programs were named the fourth best in the world by 178 experts surveyed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At the same time, AAU was named the best engineering university in Europe for the second time in six months. 

Become a technical expert with an innovative perspective

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There is an increasing need for chemical engineers who understand complicated chemical and biochemical processes, and are capable of creative and innovative thinking when developing technologies and products. Chemical engineers are essential to achieve the sustainability goals as formulated by the UN. The skills and competences of chemical engineers are needed to provide safe drinking water, produce and store clean and renewable energy, provide abundant food and health for the growing population on Earth, reuse our resources and change society from being based on crude oil to renewable biomass.

Studying Chemical Engineering at AAU Esbjerg, will help you become a highly skilled technical expert, and you will learn to consider the importance of economic and environmental aspects. You will learn to work, collaborate and navigate in an international academic environment, often in close collaboration with industry.

The program gives you the skill set for working in a globalized world and prepares you for life after graduation. You will gain knowledge about the chemical industry and consultancy and how it is organized and operates. In well-equipped laboratories you will be able to tests your ideas and concepts and you will learn to develop mathematical models of the processes you are investigating and to apply different types of software for simulation and optimization.

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You have the opportunity of a six-month job guarantee, when you study at Aalborg University in Esbjerg, click the job guarantee link below and see more. 

The Master’s program entitles you to the designation Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Chemical Engineering).

Job opportunities are excellent when graduating from the Chemical Engineering program. Your future workplace could be in consultancy, the public sector or the private industrial sector. Daily works tasks may include offshore processes, quality control, biogas production, research, production of enzymes or development of new materials for medical equipment, computer models, catalysts or ceramic materials.

Study topics such as:

  • Environmental chemical engineering
  • Renewable energy production and energy carriers
  • High temperature and high pressure processes
  • Process system engineering
  • Process analytical technology and multivariate data analysis
  • Materials science, polymers
  • Natural product chemistry
  • Oil and Gas technology (specialization)

Through extensive project work, you will have plenty of opportunities to test you own ideas and theories and possibly in cooperation with Danish or international companies. This provides you with insight into the world outside of the university and with a professional network that you can use for future job opportunities.

This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups.

You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

study-life at aau, esbjerg

PROBLEM based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.


Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.


At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.


The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.

Studying in Esbjerg

Formerly known primarily for its fishing industry, Esbjerg has developed into a city with to universities and more than 60 higher study programmes. Furthermore, Esbjerg has a lot to offer in terms of culture and leisure activities. It is not difficult to find affordable accommodation near campus and Esbjerg is cheaper to live in than most of the other university cities in Denmark. Learn more about student life in Esbjerg.


Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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