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When studying the Master’s programme in Chemical Engineering, you gain thorough knowledge of key areas within the field of chemical engineering as well as insight into the industry itself.

areas you can choose to explore:

  • Energy
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Material science

The teaching combines lectures, laboratory work and project work. During the first two semesters, you will get thorough knowledge of several core areas within chemical engineering. You will split your time equally between three 5 ECTS courses and one 15 ECTS semester project. The courses will provide you with the basic knowledge, and the projects will allow you to focus on a topic that is of particular interest to you.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work. This method 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 in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.




On the first semester, you work with key areas within the field of chemical engineering – in particular process analysis.


  • Fluid Mechanics (5 ECTS)
  • Colloid and Interface Science (5 ECTS)
  • Chemometrics (5 ECTS)


  • Process Analysis (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Investigation of the possibility of electrochemical precipitation of a solid material
  • Ammonia removal from degassed manure
  • Analysis and quantification of perfumes for harmful chemicals
  • Characterisation of a silver modified reduced graphene oxide/TiO2 photocatalyst
  • Investigating the effects of thermal reduction on graphene oxide membrane structure and permeability performance
  • Development of field method for detection of radicals in ISCO remediation
  • Removal of lactose in milk: enzymes and bacteria
  • Synthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles
  • Reactive blending of polyethylene & polymethyl methacrylate
  • Properties of TiO2 coatings


On the second semester, you and your project group will focus on process modelling.


  • Process Simulation and Instrumentation (5 ECTS)
  • Water Treatment (5 ECTS)
  • Polymers and Properties of Polymers (5 ECTS)


  • Process Modelling (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Investigation of scale formation with Raman spectroscopy
  • Salt Power
  • Spectroscopic investigation of offshore scale
  • Surface Treatment by Ozone
  • Analysis and Empirical Modelling of Oil Extraction from Spent Coffee Grounds with Economic Viability and the Economic Potential as Fuel Source
  • Glucose sensitive photonic hydrogel sensor
  • Shikimic acid extraction from spruce needles
  • Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR)


During the third semester, you have different options to earn the required 30 ECTS:

  • You can do an internship in Denmark or abroad, where you take part in the day-to-day operations in the business. During the internship, you will write a project about one or more of your tasks during the process
  • You can study a semester at another educational institution abroad or in Denmark
  • You can do a regular semester at AAU with courses and project work
  • You can begin your Master’s thesis, so your work is spread out over both your 3rd and 4th semester

Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of internship contacts.

Find out more about studying abroad and internships here.

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Splittability of hollow segmented fiber
  • Reinforcement of GO/TiO2 membrane with support materials for water treatment purposes
  • Conceptual process design of the downstream of the Kraft lignin hydrothermal liquefaction for the recovery of water soluble phenolic compounds
  • Hysys simulation and sizing of a glycol regeneration column
  • Natural gas hydrates. Thermodynamic models of formation conditions and determination of methanol amount


On the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis, where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your topic choice, the thesis will be in the nature of developmental work, further development, or actual research.

master’s thesis

  • Topic of own choice (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Molecular imprinted particles
  • New techniques for treatment of water in Danish swimming pools with focus on electrochemical oxidation and disifection
  • Optimisation of offshore oil & gas separation train
  • Synthesis of polylactic acid
  • Graphene oxide/titanium dioxide membranes
  • Power generation from sub-boiling geothermal wells using supercritical CO2
  • Facies and petrophysical analysis and modelling of sandstone layers
  • Computational fluid dynamic predictions of mixing in a double-rushton stirred tank
  • Gas Dehydration: Thermodynamic simulation of the water/glycol mixture
  • Modelling and analysis of the CO2 post-combustion capture process
  • Analytical tool for rapid analysis of edible oil

Traineeship / study abroad

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.

learn more about Pbl at aau