Chemistry - Master of Science in Engineering

Chemistry - Master of Science in Engineering

Are you interested in technological innovation and development? During the Master's programme in Chemistry, you work with new materials, new separation methods, and synthesis of new materials. These methods are used in medical engineering, in the building industry, and in the food industry.

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Academic content

Studying Chemistry you have the opportunity to resolve practical problems related to chemical engineering, develop new materials and new processes, and innovate, design and optimise production processes of chemicals and materials.

You can work with topics such as:

  • Inorganic materials
  • Controlled release
  • Functional polymers
  • Separation processes


Studies of structure and properties of inorganic materials. Emphasis is placed on glassy or amorphous materials. The relationships between structure, dynamics and properties of glasses and liquids are studied by using the knowledge of materials chemistry and physics. The development of both new structural and functional materials and nanomaterials is another essential part.


Study and development of the group of molecules called cyclodextrins and their inclusion complexes. The interest in cyclodextrin applications includes development of novel drug delivery systems and pesticide formulations, which are more environmentally friendly than those used today.


The molecular design of target macromolecules, synthesis and the separation, purification and characterisation of the polymers. The principles of polymerisation dynamics and kinetics are other important aspects.


The physical chemistry of processes in water and wastewater treatment with special emphasis on membrane technology and its application in developing sustainable solutions.

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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.

In your semester projects, you and your project group study complex chemical issues, that challenge you to use all of your collected knowledge to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to occasionally collaborate with external organisations and businesses in your projects to get an idea of the work processes and current issues in the industry. This will prepare you for your own work life after you graduate.

Career opportunities

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

As a graduate from the Master's programme in Chemistry, you will have access to an exciting professional career. You can find employment in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, in the public sector, or in an engineering company.

Your future work assignments can involve for instance development of new materials, offshore processes, chemical processes development and improvement, or teaching.

study-life at aalborg university

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 aalborg

As a university city Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.


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.

learn more about Pbl at aau