Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
- Produce the molecules of the future!
Would you like to help mankind produce energy, materials, food and medicines in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way?
What is chemical engineering and biotechnology?
Chemical engineering and biotechnology is a 5-year Master's degree program that provide you with broad basic skills in chemistry and other sciences. The program provides solid insight within your main profile and understanding of the industrial processes that are in use. At the same time, you will learn about project work, communication and information, and you will gain contacts that are useful throughout life.
Why choose chemical engineering and biotechnology?
Theory or practice, the choice is yours! This Master's degree program offers a lot of choices, whether you like laboratory work, computer simulation or chemistry at an industrial scale. You have the opportunity to specialise in exactly what you like best, and you will during the two first years, gain a solid foundation in mathematics, computing, physics and chemistry.
At the master's program in chemical engineering and biotechnology, you will have access to modern equipment and be guided by skilled professionals. You will get a thorough theoretical understanding and good understanding of the practical and industrial application of what you learn. This combination makes you sought after in the business sector, and it is an exciting education for those who want to make a change. Many master's thesis and projects are carried out in close cooperation with leading companies in Norway. This means good job opportunities after completing the program.
In addition, the greatest scientific innovations today are within chemical engineering and biotechnology. The new technology, nanotechnology, enables us to control reactions at the molecular level, which presents major development opportunities for new products. A forward-looking education rooted in basic chemistry and technology subjects provides an excellent foundation for your future career.
Challenges and opportunities
One of the major challenges ahead is to find environmentally-friendly renewable energy sources. You can help developing these. Perhaps you are able to create a new fuel cell for hydrogen to be used in cars? Many people believe that solar cells will solve future energy problems. Did you know that a lot of the world's silicon for solar cells and chips are produced by the Norwegian processing industry, and that this industry is experiencing rapid growth? The Master's degree program in chemical engineering and biotechnology also provides a basis for developing and adopting new environmental technology, including membrane technology that can constitute a part of CO2-free gas power plants.
Today, major progress is made within the field of biotechnology. Examples are genetic research, cancer research and development of new medicine. These fields will expand in the future and with an education in chemistry you may join the team. Biotechnology is, however, so much more than new medicines - it involves everything from food, natural gas, use of DNA tests in court cases, to the brewing of beer and wine. Along with current research efforts in search of new knowledge, great challenges will emerge in years to come as we attempt to make practical use of this knowledge. For this we need new biotechnologists with curiosity and critical sense.
The ability to use computers to create models of chemical reactions and molecules is very important. Thanks to computers and our knowledge of the basic properties of atoms and molecules, we can for instance design new medicines to help against various diseases. In the same way, we can simulate what happens to the temperature of the earth when we emit CO2 into the atmosphere, or how to make intelligent materials. Computer calculations within chemistry and biotechnology are exacting and complex. They require large calculation capacities, and some of the world's best super computers are employed to conduct these calculations.
Oil and gas
Norway's production of oil and gas will continue for at least another century. With this degree, the industry will welcome you and many of our candidates end up with interesting and well paid jobs.
The first two years, the program is common to all students of chemical engineering and biotechnology. The program provides you with an introduction to chemistry, chemical process technology, mathematics, physics and information technology. For the last three years, you will choose one of the following main profiles:
- Chemical Engineering
- Materials Chemistry and Energy Technology
Language of instruction
1st year, autumn:
General Chemistry 1
Introduction to IT
Theory of Science
1st year, spring:
General Chemistry 2
2nd year, autumn:
Organic Chemistry, foundation course
2nd year, spring:
Physical Chemistry, foundation course
3rd to 5th year:
One of the following courses are chosen:
Chemical Process Technology
Materials Chemistry and Energy Technology