Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Chemistry), 2020

1: Preface

Pursuant to consolidation Act 778 of August 7, 2019 on Universities (the University Act), the following is established.

The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for Aalborg University.

2: Basis in Ministerial orders

The Master’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 20 of January 9, 2020 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) and Ministerial Order no. 22 of January 9, 2020 on University Examinations (the Examination Order). Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 153 of February 26, 2020 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order).

3: Campus

The programme is offered in Aalborg.

4: Faculty affiliation

The Master’s programme falls under Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University.

5: Study board affiliation

The Master’s programme falls under Study Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering

6: Affiliation to corps of external examiners

The Master’s programme is associated with Ingeniøruddannelsernes landsdækkende censorkorps – kemi.

7: Admission requirements

Applicants with a legal claim to admission (retskrav):

Applicants with the following degree are entitled to admission:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical Engineering), Aalborg University

Applicants without legal claim to admission

Additional qualifying programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Aalborg University
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Aalborg University
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Technical University if Denmark
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and International Business, Technical University of Denmark
  • Bachelor og Science in Engineering (Chemistry and Biotechnology), University of Southern Denmark
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, University of Southern Denmark

All applicants without a legal claim must prove that their English language qualifications is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English.

8: The programme title in Danish and English

The Master’s programme entitles the graduate to the designation civilingeniør, cand.polyt. i kemi. The English designation is: Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Chemistry).

9: Programme specifications in ECTS credits

The Master’s programme is a 2-year, research based, full-time study programme. The programme is set to120 ECTS. 

10: Rules concerning credit transfer (merit), including the possibility for choice of modules that are part of another programme at a university in Denmark or abroad

The Study Board can approve that passed programme elements from other educational programmes at the same level replaces programme elements within this programme (credit transfer).

Furthermore, the Study Board can, upon application, approve that parts of this programme is completed at another university or a further education institution in Denmark or abroad (pre-approval of credit transfer).

The Study Board’s decisions regarding credit transfer are based on an academic assessment.

11: Exemptions

The Study Board’s possibilities to grant exemption, including exemption to further examination attempts and special examination conditions, are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/Studielegalitet/

12: Rules for examinations

The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/Studielegalitet/

13: Rules concerning written work, including the Master’s Thesis

In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.

The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).

The Master’s Thesis must include an English summary. If the project is written in English, the summary can be in Danish. The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.

14: Requirements regarding the reading of texts in a foreign language

At programmes taught in English, it is assumed that the student can read academic text and use reference works, etc., in English.

15: Competence profile on the diploma

The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:

A Candidatus graduate has the following competency profile:

A Candidatus graduate has competencies that have been acquired via a course of study that has taken place in a research environment.

A Candidatus graduate is qualified for employment on the labour market based on his or her academic discipline as well as for further research (PhD programmes). A Candidatus graduate has, compared to a Bachelor, developed his or her academic knowledge and independence so as to be able to apply scientific theory and method on an independent basis within both an academic and a professional context.

16: Competence profile of the programme

 

The graduate of the Master’s programme

Knowledge

Knowledge field 

  • Have knowledge within chemistry that in selected areas, such as process technology, materials technology and polymer technology, is based on the highest international research.

Understanding and reflection level 

  • Understand the  principles of  the above-mentioned areas,  can reflect  upon their  knowledge in these areas  at  a scientific level,  and use  their knowledge  to identify technological  problems and industrial applications.

Skills

Type of skills 

  • Master the scientific methods, models and tools of the above-mentioned areas and the general skills that are tied to work within the area of chemical and molecular engineering.  

Evaluation and decision making 

  • Are able to evaluate and select among scientific theories, methods, tools and general skills used in chemical engineering and technology, develop and establish new analysis protocols and solution models in industrial and laboratory settings, and participate in the development and manufacturing of novel compounds and materials based on inorganic and organic chemistry. 

Communication

  • Are able to communicate research based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific problems with both peers and non-specialists.

Competencies

Action space 

  • Are able to carry out research, development, and manufacturing in areas of process chemistry, materials technology, and polymer technology.  

Collaboration and responsibility 

  • Are able to independently initiate and carry out discipline specific and cross-disciplinary cooperation and to assume professional responsibility within the area of chemical engineering. 

Learning 

  • Are able to independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialization.

17: Structure and Contents of the programme

The program is structured in modules and organised as a problem-based study. A module is a program element or a group of program elements, which aims to give students a set of professional skills within a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods. Examinations are defined in the curriculum.

The program is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and can be organized based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:

  • Lectures
  • Classroom instruction
  • Project work
  • Workshops
  • Exercises (individually and in groups)
  • Teacher feedback

18: Overview of the programme

All modules are assessed through individual grading according to the 7-point scale or Pass/Fail. All modules are assessed by external examination (external grading) or internal examination (internal grading or by assessment by the supervisor only).

Offered as: 1-professional
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation method Assessment method
1 Semester
Materials Technology Project 15 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project
Materials Chemistry Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam
Processing of Materials Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam
Physical Chemistry of Materials Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam
2 Semester
Industrial Application of Macromolecules Project 15 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project
Polymer Chemistry Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
Supramolecular Chemistry Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam
Carbohydrate Chemistry Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam
3 Semester
Option A
Project-Oriented Study in an External Organisation Project 30 Passed/Not PassedExternal examinationOral exam based on a project
4 Semester
Master’s Thesis Project 30 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationMaster's thesis/final project
3-4 Semester
Option B
Master’s Thesis Project 60 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationMaster's thesis/final project

All modules in the Master’s degree programme are taught in English.

Elective Courses

On 3  - 4 semester option A or B is chosen

19: Additional information

All students who have not participated in Aalborg University's course "Problem-based learning" or PBL introductory course during their undergraduate education must follow and have passed the PBL introductory course before they can participate in the project exam. For further information, please see www.en.bio.aau.dk

20: Commencement and transitional rules

The curriculum is approved by the Dean of The Faculty of Engineering and Science and enters into force as of September 1st  2020.

The Study Board does not offer teaching after the previous curriculum from 2017 after the summer examination examination 2021.

The Study Board will offer examinations after the previous curriculum, if there are students who have used examination attempts in a module without passing. The number of examination attempts follows the rules in the Examination Order.

21: Amendments to the curriculum and regulations