Integration of Process Technology and Materials

This master’s programme aims to train students to become engineers employable in fields such as the petrochemical and polymer industry, pharmaceutical industry, food industry, biotechnology, inorganic bulk chemistry, extractive metallurgy and the recycling industry. The master’s programme encompasses two distinct profiles: Process Technology and Materials. In the Process Technology profile, the student is trained to operate in production units, consultant engineering firms and the environmental sector. The Materials profile covers production and development facilities for different types of materials. The master’s programme has a common core of 56 ECTS, ensuring a strong mutual interaction and integration between both profiles. The development of environmentally friendly and safe production processes for materials, the shaping and processing of materials into intermediate or finished products, and the optimal integration of materials in other disciplines are strongly related to the optimisation of environmenally friendly chemical processes in general.

Study credits

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System): 1 credit represents 25-30 hours of study activity

Process Technology

The Process Technology profile prepares you to become an engineer who can be employed in, for example, production units (operation and optimisation of production facilities). Alternatively, you could work in an engineering group, where you’d develop new production processes that meet performance specifications. The profile mainly focuses on the chemical industry, but also looks at biotechnology and the food industry. You’ll be trained to identify, solve and avoid environmental problems.


The Materials profile thoroughly prepares you for a job in the materials technology sector of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. You’ll be trained to become a creative engineer, capable of designing sustainable and multi-functional materials for specific applications. You’ll also develop skills to engineer intermediate or finished products with these materials, using environmentally friendly and safe production processes.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies. Do you want to know more about the specific learning outcomes of this programme? Click here for more information.

Educational quality

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Tackle environmental challenges and help build the future

Engineers in chemistry and materials sciences play a unique role in sustainable development. They manage resources, energy and the environment to develop and produce novel materials and chemical commodities. This master’s programme prepares you to face the demands of the modern technological employment field. With English as the working language, you are ready to start an international career and help shape the future.


You can take up entrepreneurship-related courses, which are complementary to your education. During these courses, you’ll be introduced to business and economics, frameworks and tools for general management, human resource management, communication and teambuilding, marketing, and accounting. In short, everything a student with a nose for business initiative needs.



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First steps on the job market

Materials and chemical commodities are essential in many technological sectors. Graduates of our department are in high demand in various industrial sectors, and our
alumni are making an impact around the world in research, manufacturing, business
management and education.

Graduates are found in the biomedical biotechnology, chemical engineering, materials
for energy, electronic, optical, (in) organic and metallic materials, the pharmaceutical industry, government positions and teaching.

The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!


A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.


The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!

First step on the market


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

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Language requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria. Please find here an overview of the criteria.

Academic requirements

  • I have or will soon have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences of at least three years, or consisting of at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent (such as 130 US credits or semester contact hours)
  • I have an overall degree above average, which in the US grading means level B or a GPA of minimum 3 out of 4. For conversion to the US grading system please consult this page.
  • I have obtained a minimum of 20 ECTS credits or equivalent in athematics courses, and 15 ECTS or equivalent in other fundamental science courses such as chemistry, physics and mechanics.
  • I have obtained a score above average for the mathematics courses, which means a score of minimum 3 out of 4, 14 out of 20 or equivalent B level .
  • I am or will be able to prove my knowledge of the English language.

Specific admission criteria

Admission of students from other institutions is evaluated through a complete application file. Students with a bachelor in the same field of study have direct access after the evaluation of their application file. Holders of another engineering degree must be approved by the curriculum council.

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Study abroad: mobility window

The VUB curriculum of the first semester of the second master year can be replaced by an alternative programme worth 30 ECTS at a university abroad. This mobility window offers extra freedom and flexibility to tune the content of your curriculum with additional courses and research projects without delaying your study. It also gives you the chance to work with experts from other universities for your thesis research.

Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website www.bruface.eu

  • Students who require a visa (non-EU/EEA nationals) need to submit their pre-application before April 1st
  • Students who do not require a visa must submit their pre-application before before September 12th
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

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Tuition fees

Students pay the tuition fee at the institution at which they enrol, in agreement with the institution’s legal requirements. The tuition fee for the non-EU students is recalculated yearly and jointly by both institutions, taking into account the legislation in both regions. Indication of tuition fee: 800 - 3000 euro per year.A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found on www.bruface.eu