Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Chemical Engineering is intended for students who have obtained a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and want to acquire further training in this branch of knowledge. The course has a twofold objective: to complete students¿ basic training as a means of ensuring professional success in the chemical industry, and to provide the foundations for a career in applied research, examining problems related to industrial chemistry.

The master's degree in Chemical Engineering is particularly compatible with the socio-economic characteristics of Barcelona and its environs, which are home to much of Catalonia's chemical industry, including manufacturers of basic and intermediate chemicals, end-products and formulations. The chemical sector in the Barcelona area comprises production, sales and distribution of chemical, pharmaceutical and food products, a range of products from related industries, and extensive consultancy services, each with their implications in terms of environmental impact and energy use. 

This course provides in-depth training in the general concepts and fundamental aspects of chemical engineering and places special emphasis on the requirements of those working in the transformative chemical industry, which is the predominant chemical activity in the Barcelona area, and in other closely related sectors, such as food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, energy and materials. 

Notably, due to the tradition in the Faculty of Chemistry where the master's degree is taught, the training will cover a balance of chemistry and chemical engineering. The degree of experimental work involved in the course ensures a sufficient level of preparation for those who wish to continue to the doctoral programme.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Chemistry
Branch of knowledge
  • Chemical engineering, materials engineering and environmental engineering
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available25
Length of course2 academic years
Language(s) of instruction35% Catalan - 35% Spanish - 30 % English
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (71 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences


The master's degree in Chemical Engineering provides prospective chemical engineers with the training they will need for professional practice in the chemical industry, one of the most important sectors in the Spanish economy.
Chemical engineers must be able to analyse and diagnose problems that may arise in chemical plants and in chemical processes in general, and know how to implement the most appropriate solutions, conceiving, designing, building and optimizing the functions of facilities and services required. Chemical engineers are required in all industrial plants where materials undergo changes of state, composition and energy content, which typify the chemical sector and related industries (pharmaceutical, biotechnology, materials, energy, food and environment).
Chemical engineers must also be able to take on varying responsibilities as part of a team, be good communicators, have the ability to adapt to change, and demonstrate a capacity for independent learning in order to stay up to date with developments in the profession. The ability to analyse, synthesize and integrate knowledge in order to make correct decisions is also essential.


Basic competences:

On completion of the degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the extensive knowledge they have acquired, which enables greater creativity, and the capacity to integrate and apply this knowledge in new environments.
  • Formulate socially and ethically responsible judgements on the basis of limited information.
  • Communicate effectively in different settings and using different materials.
  • Adopt an independent and self-directed approach to learning.

General competences:

Students will also be able to:
  • demonstrate a sense of responsibility and the capacity to adapt to new situations.
  • Work as part of a group and in multidisciplinary and international teams.
  • Devise creative solutions to problems;
    display initiative, emotional intelligence and the capacity to manage frustration.
  • Locate, analyse, prioritize and integrate information.

Specific competences:

More specifically, successful students will be able to:
  • Establish economically viable solutions to technical problems, applying critical reasoning skills and knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and other natural sciences.
  • Propose mathematical models and use specialized computer applications to solve complex problems.
  • Direct and oversee installations and plants and manage processed materials and energy.
  • Manage and organize companies, production systems and services, and manage the organization of work and human resources with a concern for industrial safety, quality management, risk prevention, sustainability and environmental protection.
  • Manage processes in technological research, development and innovation;
    manage, monitor and control facilities, processes and products, as well as conducting certification reviews, audits, inspections, tests and report analyses.
  • Conduct, write up and present technical or research projects in the field of chemical engineering.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The master's degree is intended for students with academic backgrounds in scientific and technical disciplines who have acquired the skills and competences in mathematics, physics, chemistry and chemical engineering characteristic of degree programmes leading to qualification as a technical industrial engineering specializing in industrial chemistry. The ideal candidate should also have a good level of English (at least B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Candidates matching this profile should have a professional interest in innovation and the application and development of technology for the diagnosis and resolution of problems in chemical plants.

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements
Admission to the master's degree in Chemical Engineering is open to all those who have acquired the skills outlined in section 3 of Ministerial Order CIN/351/2009, 9 February, which sets out the requirements for the verification of official academic qualifications leading to accreditation as a technical industrial engineer. The candidates' prior training must match the requirements set out in the section of the Order referring to the module on Specific Technology for Industrial Chemistry.
The degree is therefore open to holders of a degree leading to professional accreditation as a technical industrial engineer specialized in industrial chemistry, and also to graduates with the qualifications for professional practice as an industrial engineer who have a general understanding of mathematics, physics, chemistry and chemical engineering.



First period: 13 March - 12 July 2023.

Second period (if there are any vacancies): 28 August - 8 September.


  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

The Master's Degree Committee applies the following general admission and selection criteria:
  • Candidates must hold an official degree in a preferred subject for access to the master's degree. Credit will be given for previous studies specifically linked to the areas of work of a chemical engineer and for professional experience in the field of chemical engineering (60%).
  • Candidates should have competences related to the languages of instruction: a basic level of English language proficiency, equivalent to B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (20%).
  • Candidates should have a strong academic record (10%).
  • Candidates should demonstrate a positive attitude and motivation (through the statement of interest and, in some cases, a personal interview) (10%).


The Master's Degree Committee is the body responsible for all decisions relating to student admissions. It consists of a coordinator, a representative of the teaching staff from departments responsible for at least 20% of the tuition, a student representative, and the head of the Secretary's Office for Students and Teaching Staff, who serves as the secretary.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Specific information about the faculty

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 42
Optional 18
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 30

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering
Chemical Reactors Optional 2nd semester 6
Experimentation in Chemical Engineering I Optional 1st semester 6
Introduction to Chemical Engineering Optional 2nd semester 6
Process Engineering and Product Engineering Optional 2nd semester 6
Separation Operations Optional 2nd semester 6

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Chemical Engineering
Design and Operation of Discontinuous Plants Optional 2nd semester 3
Economics and Chemical Processes Compulsory 1st semester 6
Experiment Design and Analysis Optional 2nd semester 3
Experimentation in Chemical Engineering Compulsory 2nd semester 6
Final Project Compulsory 1st semester
2nd semester
In-Company Placement Optional 1st semester
2nd semester
Industrial Processes and Environmental Management Optional 2nd semester 6
Innovation Management Optional 2nd semester 3
Operations Management in the Chemical Industry Compulsory 2nd semester 6
Particle Technology Optional 2nd semester 3
Process Engineering Compulsory 1st semester 9
Product Engineering Compulsory 1st semester 6
Project Management Optional 2nd semester 3
Risk Analysis and Estimation Optional 2nd semester 3
Simulation of Unit Operation and Processes Compulsory 1st semester 9

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 750 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Chemical engineers are equipped to study, ensure the viability of, plan, manage, build, install, operate and maintain industrial facilities involving chemical, physicochemical and bioengineering processes (except those governed by specific civil engineering regulations) and the ancillary facilities and the equipment, machinery, apparatus and instruments involved.
Chemical engineers typically find careers in engineering companies (study, process and operation design, project management, technical evaluation, etc.) and in chemical companies and firms in related areas (management, operation and plant design, operation and maintenance of plants and equipment, studies, management, research, development and innovation, etc). They may also work as sales professionals, in insurance, as consultants, auditors, managers of integrated management systems (quality, environment, safety and health), in project evaluation and as legal advisors.
Public sector opportunities include university and secondary school teaching, research, development and innovation, management, inspection, and intervention and consultancy roles related to compliance with industrial and environmental legislation.
Independent chemical engineers are involved in diverse activities including project design, studies and assessments, audits, reports and certifications, and appraisals across a range of social and economic sectors.

Access to the labour market

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