Biorefineries is a program offered by LUT university, which implements multiple and different technologies and materials to examine new ways of sustainable production of energy, food, and chemicals.

Biorefineries’s program offers the opportunity to learn new competencies, solutions and critical assessment to the use of renewable raw materials, which is one of the many technologies for mitigating climate change and saving scarce natural resources.

Due to the distance learning nature of the program, international students applying to this program from outside EU, are unable to apply for the residence permit for studies. There are nevertheless some compulsory meeting days that require presence at LUT Lappeenranta campus. Students traveling from outside the Schengen area must apply for a tourist visa.

Semester starts

Autumn 2024

Degree info

  • Master of Science in Technology
  • 2 academic years / 120 ECTS
  • Study method: distant learning
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Tuition fee: 13 500€ / academic year

Edunation application period

Regular Admission:
• 24.11.2023 - 12.01.2024

During your studies, you will learn to design and develop processes and the production of materials based on modern biorefining technologies.

As a graduate, you will possess a unique set of skills for designing, planning, assessing and operating sustainable, environmentally friendly biorefining processes and products.

Teaching in this Master’s programme has been planned in close cooperation with industry, and it takes into account the development directions and new opportunities in the educational environment. Diverse distance teaching methods and students with versatile professional experience ensure that you will study in a multicultural and multidisciplinary group.

The Master’s Programme in Biorefineries is a two-year, distance learning programme. In addition to virtual instruction, the programme includes a few contact teaching days (seminars, laboratory work, etc.) each academic year on the Lappeenranta campus.

The programme includes core, advanced specialisation, minor and elective studies.

Core studies, 13 ECTS credits, include introduction courses to M.Sc. studies and research activities in the field of biorefineries and chemical engineering in general. They also include studies on the connection between technology and society.

Advanced specialisation studies, 18-35 ECTS credits, in Biobased Process Engineering deal with, for example, alternative biorefineries and enabling technologies, e.g. separation technologies, biological wastewater treatment and bioeconomy.

Minor studies (if any, depending on the scope of the advanced specialisation studies) and elective studies can be freely chosen by the student. The following minor subjects, all of which are suitable for distance learning, are recommended for the Biorefineries programme:

  • Energy Technology (distance learning)
  • Minor studies from the Department of Chemical Engineering: Advanced Chemistry and Advanced Water Treatment
  • VAKASO Liiketoimintaosaaminen (basic business studies)
  • Circular Economy (multidiciplinary study module)
  • Minor studies offered by the FiTech Finnish Institute of Technology

The Master’s thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is an advanced research project completed during the fourth semester. The Master’s thesis requires approximately six months of full-time work.

You will also be able to work in project management and consulting companies, education, or assessing related laws, regulations and actions taken by authorities. You will be able to discuss future choices critically within the biorefining industry, to renew the strategy of your company, or to work as a decision-maker.

The circular economy is also a very closely related field: this Master’s programme is not restricted only to the biorefining industry but applies more generally to industry related to the use of renewable resources.

In addition, you will obtain a firm basis for continuing your studies in doctoral programmes.

The admission requirements for the program can found on the university page.

Further information about the tuition fee and available scholarships for the program can found on the university page.


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