The sustainable production of energy, food, chemicals and materials is a major challenge today and for the future generations. The production has until now been based on fossil raw materials but this has in turn caused very serious environmental challenges. The use of renewable raw materials where it is technically possible and economically feasible is one of the corner technologies for mitigating climate change and saving scarce natural resources.

Biorefineries cover a wide range of technologies and materials, and this program examines these issues with an open mind and with a wide scope on not only technologies but also on the opportunities they offer in terms of new competences, solutions and critical assessments. In this master’s program, you will specialize in biorefining and related industries or e.g. in the circular economy.

The Master’s Program in Biorefineries is delivered as flexible distance learning independent of place or time. It is well suited for people already in the working world in Finland or abroad, aiming for professional development and the upgrading of qualifications. This program is a practical solution to practical lifelong learning.

  • Key facts
    Degree: Master of Science in Technology
    Extent of studies: 120 credits
    Duration: 2 academic years
    Studies begin: September
    Language of instruction: English
  • Objectives

    Teaching in this master’s program 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 working experience ensure that you will study in multicultural and multidisciplinary group. There are both Finnish and international students in this program.

    A graduate specializing in Biorefining will:

    • have comprehensive knowledge of the modern biorefining technology, products and raw materials
    • have good knowledge of technologies integrated into biorefineries, e.g. waste water treatment
    • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of sustainable solutions and technologies, problem-solving skills and the ability to design and develop practical biorefining applications
    • have the courage to create innovations and new technical solutions
    • possess project work and communication skills needed in the modern networked environment.

    During your studies, you will be able to create new sustainable solutions that fulfil sustainability requirements. You will learn how to create, design, develop and promote innovations and new technologies. You will have a unique opportunity to update your knowledge and studies concerning biorefining.

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

  • Structure

    The program includes core studies, specialization studies, minor studies and elective studies.

    Core studies 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.

    Specialisation studies deal with, for example, alternative biorefineries and enabling technologies, e.g. solid liquid separation, biological waste water treatment and bioeconomy. The Master’s thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree program.

    Minor studies (if any, depending on the extent of the specialization studies) and elective studies can be freely chosen by the student. Some of the minor subjects at LUT are offered as online studies and minor studies in the circular economy. One of the recommended minor subjects for the students of the Master’s Program in Biorefineries is the LITO package – basic business studies targeted to other than business students and offered completely online as a joint effort of ten Finnish universities.

  • Career opportunities

    You will acquire the knowledge and skills to work in different fields of the biorefining industry, most typically in research, development, or various operations of biorefining sites and related equipment manufacturers globally.

    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 also gain knowledge on biorefining to 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.

    You will also obtain a firm basis for continuing your studies in doctoral programmes.

  • GMAT/ GRE minimum scores

    Applicants for this program need to submit one of the following test results with the required minimum scores:

    (1) GRE Physics:

    Scaled score 560


    (2) GRE Physics:

    Verbal Reasoning 140

    Quantitative Reasoning 147

    Analytical Writing 3.0

    For more information of required documents, please go to the university page.

Quick facts

Semester starts:

Application period:
November 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019


Tuition fee:
10,000€ / year

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