Curriculum of Studies
The Chemical Engineering graduate acquires the skill and ability to apply the fundamental principles of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and technical sciences, as well as of social studies, economics and humanities, to areas related to processes and plants treating or transforming matter, in the best possible way with respect to technical, economic, social considerations. In addition, conforming to contemporary needs, the Chemical Engineer tries to ensure the maximum conservation of resources, energy and matter, as well as environmental protection.
The scope of the Department
The aim of the Department of Chemical Engineering is to educate scientists – engineers, capable of being active in research, development and improvement of industrial production methods, in materials technology, biochemical and biomedical engineering, environmental protection and energy production. Furthermore, students are educated in the design, construction, operation and technical support of various plants, in project management and the compliance with standards and regulations (environmental management, quality assurance, health and safety standards).
Main areas of employment for Chemical Engineers
Today, the main function of a Chemical Engineer is the analysis, design, optimization and control of chemical and biochemical processes in the chemical industry, as well as in applications of biomedical engineering and nanotechnology. To this end, the graduates must fully understand the mechanisms and kinetics of the chemical and biochemical reactions involved, the properties and behavior of the materials used, as well as the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer. These subjects, therefore, constitute the core of a Curriculum in Chemical Engineering.
Required Graduates Skills
In order to exploit the technical knowledge acquired from the above core courses, chemical engineers must also understand the principles of economics, computer-aided process design, process control and optimization. They must, furthermore, have a sound background training in mathematics and computer programming in order to quantify their designs and evaluations. These subjects therefore also constitute an essential part of the chemical engineering curriculum. Finally, a number of non-technical options are offered so that students may pursue their personal interests, which may lie outside the confines of the professional requirements of Chemical Engineering.
Duration of studies
Students graduate after 5 years of studies. The Department awards the Diploma (Integrated Master) in Chemical Engineering. The graduation requirements include the successful completion of 41 compulsory and 10 elective courses, in addition to a Diploma Thesis. The Department awards a Master of Science postgraduate degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well as a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.
The Diploma Thesis is a basic part of the students scientific activity, in order to complete their studies. The duration of the diploma thesis may not be less than one academic semester. Students who have completed the 8th semester of their studies are eligible to start a diploma thesis. Defense of the Diploma Thesis takes place three times per year and is open to the public.