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 programme 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 programme, you will specialise in biorefining and related industries or e.g. in the circular economy.
The Master’s Programme 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 programme is a practical solution to practical lifelong learning.
Intended learning outcomes
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 working experience ensure that you will study in multicultural and multidisciplinary group. There are both Finnish and international students in this programme.
A graduate specialising 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 learn to design and develop processes and production of materials based on modern biorefining 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.
Degree structure and studies
The Master’s Programme in Biorefineries is a two-year programme that is delivered as distance learning. In addition to virtual instruction, the programme includes a couple of contact teaching days (seminars, laboratory work etc.) per academic year on the Lappeenranta campus.
The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme includes core studies, specialisation 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 programme.
Minor studies (if any, depending on the extent of the specialisation studies) and elective studiescan 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 Programme 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.
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.
Requirements for the Completed Degree
Degrees Completed in Finland
- Bachelor of Science in Technology
Completed in a Univeristy
Having completed a degree Diplomi-insinööri (DI) still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with the degree Tekniikan kandidaatti.
EXCEPTION: Degree DI accepted if completed before 2008 before no separate Bachelor’s Degrees existed.
NOTE: You are ineligible to apply, if having completed a degree DI in a study programme in the same field of study compared to the programme you are applying to.
- Bachelor of Engineering
Completed in a University of Applied Sciences
Having completed a degree Insinööri (YAMK) still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with the degree Insinööri (AMK).
- Degree in Engineering, completed in a Finnish Engineering School
Opistoinsinööri, teknillinen opisto
NOTE: One of the accepted language tests with at least the minimum score is required.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a field other than Technology
Completed in a University
- Master’s Degree in a field other than Engineering
Completed in a University of Applied Sciences
Degrees Completed Worldwide (excluding Finland)
- Bachelor of Science in Technology OR closely related to Technology – All countries
Completed in a University
- Bachelor of Engineering – EU/EEA countries
Completed in a University of Applied SciencesBoth the above mentioned degrees have to meet with the following criteria:
- The degree must be equivalent to a similar Finnish Bachelor’s Degree regarding to number of academic years and ECTS credits required.
- The degree must give you eligibility to apply to university level Master’s studies in the country where the degree was completed in.
- Having completed a Master’s Degree still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with a Bachelor’s Degree.
- Exception: Master’s Degree with no immediate prior Bachelor’s Degree included is accepted.
NOTE: The Admissions Committee for the programme reserves a right to decide whether the degree and the completed studies provide the applicant with eligibility to apply to the programme.
Requirements for the Degree Awarding University
The university awarding you the degree that you are applying with must be an official and recognized part of the national education system and has to be listed on the World Higher Education Database WHED by International Association of Universities.
Possibility to Apply as Undergraduate
You are eligible to apply as undergraduate and if admitted, you must
- Complete your degree by July 31, 2019
- Mail an officially certified copy of your Degree Certificate and Transcript of Records together with the official translations (if applicable), to LUT Admissions Services in a way that they are received by August 5, 2019 at 15:00 (GMT +2)
- Degrees completed in certain countries require you to follow the country-specific document requirements for authenticating and/or delivering your educational documents.
- Prepare yourself for a long period of time required for the authentication process before being able to mail us the documents.
Requirements for Proficiency in English
Accepted Language Tests
One of the following language tests in English with at least the minimum score mentioned is required for you to prove your proficiency in English:
- TOEFL – 80 iBT or 550 PBT
- IELTS Academic – 6.0
- PTE Academic – 54
- C1 Advanced by Cambridge English Qualifications – grade C
Previously known as CAE by Cambridge English Qualifications
- C2 Proficiency by Cambridge English Qualifications – grade C
Previously known as CPE by Cambridge English Qualifications
NOTE: A Language Certificate issued by your home university or any other institution or organisation is not accepted.
Validity for the Language Test
Your language test result has to be valid at least on the first day of the application period i.e. on December 3, 2018. If not, you are required to take a new language test as you will not be eligible to apply with an expired language test result.
All the language test results accepted by LUT are valid for two years from the date of taking the test.
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