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Bachelor's programme Chemical Engineering


What is a cheap way of making clean drinking water? If we ever run out of crude oil, how can we produce liquid fuels from natural gas, coal, waste wood or even algae? And how can you make useable products out of waste materials? These questions at first glance seem unrelated – but each one of them is tied up with Chemical Engineering. This Bachelor's programme at the University of Twente, which will be fully English-taught as of 2018, is all about focussing on the design of new (sustainable) processes and materials.

Discover why Chemical Engineering at the UT is a smart choice and take a look at the study programme. Or sign up to be a Student for a Day and experience first-hand what this programme and student life in Twente have to offer.

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Programme overview

Top rated programme
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering
Certification: BSc
3 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
English taught
Starting date
1 September 2018
1 September 2019
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
On programme request
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemistry is all around us. As a chemical engineer, you will be equipped to change and improve your surroundings. Throughout our Chemical Engineering programme, you will model and design large and small production processes. You will research and characterize the properties of new high-tech materials, or molecular structures, or even develop them. You may set to work designing a large-scale plant that produces many tons of material an hour, or a nano-reactor that feeds just a few micrograms per day into the human body.

Our Chemical Engineering programme places a strong emphasis on the technological application of chemistry. That means it is important that you are not only keen on natural sciences, but also technically skilled. Of course, physics and mathematics are crucial, too, along with chemistry.


The applied nature of our programme ensures a lot of variety. You will discover that societal interests, profitability, sustainability and good planning and communication are often just as important as the technological solution.

You will learn all about the different areas within chemical engineering, including its main pillars: chemistry, material science and process technology. The curriculum also includes more physically oriented subjects, such as thermodynamics, flow theory and quantum mechanics. You will also get familiar with the mathematics necessary for solving chemical engineering problems, for example calculating a large chemical process. Throughout the programme, we also focus on team work and presentation techniques.

In the third year, you will have the opportunity to add an entirely different discipline to your toolbox, such as Business Administration or Aeronautical Engineering and Management. Most of our graduates move on to do a Master’s programme in Chemical Engineering, specializing in Materials Science or Process Technology.

Find out more about the Study Programme for Chemical Engineering.


Are you interested in finding out how you can use chemistry to change the world around you, like most of our students are? Do you want to want to develop and improve new high-tech materials and sustainable processes? Then the top-rated Chemical Engineering programme at the University of Twente is definitely the right choice for you. Some of the aspects that distinguish this Bachelor's programme from Chemical Engineering programmes at other universities in The Netherlands include project-based education, an informal and personal atmosphere and high-quality research.

Discover more about why the Bachelor's programme Chemical Engineering at the UT is a good fit for you. Take a look at the admission requirements or contact us for more information.

This programme is amongst the best in the Netherlands, and has been top rated for the five consecutive yearsKeuzegids 2017


Are you curious what our students think about the programme? Watch the video below to find out why Joep chose to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente and what he likes most about the programme.

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