Philosophy, goals and final attainment levels
The ‘Master of Chemical Engineering’ is a 2nd cycle academic education. In agreement with the ‘Dublin’ descriptors this implies that it focuses on ‘acquiring of knowledge and insight’, ‘applying this knowledge and insight’, ‘formation of judgment’, ‘communication’, and ‘learning skills’. More specifically for an engineering education the ‘Eur-Ace Framework Standards for the Accreditation of Engineering Programmes’ translates these descriptors into results such as ‘knowledge and insight’, ‘engineering analysis’, ‘engineering design’, ‘research’, ‘engineering practice’, and ‘communication’.
In the program as implemented in the ‘Master of Chemical Engineering’ the transfer and the application of fundamental scientific knowledge and insights is of crucial importance. In practice, this is achieved by relating the mathematical description with the physical reality, both for existing and new, innovative technologies. In this framework, achieving the synthesis of the different disciplines is essential. The successful realization of this all means that the aforementioned descriptors/results are fulfilled.
The 2nd cycle education ‘Master of Science in Chemical Engineering’ aims at the formation of broadly trained engineers that master the fundamental aspects of chemical technology and can ensure the design, the construction, the operation, the improvement and the maintenance of process installations and equipment in the chemical industry, in particular with respect to sustainable chemistry. A graduate of the ‘Master of Chemical Engineering’ has also to be capable to renew and to have insight both in the working of an entire process as well as in the individual parts and in the way these parts interact. To this end ‘innovation’ and ‘innovative thinking’ are important aspects, in the same way as ‘fundamental analysis’ of challenging problems and ‘the synthesis of different disciplines’ for obtaining a solution. Moreover, the graduate must be capable to bring himself/herself continuously up to date about the most recent technologies by a lifelong learning attitude. Besides this, the education guarantees the formation of people who can vouch for the operational safety of processes and process equipment, ranging from reactors to unit operations and the treatment of waste streams. Another important goal of the education is the training of people who vouch for research and development, e.g., by making a PhD thesis. Finally, also necessary societal skills have to be obtained to be able to engage in executive function and to communicate about results.
Final attainment levels
The goals of the ‘Master of Science in Chemical Engineering’ can be translated into the following final attainment levels: