SIM2 MASTER PROGRAMMES

SIM2 KU Leuven is involved in traditional education and offers master courses in a variety of disciplines related to sustainable inorganic materials management. All master programmes are taught in English and welcome the students from all over the world. Next to the programmes offered by KU Leuven, SIM2 hosts Master Programme on Sustainable Materials (SUMA) which is labelled by EIT Raw Materials and is jointly organized by KU Leuven, University of Trento, MU Leoben, INP Grenoble and University of Milano-Biccoca.

1.Master of Chemical Engineering

The programme aims at applying chemical engineering principles to develop products and to design, control and improve industrial processes, taking into account environmental, safety and economical aspects. With a focus on process, product and environmental engineering, the programme guarantees a solid classical chemical engineering background. In addition, it focuses on modern aspects of chemical engineering such as process and product intensification, energy efficient and sustainable processing routes, biochemical processes and product-based thinking.

The programme itself consists of an important core curriculum that covers the foundations of chemical engineering. In this part of the programme, you will concentrate on both the classical and the emerging trends in chemical engineering. The broad generic core is then strengthened and honed during the second year, when students select one of the three specialisations: product, process and environmental engineering.

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2.Master of Chemistry

This programme provides profound chemical knowledge and a thorough training in current chemical research. You will learn to deepen and apply your chemical knowledge to solve the interdisciplinary problems of the future, both in industrial or academic setting. The programme is anchored in the strong research environment of the Chemistry Department and offers you the opportunity to pursue an internship in a research institute or in industry.

The full programme comprises 120 ECTS credits, including 18 ECTS for compulsory courses and 42 ECTS for electives. In addition you develop practical skills in an external internship (in industry or a research institute) (30 ECTS), while the remaining 30 ECTS are allocated to the master’s.

There are three tracks to choose from (1) Theoretical and Structural Chemistry; (2) Sustainable Chemistry; (3) Nanostructured Materials.

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3.Master in Civil Engineering Technology

Structural design and structural innovation are the cornerstones of this programme. Civil engineering structures are designed with a specific purpose, in compliance with environmental, legal and structural rules. Through the choice of materials, numerical simulation and construction methods, the conceptual structural design is translated into structural shapes and dimensions. The engineering challenge is to arrive at an optimal structural design that meets the relevant criteria of structural strength, serviceability, energy efficiency, durability, etc. This process is driven by technological innovations: new materials, building information modelling (BIM), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technologies (HVAC) etc.

The students are required to take six compulsory courses and 18 ECTS elective courses – organized by the research groups with most expertise in that particular field. They will also complete a professional competence module (internship) and work on a scientific project – in one of the research groups or in an approved workplace – that will culminate in a master’s thesis.

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4.Master of Economics

The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year Master programme, oriented towards students with broad interests in social and scientific matters who are capable of critical and creative thinking.

The Master of Economics programme offers students with a bachelor’s degree a theoretical framework, allowing them to provide well-grounded answers to socio-economic questions. As an economist, you will observe the various players (individuals, companies, domestic and foreign governments) and their interactions within the global economy. You will be able to interpret the general economic situation in a wider social and legal context.

The programme consists of a common core of two programme units and a Master’s thesis.

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5.Master of Geology

This master is a two-year programme jointly organised by KU Leuven and Ghent University. The students receive in-depth training in various fields of geology and develop knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to work in interdisciplinary teams addressing complex geological problems.

In master of geology, the students gain much from the strong emphasis on research in this programme. Besides enhancing knowledge and skills in numerous specialised courses, including a field-mapping course, the students conduct your own master’s thesis project within a research team (professor(s), postdoc(s), PhD-student(s)) and at the same time develop important scientific skills, such as reporting and presenting, needed in your future career.

The master’s programme offers 4 different majors: Geodynamics and Georesources, Surface Processes and Paleoenvironments, Geology of Basins and Soil and Groundwater.

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6.Master of Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering is a general training programme integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering and technology. An essential element of the mechanical engineering curriculum at KU Leuven is the direct training of each student in a real-life industrial or research setting. Following up on the design assignment in the Bachelor’s programme, the Master’s programme brings the student in close contact with the industrial reality.

The master offers three generic options (Manufacturing and Management; Mechatronics and Robotics; Thermotechnical Sciences) and two application oriented options (Aero and Space technology; Automotive Engineering). Finally, the last components in the programme structure concern a set of elective courses, to be chosen from a list of technical courses and from a list of general interest courses.The final component is the Master’s thesis, which represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum.

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7.Master of Materials Engineering

The programme is geared towards educating young people who want to participate in the development of materials solutions as researchers or production engineers. It focuses on basic concepts as well as on emerging trends in materials engineering and covers the study of materials properties and structures, optimising processing routes, manufacturing as well as evaluation of final products. The students are given an ample opportunity to develop strong analytical skills and problem solving abilities, for example through case studies and projects, and have frequent contact with industrial partners through plant visits, practical exercises and/or internships.

The structure of the program consists of a core of 60 credits, four options of 12 credits, three fixed elective packages of 12 credits, engineering and general interest electives of 12 credits and the Master’s thesis of 24 credits. The four options focus on materials families or on application domains: Metals and Ceramics, Polymers and Composites, Materials for Nanotechnology, and Materials for Biomedical Applications. The three fixed elective packages have been designed to help the students in imagining themselves in their future professional environment and thus in developing a career profile: research, production and management. The two latter packages include industrial internships.

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8.EIT-KIC Dual Degree Tracks in Sustainable Materials Engineering (SUMA)

The Sustainable Materials (SUMA) master programmes are two year master programmes embedded in the engineering programmes of the participating universities (120 ECTS). They combine a high level of expertise in materials with competences in sustainable materials engineering and sustainability to educate responsible materials oriented entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders for the future.

Five partner universities offer 10 different tracks. Each track of the Master programmes on Sustainable Materials consists of one full year at an entry university, followed by a year in one of the other participating universities. Each track has been granted the EIT-label, fostering students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs. Thanks to this EIT Label, students are entitled to a student enhancement allowance.

The backbone of the master programs is a solid technical basis broadly covering aspects of materials and processing, sustainability and recycling, circular (eco)design and life cycle engineering, materials substitution and manufacturing (60 ECTS). This is completed with courses on entrepreneurship and innovation (30 ECTS), an internship (6 ECTS), and the master thesis(24 ECTS). The internship and thesis are positioned in companies strongly related to the field of sustainable and raw materials.

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