University of Barcelona

Chemical Engineering

Objectives and competences


The master's degree in Chemical Engineering provides prospective chemical engineers with the training they will need for professional practice in the chemical industry, one of the most important sectors in the Spanish economy.
Chemical engineers must be able to analyse and diagnose problems that may arise in chemical plants and in chemical processes in general, and know how to implement the most appropriate solutions, conceiving, designing, building and optimizing the functions of facilities and services required. Chemical engineers are required in all industrial plants where materials undergo changes of state, composition and energy content, which typify the chemical sector and related industries (pharmaceutical, biotechnology, materials, energy, food and environment).
Chemical engineers must also be able to take on varying responsibilities as part of a team, be good communicators, have the ability to adapt to change, and demonstrate a capacity for independent learning in order to stay up to date with developments in the profession. The ability to analyse, synthesize and integrate knowledge in order to make correct decisions is also essential.


Basic competences:

On completion of the degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the extensive knowledge they have acquired, which enables greater creativity, and the capacity to integrate and apply this knowledge in new environments.
  • Formulate socially and ethically responsible judgements on the basis of limited information.
  • Communicate effectively in different settings and using different materials.
  • Adopt an independent and self-directed approach to learning.

General competences:

Students will also be able to:
  • demonstrate a sense of responsibility and the capacity to adapt to new situations.
  • Work as part of a group and in multidisciplinary and international teams.
  • Devise creative solutions to problems;
    display initiative, emotional intelligence and the capacity to manage frustration.
  • Locate, analyse, prioritize and integrate information.

Specific competences:

More specifically, successful students will be able to:
  • Establish economically viable solutions to technical problems, applying critical reasoning skills and knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and other natural sciences.
  • Propose mathematical models and use specialized computer applications to solve complex problems.
  • Direct and oversee installations and plants and manage processed materials and energy.
  • Manage and organize companies, production systems and services, and manage the organization of work and human resources with a concern for industrial safety, quality management, risk prevention, sustainability and environmental protection.
  • Manage processes in technological research, development and innovation;
    manage, monitor and control facilities, processes and products, as well as conducting certification reviews, audits, inspections, tests and report analyses.
  • Conduct, write up and present technical or research projects in the field of chemical engineering.