Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Biorefineries is a two-year, distance learning programme. In addition to virtual instruction, the programme includes a few of contact teaching days (seminars, laboratory work, etc.) each 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, specialisation, minor 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 in Biobased Process Engineering deal with, for example, alternative biorefineries and enabling technologies, e.g. solid–liquid separation, biological wastewater treatment and bioeconomy.

The Master's thesis, 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. Students complete it during their fourth semester.

Minor studies (if any, depending on the scope of the specialisation studies) and elective studies can be freely chosen by the student. The following minor subjects, all of which are suitable for distance learning, are recommended for the Biorefineries programme:

You can find the most recent information about courses and degree structures in the LUT Study Guide.


Distance learning programme

Master of Science in Technology

120 ECTS credits

2 years

Start date
August 2021


Tuition fees and scholarships
EUR 10 000 Non-EU/EEA students

Academic unit
LUT School of Engineering Science


Regular application period
1 December 2020 − 20 January 2021

Rolling admission
1 October 2020 − 31 May 2021

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