Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Biorefineries is a two-year programme that is delivered as distance learning. In addition to virtual instruction, the programme includes a couple of contact teaching days (seminars, laboratory work etc.) per 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 studies, specialisation studies, minor studies 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 deal with, for example, alternative biorefineries and enabling technologies, e.g. solid liquid separation, biological waste water treatment and bioeconomy. The Master's thesis and seminar, 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. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Minor studies (if any, depending on the extent of the specialisation studies) and elective studies can be freely chosen by the student. Some of the minor subjects at LUT are offered as online studies and minor studies in the circular economy. One of the recommended minor subjects for the students of the Master's Programme in Biorefineries is the LITO package – basic business studies targeted to other than business students and offered completely online as a joint effort of ten Finnish universities.


Distance learning programme

Master of Science in Technology

120 ECTS credits

2 years


Tuition Fees and Scholarships
EUR 10 000 Non-EU/EEA students
Scholarships available

Academic unit
LUT School of Engineering Science

Regular Admission
December 2019−January 2020

Rolling Admission
1 October 2019−31 May 2020

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