The chemical engineering undergraduate programme of studies, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has a duration of five years. The chemical engineering curriculum is organized in ten (10) full-time semesters (two per academic year).
Upon successful completion of all the course requirements of the chemical engineering programme, the student receives a Diploma degree in Chemical Engineering. In particular, all registered students of the chemical engineering programme at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki are required to attend and successfully pass forty-one (41) compulsory courses and ten (10) elective courses that are included in the chemical engineering curriculum. Elective courses constitute one cycle of general knowledge and four (4) cycles of specialization, such as: 1. Energy - Environment, 2. Food Engineering - Biotechnology, 3. Materials Science - Nanotechnology, 4. Advanced Studies in Chemical Engineering. Each cycle is offering 8-10 courses, while all of them include practice in the industry in a specified area. Specialization may be concluded from enrollment and successful examination in a fair number of courses in the selected cycle of specialization. In addition, during the last semester of their studies, the students must work on their Diploma Thesis. This includes the technical and scientific elaboration of a specific research project, the submission of a written Diploma Thesis and the successful defense and examination of their research thesis by a three-member committee. The course weight for the Diploma Thesis is equivalent to the total weight of seven (7) compulsory courses and contributes to the diploma degree with 30 ECTS credits.
Chemical Engineers are involved with the design and manufacturing of chemical, biochemical products and materials, energy production from solid and liquid fuels, as well as, renewable sources, air and waste water treatment and environmental protection, bioprocesses, biochemical and biomedical engineering, food engineering, information technologies, process optimization and control, new process design and plant management. To respond to the above multiple professional tasks, chemical engineers need to understand and solve a wide range of physical, chemical and biological problems covering four distinct scales: i) Atomic/Molecular scale, ii) Micro-scale, iii) Meso-scale and iv) Macro-scale.
A Chemical Engineer is involved with the design, scaling-up, operation, optimization and automation of physical, chemical and biological processes aiming at the production of desired chemical, biochemical products and materials in a sustainable and energy-efficient way with a minimum environmental impact.
The Chemical Engineering Department at AUTh offers a well-balanced, state-of-the-art undergraduate programme of studies that aims at the training and mastering of the fundamental and technical aspects of the chemical engineering profession. Upon successful completion of the chemical engineering programme, the new chemical engineers can deal effectively with all the physical, chemical, and biological phenomena (from the molecular scale to the plant scale), for the design and operation of new processes. The acquired skills allow the new engineers to solve complex problems, such as translating molecular information into new products and processes; and exercise leadership in industry, academia, and government in terms of technological, economic, and social issues relevant to their profession.