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Chemical Engineer (1st and 2nd cycle degree)

Training goals 

The degree in Chemical Engineering was officially created in 1992 and was introduced at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in the academic year 1993-1994 as a degree course offered by the School of Industrial Engineering, which had traditionally been responsible for teaching Chemistry as a specialisation within the Industrial Engineering degree.


This new Chemical Engineering degree has an equivalent qualification in all other European educational systems, and therefore has a well-defined scope and is recognised internationally.


A chemical engineer is a professional with comprehensive training in chemistry and its industrial applications; he or she also has the technical ability to conceive, project, implement, maintain and control chemical processes and, in general, all the industrial aspects related to these processes, which drive progress and technological innovation within enterprises in the chemical sector.


The degree provides students with solid scientific training in the first years and becomes clearly more engineering-centred as the programme of studies advances.


In the second cycle of the degree course, students can choose from two specialist pathways:



  • Processes: this area provides students with very general training that matches the internationally acknowledged sphere of action of chemical engineers.
  • Environment: the aim here is to train professionals to solve environmental problems, as well as to improve industrial processes in order to minimise environmental impact.

Career opportunities 

The studies leading to a degree in Chemical Engineering are clearly focused on preparing students for a career in the following fields:



  • Developing projects, and the construction and installation, maintenance, production and operation of chemical plants.
  • Control and management of the quality of any kind of chemical process and product.
  • Technical inspection.
  • Management of chemical firms, as well as the different departments within them.
  • Chemical process control and simulation work.


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