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The ten institutes of the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering conduct research in the most diverse fields and are actively involved in teaching. As a result, there is a wide range of specialized courses. The teaching contents range from classical process engineering to different application areas in the field of material and energy conversion. At KIT, you have the opportunity to participate in relevant research topics, for example in the development of sustainable energy sources, fine dust separation, wastewater treatment, biotechnology, and many more.

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The master's programs Bioengineering (BIW) and Chemical and Process Engineering (CIW) comprise a total of four semesters. Based on the bachelor's program, students acquire extended basic knowledge in the subject "Advanced Fundamentals". In addition, students choose two specialized courses. In total, there are 15 different specializied courses. During a twelve-week internship, students gain insight into the tasks of an engineer. In their master thesis, students apply the knowledge and techniques they have acquired to work on a problem from current research independently.


Application for the summer semester as well as for the winter semester is possible via the KIT Applicant Portal. The application deadline for German citizens, EU citizens, and educational residents (Bildungsinländer/innen) is March 31 for applications for the summer semester and September 30 for applications for the winter semester.

For foreign citizens the application deadline is January 15 (summer semester) or July 15 (winter semester).

KIT Applicant Portal
(for further information, see the BIW or CIW selection statutes):
  1. Bachelor's degree or at least an equivalent degree in chemical engineering or a study program with essentially the same content at a university, a university of applied sciences, a university of cooperative education / cooperative state university or at a foreign university (minimum 180 ECTS/ three years of study).
  2. Necessary basic knowledge that was gained in the bachelor’s program. For the subjects listed below, a minimum number of ECTS must be proved.
Minimum knowledge according to § 6 of the selection statutes






Examples for modules 

Mathematics and programming




Advanced mathematics, linear algebra, analysis, statistics, computer science, etc.

Fundamentals of natural sciences


General chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, etc.

Fundamentals of engineering



Engineering mechanics (statics, strength of materials, dynamics, (NO physics)), apparatus engineering, mechanical design, CAD, measurement and control engineering

Thermodynamics and transport processes



Thermodynamics, physical chemistry, heat and mass transfer, fluid dynamics

Fundamentals of process engineering



Mechanical process engineering (particle technology, separation technology,etc.), thermal process engineering (distillation, extraction, crystallization,etc.), chemical process engineering (reaction technology, catalysis,etc.)

Biology and biotechnology



Biology, bioprocess engineering, biotechnology

Bachelor thesis




If up to 15 ECTS are missing in a maximum of two subjects, conditional admission is possible.

A request for recognition of coursework and examinations which were obtained

  • at another university,
  • abroad,
  • outside the higher education system or
  • as part of the master transfer account

can be submitted to the Master's Examination Board within the first semester. The Master's Examination Board will then decide whether the coursework and examinations are equivalent to coursework and examinations envisaged in the curriculum of the master’s program and whether those coursework and examinations will be recognized. If you have already completed an internship or practical semester, you can apply for recognition at the Internship Office.