Master of Science – Process Technology

Porsgrunn - Full time

Do you want to take part in development of more efficient production processes? Would you like to learn more about how to utilize sustainable energy sources? With a Master's degree in Process Technology you will become an expert on the design and operation of cleaner and more energy efficient process plants, both onshore and offshore.

Study facts

  • Progression of study: Full time
  • Campus: Porsgrunn
  • Teaching model: On Campus
  • Application code: Non-EU 7146 and EU/EEA 7134
  • Study level: Master's degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Closing dates: Non-EU/EEA applicants may apply from 1 October to 1 November. EU/EEA applicants may apply from 1 February to 15 April.
  • Start up: Autumn 2024
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 4
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This master program entitles you to use the protected title “Sivilingeniør”»

Why study Process Technology?

Would you like to be able to design and evaluate industrial process equipment units, such as heat exchangers, absorbers or transport systems? Do you see the potential in being able to make mathematical models and improve processes through simulation studies? Would you like to learn how to estimate the costs of building process plants?

The master programme in Process Technology educates engineers who will be qualified for working in all types of processing plants, both onshore and offshore. As an expert in process technology, you can help shape the world's future energy consumption and improve industrial production processes.

The programme is taught in English and international students are enrolled in this programme. The vibrant student environment offers excellent facilities and students have close contact with their teachers

Where will I work?

With a master's degree in Process Technology, you will have the expertise you need to work on the design and operation of processes and processing plants, both onshore and offshore. You can participate in the design or operation of industrial process plants, and will also be qualified to work with process safety and energy production.

Working with the local business community

The local business community will be involved throughout this programme, for example through guest speakers from our partnering institutions and through visits to relevant companies.

We do extensive research and work closely with our industrial partners. The majority of the student projects in our programme are done in partnership with external companies.

USN offers career days on campus every year with visits from relevant local businesses. In addition, several of our partners offer summer jobs to students.

What you will learn?

The master programme in Process Technology provides you with specialized skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Process technology and equipment
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Applied thermodynamics
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Process safety
  • Process synthesis
  • Process control
  • Project management
  • Cost estimation
  • Team work
  • Research

Semester exchange to USN

Within this programme there are several exchange opportunities for students from our partner universities. Please contact our programme coordinator for details and course lists. The application deadline for exchange is April 15 for the autumn semester and October 15 for the spring semester.

Further studies

The master's degree is eligible for doctoral studies at the University of Southeastern Norway or at other universities and colleges in Norway and abroad.

Get international experience

You can take parts of Process Technology abroad. Studying or taking an internship abroad can give you the opportunity to expand your international competence, language skills, personal qualities and adaptability. It can also make you more attractive in the job market. We have agreements with foreign universities, colleges and internships adapted to your studies.

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describe the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.

warning The study plan for "2024 autumn" is not published yet. To give you an indication of the structure of this study we are showing you a study plan from a previous year.
Study plan for 2023 autumn

warning The study model for "2024 autumn" is not published yet. To give you an indication of the structure of this study we are showing you a model from a previous year.

Admission requirements

This programme requires a completed and passed Bachelor's degree in engineering in line with the National Curriculum Regulations for Engineering Education in Norway in chemical engineering, process engineering or mechanical engineering. Related programs (such as environmental engineering, energy technology, renewable energy, or civil engineering) may also be accepted provided that the applicant can demonstrate at least 5 ECTS of thermodynamics and at least 5 ECTS of fluid mechanics.

For all applicants, the following is also required:

  • At least 25 ECTS in Mathematics
  • At least 5 ECTS in Statistics
  • At least 7,5 ECTS in Physics
  • Have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C
  • You must also fulfil the English requirements

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.

Export control

This programme may be covered by the regulations on export control. Export controls are applied to countries where there is suspicion about development and use of weapons of mass destruction. USN may therefore decide to conduct a specific evaluation of these applicants. As it is under discussion, we do not have more information at present.


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