• Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

Exchange of energy is the fundament of process plants. A fundamental understanding of how these energy changes are related to mass exchange and fluid flow is a necessity for the processes, whether it is processes that involves several phases and chemical reactions or changes in conditions of a single phase. It is a goal that candidates from this specialisation should be able to analyze different unit operations with respect to energy- and flow conditions, and be able to combine processes in complete process plants in order to meet specific demands for quality and economics. As part of these goals strong focus is on estimations of thermodynamic data, physical properties and phase transitions by means of industrial methods as well as more fundamental approaches like molecular simulations and modern theories from statistical mechanics.

The Master's programme in separation gives a broad basic understanding of current challenges in the field. The work with the master thesis involves analysing measurements and evaluating the results in light of the hypotheses that are tested. The study will give experience with oral and written presentation of results and theories, and training to read and evaluate relevant scientific literature.

The Degree

The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Process Technology. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

After a completed Master¿s degree in Separation the candidate should:


  • be able to analyze various unit operations with respect to the energy and flow conditions and could put together processes in process facilities to meet certain requirements
  • understand how one can estimate thermodynamic data, physical properties and phase transitions using industrial methods and more fundamental approaches such as molecular simulations and contemporary theories from statistical mechanics
  • know the principles for the design and optimization of process facilities
  • know the principles of modeling necessary thermodynamic properties that are central to industrial processes
  • exhibit a fundamental understanding of processes in nature and industry which are unable to reach equilibrium and an ability to establish modelling strategies for these processes
  • a fundamental understanding of thermodynamically controlled prosesses in sediments and reservoirs related to natural gas hydrates
  • show that one has good knowledge in separation in general, and specialized insight in a smaller area connected to the Master degree project


  • carry out an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a large degree of independence and own initiative, and in coherence with good ethical conduct
  • manage and present scientific data, discuss precision and accuracy and use programming tools to analyse and process data
  • analyse problems in separation and discuss ways to explore these with the aid of theory and experimental methods
  • orient oneself in the scientific community and collect, analyse and utilize necessary knowledge and tools needed to carry out a research project
  • analyse and critically evaluate scientific sources of information and apply these to structure and formulate reasoning and new ideas within separation
  • analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientifically sound and critical way, and in light of data and theories within his/her own field

General knowledge

  • be able to analyse scientific problems in general and participate in discussion about different ways to address and solve problems
  • give good written and oral presentation of scientific topics and results
  • communicate scientific problems, analyses and conclusions within separation, both to specialists and the general public
  • be able to reflect over central scientific problems in his/her own work and other people¿s work

demonstrate understanding and respect for scientific values like openness, precision and reliability

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

This programme is avalible for citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA.

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:

Application procedure

For more information about the application procedure please see:

For Norwegian applicants (Application deadline 15 April / 1 November)


For international applicants residing in Norway (Application deadline 15 April / 1 November) http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/54992/international-master-applicants-residing-norway



Autumn (main uptake) and spring.

Admission Requirements

A first degree (bachelor's degree) of three or four years duration from an approved institution of higher education, as well as proficiency in the English language.

Your bachelor's degree must include courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Competence in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics are especially important.

Who may apply

The master's programme in Process Technology is only open for Norwegian applicants and international applicants residing in Norway.

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree in Process Technology may apply for this programme. Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree in other fields of study can also be assessed if their degree includes enough mathematics, physics, chemistry, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The average grade of an international bachelor's degree has to be at least 2nd class, upper division/B (correspond to a Norwegian grade C).

After each application deadline receives the master's programme in Process Technology many more applications than there is available places. Applicants will therefore be ranked according to their grades and the academic content of their bachelor degree.