School of Chemical Engineering


Bachelor of Engineering (BE)

The UQ Bachelor of Engineering (BE) offers Queensland’s largest choices of engineering study areas, a flexible first year for students who haven’t decided and wish to defer choice of an engineering specialisation to second year, excellent employment opportunities strengthened by UQ’s world-class reputation, award-winning lecturers, degree programs and researchers, hands-on experience and strong links to industry and world leading research combined with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills to meet industry needs

Chemical Engineering specialisations:

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers invent, design, and manage products and processes that transform raw materials into valuable products using the latest knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics to ensure minimum loss of materials and consumption of energy.

Chemical & Materials Engineering

Materials engineers apply their knowledge of materials behaviour to optimise processing and improve the properties of products. They are also involved in controlling the service behaviour of materials; improving the performance of machines and structures.

Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering 

Metallurgical engineers play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of our modern society. Everything in our material world, even our major energy sources, are derived from minerals or recycled materials.

For a full list of Bachelor of Engineering specialisations, see Courses and Programs


Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Engineering (BE/ME)

The Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering (BE/ME) is the first five-year engineering degree in Australia to integrate a semester industry or research placement into a degree with Master’s level course work. This unique combination in an undergraduate degree will provide graduates with world class knowledge and skills in their field of study as well as an enhanced ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and across fields.

Chemical Engineering specialisations:

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers invent, design, and manage products and processes that transform raw materials into valuable products using the latest knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics to ensure minimum loss of materials and consumption of energy. The BE/ME in Chemical Engineering builds on the project centred curriculum in the first three years of the BE and gives students advanced skills and employment outcomes.

Chemical & Biological Engineering

Chemical & Biological Engineering involves working with processes like the design and manufacture of biomolecules, cell-based products, and tissue replication and manipulation. Students with a specialisation in this field will have a clear advantage in industrial and research positions that deal with these emerging areas.

Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Chemical & Environmental engineers are accredited chemical engineers, with additional technical skills in the areas of waste management and resource recovery, water treatment and sustainable energy systems. They have the skills and knowledge required to implement cleaner production, and to rigorously assess the long-term impacts of proposed products, processes and developments including an understanding of key global challenges, the causes of these problems and barriers to the uptake of technical solutions.

Chemical & Materials Engineering

Materials engineers apply their knowledge of materials behaviour to optimise processing and improve the properties of products. The BE/ME in Chemical & Materials Engineering builds on the project centred curriculum in the first three years of the BE to put students closer to the cutting edge of knowledge and technology in fields  important to chemical and materials research and industry.

Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering 

The BE/ME in Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering builds on the project centred curriculum in the first three years of the BE, with the final 2 years built around a placement semester to give students an advantage for employment in Australia's resources sector whilst maintaining employment options in other industries.

For a full list of Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Engineering specialisations, see Courses and Programs