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Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Chemical engineers play a critical role in transforming raw materials into useful products such as healthy foods, clean water, metals, medicines and sustainable energy.

Drawing on detailed process development, modelling and systems thinking, chemical engineers apply new approaches and big-picture thinking to reduce waste and energy consumption.

In this hands-on specialisation you'll explore topics including energy and mass flows, safety and sustainability, and the possibilities of interconnected systems.

You will benefit from the insights and expertise of world-leading researchers and highly-qualified academic staff. With practical projects, guest lecturers from industry, internships and placements with leading engineering companies, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry connections needed to transition from university to the workplace.

Tailor your specialisation in chemical engineering with majors or minors that meet your interests and career goals. Chemical engineering offers these options:




45 in the world for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2021

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Service engineer
  • Food process engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Biopharmaceutical engineer
  • Technical manager
  • Water treatment engineer

Early-career salary

Chemical Engineer


Late-career salary

Chemical Engineer


How you'll learn

In 2022, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Process Principles
  • Engineering Investigation and Statistical Analysis
  • Process Equipment and Control Systems
  • Fluid and Particle Mechanics

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