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Field of Study

Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering

Combine engineering with science to develop new drug therapies, synthetic molecules and devices for medical, environmental and industrial applications.

This involves learning how to engineer living cells to produce a product, and how to design and optimise bioprocesses to manufacture bioproducts on a large scale.

Bioprocess engineers work on groundbreaking projects including the development of platform technologies to produce renewable chemicals, fuels, biodegradable plastics, biopharmaceuticals and medical imaging devices.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Business needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.


1 in Queensland for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2021

45 in the world 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
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Process engineer

Mid-career salary

Biochemical Engineer


Late-career salary

Chemical Engineer


How you'll learn

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:

  • Principles of Biomedical and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Molecular Systems Biology

See all courses

Read program rules (PDF)

In Semester 2, 2021, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options for students who can't attend in person. Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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