Chemical Engineering is concerned with developing and analysing process systems, which are strongly dependent upon chemistry and involve physical changes.

Undergraduate study

Chemical engineering involves industrial-scale processes in which materials undergo chemical or physical changes to produce things we need for everyday life. Chemical engineers invent, design and implement these processes to produce pharmaceuticals, metals, fuels, plastics, paper, fabric and biochemical processes.

Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering Systems)

Graduate study

Master of Chemical Engineering

The Master of Chemical Engineering program is designed to provide students with a formal qualification in engineering at the masters level. Chemical engineers invent, design and implement processes through which raw materials are converted into valuable products, such as petrol, power, ceramics, plastics, food additives and pharmaceuticals.

The program promotes development of practical, laboratory-based skills, combined with expertise in computing and simulation. Students develop their expertise under the guidance of staff known internationally for their research in areas such nanotechnology, bioremediation and solvent extraction. Students have the opportunity to complete an industry project in conjunction with a relevant industry partner.

Specialise in:

Once you’ve started studying, you can choose any of the following specialisations or continue without specialising.


Study tailored business subjects developed in partnership with Melbourne Business School, covering how economics, marketing and finance relate to engineering.

Materials and Minerals

Explore the technologies that underpin all aspects of society (including particle technology) in preparation for a career in materials production or mineral processing.

Sustainability and environment

Develop the chemical and biochemical engineering expertise to address environmental challenges and to produce the sustainable fuels, foods and chemicals of the future.

Master of Chemical Engineering

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The MPhil is an internationally recognised masters by research program that provides strudents with the opoportunity to carry out an independant and sustained research project under supervision. Students will develop advanced research skills and techniques, and present findings in a document, scholarly format.

Master of Philosophy (Engineering and IT)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is designed for students to demonstrate academic leadership, independence, creativity and innovation in their research work. In addition, professional doctoral studies provide advanced training designed to build expertise in a specialist area, while encouraging the acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills. The PhD thesis demonstrates authority and contributes to knowledge in the candidate’s field. The PhD thesis is deeper and more comprehensive than that required by the MPhil.

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering and IT)

Student study guide

The Chemical Engineering study guide provides information at a glance and includes subject details, teaching responsibilities, sample programs and assesment details.

Download: Study guide 2021