Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Create solutions to critical challenges in environmental remediation, food, energy and water supply, with a chemical or biochemical engineering degree at Australia’s No.1 university for engineering and technology.*

Be guided by world leading researchers in nanotechnology, carbon capture and storage, minerals and materials, natural gas processing and bioengineering. From bioremediation to keep Antarctica clean to targeted drug delivery for cancer, and product innovation for the dairy industry, you will be learning from staff who are at the cutting-edge of their field.

Benefit from an industry aligned curriculum, with access to internships, site visits and industry projects.

What’s the difference between chemical and biochemical engineering?

Chemical engineering Biochemical engineering
Gain the skills to design and implement industrial scale processes that convert raw materials into valuable products we use every day, like petrol, plastics and pharmaceuticals. Develop new bioproducts and bioprocesses using microbial, animal and plant cells, which can be applied to food and beverage engineering, cosmetics production, and environmental remediation.

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How to study chemical and biochemical engineering at Melbourne

Our educational model is an Australian first, aligned with the top international universities. We designed it to help graduates develop the flexible mindset and strong technical skills required to solve future challenges and make a difference on a global scale.

You start with an undergraduate degree, focusing on engineering from day one, while also exploring subjects outside your discipline to develop a breadth of skills that will set you apart in the workplace.

To become a professionally accredited engineer, you complete the Master of Engineering, an internationally recognised qualification through Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®.**

University of Melbourne pathway

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Start with a Bachelor of Science majoring in chemical systems. (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Chemical), Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business) or Master of Engineering (Biochemical) to become a professionally accredited engineer. (2 years)

Other undergraduate degree

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution (must have completed relevant maths, science and English language requirements). (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Chemical), Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business) or Master of Engineering (Biochemical) to become a professionally accredited engineer. (2–3 years)

Your career opportunities

As a chemical or biochemical engineer, you could work in a diverse range of industries, such as petrochemicals, minerals processing, mining, chemical manufacturing, natural gas, environmental consulting, and more.

Our graduates work in areas including:

IndustriesCompanies Job roles
Chemical manufacturing
Food and beverage Production
Minerals and energy
Oil and gas
Waste and water treatment
Bulla Dairy Foods
Carlton & United Breweries
Fonterra Australia
Macquarie Group
Mars Chocolate Australia
Melbourne Water
Mondelez International
Origin Energy
Rio Tinto
SPC Ardmona
Chemical Engineer
Development Chemist
Operations Analyst
Process Engineer
Quality Control Engineer
R&D Scientist
Project Engineer
Control System Engineer
Production Engineer
Facilities Engineer
Technical Development Engineer
Supply Engineer

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
** The Master of Engineering (Chemical) and Master of Engineering (Biochemical) are accredited by Engineers Australia, EUR-ACE® and IChemE. The Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business) is accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE® only.