Commencing semesters, 2020

Semester 1
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Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology


School of Chemical Engineering


St Lucia

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Course List

View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering field of study.


Australian/domestic students

Manager, Academic Administration, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Phone: 07 3365 4777

International students

International Student Advisor


Phone: Outside Australia: + 61 3 8676 7004
Within Australia (Free Call): 1800 671 980

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Why study Chemical and Environmental Engineering?

Graduates of Chemical & Environmental engineering will be equipped to work effectively across technical, research and strategic roles to respond to present and future challenges associated with sustainably meeting the needs of the national and global population. Chemical & Environmental engineers will be accredited chemical engineers, with additional technical skills in the areas of waste management and resource recovery, water treatment and sustainable energy systems. They will have the skills and knowledge required to implement cleaner production, and to rigorously assess the long-term impacts of proposed products, processes and developments. This includes an understanding of key global challenges, the causes of these problems and barriers to the uptake of technical solutions. Chemical & Environmental engineers will be able to apply, assess and communicate a wide range of approaches to developing sustainable systems, including indicators of sustainability and different methods of community consultation and engagement. They will have a solid grounding in modelling and in analytical measurement in laboratory and field/industrial applications, including basic sampling design and data analysis.

What you can study

The Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering (BE/ME) in Chemical & Environmental Engineering builds on the project centred curriculum in the first three years of the BE. The final two years of the BE/ME are built around a placement semester where students are able to choose what type of placement they would like to do and where they would like to do it. This placement is a key element in the student's development and to give context to the preceding BE course work and grounding for the ME level coursework to follow. The student is supported during their placement by their host, a UQ academic and a professional development program to get the most out of the placement. The ME level coursework will put students closer to the cutting edge of knowledge and technology in select fields that are important to Chemical & Environmental Engineers in industry and research. These courses will be delivered in a mixture of modes with academic and industry leaders in various fields.


View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering field of study.

Employment opportunities

Chemical engineering is one of the most mobile and diverse careers you can choose. Your skills will allow you to work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. For example you can work in: - Environmental protection, management and safety - Natural resource utilisation and the energy sector - Chemical, petroleum and petrochemical industries - Biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceuticals industries - Computer-aided process and control engineering - Advanced materials design and manufacture - Minerals processing and related industries - Food processing - Product design and development. Chemical & Environmental Engineers will have the opportunity to work in all of these areas but will be sought after to work in the water, waste management, resource recovery, energy and sustainable practice sectors. For example, they will assist companies implement cleaner production practices, and will be involved in adaptation and planning for future environmental challenges in both the public and private sector. BE/ME graduates will have a head start in careers that require specialist skills and adaptability (e.g. in consulting, corporate/governmental advising or industrial research) or when applying for research higher degrees at the world's top research institutions.

What it costs

Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering for information on key dates and how to apply.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers