Commencing semesters, 2020

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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 Metallurgical 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 Metallurgical Engineering?

Chemical engineering is concerned with inventing, designing, and managing products and processes that transform raw materials into valuable products. This is done using the latest knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics to ensure viable commercial production whilst minimising loss of materials and energy consumption. This value-adding must be safe, economical and environmentally sound. Metallurgical engineering plays a key role in ensuring the sustainability of our modern society. Everything in our material world, even our major energy sources, is derived from minerals or recycled materials. It is the role of the metallurgical engineer to develop, design and operate processes that transform these low value raw materials into useful high value mineral and metal products. These two areas of engineering combine well because Metallurgical Eng is an extension of the fundamentals of Chemical Engineering. A specialisation in Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering gives students an advantage for employment in Australia's important resources sector whilst maintaining employment options in other industries. Metallurgical Engineering is an exciting field because the processing changes depending on the ore body and the challenges to continuously make minerals processing more sustainable.

What you can study

The Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering (BE/ME) in Chemical & Metallurgical Eng 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 & Metallurgical 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 Metallurgical 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 - Energy - Chemical, petroleum - Computer-aided process and control engineering - Advanced materials design and manufacture - Product design. As a Chemical & Metallurgical Engineer you have a clear advantage to find employment in a wide range of companies in the resources sector and employment prospects are excellent. Positions for Chemical & Metallurgical Engineers are available in production operations, engineering design, consultancies, laboratories, marketing, finance and commerce, and in R&D. The industry provides well-paid vacation work and scholarships to assist you. This is a truly international profession with a choice of employment and lifestyle opportunities throughout Australia and overseas. BE/ME graduates will have a head start in careers that require specialist skills and adaptability (e.g. in consulting, corporate/governmental advising or R&D) 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:

  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers