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Bioprocess Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Bioprocess engineers create processes and products that support the development of a healthy and sustainable world.

Bioprocess engineering combines the core principles of chemical engineering and biology for scalable production of medicines, such as vaccines during pandemics, foods, and beverages.

The same principles are applied to treating wastewater and converting waste streams into valuable products, such as biofuels or biodegradable plastics.

This involves engineering living cells to produce desirable products and designing and optimising processes to manufacture bioproducts at scale to benefit society.


To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The bioprocess engineering major is available to study within the chemical engineering specialisation.


52 in the world for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2022

Watch What's it really like to study Chemical and Bio Engineering at UQ? on YouTube.

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:

  • Biochemical engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Chemical engineer

Mid-career salary

Biochemical Engineer


Mid-career salary

Senior Process Engineer


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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:

  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Genetics and Bioinformatics

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