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Field of Study

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering

Chemical and environmental engineers apply the principles of engineering and science to protect and mitigate damage to the environment. They also develop environmentally friendly products and sustainable processes.

With this field of study, you'll tackle current and future environmental challenges as an accredited chemical engineer with additional technical expertise in environmental regulations and sustainable management of water, energy and waste.

You'll work on the development of sustainable systems and gain specialist skills in modelling and analytical measurement in laboratory, field and industrial settings, including basic sampling design and data analysis.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Business needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.


1 in Queensland for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

41 in the world for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

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:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Wastewater treatment engineer
  • Principal environmental officer
  • Process engineer

Average annual salary range

Environmental Engineer


How you'll learn

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:

  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Modelling of Environmental Systems
  • Environmental Systems Engineering I: Processes
  • Reaction Engineering

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