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Field of Study

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering

Chemical and materials engineering combines chemical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering.

Materials engineering involves the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials, such as metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites, give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities.

As a chemical and materials engineer, you'll apply your knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product while reducing emissions and waste.

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

Solve real issues

  • You’ll explore the relationships between microstructures, mechanical properties, manufacturing and service performance and solve real problems informed by industry needs and the latest research.
  • You'll work across a broad range of exciting industries on everything from your phone screen, to running shoes, aircraft wings and artificial skin.


1 in Queensland for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2023

50 in the world for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2023

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:

  • Materials engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Materials and processing engineer
  • Laboratory supervisor

Average annual salary range

Chemical 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:

  • Polymer Engineering
  • Materials Selection
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Manufacturing

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