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Field of Study

Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering

This field of study provides a broad and thorough education in chemical engineering and specialist skills in metallurgy courses.

Metallurgical engineers play a key role in ensuring a sustainable society. Almost everything in the material world, including our major energy sources, is derived from minerals or a combination of recycled metals and materials.

Metallurgical engineers develop, design and carry out sustainable processes that transform raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products. They often work closely with mining engineers.

As a metallurgical engineer, you'll also design metal parts, solve problems and work on major high-tech projects, with the prospect of international travel.

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. 

With your diverse range of skills and knowledge, you will be able to work in production operations, engineering design, consultancies, laboratories, marketing, finance and commerce, and in research and development.


41 in the world for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

1 in Queensland 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:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Senior plant metallurgist
  • Process engineer
  • Laboratory technician

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:

  • Physical and Chemical Processing of Minerals
  • Process Mineralogy and Comminution
  • Metallurgical Plant Design
  • Pyrometallurgy

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