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Chemical engineers invent, design and manage processes that transform raw materials into valuable products by using their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.

In this major, you will develop the skills to design and create a diverse range of useful products and processes that enhance the lives of others. Valuable items like petrol, water purification, food processing and productions, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and artificial blood would not exist without chemical engineers.

You’ll learn how to make processing work more efficient, safe, economical and sustainable by producing less waste and energy in your developments.

As a chemical engineer you'll gain a flexible range of skills which will allow you to explore different career options from molecular biology, nanomaterials, chemistry, physics, mathematics and information technology.

Graduate in demand

  • You'll develop both traditional and emerging skills and expertise to work in a rapidly changing profession.
  • Benefit from the insights and expertise of world-leading researchers and highly-qualified academic staff.
  • With practical projects, guest lecturers from industry, internships and placements with leading engineering companies, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry connections you need to transition from university to the workplace.
  • Chemical engineers are employed in environmental protection, management and safety, natural resource use and the energy sector, and petroleum and petrochemical industries. Companies such as Bayer, Unilever, Pfizer, The Dow Chemical Company, Patheon Biologics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, GE Health Care, CSL, Fujifilm Healthcare, Manildra and Dalby Biorefinery employ chemical engineers.


41 in the world for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

1 in Queensland for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

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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
  • Process engineer
  • Service engineer
  • Technical manager
  • Environmental engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Chemical process engineer

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
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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