Chemical and Materials Engineering


Chemical and materials engineering is concerned with the transforming of raw materials into valuable end-products and the development of high-performance materials for use in our modern, technological society.

Chemical engineering activities include the conception and development of processes and their products, and from design through to management of process plants, along with research and education in these fields.


Areas of study

Chemical and materials engineering draws on chemical, physical and materials engineering sciences as well as biological principles and mathematical skills in order to understand the fundamentals of processes and ensure their optimisation.

Our programme is unique in character as it has more materials engineering than is traditional in chemical engineering courses which allows a greater understanding and ability to combine the fundamentals of chemical and process engineering with the principles of materials science.

In addition to academic studies, students are required to complete workshop practice, practical work and attend field trips. Utilising the hands on skills that this provides, some of which are supported by local industry, offers our students an applied learning style and involvement in the current challenges of the engineering field.

You can study Chemical and Materials Engineering in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will gain an understanding of the properties of materials and how they can best be processed.

You will learn to apply your knowledge of energy, raw materials, process chemistry, process dynamics and other matters to achieve the highest possible product quality and process efficiency to provide for societal needs while demonstrating a concern for the environment.

Particularly important to chemical engineers is the shift from pollution prevention to 'clean technology', which is reflected in our teaching philosophy.

Career opportunities

Chemical engineering is a diverse profession, and provides graduates with a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities, many with extensive international linkages.

Chemical and materials engineers are “big picture” professionals with a primary
responsibility for the overall design, safe operation and quality management of what are often giant-scale processes.

Combining chemical engineering with materials engineering provides a unique skill set for a wide range of careers in many industries which include

  • Energy sector.
  • Alternative energy options.
  • Minerals and metals.
  • Forestry.
  • Food and dairy industries.
  • Environmental engineering.
  • Water and pollution treatment.
  • Waste minimisation.
  • Biotechnologies.
  • Nanomaterials.

More information

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Materials Engineering