Chemical and Materials Engineering


Chemical and Materials Engineering involves converting raw materials into useful products, the development of better materials, and the processing of materials.

Areas of study

A broad range of options are available for graduate studies in chemical and materials engineering field.

Each programme is specifically tailored to provide the best education with internationally recognised researchers and cutting edge laboratory equipment and facilities.

Specialist programmes are available in plastics, light metals reduction technology and food process engineering.

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

What you will learn

Main areas include:

  • Advanced materials and nanotechnology.
  • Bio-medical materials.
  • Ceramic engineering.
  • Chemical and process engineering.
  • Corrosion, oxidation and protection.
  • Energy and environment.
  • Food and bio-process engineering.
  • Light metals and alloy technology.
  • Separation and reaction engineering.
  • Process modelling, simulation and control.
  • Surface science and engineering.

Career opportunities

Chemical engineering is a diverse profession. New graduates are usually employed in process operations and development where they apply their engineering skills for design, research and development, construction and installation, manufacturing and production and administration/management services.

Many chemical and materials engineers are employed in industries


  1. Converting raw materials to useful products such as:
    • Dairy
    • Food and drink
    • Pharmaceuticals and toiletries
    • Chemicals and allied products
    • Cement
    • Fertiliser
    • Glass
    • Ceramics
    • Plastics
    • Liquid fuels
    • Water industry
    • Steel and aluminium
  2. Processing of and production of materials.
  3. Conversion of agricultural products.
  4. Processing of timber including paper making.
  5. Development of resources such as natural gas, coal and other minerals.
  6. Resource management and environmental protection.

With practical experience, graduates can develop their careers further by moving into design, technical sales, management and consulting.

More information

Future postgraduates in Chemical and Materials Engineering