At Australia’s no 1 engineering school you will learn from the top researchers in chemical and biochemical engineering.

Why choose Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Melbourne

Access to real-world industry and research projects will provide you with the problem-solving and team work skills crucial to a successful career in industry.

Our professional Master of Engineering program is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia, EUR-ACE® and IChemE, enabling graduates to practice as chemical and biochemical engineers in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and more.

Chemical and biochemical engineering creates solutions to some of the world’s critical problems in environmental remediation, energy, food and water supply for an ever-increasing population.

Biochemical engineers explore the development of large-scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells and design novel bioprocesses that have applications in the production of bioproducts, such as cosmetics, cheese, beer, wine, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.

Chemical engineers invent, design and implement processes through which raw materials are converted into valuable products, such as petrol, plastics, food additives, fertilizer, paper and pharmaceuticals.

Courses in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

How to study Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Melbourne

To become a professionally accredited chemical or biochemical engineer, you will complete five years of study, starting with a Chemical Systems major in the Bachelor of Science. This is followed by a two-year Master of Engineering with a Chemical, Biochemical or Chemical with Business specialisation.

A longer Master of Engineering program, of up to three-years duration is available for students who have not completed the preliminary engineering subjects required in their undergraduate degree, but who meet the maths and science entry requirements.

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Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Research

The Melbourne School of Engineering has a large and diverse research program in chemical and biochemical engineering, with key scientific themes in materials development, separations technologies, surface chemistry and rheology, and bioengineering.

These themes are targeted at key socioeconomic fields, including medicine, mining, sustainable energy production, water conservation and re-use, and food processing.

Our researchers work on projects such as: cleaning up environmental spills in Antarctica, producing biofuels from algae, designing new materials for carbon capture, creating nanoscale targeted drug delivery systems and improving microstructure of cheese.

Read Dr. Kathryn Mumford story on technologies for cleaning up contaminated sites in Antarctica.

Your career opportunities in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Chemical and biochemical engineering careers can range from the luxurious (developing softer clothes and smoother chocolate) to the lifesaving (producing fire-resistant materials and safer foods).

If you’d like to design consumer products like lipstick and cosmetics, develop the latest pharmaceuticals to combat disease, or help cheese producers make outstanding products, then biochemical engineering could be the field for you.

Or you may prefer to work as a chemical engineer, designing and implementing industrial-scale processes to produce products that we rely on every day, from fuel, plastic, fabric and metal to pharmaceuticals and paper.

The Graduate Experience

Master of Engineering (Chemical) graduate Alisha D’Souza discusses her role as a Production Engineer with Shell.

Alisha-D'Souza from Melbourne School of Engineering on Vimeo.