Affect global health and wellbeing with a degree in chemical and biochemical engineering
Why choose chemical or biochemical engineering at Melbourne?
Through your time at Melbourne School of Engineering, you’ll take part in the real-world industry and research projects that only Australia’s leading engineering school can offer. And by the time you graduate, you’ll be armed with the problem-solving and teamwork skills that are crucial to a successful chemical engineering career.
As a chemical engineer, you will be qualified to create solutions to some of the world’s critical problems in environmental remediation and the supply of energy, food and water for an ever-increasing population.
Biochemical engineers explore the development of large-scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells and design novel bioprocesses. These processes have applications in the production of bioproducts, such as cosmetics, cheese, beer, wine, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.
You will have the skills to invent, design and implement innovative processes that convert raw materials into valuable products, such as petrol, plastics, food additives, fertiliser, paper and pharmaceuticals.
Our professional Master of Engineering degree is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia, EUR-ACE® and IChemE, qualifying graduates to practice as chemical and biochemical engineers in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and more.
How to study chemical and biochemical engineering at Melbourne
It takes five years to become a professionally accredited chemical or biochemical engineer. You start with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemical Systems. Then you’ll choose a two-year Master of Engineering with a Chemical, Biochemical or Chemical with Business specialisation.
A three-year Master of Engineering program is available if you have not completed the required undergraduate engineering subjects, but have met the maths and science entry requirements.
Chemical engineering research
As a Melbourne School of Engineering student, you will be part of a large, dynamic and diverse research program in chemical engineering. Key research areas include:
- materials development
- separations technologies
- surface chemistry and rheology
These areas are specifically chosen to create solutions that bring the most benefit to the most people. This means you can be part of research into fields including medicine, mining, sustainable energy production, food processing and water conservation.
Current projects underway at the Melbourne School of Engineering include:
- cleaning up environmental spills in Antarctica
- producing biofuels from algae
- designing new materials for carbon capture
- creating nanoscale targeted drug delivery systems
- improving the microstructure of cheese
Right now, chemical engineering students are working with Dr Kathryn Mumford on technologies for cleaning up contaminated sites in Antarctica.
Where can a master’s degree in chemical or biochemical engineering take you?
As a chemical engineer, your career could range from the luxurious, such as developing softer clothes and smoother chocolate, to the lifesaving, for example 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, such as fuel, plastic, fabric and metal.
The student experience
Master of Engineering (Chemical) graduate Alisha D’Souza discusses her role as a Production Engineer with Shell.