The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering Major in Chemical and Materials Engineering

The University of Queensland

Course details

CRICOS course code: 080724A

Level of study: Undergraduate


The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Engineering combines our undergraduate engineering program with master's level coursework, research and a semester-long placement with an industry or research partner. Apply for the program directly, or transfer into the program after completing 16 units of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). Current UQ students need to meet minimum GPA requirements. Complete a semester-long placement and project with an industrial or research organisation. The placement is designed to integrate your technical, commercial, professional and personal development. Undertake a supervised master's thesis on a relevant topic. You'll be involved with all aspects of research, including defining a research question, establishing a methodology, reporting on your findings, and more.

Career Outcomes

Whether you undertake the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Engineering program as a bridge to a high-level career in industry, or as the beginning of career in research, a double degree qualification gives graduates an advantage when applying for professional roles. Because engineering offers such a diversity of career options, our graduates can be found working everywhere from office-based software engineering jobs in city centres, to oil rigs in remote locations, or infrastructure projects on the world. They work in a wide range of specialties including aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, mining and software. The specific roles or industries graduates work in largely depends on their majors.

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Chemical and Materials engineering combines chemical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering. Materials engineering is concerned with the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials Ð metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites Ð give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities. Materials engineers apply their knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product. They work across a broad range of industries on everything from your phone screen and running shoes to aircraft wings and artificial skin.

Career outcomes for Chemical and Materials Engineering

As a Chemical and Materials Engineering graduate, you'll have all the employment opportunities of a chemical engineer, as well as further possibilities as a materials engineer. Chemical engineers work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. They work in areas including:

  • Environmental protection, management and safety
  • Natural resource utilisation and the energy sector
  • Chemical, petroleum and petrochemical industries
  • Biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries
  • Computer-aided process and control engineering
  • Advanced materials design and manufacture
  • Minerals processing and related industries
  • Food processing and biotechnology

Product design and development Materials engineers are usually employed in the materials processing and manufacturing sectors, including the automobile, whitegoods, steel, aluminium and polymer industries. Employment can also be found in biomedicine and electronics, as well as in energy and heavy industries.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 45,120 Per Year
Start date: 24 February 2020
27 July 2020
Duration: 5 years
Study mode: Full time

The University of Queensland

St Lucia Campus
Brisbane Queensland 4072

Entry criteria

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B, plus one of Physics or Chemistry

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted.


The University of Queensland
St Lucia Campus
Brisbane Queensland 4072