Without chemical engineering we would not have many important advances in areas such as environmental control and biotechnology. Also, we wouldn't be enjoying some of the products we take for granted today - including plastics, pharmaceuticals, toiletries, processed food and drinks, fertilisers, paint and household cleaners.

Chemical engineering as a profession began around the time of the Industrial Revolution when chemists were trained to apply fundamental science to large-scale chemical production. Known as the 'universal engineer', chemical and biomolecular engineers are extremely versatile and take on a wide range of technical roles, from developing new products and techniques to providing solutions for environmental problems on climate change, pollution and water resources.

The Chemical Systems major leads directly to a Master of Engineering (Chemical), a Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business) or a Master of Engineering (Biochemical) and professional registration as an engineer.

Don't worry if you haven't got your entire course and career path planned out. By discovering new things about the chemical engineering field, my initial impression of what my career would look like has changed dramatically. Hiruni Walimunige


  • Career Outcomes

    Engineering graduates from the University of Melbourne find interesting and varied employment, reflecting the breadth and value of the courses offered and the University's close links with industry.

    Employment can be found in a wide variety of industries including:

    • Biochemical engineering
    • Biomedical engineering
    • Chemicals and allied products
    • Energy
    • Environmental engineering
    • Food manufacture
    • Interfacial engineering
    • Materials science
    • Metal production
    • Mining and metallurgy
    • Nanotechnology
    • Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
    • Polymer engineering
    • Process plant and equipment
    • Water

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates who major in Chemical Systems will be eligible to continue on to the Master of Engineering (Chemical), a Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business) or a Master of Engineering (Biochemical), and are also well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally-focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Chemical Systems

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.