Chemical Systems

    Where will this take me?


    Career outcomes

    Chemical engineers invent, design and implement industrial-scale processes through which raw materials are converted into products that we rely on every day, such as fuel, plastics, food additives, fertilisers, paper and pharmaceuticals.

    After completing this major you might pursue career paths in 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.

    Our graduates are employed in a diverse range of industries, for companies including: ExxonMobil, BP, PETRONAS, Schlumberger, Nyrstar, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Worley Parsons, ThyssenKrupp, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Wood Group PSN, GHD, AECOM, Mars and Unilever.

    Graduate degree pathways from this major


    Completing the Chemical Systems major means you are very well placed for further study in honours and graduate research in a range of science and technology areas. Research training preparation within the honours year, a postgraduate diploma or a masters degree will be required as preparation for graduate research.


    Bachelor of Science graduates who major in Chemical Systems will be eligible to continue on to the Master of Engineering (Chemical),  Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business) or Master of Engineering (Biochemical) degrees in the world-class Melbourne School of Engineering.

    This major also leads to a  range of other graduate degree pathways:

    • Science and technology-focused graduate study in degrees including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology
    • Graduate degree pathways that will prepare you for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, teaching, medicine and other health sciences
    • Further graduate study to develop your skills outside of science and technology in areas such as humanities, business, government.