Chemical and Process Engineering
Founded in 1887 as the first School of Engineering in Aotearoa New Zealand, UC's College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha is internationally recognised for its teaching and research excellence, and opened brand new facilities in 2017.
UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019), and the Department offers a wide variety of research projects and postgraduate courses. This provides you with the opportunity to advance your knowledge and carry out original research in an area that interests you.
Resources that are available to postgraduate students include access to highly skilled, experienced technicians, well-equipped workshops, dedicated computer suites, and the support of academics.
Some of the areas currently being researched in Chemical and Process Engineering are:
- Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
- Renewable Energy and Fuels
- Batteries and Hydrogen technology
- New materials
- Gas separation technology
- Environmental engineering
- Industrial Processes
- Simulation, Control and Computer Modelling
More information is available on the Chemical and Process Engineering Research page.
Specific projects currently on offer in the Department are also listed on the Departmental Research page.
Students intending to study at postgraduate level in Chemical and Process Engineering will normally be expected to have a completed Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or relevant equivalent degree, although there are some postgraduate engineering qualifications with a lower entrance requirement level.
Competence in written and spoken English is expected and if English is not your first language you will be required to meet UC's English Language Requirements.
Check the Entry Requirements for the particular postgraduate qualification you are interested in for more details.
Chemical and Process Engineers have many career options including working in renewable energy, medicine, biotechnology, oil and gas processing, food technology, and materials science. A master’s degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from UC typically means that you have conducted research and thus have specialised in one or more areas related to chemical engineering.
In general, this provides graduates with a range of skills (in addition to the specialised research expertise) which are highly valued by employers, including time management, data analysis, and report writing. Many of our ME graduates go on to do further postgraduate study at the PhD level.
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