Student experience

The Chemical Engineering student experience is a hallmark of what we do, and the reason our graduates go on to do extraordinary things. Our active student community, and strong partnerships with alumni and industry, means you’ll have the opportunity to set yourself up for success and get the most out of your time at UQ.

From industry events and work placements to field trips, student seminars and much more, you’ll move beyond coursework and develop the skills and connections needed to reach your goals. You will build professional networks to help kickstart your career, gain invaluable real-world work experience and connect with industry leaders – all while having the time of your life.   

Student opportunities

Make the most of your degree, explore your options with a field trip or do a research project.

Field trips
Undergraduate and postgraduate students experience field trips as part of their degree to alumina and oil refineries in Gladstone, or Heron Island which is mainly run on solar energy.
Connections with industry
The School is well known for our alumni and industry links, with mentoring, guest lectures, and scholarships a key part of the Chem Eng experience.
Our students gain authentic experiences at companies such as Urban Utilities, Patheon, Thermofisher, Queensland Alumina Ltd, or Rio Tinto to name a few.
Grasp the opportunity of a lifetime with both hands and include an overseas experience as part of your degree.
BE/ME (Chemical Engineering) students can study at Lund University in Sweden and gain an additional Master’s degree. Combine study with travel and gain an invaluable global perspective.
Gain skills in team work, lab techniques, equipment operation, data collection and analysis, and presentation skills with a chemical engineering project.

Student societies

Make the most of your time at university, join a student society and meet others just like you.

The Chemical Engineering Student Society (ChESS) facilitates networking, social, sporting, and academic events for our members to help nurture connections and networks, and help our members grow, personally and professionally.
The UQ Mining and Metallurgy Association (MAMA) is for mining engineering or metallurgy students. We connect those within the mining industry and assist in the development of professional skills such as networking and communication.
UQ SPE aims to provide avenues for students to learn about the current issues and developments within the energy sector and provide opportunities to network with professionals and academics in the fields of science, engineering, medicine and economics.
Chemical Engineering students are involved in and often have leadership roles within EUS - one of the largest student run societies on campus.
EWB UQ aims to be visible, provide opportunities, and celebrate our achievements. We are involved in many local projects, education initiatives, and events. Working within our local and extended communities to further EWB's goal to provide students with opportunities to make a difference.

Dedicated spaces for Chemical Engineering students

The Andrew N. Liveris Building has communal, social and interaction spaces in the building, designed to connect to all the areas within the building. Our focus is to create a sense of community amongst all Chemical Engineering cohorts. 

Get career ready!

The Student Employability Team will empower you to develop the mindsets, capabilities and professional networks to enhance your employability. 

Engineering Professional Practice

Complete 450 hours of professional practice to gain your Engineering accreditation.

Higher Degree by Research

Thinking about research? Strengthen our reputation and research expertise, do a PhD.