Chemical engineering uses chemistry, physics and mathematics to convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. A great variety of process industries serve the needs of society. Among the more familiar are petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical and polymer production, fertiliser manufacture, cement and lime production, minerals and metals extraction and refining, paper and board manufacture, sugar refining, food processing, and production of industrial and fine chemicals. You’ll explore the development, design and operation of processes for the extraction, conversion and recovery of materials. Throughout your studies, you’ll specialise in biosystems engineering, chemical engineering or oil and gas.
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice.
Extractive metallurgists are involved in plant design, development, operations and control, management and research. This course will provide you with sound training in minerals processing, hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy. You will also cover environmental considerations and mine finance and management.