Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering)

Massey University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Palmerston North
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About this program

The BE(Hons) programme has provisional accreditation by Engineering NZ as a professional engineering degree under the Washington Accord. Our practical learning environment, combined with having more work experience than other New Zealand engineering qualification will see you develop the skills that employers are looking for.

What is it Like?

Chemical and bioprocess engineering is the industrial processing of raw materials to higher value products through combinations of physical, chemical or biochemical action. These processes can be very diverse and chemical and bioprocess engineers design, optimize and operate these processes.

Examples include fermentation of sugars to alcohol, production of pharmaceutical products, extraction of high value compounds, composting of organic waste, conversion of milk solids to dairy ingredients, conversion of wood into paper and the production of fuels from waste streams.

A focus on innovative approaches

The distinctive feature of this course at Massey is that as well as equipping you with core chemical engineering skills for more traditional industries (oil, gas), there is a focus on innovative approaches such as nanotechnologies, biocatalysts, and clean processing techniques (based on our excellent research).

What will I learn?

The first year of study builds a solid platform of science principles with an engineering context, in common with the other BE majors. Projects are used to illustrate the application of these principles to real engineering problems and introduce the role and functions of the professional engineer.

In the second year you will build further on these fundamental sciences and their application to chemical and bioprocess engineering systems. You will apply this knowledge and problem solving skills to product development and process development in projects in each semester.

In your third year your study will extend from the study of engineering and chemical principles to processing applications such as bio-separations and reactor technologies. We use projects to teach utilities, sustainable processing and waste treatment.

In the fourth year you will design a major innovative production process to integrate the various engineering and science skills acquired through earlier years of study. A research project provides experience in devising strategies for gaining new knowledge and data required for developing production processes.


Chemical and bioprocess engineering is a fascinating career, where you can be involved in the design of a whole process, help optimise existing processes or operate the process itself.

Graduates also work in a diverse range of industries including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, dairy, meat and food processing, and environmental engineering. Jobs can include process engineers, waste water engineers, energy development engineers and many others.

What will my career look like?

When you graduate you’ll typically begin your career in a technical role in the processing industry. The business and management skills that are an integral part of your learning during the Massey engineering degree will stand you in good stead - if you work hard, you are likely to progress rapidly to a managerial position.

The wide scope of employment options and the central role process engineers play in the New Zealand industry means chemical and bioprocess engineering graduates are sought after in industry and well paid.

Available in Auckland for Year 1 and 2. Year 3 and 4 available in Palmerstone North only.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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About this institute

Massey University is one of New Zealand's largest universities with more than 34,000 students studying across three vibrant campuses. We welcome more than 4,400 international students from more than 100 countries each year. We also have a growing number of...

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Contact info

Massey University

Private Bag 11 222
4442 Palmerston North
New Zeeland


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