Chemical and Materials Processing is at the heart of fabrication and design for every commercial-scale product that is manufactured, as well as the processing work fundamental to sectors like mining and extraction.

At UNSW Science, you will develop the skills and knowledge to kick start your career in Chemical and Materials Processing. People employed in the Chemical and Materials Processing industries design and oversee a huge range of industrial functions that are used to develop and make new products and to improve on product design.

The Chemical and Materials Processing professions research the processes that go into developing the physical properties of materials such as ceramics, polymers, metals and organic substances that make up finished products. As well as trying to find new and sustainable uses for existing materials, manufacturing industries rely on Chemical and Materials scientists to innovate for efficiency improvements in existing processes.

Sustainability in Chemical and Materials Processing 

Sustainable Processing Engineers help to reduce our ever-growing pollution problems by developing and modifying new materials that may replace non-biodegradable materials currently in use. Sustainable materials processing, particularly of our mineral resources, is vital to the long term future of Australia and the international industry. 

Energy and Electronics Engineers study green energy, an increasingly fundamental concern in our society of limited resources. Materials at UNSW is at the forefront of developing environmentally friendly and safe solar hydrogen generation systems.

Careers in Chemical & Material Processing 

Manufacturing and processing industries currently display stable growth. However, finding new and better ways of improving materials processes are skills that are increasingly in demand.

A career in this area can be lucrative and is highly specialised. You'll need a deep understanding of science fundamentals: Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

Depending on the nature of the industry, you may need to hone your science fundamentals with specialisations in areas such as Biochemical Engineering, Computing, Law, Business and Finance or Policy Studies through combined degree programs such as Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or Commerce.

Many successful professionals in the field also go on to do postgraduate study in a specialised area, such as the Master of Materials Technology, a degree unique to UNSW. Many Chemical and Material professionals join professional bodies, such as The Institution of Chemical Engineers or Engineers Australia where you’ll receive training, support, accreditation and representation to engineers around the world. You’ll also have access to events, professional development opportunities and award programs.  

Relevant roles  

  • Product/Process Development Scientist  
  • Analytical Chemist 
  • Energy Manager 
  • Production Manager 
  • Quality Manager 
  • Patent specialists  
  • Forensic scientists 
  • Metallurgists  
  • Formulation chemists  
  • Product developers

Career Paths at UNSW

The School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW is ranked as Australia’s #1 materials school and recognised as one of the best in the world**. Students in UNSW Science study in purpose-built facilities. The school's strong industry partner links will also provide you with great opportunities to develop valuable relationships with Australian materials engineering enterprises.

Careers in materials science can range from developing new integrated circuits, transport vehicles, battery devices and medical implants, through to sustainable materials processing and the development of new materials for green energy generation. UNSW is home to advanced developments in these areas through its highly regarded research centres including the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, Materials and Manufacturing Futures Institute and ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies.

There are several ways you can study for a career in Chemical and Materials Processing. UNSW Science offers undergraduate majors which can focus your interests and specialist postgraduate degrees you can use to develop further professional depth.

**2020 QS rankings

Our specialised degree, the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Material Science) will provide you with strong skills and knowledge to enter the Chemical and Materials industry. You can also kick off a career in Chemical and Material Processing with some UNSW Science undergraduate degrees offerings majors in these areas. 

You can also explore our Double Degrees if you'd like to combine these degrees with other areas of interest to broaden your opportunities. 

Supercharge your Chemical and Materials Processing career with postgraduate study in:

A doctoral degree will allow you to specialise in a specific piece of research.

Where our Graduates Work

Materials Sciences and Engineering graduates work at Accenture, Andersen Consulting, Anglo Coal, AT Kearney Consulting, Austral Bricks, Beteng Foundry, BHP Billiton, BlueScope Research, Boral Bricks, Boston Consulting Group, Caroma Industries Ltd, CI Ceramics, Cochlear, Comalco, Deloitte, Distocrat, Dong Kuk Steel, Earthtech Engineering, Rio Tinto among many other organisations.