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Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours programme is accredited by Engineering NZ, under the Washington Accord, allowing our graduates to work internationally.

World economies are strongly based on adding value to raw materials through processing, so engineers who specialise in this area are in demand.

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. Chemical and bioprocess engineers design, optimise 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
  • production of fuels from waste streams.
  • A focus on innovative approaches

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering) will equip you with core chemical engineering skills for more traditional industries (oil, gas). But there is also a focus on innovative approaches such as nanotechnologies, biocatalysts, and clean processing techniques.

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 engineering majors.

In the second year you will build further on these fundamental sciences. You’ll also learn about their application to chemical and bioprocess engineering systems.

In your third year, your study will extend from the study of engineering and chemical principles to processing applications. These may include bio-separations and reactor technologies.

In the fourth year, you will design a major innovative production process to integrate the various engineering and science skills you’ve learned in earlier years of study.

Follow your interests

You can focus on particular processing industry sectors such as biotechnology, chemical processing, environmental engineering and renewable energy.


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

You can 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?

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.

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.

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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