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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Biological Engineering The University of Waikato - Hamilton Campus The University of Waikato - Hamilton Campus, New Zealand

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NZD 43430

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48 months


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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is the basis for a professional career in engineering, and at Waikato you're provided with plenty of opportunities to apply what you’ve learnt in real-life work situations.

Why study a BE(Hons)?

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)) focuses on how complex engineering problems that matter to society can be solved using engineering design principles and methods. At every stage of your degree, you'll be involved in conceptualising, designing and creating sophisticated engineering products, structures or processes.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Chemical, biological and process engineers design industrial processes to transform raw materials and energy into everyday products that society wants in a safe, sustainable and cost-effective way.

Why study Chemical and Biological Engineering?

Work placements, project-based learning and our engineering management pathway are just a few of many reasons why studying engineering at Waikato could be right for you.

By studying chemical and biological engineering, you will learn a holistic approach to problem solving and gain essential skills for tackling global sustainability challenges in food, energy, water and waste.

Chemical, biological and process engineers seek to harness fundamental chemical reactions and physical phenomena to develop, optimise and control large-scale production and manufacturing processes. We lead the way in a wide range of New Zealand’s largest and most essential industries, such as dairy and meat, food and beverage, pulp and paper, chemical and petrochemical, energy, bioproducts and bioenergy, and pharmaceutical.

Through our programme, you will learn how to manipulate driving-forces inherent with pressure, temperature and concentration differences, combined with the laws of thermodynamics, to create innovative and sustainable process design solutions. Our holistic focus on the molecular through to the macro scale equips you with highly transferable skills to work across many industries from banking to boardrooms, not just in processing factories and engineering consultancies.

The programme includes electives in the third and fourth years, giving you an opportunity to choose up to two areas of further specialisation. These areas cover the critical sustainability topics of:

  • Renewable and sustainable energy engineering,
  • Bioprocessing and food engineering,
  • Water management and waste minimisation engineering, and
  • Materials engineering.
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Additional Information

Program Level 4-Year Bachelor's Degree

College/University Processing Time 7 Days

Program Format Full-Time

Post-Study Work Visa (PSWV) work permit

Program Intake


Jul 2024


Feb 2024

General Admission Requirement

    Academic Requirement

    • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma or equivalent including the following required course(s):
      • English 60%
      • Chemistry - a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Chemistry
      • Calculus - a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus.
      • Physics - a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Physics.

    6 IELTS Score
    80 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
    50 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
    75% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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    The University of Waikato and our partners offer a range of scholarships and awards to assist students with fees and living expenses, and to support academic and research excellence. To search our database to find a scholarship or award that is right for you, use the filters on this page. If you are new to study here and unable to find a suitable scholarship, please contact us and outline your situation (e.g., transferring from another university).

    Vice Chancellor's International Excellence Scholarship for India

    Value: Up to NZD$15,000 towards tuition fees

    Study Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate (Taught), Postgraduate (Research)

    Subject Area: Any

    Closing Date: Applications for 2024 can be submitted at any time


    This Scholarship is intended to support talented international students from India who are enrolling for the first time into undergraduate or postgraduate programmes at the University of Waikato. The Scholarships have a value of up to NZD$15,000, and will be awarded to successful applicants who demonstrate excellent academic achievement.

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