Bioprocess Engineering


Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (minor only)


Bioprocess Engineering is a rapidly growing industry, with a need for more sustainable products and processes. More awareness is being raised around environmental effects and natural resources, which requires improved designs and ideas for industries such as healthcare, processed foods and renewable energy manufacturing, among many others.

Students have the option of studying towards the Bioprocess Engineering minor alongside the Chemical and Process Engineering specialisation, increasing their knowledge of both engineering processes and biology fields for a wider range of career pathways.

This minor is the perfect option for those who have an interest in Biological Sciences and want to structure their Engineering degree with a biological focus.


See all courses required to complete a minor in Bioprocess Engineering

Note: Students must also meet the requirements for the Chemical and Process Engineering major.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for Engineering graduates with an appreciation and knowledge of biological sciences. The manufacture of new materials and many pharmaceutical and healthcare products, including medicines and vaccines, relies upon the application of biology to industrial processes.

Examples of industry products and processes using biological engineering include biodegradable plastics, biological waste treatment for water and gas cleaning, bio-organic chemistry in pharmaceuticals, and creating sustainable biofuels.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Chemical and Process Engineering.

More information

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Phone +64 3 369 3784

See the Department's website for up-to-date contact details. 

Postal address
College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Gene Liew

Gene Kien Chen Liew

'The degree involves processes from planning lab scale experiments into huge industrial manufacture...'