Botswana International University of Science & Technology - BIUST

Chemical & Petroleum Engineering


The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering offers separate but related degree programmes in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Measurement & Instrumentation. Chemical engineers deal principally with production of chemicals from various raw materials and compounds and are also responsible for the extraction and processing of minerals. They design, build, operate and manage the plants for physical, thermal or chemical processing of materials to obtain consumable goods and products such as food and beverages, plastics, soaps and detergents, fertilisers, cement, pharmaceuticals and refined petroleum products. Petroleum engineers apply modern knowledge of geology and physics for the assessment, exploration and production of hydrocarbons such as crude oils and natural gas. They produce uninterrupted supply of oils used by chemical engineers to make various goods and also for energy generation. Measurement and Instrumentation engineers deal with the instrumentation, measurement, and control of processes in large and medium scale manufacturing industries such as the mines.

The vision
The vision of the department is to be a centre of excellence in petrochemical engineering and allied industries using cutting edge measurement techniques and instrumentation devices.

Undergraduate Programmes

BEng Measurement and Instrumentation Engineering

The programme covers advanced control system design methods together with standard approaches to systems engineering and computer control. The programme covers standard approaches to instrumentation, measurement, control systems engineering and computer control.
Students will become versatile in instrumentation systems analysis and design methods used in industry. They will learn how to measure and control conventional engineering systems, processes and how to apply their knowledge to other disciplines. Students will also be able to develop soft skills such as critical thinking, communication, team work, leadership and working independently.


  • Careers
  • The graduates from the programme will be able to work in a wide range of engineering fields such as manufacturing, power generation, mining, petrochemical and many more related fields. They are also engaged by various firms including consulting and design firms, government departments and parastatals. Some are engaged by research institutions and organisations as well as Universities to further develop their careers.


  • Programme Objectives
  • To make students have a clear knowledge of the basic law governing the operations of instruments, relevant circuitry and their working.
  • The following makes up the overall objectives:

             • To introduce the basic functional elements of instrumentation
             • To introduce the fundamentals of electrical and electronic instruments
             • To educate on the comparison between various measurement techniques
             • To introduce various storage and display devices
             • To introduce various transducers and the data acquisition systems

BEng Chemical Engineering

This Degree Programme aims to produce engineers in research laboratories and in various chemical and allied industries including metallurgical plants, plants for petrochemical production, manufacturing of fertilisers and cement, food processing and biotechnology. Their tasks include design of chemical processes and systems, design and manufacture of production equipment, commissioning of new plants, operation and maintenance of production plant and refurbishment of plants to incorporate new technology, save energy or increase productivity. Consulting firms employ chemical engineers where they may work in the design and construction of chemical plants or process equipment. They may also find employment in product sales and marketing. Some chemical engineers do postgraduate training and end up in academia.

This programme offers courses to cover the following knowledge areas: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena, Reactor Design, Process Control, Engineering Management, Cost Estimation, Unit Operations, Design, Plant Maintenance and Mineral Processing.


  • Programme Objectives
  • To produce chemical engineers who will be able to:
  • 1. Practice traditional chemical engineering and also function in emerging fields
  • 2. Demonstrate chemical engineering competence
  • 3. Pursue advanced studies in chemical engineering or related disciplines
  • 4. Progress to senior or leadership position in chemical and allied industry.

BEng Petroleum Engineering

  • This degree programme aims to produce engineers who meet the current needs of petroleum and allied industry and are versatile to adapt to future discipline requirements. Petroleum engineers can work in a wide range of technical and managerial environments including oil and gas resource/reservoir assessment, analysis and simulation, drilling and production operations, design and implementation of oil field production patterns, construction, commissioning and operation of specialized oil equipment and management of different cadres of personnel. Some petroleum engineers also work with consultants to handle research and development of petroleum reserves, production processes and design of equipment. They can also find suitable employment or own private business in water prospecting, borehole construction and water harnessing.
  • The degree programme will equip the students on how to solve real, sometimes complex, practical engineering problems and enhance their knowledge of petroleum engineering principles. The curriculum includes a gamut of courses which are relevant to the oil and gas industry and meet the needs of the Petroleum Engineering profession. They include Fluid Mechanics; Heat Transfer; Geoscience, Engineering Management, Design, Plant Maintenance, Reservoir Engineering, Production Technology, Surface Engineering, Health and Safety and Environmental Sustainability.
  • Programme Objectives
  • 1. To produce engineering graduates suitable for petroleum and other related industries for the exploitation of petroleum oil and natural gas resources.
  • 2. To produce graduates for challenging careers in the oil industry including oil and gas resource assessment, well drilling, developing oil and natural gas fields, producing and transporting oil and natural gas and petroleum oil secondary recovery schemes.
  • 3. To train students who will operate equipment (e.g. oil rigs, reservoirs etc) safely and exploit oil and natural gas without polluting the environment.


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