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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40055
CRICOS code: 018788M

Study chemical engineering at UON

At UON we train engineers capable of solving the greatest global challenges.  As a chemical engineer you may be part of a team developing high-efficiency insulation products that improve heating and cooling. You could work on biofuel production in remote communities, assisting with both waste disposal and energy production. Or, you might work in the food industry, refining products for people with special dietary needs.

What is chemical engineering? Chemical engineers use their knowledge of the synthesis and processing of chemicals to convert raw material into useful products. They help develop everyday products like toothpaste, beer, puff pastry, chocolate, lipstick, paracetamol and petrol. Chemical engineers work in fields such as energy production, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Why study with us?

  • We’re No.1 in Australia for overall quality of the educational experience and No.2 for teaching quality.
  • Our graduates are job-ready. They rated us number 1 in NSW for the skills they enter the workplace with, and in 2015, 85% of our engineering graduates were employed within four months of graduating.
  • You can add a Master of Professional Engineering to your credentials with just one extra year of study.

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85% Employed ? within four months of graduation
32 in the world ? for energy science and engineering
No. 1 in Australia ? for good teaching and student satisfaction in chemical engineering
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates
World top 200 ? for chemical engineering

What you will study

Build critical technical and engineering skills through courses in:

  • automatic control
  • chemical engineering principles
  • heat transfer and design of energy systems
  • thermodynamics
  • mass transfer and separation processes
  • fluid mechanics
  • particle processing
  • kinetics and reaction engineering
  • green engineering and sustainability processes
  • separations involving solids, liquids, and gases
  • process control

Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world problems. Gain invaluable practical experience through your industry placement.

Become job-ready through our professional practice courses. You'll learn to tackle ‘wicked problems’ and develop essential workplace skills in finance, project management, sustainability, communication and entrepreneurism.

Diversify your skills with an elective pathway, a cluster of courses which can be used to:

  • deepen your technical competence in your engineering field
  • broaden your expertise in another area of engineering
  • specialise your skills in areas outside engineering, such as business or maths
  • study overseas at one of our many partner institutions.

Related undergraduate degrees

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Master of Professional Engineering

To take your learning to the next level, our unique degree structure gives you the option of completing a fifth year of study to graduate with two degrees – your four-year Engineering (Honours) degree PLUS a Master of Professional Engineering. In your Masters year you’ll deepen your technical skills, pursue your personal interests through a major project and specialise or broaden your skills through four more elective courses.

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Career opportunities

Chemical engineers are employed in a wide range of industries.  They may be involved in creating products like plastics, fertilisers, consumables, pharmaceuticals and paints. They might also work to develop fields such as environmental control, resource utilisation, minerals processing, renewable energy, waste management and recycling. Average starting salaries for engineers are great – more than $80,000 per annum.

Chemical engineering is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • biotechnology engineer
  • nuclear engineer
  • chemical safety manager
  • water treatment designer
  • mineral processing engineer
  • environmental health manager

Remarkably, engineering is the most commonly held degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs – the CEOs of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia (logo)

Professional recognition through Engineers Australia qualifies you as a professional engineer. You can work in places such as:

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

This degree is also accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).

Practical experience

Practical experience

All UON engineering students must complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.

Group of Eight Australia, Engineering Associate.

Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

Global Engineering Education Exchange

One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.