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International entry requirement

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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UAC code

N/A
Newcastle

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

Face to Face

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.

UON program code: 40080

Study chemical engineering and chemistry at UON

Chemical engineering. Pure science, applied to real world problems.

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 combine engineering with chemistry? Complete these two bachelor degrees in just five years – deepen your technical skills with advanced chemistry courses. Chemistry is fundamental to chemical engineering and a deeper knowledge of this science can open up opportunities in toxicology, pharmacy, biochemistry, bio-engineering, forensics and research.

Why study with us?

  • Real-world insights: Connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Be workplace ready: Graduates rated us no.1 in NSW for workplace ready skills. In 2015, 89% of graduates were employed within 4 months.
  • Flexible programs: Choose up to 4 courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design, or entrepreneurship. Use these to diversify your studies!
  • Travel the world with international recognition through Engineers Australia. You can even start while you’re studying with international exchanges and scholarships available.
  • We’re No.1 in Australia for overall quality of the educational experience and No.2 for teaching quality.

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89% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 30 ? for mineral and mining engineering
No. 1 in Australia ? for overall satisfaction and skills scale
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates
32 in the world ? for energy science and 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.

Develop your chemistry skills in:

  • analytical chemistry
  • chemistry for the life sciences
  • inorganic chemistry
  • introductory chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • partial differential equations
  • physical chemistry

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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.

View the full course list

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.

The combined degree advantage: Your advanced chemistry skills will help you enter specialist roles in biochemistry, plastics and polymers, pharmacy, agrochemical, petrochemical, health and research.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

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Professional recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord 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). Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) are eligible to apply for membership to the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

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.