The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
84.00
93.00 (Median SR)
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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 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

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

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

5 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40078
CRICOS code: 093505E

Study chemical engineering and business 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 your study may lead to involvement in 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. As a chemical engineering student you'll learn to develop everyday products like toothpaste, beer, puff pastry, chocolate, lipstick, paracetamol and petrol. Chemical engineering students study courses in fields such as energy production, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Why combine surveying with business? Complete these two bachelor degrees in just five years - compliment your technical skills with business acumen. Learn how to manage people and projects, start a consulting firm and manage a business. Prepare yourself for a leadership role with this unique package of capabilities.

Why study with us?

  • Real-world insights: Connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Be workplace ready: Graduates gave us a 91% satisfaction rating for workplace ready skills. In 2017, 90% of graduates were employed within 4 months.
  • 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 NSW for overall quality of the educational experience, teaching quality and student support.
  • Fast-Track Masters - advance your career and gain a Master of Professional Engineering in just 1 year on top of your combined engineering degree.

90% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 26 ? for mineral and mining engineering
No. 1 in NSW ? for overall student satisfaction, teaching quality and overall employment
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates
World Top 150 ? for civil and structural engineering

What you will study

Learn critical technical and engineering skills by studying 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 by studying 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 business skills in:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • microeconomics for business decisions
  • law
  • management
  • leadership and ethics
  • entrepreneurship and Innovation

Related undergraduate degrees

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses 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 business skills will help you move into leadership roles, support you to start your own business or take your technical skills into a different work environment altogether.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia (logo)

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 Chemical Engineering (Honours) are eligible to apply for membership to the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Practical experience

Practical experience

All UON engineering students have the opportunity to 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.