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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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5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.
Chemical engineering. Pure science, applied to real world problems.
At the University of Newcastle 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.
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 engineering with science? Complete these two bachelor degrees in just five years – deepen your technical skills with comprehensive chemistry courses which are available in the Bachelor of Science. 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.
Learn critical technical and engineering skills by studying courses in:
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 chemistry skills in:
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.
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:
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.
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.
All University of Newcastle 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.
One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.