The University of Newcastle, Australia


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019

2 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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UON program code: 40051
CRICOS code: 092854C

Study Professional Chemical Engineering

If you are a chemical engineer looking to advance your career, this program will help you develop management expertise, specialize and deepen your technical skills and be equipped to lead projects and move into more senior roles. Professionals Australia reports that engineers with postgraduate qualifications attract a 16% wage premium.

The Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical) is a flexible degree that will allow you to fast-track your career in engineering. You will have the opportunity to diversify your engineering expertise with courses in environmental engineering, or broaden your skills base in a complimentary area such as business and management, entrepreneurship and innovation, design or multimedia. Plus you can choose a major project that’s linked to industry or focused on design and research.

Why study with us?

  • Relevant in the real world: connect with business through industry-based projects, guest lectures, mentorship and case studies.[2]
  • Ready for your future, ready for the world: our professional practice and leadership courses will help you develop skills in project management, complex problem solving, innovation and communications.
  • Recognised by industry: take your career anywhere in the world with international recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord.[3]
  • Global recognition: The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UON at No.32 in the world for Energy Science and Engineering and No.29 for Mining and Mineral Engineering.[4]
  1. Limits apply depending on the background of the individual and the discipline they now wish to specialise in
  2. Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching
  3. For the MPE, accreditation from Engineers Australia is pending

Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical) professional student

What you will study

Core courses

  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Project Part A
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Project Part B
    • Engineering Complexity
    • Managing Engineering Projects
    • Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2
    • Dynamic Process Simulations and Control
    • Advanced Chemical Engineering Project Part A
    • Advanced Chemical Engineering Project Part B
    • Safety and Risk Management
    • Project Management and Innovation in Process Industries

    Directed courses

    From a list of directed courses,  both 1-year students and  2-year students choose a minimum of two courses:

    • Advanced Renewable Energy Systems
    • Advanced Mineral Processing
    • Advanced Low Emission Technologies
    • Advanced Particle Processing

    Elective specialisation courses

    Both 1-year students and 2-year students choose four elective specialisation courses, which can include courses from the directed courses list, but can also be chosen from other areas.

    Program structure

    If you are a graduate of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or equivalent, you can complete the MPE in just one year.

    If you are an international student seeking professional recognition from Engineers Australia* and the Washington Accord, or if you wish to extend your engineering and professional expertise in an Australian context, the 2-year MPE is the ideal program. Your study program will be designed to build on your prior studies and develop the core technical competencies to ensure you qualify.

    * Pending accreditation of this degree by Engineers Australia.

    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

    Engineers work on a huge range of tasks in many different environments – industries like electronics, energy, food, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, environmental health and transportation. Engineering continues to be one of the most in-demand qualifications in the world, with many countries desperate to fill a shortage of professional skills in this field.

    A Master of Professional Engineering will open up even more varied career opportunities, empowering you to take on a leadership role, start your own business or manage major engineering projects.

    • Salaries: As an engineer you’ll be valued and well rewarded. Starting salaries average around $80,000p.a. In 2015, 85% of our engineers had jobs when they graduated - making the University of Newcastle one of the top 2 universities in NSW for graduate employment rates.
    • Flexibility: Some engineers work 9-5 in an office, others fly-in-fly out from a project site. You might prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or managing people and projects.
    • Global opportunities: As a qualified engineer you can travel the world and work almost anywhere you choose. Professional recognition through Engineers Australia lets you work in places such as Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, the UK and the USA.