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University of Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide

Engineering (Honours)(Chemical), B.Eng.

  • Engineering (Honours)(Chemical), B.Eng.
  • Full-time
  • Duration : 4 years

Student Type

Indicative Fees

AUD 8,850

Study mode

On Campus


Course Highlights

Chemical engineering involves the systematic design, development and operation of process systems for the extraction, transformation and recovery of materials. It is a key engineering discipline, which combines knowledge of basic chemistry, mathematics and, increasingly, biology with engineering principles and real world economic considerations.

Career Opportunities

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Course Overview

Chemical engineering involves the systematic design, development and operation of process systems for the extraction, transformation and recovery of materials. It is a key engineering discipline, which combines knowledge of basic chemistry, mathematics and, increasingly, biology with engineering principles and real world economic considerations. The scale of operation varies from small to very large, and a principal feature of chemical engineering is the translation of laboratory-scale research results to large-scale commercial production. I want to find another Bachelor Course Chemical engineering is the discipline that sustains and improves a range of industries as diverse as food processing, petrochemicals, ceramics, petroleum refining, primary metals, plastics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, glass and specialty chemicals. Career Opportunities Graduates of this degree have the opportunity to seek national and global careers and may work in an office environment, the outdoors, an industrial plant or a combination of these. Some industries and careers that chemical engineers are involved in include: biotechnology industries (e.g. biofuel production, production of nutrients from microalgae) pharmaceutical industries (e.g. production of vaccines and antibiotics) winemaking food production (e.g. beer, milk, cheese) petrochemicals (e.g. oil refining and natural gas processing) industrial bulk chemicals industries (e.g. production of chlorine and explosives) personal and home care products (e.g. production of detergents, soaps and cosmetics) plastic and rubber products industries (e.g. production of polymers from raw materials such as oil or wood, production of items from polymers ranging from cling film to rainwater tanks to high performance products for building, automotive and aerospace applications) mining and minerals processing (e.g. concentrating minerals, production of iron ore, steel, aluminium, uranium and similar from minerals) environmental engineering (e.g. air pollution control, water and wastewater treatment, waste disposal, resource management) semiconductors and microelectronics (e.g. production of computer memory and central processing units, flatscreen televisions) nanotechnology (e.g. production of nanoporous materials for catalysis, separations and energy storage) management consulting (e.g. engineering business and financial management). Many chemical engineers go on to manage companies, or even start their own businesses. Potential careers Engineer, Academic, Metallurgist, Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Minerals Processing Engineer, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Winery Engineer, Biotechnology, Nanotechnologist, Environmental Engineer, Researcher


Programme Structure Program Structure The first two years of the academic program are spent developing an understanding of the foundation subjects of chemical engineering, which are increasingly put into practise in the third and fourth years via major design, research and experimental projects. Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience. Assessment Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams. Core Courses CHEM ENG 1007 Introduction to Process Engineering (3 units) CHEM ENG 1011 Introduction to Process Modelling (3 units) CHEM ENG 1010 Professional Practice I (3 units) CHEM ENG 2010 Principles of Process Engineering (3 units) CHEM ENG 2011 Process Engineering Thermodynamics (3 units) CHEM ENG 2014 Process Heat Transfer (3 units) CHEM ENG 2016 Professional Practice II (3 units) CHEM ENG 2018 Process Fluid Mechanics (3 units) CHEM ENG 3036 Unit Operations Laboratory (3 units) CHEM ENG 3024 Professional Practice III (3 units) CHEM ENG 3029 Material Science & Engineering (3 units) CHEM ENG 3030 Simulation & Concept Design (3 units) CHEM ENG 3031 Process Control & Instrumentation (3 units) CHEM ENG 3033 Separation Processes (3 units) CHEM ENG 3034 Kinetics & Reactor Design (3 units) CHEM ENG 3035 Multi-phase Fluid & Particle Mechanics (3 units) CHEM ENG 4014 Plant Design Project (6 units) CHEM ENG 4034 Professional Practice IV (3 units) CHEM ENG 4056 Research Practice (3 units) CHEM 2530 Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II (3 units) MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)# MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units) MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units) plus CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA (3 units) and CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB (3 units) or CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA (3 units) and CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB (3 units) plus CHEM ENG 4055 Advanced Unit Operations Laboratory (3 units) or CHEM ENG 4054 Research Project (3 units) plus Chemical Engineering without a major CHEM ENG 2013 Advanced Process Modelling (3 units) CHEM ENG 4050 Advanced Chemical Engineering (3 units) CHEM 2530 Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II (3 units) plus Courses to the value of 3 units from the following: BIOLOGY 1101 Biology 1: Molecules, Genes and Cells (3 units) GEOLOGY 1103 Earth Systems I (3 units) GEOLOGY 1104 Geology for Engineers I (3 units) #Students who have not passed SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths are required to enrol in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM as a prerequisite to enrolling in MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA. The satisfactory completion of MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements of this program. Students may manage their enrolment by enrolling in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester 1, followed by MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2 and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in summer school. Electives Students undertaking Chemical Engineering without a major must complete courses to the value of 6 units from the following: CHEM ENG 4046 Combustion Processes (3 units) CHEM ENG 4048 Bio-Fuels, Biomass & Wastes (3 units) CHEM ENG 4051 Water & Wastewater Engineering (3 units) CHEM ENG 4053 Pinch Analysis & Process Synthesis (3 units) CHEM ENG 4059 Pyrometallurgy (3 units) CHEM ENG 4058 Hydrometallurgy & Electrometallurgy (3 units) Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to take ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL. The Faculty will advise which course is replaced by ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL. The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.



Academic Entry Requirement

Academic Requirements Domestic applicants Year 12 applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies AND Specialist Mathematics AND Chemistry. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3) AND Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3). Alternative entry pathways Higher Education applicants You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. VET applicants Special Entry applicants You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2015. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2015 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2013 or 2014), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2013). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Other Entry Pathways International applicants Mathematics and Chemistry Equivalent Scores International ATAR 80 IB 27 IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5,5 Listening 5,5 Speaking 6 Writing 6 A-Level 9 UEC [Malaysia] 15 SAT [US] 1770 OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 75 Eynesbury Foundation Program 380 Bradford Foundation Program 77 To be eligible for some programs, particularly in the areas of Science, Engineering, Maths and Computer Science, applicants are required to have passed specific subjects called 'program prerequisites'. For SACE applicants, program prerequisites are the nominated subject(s) completed at SACE Stage 2 level, with a minimum subject achievement score of 10 out of 20. Other applicants, i.e. higher education, TAFE and special entry, are required to have successfully completed either these subjects or their equivalent. Program prerequisites apply to all applicants to the relevant programs.A number of programs list SACE subjects as 'assumed knowledge' in the Undergraduate Prospectus and the SATAC Uni Guide. These subjects indicate the academic background that it is assumed students entering the program will have. Studying these subjects is highly desirable but is not a requirement of admission.

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