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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical - Sustainable Energy)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314161

CRICOS 082073D

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 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.

This specialised chemical engineering degree in Sustainable Energy provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required to improve and design ground-breaking processes that are technically, economically and environmentally sound. The program has been designed to meet the growing demand for graduates who have the skills to apply sustainable techniques in process engineering.

This specialisation is suitable for students with an interest in mathematics and chemistry and in the design of processes to produce sustainable products for the twenty-first century.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 314161
    2016 CSP ATAR 80.85
    Adelaide Approved Score 80
    2016 CSP IB 28
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    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).
    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
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), 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 2015). 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
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314161

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 082073D
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Mathematics and Chemistry
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    A-Level 9
    UEC [Malaysia] 15
    SAT [US] 1270
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] [1] 85%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 75
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Bradford Foundation Program 77
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,050

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    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, environments and careers that chemical engineers (with a specialisation in sustainable energy) are involved in include:

    • power plants
    • biochemical plants
    • petrochemicals (e.g. oil refining and natural gas processing)
    • industrial bulk chemicals industries (e.g. production of chlorine and explosives)
    • 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, flat screen 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

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical - Sustainable Energy) is provisionally accredited as satisfying the necessary academic requirements for graduates to qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia. Graduates qualify for professional membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) (UK).

    Potential careers

    Biotechnology, Nanotechnologist, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Researcher, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Winery Engineer, Academic, Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Sustainable Energy Engineer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical - Sustainable Energy) program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree 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 practice in the third and fourth years via major design, research and experimental projects.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 MATHS 1011 Mathematics 1A (3 units)#

    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry 1A (3 units)*

    CHEM ENG 1007 Introduction to Process Engineering (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 1103 Earth Systems I
    GEOLOGY 1104 Geology for Engineers I (3 units)

    MATHS 1012 Mathematics 1B (3 units)

    CHEM 1200 Chemistry 1B
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry 1B (3 units)*

    CHEM ENG 1010 Professional Practice I (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 1011 Introduction to Process Modelling (3 units)
    Year 2 CHEM ENG 2010 Principles of Process Engineering (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 2018 Process Fluid Mechanics (3 units)

    MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3105 Sustainability & the Environment (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 2011 Process Engineering Thermodynamics (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 2016 Professional Practice II (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 2014 Heat & Mass Transfer (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 2013 Advanced Process Modelling
    CHEM ENG 2019 Introduction to Minerals Processing (3 units)
    Year 3 CHEM ENG 3024 Professional Practice III (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 3035 Multi-Phase Fluid & Particle Mechanics (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 3034 Kinetics & Reactor Design (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 3029 Materials Science & Engineering (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 3036 Unit Operations Laboratory (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)
    #Students who have not passed SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths (or equivalent) 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.

    *Students with a subject achievement grade of at least C+ in SACE Stage 2 Chemistry (or equivalent) must enrol in CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA and CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB. All other students must enrol into CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA and CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting all courses are conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017


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