Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical)

  • 80
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR
  • Duration

    4 years full-time
    or part-time equiv.
  • Start Dates

    February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.

Solve global challenges

Chemical engineers come up with the best ways to convert raw matter—like minerals or oils—into products we can use. They design renewable energy solutions, new and improved medicines, chemical plants, cosmetics and food factories.

The University of Adelaide is the only South Australian university in the world’s top 50 for Computer Science and Engineering*.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical) is interactive from the very first year. You’ll work with award-winning and industry-connected researchers and teachers as you:

  • use knowledge and skills from engineering, chemistry, maths and biology to produce chemicals, fuel, drugs, and food
  • learn how results in the lab scale up for commercial production
  • undertake projects with external groups such as Engineers Without Borders
  • benefit from tours, projects, and placements with companies like PepsiCo, Smiths Crisps, Jurlique, and BHP
  • complete an eight-week practical experience.

Majors are available in:

Where could it take you?

You could come up with better ways to control air pollution or turn saltwater into fresh water. You might work alongside craft beer brewers. Perhaps you’ll mass-produce a biodegradable version of plastic or move into the exciting world of tissue engineering.  

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia.

*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

 

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 334791
2020 CSP ATAR 85.55
2020 CSP IB 31
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
Enquiries Future Students team

2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 80.1
Median ATAR to receive an offer 97
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.9
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 85.55
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.4
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 80
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics and Chemistry. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3, Chemistry (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3) Unsure if you will meet prerequisites or ATAR? Check out our Engineering Pathway. MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334791

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
6 19.4%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
12 38.7%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A
International students 13 41.9%
All students 31 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,964

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

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

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Careers

Career Readiness

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) provides graduates with the skills and knowledge for careers with national and global companies across a variety of dynamic settings.

Our graduates have been employed across a range of industries including:

  • 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)
  • 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.

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

Industry Placement

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

Professional Accreditation

Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.
The degree programme has been accredited by IChemE.

Potential careers

Materials Engineer, Minerals Processing Engineer, Natural Resource Manager, Chemical Engineer, Organic Chemical Engineer, Composites Engineer, Petrochemical Engineer, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Power Distribution Engineer, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Product Engineer, Product Manager, Quality Control Engineer, Quantum Materials Engineer, Energy Engineer, Engineer, Solar Design Engineer, Food Engineer, Space Scientist, Sustainable Energy Engineer, Systems Engineer, ...

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.

A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future career options. All graduates of this degree—irrespective of their major—qualify as chemical engineers, and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession. Majors are available across the following areas: Food and Beverage Engineering, Minerals Processing, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Renewable Energy.

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

Academic Program Rules

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

Areas of Specialisation

Majors

A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future career options. All graduates of this degree—irrespective of their major—qualify as chemical engineers, and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession.

Majors are available across the following areas:

Food and Beverage Engineering
This major explores the engineering processes behind production, and the latest developments and needs, in the food and beverage industry sector. Graduates can work in a range of roles across the food, brewing and winemaking industries.

Minerals Processing

The Minerals Processing major explores the science and technology of extracting minerals from raw mined material, and converting them into products such as iron, steel, aluminium, copper, gold and uranium. Graduates can work in a range of roles across the resources industry.

Pharmaceutical Engineering
Pharmaceutical engineering involves the design, development, and operation of process systems to produce pharmaceuticals.
Pharmaceutical engineers contribute to the production of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, cosmeceuticals and related products.

Renewable Energy
This major is for students interested in the production of renewable energy products. Graduates acquire the knowledge and skills required to improve and design groundbreaking processes that are technically, economically, and environmentally sound.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:

Core Course, choice of
Students must choose one of the following:
Core Course, choice of
Students must choose one of the following:
Core Electives
Students must choose one course from the following:

Choice of Major
Students can choose a major from the following:
  • Food and Beverage Engineering or;
  • Minerals Processing or;
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering or;
  • Renewable Energy or; 
  • No Major

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.

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.

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Last updated: Friday, 13 Aug 2021