Master of Engineering (Chemical) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM058
CRICOS 071200D

A competitive edge in chemical engineering

Chemical engineers sustain and improve industries as diverse as food processing, petrochemicals, ceramics, petroleum refining, primary metals, plastics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, glass and specialty chemicals.

Our Master of Engineering (Chemical) is suited to high-achieving engineering graduates, as well as engineers with relevant work experience. It is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

What will you do?

This intensive degree comprises a foundation year and an advanced studies year. You will:

  • explore separation processes and simulation design
  • build skills in business and project management
  • study fluid and particle mechanics
  • pursue electives according to interests and career goals—from Pyrometallurgy to Transport Processes in the Environment
  • undertake a significant research project.

Where could it take you?

You could develop pharmaceuticals, biofuels, cosmetics or foods. You might work in water treatment, waste management or even tissue engineering. You could conduct safety and risk assessments on process plants. Perhaps you’ll design environmentally sustainable combustion systems.


  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3CM058
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent in a related discipline.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM058

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 071200D
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications A completed four-year Bachelor degree or equivalent in the field of Chemical, Pharmaceutical or Environmental Engineering.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,500


    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

    Chemical engineering graduates can seek national and global careers, and may work in an office environment, the outdoors, a chemical 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, 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 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

    Professional Accreditation

    The Master of Engineering (Chemical) is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Chemical Engineer, Engineer, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Food Engineer, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Winery Engineer, Metallurgist, Nanotechnologist, Process Engineer, Environmental Engineer

  • Degree Structure

    The Master of Engineering is a 48-unit program comprising:
    • 12 units of core courses;
    • 12 units of foundation courses;
    • 12 units of advanced technical coursework and;
    • a project to the value of 12 units, which introduces candidates to research.
    Normally, students will complete the requirements for the Master of Engineering in two years of full-time study.

    Graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide or another institution whose program is equivalent to an AQF level 8 honours program and accredited under the Washington Accord will be eligible to be considered for credit—allowing them to complete the master's program in less than two years, with a minimum of one year of full-time study.

    International students from non-English speaking backgrounds will be required to take an English language communications course as part of the program.

    The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff, facilities and sufficient enrolments.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Core Courses
    Students must complete all of the following:

    Students must complete all of the following:

    Students must choose four of the following (12 units):

    Research Project
    Students must complete all of the following:

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


    Assessment includes course and project work. All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 weeks of practical experience outside normal class time. Practical experience can be undertaken in Australia or overseas.

    Students who have already completed equivalent practical experience deemed acceptable by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences may be given a partial or total exemption from this requirement.
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Last updated: Friday, 22 Jan 2021