Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical) with Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

Why combine Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology?  

Chemical engineering and biotechnology are fast-evolving industries with huge potential for improving global health and wellbeing.

You’ll gain interdisciplinary experience and be well prepared for leading-edge careers feeding, fuelling and healing the world.

What will you do?

  • Use knowledge and skills from engineering, chemistry, maths and biology to produce chemicals, fuel, drugs, and food.
  • Experiment with protein separation, fermentation, genomics and proteomics.
  • Benefit from tours, projects, and placements with companies like PepsiCo, Smiths Crisps, Jurlique, and BHP.
  • Complete an eight-week practical engineering experience.

This is a 5-year double, not combined degree. You’ll graduate with two separate parchments, a greater scope of career prospects and a competitive edge in the job market.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia.

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  • Ranked #48 in the world for computer science and engineering*
  • Broaden your expertise with specialisations in energy / environment, biomolecular engineering and more
  • Showcase your work and network with future employers at Ingenuity

*Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2021

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 334801
2021 CSP ATAR 83.15
2021 CSP IB 30
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.
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 85.4
Median ATAR to receive an offer 95.35
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.85
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 90.55
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.2
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 , Specialist Mathematics and Chemistry. IB: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL) and Chemistry (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3) 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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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: 334801

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A
(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)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
12 85.7%
  • 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 N/A N/A
All students 14 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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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) prepares graduates for diverse careers with national and global organisations across a variety of dynamic settings. Employment opportunities exist across a vast range of industries, including food and beverage, oil and gas, materials, environmental and technology, while many chemical engineers also go on to manage companies, start their own businesses or work in consulting.

For information about career opportunities in science (biotechnology), see Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology).

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

Industry Placement

As part of the engineering degree, 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

Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technician, Advanced Materials Engineer, Materials Engineer, Medical Research, Medical Researcher, Medical Scientist, Minerals Processing Engineer, Beverage Technologist, Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnologist, Biotechnology, Nanotechnologist, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Chemical Engineer, Composites Engineer, Petrochemical Engineer, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Consultant Engineer, Power Generation Engineer, ...

Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

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.

Testimonial

My degree was a flexible and rewarding degree that provided a unique opportunity to discover, develop and apply your special interests.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021