Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical)
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 by Subject, 2021
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2021 CSP ATAR||83.35|
|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.|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||70.45|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||93.08|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||99.5|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||83.35|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||96.83|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||99.95|
|Minimum eligibility score||80|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|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|
|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)
|(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)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
|Intake||February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||80|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||29|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||19|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||15|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||9|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||75%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||75%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||82|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||75%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1270|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||9|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.7|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||8.0|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||3.00|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||77|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||77|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||380|
|ANU Foundation Studies||74%|
|Monash Foundation Year||72|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||75|
|UNSW Foundation Year||7.3|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.9|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||59|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.6|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||77|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||70%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Other Qualifications||Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs|
|Australian Year 12||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.|
|International Qualifications||Mathematics and Chemistry|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $46,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Our graduates have been employed across a range of industries including:
- 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).
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
The degree programme has been accredited by IChemE.
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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
MajorsA 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.
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 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.
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
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:
Students must choose one course from the following:
|Choice of Major
Students can choose a major from the following:
Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
My interests in biology and chemistry lead me to choose pharmaceutical engineering, which is promising in terms of medical applications, pharmaceutical process improvement, affordable drug/ medication.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021