Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 314161
CRICOS 082074C

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 and a principal feature of chemical engineering is the translation of laboratory-scale research results to large-scale commercial production.

Chemical engineering is the discipline that sustains and improves a range of industries as diverse as food processing, petrochemicals, ceramics, petroleum refining, primary metals, plastics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, glass and specialty chemicals.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 314161
    2017 CSP ATAR 80.85
    2017 CSP IB 28
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 80
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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    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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (bonus factors)).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called 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 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 082074C
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    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
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge 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
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    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) 5.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    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 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines 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 Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) AND Specialist Mathematics AND Chemistry. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3) AND Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
    International Qualifications Mathematics and Chemistry
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,175

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500


    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

    Graduates of this degree have the opportunity to 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:

    • 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.

    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

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) (UK).

    Potential careers

    Engineer, Metallurgist, Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Minerals Processing Engineer, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Winery Engineer, Biotechnology, Nanotechnologist, Environmental 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) 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.

    Areas of Specialisation

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) offers specialisations in Chemical, Minerals Processing and Sustainable Energy.

    Example Study Plan

    Please refer to the following study plan to guide your enrolment:
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)

    Year 1

    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)#
    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA (3 units)
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA (3 units)*
    CHEM ENG 1007 Introduction to Process Engineering (3 units)
    BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes & Cells (3 units)
    GEOLOGY 1103 Earth Systems I (3 units)
    GEOLOGY 1104 Geology for Engineers I (3 units)
    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)
    CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB (3 units)
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB (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)
    CHEM 2530 Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II (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 (3 units)
    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)
    Year 4 CHEM ENG 4034 Professional Practice IV (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4056 Research Practice (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4050 Advanced Chemical Engineering (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4014 Plant Design Project (6 units)
    CHEM ENG 4054 Research Project (3 units)
    Engineering Electives (6 units)
    Elective Choices CHEM ENG 4059 Pyrometallurgy (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4046 Combustion Processes (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4053 Pinch Analysis & Process Synthesis (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4051 Water & Wastewater Engineering (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4048 Bio-Fuels, Biomass & Waste (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4058 Hydrometallurgy & Electrometallurgy (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 the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.


    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, 20 Apr 2018